Nebraska Authors

Stephen C. Behrendt

Born 1947 Marinette, WI (USA)

Stephen Behrendt was born in in Marinette, Wisconsin, and took his PhD at the University of Wisconsin. He lives now in Nebraska, where he is George Holmes Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. An international authority on British Romantic literature and culture, he is also a widely published poet. The most recent of his four collections is Refractions (Shechem Press, 2014).

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Criticism; Poetry; Literary; Hiistory


Received degrees from: University of Wisconsin
Eastern Kentucky University


English and Comparative Literature Professor
Graduate Chair, 1988 - 1991;

Places Worked

University of Nebraska - Lincoln


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 16 July 1987 and 20 September 1990
Winner of the 1991 First Book of Poetry Award sponsored by Mid-List Press
Received the 1991 Nebraska Arts Council
individual artist fellowship in poetry
Recipient of the Outstanding
Research and Creative Activity Award, 1992
Nebraska Arts Council Merit
Award recipient, 1995
Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship, 1995


Reader and Contributing Editor for PRAIRIE SCHOONER


The Moment of Explosion: Blake and the Illustration of Milton. 1983.
Approaches to the Teaching of Frankenstein.
Shelley and His Audience. 1989.
Reading William Blake. 1991.
Kansas Quarterly. 1990. (Winter/Spring)
Instruments of the Bones: A Volume of Poetry. 1991.
History and Myth: Essays on English Romantic Literature. 1991. (editor)
A Step in the Dark. 1996.
History: Poems. 2005.
British Women Poets and the Romantic Writing Community. 2008.
Refractions. 2014.
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. 2017. (contributor)

Ames Reading Series presentation, July 1987:

Ames Reading Series presentation, September 1990:

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