Nebraska Authors

James Solheim

Born 1959 Kensal, ND (USA)

Solheim says he does not write on a lower level for children, rather, he writes "books that happen to be interesting to children" but that can interest people of any age.

More than 430,000 free copies of Born Yesterday were distributed through Dolly Parton's charitable foundation as part of her Imagination Library program.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE: 1999-2005
Iowa City, IA
Maryville, MO
Kensal, ND

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Poetry


Childrens Literature


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1981, Northwest Missouri State, Maryville, MO
Master of Fine Arts Degree, Iowa Writer's Workshop, 1983, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA



Places Worked

Southern Illinois University
Omaha, NE


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 17 November 2005


It's Disgusting and We Ate It!: True Food Facts From Around the World. 1998.
Santa's Secrets Revealed. 2004.
Born Yesterday: The Diary of a Young Journalist. 2010.
The Only Alex Addleston in All These Mountains. 2014.
Eat Your Woolly Mammoths! 2022.

Poems published in: Poetry, Missouri Review, Iowa Review, Northwest Review, Poetry Northwest, Pushcart Prize, Kenyon Review, and other journals.

View James Solheim's presentation at the November, 2005 Ames Reading Series:

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