Pamela Carter Joern
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Pamela Carter Joern is an award-winning novelist, short story writer,
playwright, and a teacher of writing.
In Reach, a collection of short stories, won a 2015 Nebraska Book
Award and was a finalist for a 2015 Minnesota Book Award. Two of
the stories previously won a Tamarack Award, sponsored by
Minnesota Monthly Magazine, and a third story was a runner-up.
The Plain Sense of Things (2008) was a Midwest Booksellers’
Connection Pick. One of the stories, “Never Mind,” was adapted into a
one-act play for the Twin Cities Fringe Festival (2012) by Karen Bair
and Helena Webb.
Pam’s novel, The Floor of the Sky (2006), won a Nebraska Book
Award, an Alex Award (sponsored by the Library Association to
recognize adult books also recommended for young adult readers), and
was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.
Pam has received a Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship and a Career
Initiative grant from the Jerome Foundation. Her work has appeared in
the Red Rock Review, South Dakota Review, Water~Stone, Laurel
Review, Feminist Studies, Great River Review, Minnesota Monthly
Magazine and an anthology, Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace
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.
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.
Pam lives in Minneapolis with her husband Brad.