Nebraska Authors

Pamela Carter Joern

Born NE (USA)

Joern's 2014 collection of short stories, In Reach won the 2015 Nebraska Book Award, the 2017 Nebraska 150 Books Honor, and was a finalist for the 2015 Minnesota Book Award. Her novels have been set in Western Nebraska. Her adult novels have also attracted what librarians call "Young Adult" (or "YA") interest and an Alex award. She is a well-produced playwright in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN area, where she now lives, with six plays produced locally. She has a website.

Places Lived

Bridgeport, NE
Omaha, NE
Sidney, NE
Minneapolis, MN

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Play/Screenplay


Plays, novels, Nebraska, Sandhills; Great Plains


B.S., University of Nebraska, Lincoln
M.S., University of Nebraska, Omaha
M.A.R.S., United Theological Seminary, New Brighton, MN
M.F.A., Hamline University, St.Paul, MN




Nebraska 150 Books Honor, 2017, In Reach
2015 Nebraska Book Award for In Reach
Finalist, 2015 Minnesota Book Award for In Reach
Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, 2006, The Floor of the Sky
Alex Award, 2007, The Floor of the Sky (The Alex Award, sponsored by the ALA, recognizes adult books that are also recommended for young adult readers).
Nebraska Book Award, 2007, The Floor of the Sky


The Floor of the Sky. 2006.
The Plain Sense of Things. 2008.
In Reach. 2014.
Toby's Last Resort. 2023.

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