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Pam's Biography


Photos by Dreya Morrigan Layman

Pamela Carter Joern is the author of four works of fiction, published by the University of Nebraska Press: Toby's Last Resort, In Reach, The Plain Sense of Things, and The Floor of the Sky. She has published short stories and essays in various literary journals. She has also written six plays that have been produced in the Twin Cities, including a musical, Alchemyra's Art. She co-edited Re-Membering and Re-Imagining. She taught writing at the Loft Literary Center for many years.

Pam lives in Minneapolis. She is a graduate of United Theological Seminary and holds an MFA from Hamline University. 


Nebraska Book Award for Short Fiction, 2015

Finalist for Minnesota Book Award, Novel and Short Story, 2015

Career Initiative Grant, Jerome Foundation, 2008

Tamarack Award, Minnesota Monthly Magazine, 2008, 2001

Midwestern Booksellers Association Connections Pick, 2008

Nebraska Book Award for Fiction, 2007

Alex Award, Young Adult Library Services Association, 2007

Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers, 2006

Teaching Fellow, Loft Literary Center, 2005-2006

Norcroft Residency, 2003

Outstanding Prose Thesis, Hamline University, 2000.

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