Nebraska Authors

Mary Helen Stefaniak

Born 1951 Milwaukee, WI (USA)

Part-time resident of Omaha and English Professor at Creighton University. Several of her books explore her mother's eastern European and southern American heritage.

Places Lived

Milwaukee, WI
Omaha, NE (since 1998)
Iowa City, IA

Author Of

  • Fiction


Short Stories; Novels


Bachelor of Arts Degree, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Master of Fine Arts Degree, Iowa Writer's Workshop, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


Assistant Professor of English, Creighton University

Places Worked

Creighton University, Omaha, NE


1998 Banta Award (WI Library Assoc.)
2005 John Gardner Book Award
2011 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 15 April 2012


Self-Storage and Other Stories. 1997.
The Turk and My Mother. 2004.
The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia. 2010.

A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers. 2004.

In April 2012, Mary Helen Stefaniak was the featured speaker in the Ames Reading Series program, which can be viewed here:

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