Nebraska Authors

John Sorensen

Born Grand Island, NE (USA)

John Sorensen is the founder of the Abbott Sisters Project. He is the editor of The Grace Abbott Reader and has directed numerous film and radio programs, including The Quilted Conscience.

Places Lived

Grand Island, NE
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Music and Audio
  • Nonfiction
  • Play/Screenplay
  • Visual Work
  • Other


History; Nebraska Subjects; Screenwriter (Documentaries) Film and Radio; Short; Local History; Grace and Edith Abbott


California Institute of the Arts


Founder of the Abbott Sisters Project
Film and Radio director and producer

Places Worked

BBC and Thames TV
Nebraska Public Radio
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 16 January 1997


Served as Producer with Academy Award winning film-maker Joseph Strick
Worked closely with director Jonathan Demme


Our Show Houses: The History of Movie Theaters in Grand Island, Nebraska. 1990.
The Quilted Conscience. 2011.
The Grace Abbott Reader. 2008. (editor, with Judith Sealander)
A Sister's Memories: The Life and Work of Grace Abbott from the Writings of Her Sister, Edith Abbott. 2016. (editor)

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