Nebraska Authors

James V. Brummels

AKA: Jim Brummels or J.V. Brummels

Born 1951 Osmond, NE (USA)

Brummels conducted a series of 12 seminars entitled "The Country School Legacy" in communities throughout Nebraska in a project funded, in part, by Humanities Nebraska. He was a writer for "A Local Habitation and A Name," a series of three half-hour programs on Great Plains Poets produced by Nebraska Educational Television Network in 1981.

Harry Duncan's Abattoir Editions has published Brummel. A typescript copy of his essay on what the frontier heritage means to him is in his Heritage Room vertical file. This document was used in the booklet The Frontier Heritage in Nebraska Literature and Art. Brummels was a student of Wilbur Gaffney at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
His science fiction book Deus Ex Machina, 1989, about a poet at the end of the world, was published by Bantam Books.

Brummels lives in western Wayne County where his family runs a horseback cattle ranch.

Places Lived

Holt County, NE
Lincoln, NE
Wayne, NE
Winside, NE
Syracuse, NY

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Poetry


Short Stories; Science Fiction; Poetry


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and English, 1973, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree in Creative Writing, 1975, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY


College Professor

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Wayne State College, Wayne, NE
New York State Poets-in-the-Schools Program
Faculty Advisor for Judas Goat, Wayne State's literary magazine
Editor, Nebraska Territory


Nominated for Nebraska Poet Laureate, 1982
National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, 1984
John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, October 1984, April 1998, April 2017
Elkhorn Review Poetry Prize, 1987
Nebraska Book Award for Poetry, 2008, Book of Grass
Nebraska 150 Books honor for Cheyenne Line and Other Poems, 2017


Sandhills Press, Ord, NE
New York State Poets in the Schools, 1975
Coordinator of the Plains Writers Series, beginning in 1977
Nebraska Arts Council Poet in the Schools, 1977


614 Pearl. 1982.
On Common Ground: The Poetry of William Kloefkorn, Ted Kooser, Greg Kuzma and Don Welch. 1983.
Poetry and Fiction Reading. 1984.
Deus Ex Machina. 1989.
Sunday's Child. 1994.
Clay Hills, a Story. 1996.
Cheyenne Line and Other Poems 2001.
The Great American Road Show. 2003.
The Book of Grass. 2005.
Jefe: A Poem by Jack Brown. 2005.
City at War. 2009.

Work included in:
Forty Nebraska Poets.. 1981.
Moving to Malibu. 1988.
The Plains Sense of Things: Eight Poets from Outstate Nebraska. 1997
Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry. 2007.
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. 2017.
Iowa Review
Prairie Schooner
Quarterly West
Southwest Review
Rolling Stone
Modern Short Stories
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

J.V. Brummels was the featured author for the April 1998 Ames Reading Series program:

In April 2017, he participated in Ames Reading Series program, which can be viewed here:

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