Fiction writer, essayist and screenwriter Jonis Agee was born in Omaha, Nebraska,and grew up in Nebraska and Missouri, places where many of her stories and novels are set. In addition, she lived for many years in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she taught at The College of St. Catherine. She has also taught at the University of Michigan, and the University of Nebraska. Educated at The University of Iowa (BA) and The State University of New York at Binghamton (MA, PhD), she is the Adele Hall Professor of English at The University of Nebraska --- Lincoln, where she teaches creative writing and twentieth-century fiction.
Her most recent novel, THE RIVER WIFE (Random House, 2007) is about five generations of women who experience love and heartbreak, passion and deceit against the backdrop of the nineteenth-century South. The book was selected by the Book of the Month Club, the Literary Guild, and as a main selection by the Quality Paperback Book Club.
She lives on an acreage north of Omaha, Nebraska, along the Missouri River, with her husband, writer Brent Spencer.