Nebraska Authors

Theodore Wheeler

AKA: Ted Wheeler

Born IA (USA)

Theodore Wheeler was born in Iowa and received his high school diploma, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Fine Arts in Nebraska. His connection to the Midwest led him to the subject of his first novel, Kings of Broken Things, which takes place during the Omaha Race Riot of 1919. He teaches creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and reports a regular beat on civil law and politics in Omaha. His short fiction has been published in numerous literary journals, and his honors include a fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, and winning the Tarcher/Penguin Top Artist Writing Contest.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction


Short Stories; Fiction


Master of Fine Arts Degree, Creighton University, Omaha, NE



Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, NE


"Welcome Home" in Best New American Voices. 2009. (contributor)
Pushcart Prize XXXIV Anthology, "Welcome Home"
Boulevard Magazine's Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Authors, "Welcome Home"
Nebraska Book Award Honor in 2018 for Kings of Broken Things.


Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, GERMANY
Resident of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE


On the River, Down Where They Found Willy Brown. 2015.
Bad Faith. 2016.
Kings of Broken Things. 2017.
In Our Other Lives. 2020.

Short stories published in literary journals, including:
Best New American Voices
GSU Review
New South

Theodore Wheeler was the featured author in September 2020 at the John H. Ames Reading Series to discuss his book In Our Other Lives :

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