Nebraska Authors

Judith Mickel Sornberger

Born 1952 Omaha, NE (USA)

Judith Sornberger was born in Omaha. Her collegiate degrees are all from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Sornberger was the editor of All My Grandmothers Could Sing: Poems by Nebraska Women (Free Rein Press). She is the author of six poetry collections including the full-length Open Heart (Calyx Press) and Practicing the World Without You. Sornbergers's prose memoir - The Accidental Pilgrim: Finding God and His Mother in Tuscany - was published by Shanti Arts Publications in 2015.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Poetry




Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1981, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree, 1982, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


English and Women's Studies Professor

Places Worked

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Southeast Community College Corrections Division, Lincoln, NE


Oldfield Fine Arts Scholarship, 1980-81
Vreeland Award, Undergraduate, for Poetry, 1980
Academy of American Poets Award, 1981
Vreeland Award, Graduate, for Poetry, 1982
John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 19 July 1984
Nebraska 150 Books honor for All My Grandmother Could Sing. 2017


Editor, All My Grandmother Could Sing: Poems by Nebraska Women. 1984.
Open Heart. 1993.
Judith Beheading Holofernes. 1993.
Bifocals Barbie, a Midlife Pantheon. 1996.
Lallita - An Intricate Weave: Women Write About Girls and Girlhood. 1997.
Wal-Mart Orchid. 2011.
The Accidental Pilgrim: Finding God and His Mother in Tuscany. 2015.
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017 Contributor, 2017.
Practicing the World Without You. 2018.

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