Nebraska Authors

Julie Iromuanya

Born 1982 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Julie Iromuanya was born and raised in Lincoln, NE, after her parents immigrated from Nigeria. Her experience and her parents' experience have informed her writing, giving her what she calls a cultural "outsider-insider position." Her debut novel, Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, concerns Nigerian immigrants living in a fictional town in rural Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Doctor has been highly lauded by critics, and Iromuanya's scholarly work has been published in a number of academic journals. When she is not writing, she helps other writers write as an assistant professor in the creative writing MFA program at the University of Arizona. She has received numerous fellowships and other recognition. As a finalist for the 2016 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction she was awarded $5000.00

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Dayton, OH
Tampa, FL
Orlando, FL
Chicago, IL
Tucson, AZ

Author Of

  • Fiction


Novel; Short Story; Scholarly


BA, University of Central Florida, Orlando
MA, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln


English Professor

Places Worked

University of Arizona
Northeastern Illinois University
University of Tampa
University of Dayton
Johns Hopkins University


Jane Tinkham Brashton Fellowship at Bread Loaf Writers Conference
Tennessee Williams Scholarship at Sewanee Writers Conference
Herbert W. Martin Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Dayton, Ohio
Presidential Fellowship University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bread Loaf Bakeless/Camargo France Fellowship
Brown Foundation Fellowship at the Dora Maar House
Jan Michalski Fellowship at “The Treehouses”
Eternal Vada Fellow at the Sangam House residency
Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, 2016
Shortlisted for the PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, 2016
Shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature, 2017
Longlisted for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction, 2017


University of Arizona
Northeastern Illinois University
University of Tampa
University of Dayton
The Kenyon Review
Passages North
Cream City Review
Tampa Review


Mr. and Mrs. Doctor. 2015.

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