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WILLIAM KLOEFKORN was named the
Nebraska State Poet by
proclamation of the Unicameral in 1982.
to his many publications and honors, he also won first-place in the 1978 Nebraska
A retired professor of English at
Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, he was the author of
many collections of poetry and other books, including
Alvin Turner as Farmer (Logan House, 2004),
Sunrise, Dayglow, Sunset, Moon (Talking River Publications, 2004), and
Walking the Campus (Lone Willow Press, 2004).
He also published four memoirs, This Death by Drowning (U of Nebraska P,
Restoring the Burnt Child (U of Nebraska Press, 2003),
At Home n This Moveable Earth (U of Nebraska Press, 2006), and
Breathing in the Fullness of Time (U of Nebraska P, 2009).
He was the author of two collections of short fiction,
A Time to Sink Her Pretty Little Ship (Logan House Press, 1999) and
Shadow Boxer (Logan House Press, 2003).
Other books include
Sergeant Patrick Gass, Chief Carpenter: On the Trail with Lewis
and Clark (Spoon River),
Run to Winter (Windflower Press),
Loup River Psalter (Spoon River),
Welcome to Carlos (Spoon River),
Drinking the Tin Cup Dry (White Pine Press, 1989).
His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Georgia Review,
Poet & Critic, and elsewhere.
He died after an illness in May 2011.