Nebraska Authors

Nancy McCabe

Born 1962 Wichita, KS (USA)

Nancy McCabe is a native of Kansas who studied at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Two of her contributions to Prairie Schooner have received awards: “End of the Tunnel” received a Reader’s Choice Award in 2000 and also the Pushcart Prize, 2000, for memoir. “In Another Tongue” received the Jane Geske Award in 2003. McCabe is a five time contributor to Best American Essays.

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Essays; Short Fiction; Novels; Memoirs; Adoption Memoir


Bachelor of Arts in English, 1984, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, 1989, from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Ph.D in English, 1995, University of Nebraska Lincoln


Creative writing teacher, college professor

Places Worked

Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, 1989-92
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 1992-96
Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC, 1996-2001
Director, Writing Program, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, 2001-


Pushcart Prize in 2000 for her essay memoir "The End of the Tunnel"



Making Poems: Writing Exercises for the Classroom, Arkansas Writers in the Schools. 1988.
Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption. 2003.
After the Flashlight Man: A Memoir of Awakening. 2003.
Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to My Daughter's Birthplace in China. 2011.
From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood. 2014.
Following Disasters: A Novel. 2016.

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