Nebraska Authors

Judith Slater

AKA: Judy Slater

Born 1951 Klamath Falls, OR (USA)

Specializes in short fiction. Winner of the 1998 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction for The Baby Can Sing and Other Stories. Many other awards. Spouse of the late fiction writer Gerald Shapiro.

Places Lived

Klamath Falls, OR
Ashland, OR
Eugene, OR
Portland, OR
San Francisco, CA
Lincoln, NE: 1987-2006
Amherst, MA

Author Of

  • Fiction


Short Fiction


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1973, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Master of Arts Degree, 1985, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Master of Fine Arts Degree, 1987, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA


Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty Fellow

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1987-93-?


John H. Ames Reading Series,19 October 2000, Featured Reader
Mary McCarthy Prize in Short fiction, 1998, for short story collection The Baby Can Sing and Other Stories.
Explorations Award for Short Fiction, 1998, Baby's First Taxi Ride
Flyway Prize for Best Story, 1997, The Glass House
2006 Nebraska Arts Council Merit Award ($2000) for fiction.
Nebraska Arts Council 2012 Merit award

Heritage Room: John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 19 October 2000. Video available in the Heritage Room and through Lincoln City Libraries.


Married to fiction-writer Gerald Shapiro


The Baby's First Taxi Ride. 1998. (short story collection)
The Baby Can Sing and Other Stories. 1999 (novel)
The Life Of The Party. 1999 (short story collection)
So You Dream About Your Dog. 2013

Writing has been published in Redbook, Seventeen, Greensboro Review, Sonora Review, American Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal and Colorado Review.

Five stories from The Baby Can Sing and Other Stories were performed in a Los Angeles spoken-word performance series devoted to West Coast authors June 2000.

Watch Judith Slater's October 2000 Ames Reading Series presentation:

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