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About Jonis Agee


Jonis Agee is the author of twelve books, including five collections of short fiction (Pretend We’ve Never Met, Bend This Heart, A .38 Special and A Broken Heart, Taking the Wall, Acts of Love on Indigo Road), six novels (Sweet Eyes, Strange Angels, South of Resurrection, The Weight of Dreams, The River Wife, The Bones of Paradise), and a book of poetry (Houses). Three of her books — Bend This Heart, Sweet Eyes, and Strange Angels — were named New York Times Notable Books.


She has been awarded fellowships for writing from the National Endowment for the Arts in Literature, the Loft-McKnight, the Minnesota Arts Board, and the Nebraska Humanities Council. She has been given The John Gardner Fiction Award, the Mark Twain Award for Contributions to Midwestern Fiction, the AWP George Garrett Award for Service to Literature, two Nebraska Book Awards, and Foreword Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award for Best Book of Fiction and the Gold Medal for Fiction.


She currently teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She lives in Omaha on the bluffs above the Missouri River with her husband, Brent Spencer, where they have recently founded a literary press, Brighthorse Books, publishing fiction and poetry books. Her new novel, The Bones of Paradise, will be published in August 2016 by William Morrow.