Jessica Nelson

Jessica Hendry Nelson

Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing
Position Type
- Present

Jessica Hendry Nelson is the author of the memoir-in-essays If Only You People Could Follow Directions (2014), which was selected as a best debut book by the Indies Introduce New Voices program, the Indies Next List by the American Booksellers’ Association, named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Review, received starred reviews in Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly, and reviewed nationally in print and on NPR—including twice in (O) Oprah Magazine. It was also a finalist for the Vermont Book Award. She is also co-author of the forthcoming textbook and anthology Advanced Creative Nonfiction along with the writer Sean Prentiss (Bloomsbury, 2020). Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Prairie Schooner, Tin House, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Carolina Quarterly, Columbia Journal, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, Drunken Boat and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Nebraska in Omaha and is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at Denison University.

B.A., University of New Hampshire; M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College

Learning & Teaching

Academic Positions
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Denison University
  • Faculty, MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska in Omaha