Nebraska Authors

Kailee Pedersen

Born ≈ 1996

A young Asian American (brought from China as a one-year-old by adoptive parents), this writer grew up in Oklahoma and Nebraska. In Nebraska for high school only. Several prestigious awards for students and younger writers. In 2015 (at age 19) Pedersen received an Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature (Nonfiction) from the Nebraska Arts Council.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE (Attended high school in Lincoln)

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


BA in Classics, 2017, Columbia University, New York, NY


Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Columbia University English department’s 2014 Philolexian Prize for Prose.
She was named a 2014 National YoungArts Foundation Winner for The Pareidoliad, a long-form poem.
2015 Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature (Nonfiction) from the Nebraska Arts Council.
2017 nomination for the Best of the Net anthology.


The Transliteration of Flesh. 2013. (A 60 page portfolio of poetry, fiction and non-fiction which won the Davidson Fellows Scholarship)

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