Nebraska Authors

Robert Vivian

Born Omaha, NE (USA)

Vivian grew up in the Dundee neighborhood in Omaha. At the beginning of his career it looked as if he would be mainly a playwright, and he was very successful as such, but Vivian has also developed into a novelist (the Tall Grass Trilogy) and, especially, a much admired essayist.

"Something is Wrong" staged by the Blue Barn Theatre of Omaha and more than twenty plays have been staged in NYC.

Vivian was an All-state baseball player before he became an English major and a playwright.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Play/Screenplay
  • Poetry

Keywords

Essays; Playwright; Personal Writing; Novels; Literary Fiction

Education

Omaha Westside High
BA and MA, 1990 and 1994, University of Nebraska, Omaha
PhD, 2001, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Occupation

Professor of Creative Writing

Places Worked

Alma College

Honors

2002 Nebraska Book Award in Non-Fiction for Cold Snap as Yearning
2002 Midland Writers Award Winner for Adult Non-Fictionfor Cold Snap as Yearning
Essay chosen for Best American Essays of 2014
Numerous essays nominated for Pushcart Prize.

Associations

University of Nebraska Press
Ladette Randolph was Vivian's first editor at University of Nebraska Press.
Kristen Elias Rowley
Linda Pratt
Ted Kooser

Bibliography

Something Is Wrong. (play)
Cold Snap as Yearning. 2005.
Lamb Bright Saviors. 2010. (Flyover Fiction series, edited by Ron Hansen)
The Least Cricket of the Evening. 2011.
Another Burning Kingdom. 2011. (Flyover Fiction)
Water and Abandon. 2012. (Flyover Fiction)
The Mover of Bones. 2012. (Flyover Fiction)
Mystery My Country. 2016.

Essays represented in
Fourth Genre
Sycamore Review
South Dakota Review
Salt Hill
Creative Nonfiction
Onset Review

Poetry represented in
New York Quarterly
Columbia Poetry Review

The author has published over 20 plays and numerous essays.

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