AWARDS & HONORS

 

Notable Essay citation in The Best American Essays 2015 for “Still Life with Peaches,” Ariel Levy (ed.). New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2015.

First Place, Nebraska Book Awards 2013, Nonfiction Essay category. Nebraska Center for the Book. Lincoln, Nebraska.

Honorable Mention, ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment) 2013 Environmental Creative Writing Book Award for What the River Carries.

Nominated for a $50,000 United States Artist Fellowship, funded by the Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential, and Rasmussen Foundations, March 2009.

Notable Essay citation in The Best American Essays 2010 for “No Other River,” Christopher Hitchins (ed.). New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2010.

Fellow, Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska, 2009.

Notable Essay citation in The Best American Essays 2008 for “Nine-mile Prairie,” Adam Gopnik  (ed.). New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2008.

Jefferis Endowed Chair of English, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2008 to 2011.

Finalist, 2004 Editors’ Prize Contest, Missouri Review for “The Fence.”

Notable Essay citation in The Best American Essays 2002 for “Household Words,” Stephen Jay Gould (ed.) New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company,  2002.

First Prize, 2002 Creative Nonfiction contest, Flint Hills Review, for “Thirty Shades of White.”

Notable Essay citation in The Best American Essays 2001 for “My Place of Many Times,” Kathleen Norris (ed.). New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2001.

$2,000 Literature Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council, Spring 2001.

Chicago Tribune’s The Editor’s Choice Award for Flight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape, January 17, 1999: section 14, p. 5.

Associate Fellow, Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska, September 1997.

Second place, Society of Midland Authors 1996 Awards Competition (Category: Adult  Nonfiction) for Field of Vision.

Notable Essay citation in The Best American Essays 1994, Tracy Kidder (ed.) for “Summer Reading.” New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1994.

Fourth place, 1994 Minnesota Voices Project Competition for Field of Vision.

Louise Pound Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1993-1994.

Second place in PEN/Jerard Fund Award for distinguished nonfiction work-in-progress by an emerging woman writer, 1993.

Frank Vogel Scholar in Nonfiction at the 1992 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont.

Notable Essay citation in The Best American Essays 1991, Joyce Carol Oates (ed.) for “Pheasant Country.” New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1991.