Nebraska Authors

Paul Eggers

Born 1953 East St. Louis, IL (USA)

Author, Professor of Creative Writing and a former internationally ranked chess master, the author is the husband of Ellen Eggers.

Places Lived

Seattle, WA
Lincoln, NE
Chico, CA

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Fiction; Creative Non-fiction; Scholarly Essays


Bachelor of Arts, 1976, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Master of Arts, 1985, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Ph.D. in English, 1996, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Senior Lecturer
Peace Corps Volunteer (Malaysia, 1976-78)
United Nations Relief Worker (Malaysia, The Philippines, 1980-82)
Technical Writer (Boeing, Microsoft, 1986-90)
Associate Professor of Creative Writing

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Boeing, Seattle, WA
Microsoft, Seattle, WA
Peace Corps, MALAYSIA
California State University, Chico, CA


1996 winner of the Quarterly West Bi-Annual Novella Contest
Nebraska Arts Council Merit Fellowship in Fiction, 1997
James Fellows Award by the Heekin Group Foundation for the novel Saviors, 1997
Nebraska Arts Council, Merit Fellowship for Fiction
Barnes And Noble Discovery Selection, 1997
Maria Thomas Fiction Award, 2000
John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 20 January 2000
Peden Prize for short story "This Way, Uncle, into the Palace," 2006


Saviors. 1999.

Short fiction:
Granta. 1995.
The Quarterly. 1993.
Quarterly West. 1996.
How the Water Feels. 2002.
"Anything You Want, Please" in A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers. 2004. (edited by Ladette Randolph)

Creative non-fiction:
Colorado Review
Southern Humanities

Eggers was the featured author at the Ames Reading Series in January 2000:

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