Essayist, poet, playwright, and short story writer Vivian grew up in the Dundee neighborhood of Omaha. He has had over twenty plays produced off and off-off Broadway. Several have been published, with monologues appearing in the international anthologies Best Men and Women's Stage Monologues from 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998. He holds the PhD in English from University of Nebraska — Lincoln. Among his most recent plays is Something is Wrong, performed in Omaha by the Blue Barn Theatre. He also adapted Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts for Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, New York, which premiered in February, 2006. His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Creative Nonfiction, Glimmertrain, Georgia Review, Jabberwock, Janus Head, Massachusetts Review, The New York Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, River Teeth, Sycamore Review, Turnrow, and elsewhere. His essays have been included in the list of Notable Essays in Best American Essays for the years 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005. His collection of creative nonfiction, Cold Snap as Yearning, (University of Nebraska Press, 2002) won the Midland of Society Awards in for Nonfiction and the Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction in that same year. Many of the book's essays first appeared in Harper's, Creative Nonfiction, Salt Hill, Sycamore Review, Seneca Review, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the 2004 Iowa Short Fiction Award for his collection Eating the Bible. His first novel, The Mover of Bones, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2006. It was followed by two more: Lamb Bright Saviors and Another Burning Kingdom, parts two and three of The Tall Grass Trilogy, also from the University of Nebraska Press, which has also published a collection of essays, The Town That Burns Eternity Into Your Soul. His most recent book is The Least Cricket of Evening (University of Nebraska Press, 2011).