Nebraska Authors

Melissa Amateis

Born 1975 Bridgeport, NE (USA)

The author writes historical fiction and World War II nonfiction. She contributed to the Benjamin Bean book series. See also Carole Amateis.

Places Lived

Bridgeport, NE
Chadron, NE
Scottsbluff, NE
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction


Fiction; Poetry; POW Camps - Nebraska; Nebraska History


Diploma, 1993, Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport, NE
B.A. in History, 1997, Chadron State College, Chadron, NE
M.A. in History, 2004, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Nebraska Center for Great Plains Studies


Dean's List, Chadron State College
Best Writer Award, Third Place Prose, Youth Division, Western Nebraska Arts Center, l992
Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction, Nebraska POW Camps: A History of World War II Camps in the Heartland.
James T. Seller Award, Nebraska State Historical Society
Nebraska Book Award for non-fiction Nebraska History, 2015


Phi Alpha Theta
Romance Writers of America
Nebraska Romance Writers of Lincoln


Benjamin Bean's Brain Bogglers: Teacher's Guide and Student Worksheets for Primary Grades. 2001. (with Carole Amateis)
Nebraska POW Camps: A History of World War II Camps in the Heartland. 2014.
World War II Nebraska. 2020.

Works featured in :
America in WWII
Nebraska History
Short Tales for Story Lovers
Emerging Voices

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