Nebraska Authors

James Jay Cihlar

AKA: Jim

Born 1961 Omaha, NE (USA)

Former editor of Nebraska Humanities, Cihlar received the Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner. He now lives in Minnesota.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Verdigre, NE
Lincoln, NE
Iowa City, IA
Iola, WI
Minneapolis, MN
Saint Paul, MN

Author Of

  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Poetry; Essays; Book Reviews; Interviews; Journalism; Features


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1984, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Master of Arts Degree in English and Adult Education, 1987, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ph.D., 1994, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


College Professor

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE
Editor, Nebraska Humanities Council, Lincoln, NE
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 20 October 1994 and 17 April 2011
1988 Academy of American Poets Award
Minnesota State Arts Board Award
Minnesota Arts Board Fellowship
Glenna Luschei Award, Prairie Schooner


Guest editiorialist for the Lincoln Journal Star


Half-dead Pigeon in a Warehouse Parking Lot. 1989. (Plainsong, Winter)
Hanging On. 1989. (Whole Notes, Fifth Anniversary Issue)
The Psychologist. 1990-91. (Bitterroot, Winter)
Euphoria. 1991. (Leaves of Grass, November)
Bare Bones. 1991. (Leaves of Grass, December)
To Execute. 1992. (Plainsongs, Fall)
Losing. 1993. (Leaves of Grass, February)
Lamp, Vase, Mirror. 1993. (Whole Notes, Spring)
The Boy Who Lives in the Back Yard. 1993. (Plainsongs, Spring)
Jumping Down. 1993. (Midwest Poetry Review, April)
Walking Home. 1993. (Midwest Quarterly Review, Fall)
Aunties: 35 Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother. 2004. (contributor)
Nebraska Presence. 2007. (contributor)
White Ink. 2008. (contributor)
Undoing. 2008.
Metaphysical Bailout. 2010.
A Conversation with My Imaginary Daughter. 2013.
Rancho Nostalgia. 2013.

James Cihlar participated in the Ames Reading Series in 1994, 2001 and 2017.


In April 2017, Cihlar was one of a group of authors to read from their works:

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