Nebraska Authors

Ted Genoways

Born 1972 Lubbock , TX (USA)

The author studied Poetry with Bill Kloefkorn, and edited several Kloefkorn poetry collections. Genoways has published award-winning poetry, but is more widely known for his non-fiction. His book The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food, 2014 was a James Beard Foundation Award finalist. He has been a regular contributing writer for Mother Jones, The New Republic and OnEarth Magazine. His articles have appeared in many other publications, including Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times. His subjects are social justice, journalism and history. He has won a National Press Award for reporting on "ag-gag" laws. His 2017 This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Farm Family won the $10,000 2018 Stubbendieck Great Plains Book Prize as the year's most outstanding book on the Great Plains, and was the 2019 One Book One Nebraska selection from the Nebraska Center for the Book.

Genoways has a personal website: www.tedgenoways.com.

Places Lived

Pittsburgh, PA
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction


History; Social Justice; Journalism


High School Diploma, East High School, Lincoln, NE
Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE
Ph.D. candidate, University of Iowa


Acquisitions Editor, Minnesota Historical Society Press

Places Worked

Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, 2003-2012


One of six Nebraskans to win a high School achievement award in writing from The National Council of English Teachers, 1989
National Merit Scholar Semi-finalist
His book "Bull Roarer: A Sequence" won the 2001 Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize, the Natalie Ornish Poetry Award and the Nebraska Book Award
National Press Club Award
James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism
American Library Association Outstanding Academic Book of the Year, 2010 for Walt Whitman and the Civil War


Studied under William Kloefkorn at the Nebraska Scholars Institute, Summer 1989
Edited the Uncollected poems by William Kloeforn: Burning the Hymnal (1994)
Online editor of correspondence for the Walt Whitman archive


"Coal, Coal, Coal!" article in NebraskaLand. 1989.
Tear That Old Barn Down. 1989.
Burning the Hymnal: The Uncollected Poems of William Kloefkorn. 1994. (editor)
The Dead Have a Way of Returning. 1997.
Bullroarer: A Sequence. 2001.
A Perfect Picture of Hell : Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War Prisoners from the 12th Iowa. 2001. (editor)
Walt Whitman and the Civil War. 2010.
The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food. 2014.
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. (contributor)
This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm. 2017.

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