Nebraska Authors

Jennifer Cognard-Black

AKA: J. Annie MacLeod

The author was a student of Bill Kloefkorn and Kent Haruf.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Ames, IA
Columbus, OH

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Other


Short Fiction; Literary Criticism; Public Intellectual Essays; Women in Popular Culture


High School Diploma, Lincoln East High School, Lincoln, NE
Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Music, 1991, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree in Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction, 1994, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Ph.D. in 19th Century Anglo-American Literature, 1999, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH



Places Worked

St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Graduate Student Alumni Research Award, Graduate School, Ohio State University, 1997
Norton T. Dodge Award for Creative and Scholarly Achievement, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2005
Writer-in-Residence, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE, 2008
Faculty-Student Life Award, Student Government, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2009
Fulbright Scholar to University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Institute of International Ed., DC, 2012
Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Fiction, 2013
Recipient, Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Prize for Anthologies, Traverse City, MI, 2016
Recipient, Creative Fellowship, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Baltimore, MD, 2018
Writer-in-Residence, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA, 2018
Senior Fulbright Scholar to University of Amsterdam, NL, Institute of International Ed., DC, 2020
Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, Baylor University, 2021


Narrative in the Professional Age: Transatlantic Readings of Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Elliot, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. 2004.
Advancing Rhetoric: Critical Thinking and Writing for the Advanced Student. with Anne Cognard, 2006.
Kindred Hands: Letters on Writing by Women Authors, 1860-1920. with Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, 2006. (Editor)
Books that Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal. with Melissa Goldthwaite, 2014. (Editor)
From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and their Machines. with Joyce Dyer and Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, 2016. (Editor)
Becoming a Great Essayist. The Great Courses, 2016.
Great American Short Stories. The Great Courses, 2019.
Books that Cook: Food and Fiction. Audible Original, 2021.

Other articles, short stories, creative non-fiction, essays, teaching guides, interviews, music texts, book review, presentations, and papers.

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