A fiction writer from Omaha, Nebraska, I also teach writing at Creighton University, co-direct Omaha Lit Fest, and help run Dundee Book Company.

My books include the novels Kings of Broken Things and In Our Other Lives.

My short stories have appeared in Best New American Voices, New Stories from the MidwestBoulevard (as the winner of their Short Fiction Prize for Emerging Writers), The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, NarrativeThe Cincinnati Review, Confrontation, and Five Chapters, among others. In February 2015, my chapbook On the River, Down Where They Found Willy Brown was published by Edition Solitude.

A 2020 National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellow, I’ve been awarded scholarships from Wesleyan Writers Conference, Key West Literary Seminar (thrice, including as winner of the Marianne Russo Award), Disquiet International Literary Program, Port Townsend Writers Conference, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing as a fellow at Creighton University. In the summer of 2014, I was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, where I lived on the grounds of a 248 year-old Baroque palace. An avid traveler, I’ve recently been to Portugal, Spain, Japan, Thailand, India, Italy, France, Austria, El Salvador, Israel, and Jordan, in addition to my time in Germany.

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Presenting Omaha Uninitiated at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. February 2015.

I’m represented by Stephanie Delman of Trellis Literary Management.

For media requests, please contact Kristin Lunghamer, Publicist, Little A.

For event queries, book clubs, and other reasonable requests, email me at tedwheeler@creighton.edu.

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  1. Ted, I’m a copy editor for the Metro Neighborhood News, which is a micro-local neighborhood publication. We’re looking for area-specific local websites and blogs to add so we can help drive readership to those sites. You should definitely add a link to your blog here:


    I’m not sure where you live though, so you should click Editions and choose the area of Omaha in which you live. Then click go to Friend Sites on the left hand side (tab “friends”) and then “add my link.” People who visit the Edition pages click the links fairly frequently, especially since they know the links there pertain to their own specific neighborhoods.

    1. Hi, Allison.

      I haven’t read at UNK, but I’d love to have the chance someday. I’ve noticed how you get some really great writers there.


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