Pamela Carter Joern
Pamela Carter Joern is an award-winning novelist, short story
writer, playwright, and a teacher of writing. Her second book,
Plain Sense of Things
, (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) has
been selected as a Midwest Booksellers Association Connections
Pick. This collection of connected stories chronicles three
generations of a Nebraska family from 1930-1980 as they deal
with personal hardship and historical changes.

Pam’s debut novel,
The Floor of the Sky (University of Nebraska
Press, 2006), was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New
Writers selection and winner of an Alex Award and the Nebraska
Book Award. It tells the story of an aging widow struggling to
hang on to her family and her land in the rugged Nebraska

Pam is the 2008 winner of the Tamarack Award, sponsored by
Minnesota Monthly Magazine, for her short story “The Fireman.”
She also won the Tamarack Award in 2001 and has received a
Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship and a Career Initiative grant
from the Jerome Foundation. Her work has appeared in the
Rock Review, South Dakota Review, Water~Stone, Laurel Review,
Feminist Studies, Minnesota Monthly Magazine
and an anthology,
Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace ( Backwaters Press). She has a
story forthcoming in
Great River Review.

Pam has written six plays that have been produced in the Twin
Cities area, most recently
Whatever Happened to Alice James,
chosen by Illusion Theater in 2004 as part of their Fresh Ink
Series. In 2006, she directed an original rock opera,
My Green
, written by Randy Baker and Doug Weatherhead, that was
produced as a benefit for breast cancer research.

Pam holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University.
She has completed two other master’s degrees: communications
and secondary education from University of Nebraska at Omaha
and religious studies from United Theological Seminary. She
teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and at Hamline

Pam lives in Minneapolis with her husband Brad. They have two
adult daughters, both married.
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