Nebraska Center for Writers

Chimney Rock Selected Publications
of Jim Reese


Ghost on Third, New York Quarterly Books, 2010.

These Trespasses, The Backwaters Press, 2005, 2006.


The Jive, Morpo Press, 2004

Wedding Cake and Funeral Ham, Grizzly Press, 2002



“Triple Dog Dares” Poster Design by Young Ae Kim for the P3 Invitational Exhibition of paired poems and artwork—Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, SD, 2008.

"Willing and Ready." 100 copies printed on letterpress by Fine Arts Press, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2006.


Paddlefish, Mount Marty College Press, 2007-Present.

4 P.M. Count, National Endowment for the Arts, 2008. 

Still Life Moving, William Kloefkorn and Carlos Frey, WSC Press, 2007.

Gutter Flowers, Don Welch, Logan House Press, 2005.

The Great American Road Show, co-edited by JV Brummels and Jim Reese, Logan   House Press, 2003.

Frankenstein Was A Negro, Charles Fort, Logan House Press, 2002.

All These Bullets, Separate As Nuns, Eager As Reynosa Whores, Red Shuttleworth,  Logan House Press, 1997.

Story, Neil Harrison, Logan House Press, 1995.

Periodical and Anthology Publication Prose

"Words on Poetry" and "So, This is Nebraska." Red Thread Gold Thread: The Poet's Voice, 2009. Ed. Alan Cohen. Power of Poetry Press, Hockin' County, Ohio, pp. 75-76.

The Wide Open: Prose, Poetry, and Photographs of the Prairie edited by Annick Smith and Susan O’Connor—review.  (forthcoming Great Plains Quarterly 2009).

“Hard.”  Paterson Literary Review #38, (forthcoming 2009).

“The Great Escape” Fordyce, Nebraska’s Centennial and History Book (forthcoming 2009).

“Grandpa, What’s It Like to Kill Another Man?  Paterson Literary Review #37, (forthcoming 2008).

"Strip and Go Fishing" / "Missouri River Jug Fishing"; by Jim Reese and Neil Harrison Elsewhere: A Journal for the Literature of Place Vol. 1 Issue 2, 2008 pgs. 89-96.

“Great Plains Writers’ Tour Returns to MMC.” Yankton Press and Dakotan, April 4th, 2008 River City Section pg. 2.

“Buckets, Indians and Habaneros.”  New Delta Review Vol. 25 #1 Winter 2008, pg. 66-77.

Sasquawk and Copenhagen” and “Old Man George Rides Again?” South Dakota Review, Vol. 45 No.1 (Summer 2007): 57-64.


Nebraska Bookshelf.”  A monthly column of book reviews published by the Lincoln Journal Star 2003-2006.

“How to Become a Regular,” “Understanding Animals” and “Making Bacon.”  South Dakota Review # Vol. 43 No.1 & 2 (Spring/Summer 2005): 61-69 .

“Cat Scratch Fever.”  Nidus No. 9 (Summer 2005): online: begins on page 2.

“My Ass Kicking Life.”  Words Like Rain. Ed. Scott McIntosh and Greta Smith. Wayne: WSC Press, 2005, pgs.137-139.

“Notes On Exile—Friction, Fact, Hex and Hymn: An Interview with Steve Langan.” Omaha Pulp (Feb. 2005): pg. 8.

“Words from the Highway—by Paul Williams.”  Nebraska Territory (2000): pg. 42.

“Tastes Like More.”  The Higginsville Reader Vol. 10:1(2000): pg. 4.

“The Jive.”  Plains Song Review No. I (1999): 166-168. 

“Daydreaming.”  Judas Goat (1993): pg. 11.

Periodical and Anthology Publication Poetry

“The Day Before You Broke Your Arm on the Monkey Bars.”  Caduceus, the Journal for the Physicians of Yale U. Issue #8 (forthcoming fall 2010).

 “The Keeper of All Things Necessary and Whole.”  Caduceus, the Journal for the Physicians of Yale U. Issue #7 (forthcoming fall 2009).

“Playing with Balloons, Needles and Peas” and “As Seen on TV” Louisiana Literature Review Issue 26 #1 Spring/Summer 2009, pgs. 54-57s.

“Makes for 4 Persons” Paterson Literary Review #38 (forthcoming 2010).

"The Grass Alley" and "The Keeper of All Things Necessary and Whole" South Dakota Review Winter 2008 pgs. 30-32.

“Hunting for Crawlers” and “A Pony for Paige” Connecticut Review (forthcoming Fall 2009).

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”“ Irene Pop 470 00”, andFordyce, Population 190+1” Connecticut River Review (forthcoming Fall 2009).

“Mothers—A Toast” Poetry East #67 (forthcoming Spring 2010).

Would you mind reading this new poem of mine?” New York Quarterly No. 66 (forthcoming 2009).

“Habit.”  Mid-America Poetry Review Vol. IX, Number 3 Winter 2008-2009, pg. 161.

“This Havelock.” New York Quarterly No. 65 2009, pg. 89.

“Missing.”  South Dakota Review (forthcoming Spring 2008).

“Running with Wine” Cairn, Saint Andrews Press (forthcoming summer 2008).

“A Bag of Apples.”  Nebraska Life Mar/Apr 2008, pg. 38.

“Diving in the Bathtub,” “This is Nebraska,” “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To,” and “How Do You Like My M’s.”  Paterson Literary Review No. 37, (forthcoming 2008).

 “What They Do Not Tell Us” Poetry East, No. 62 (forthcoming Autumn 2008).

“Memorial Day 2007, Hartington, Nebraska,” “Waiting for the Greatest Show on Earth to Start,” and “They Will Go Before They Are in Kindergarten.” Expressions, Augustana College’s creative writing e-zine, 2007.

"Boys Will Be Boys.” Spitball (Fall 2007) No. 65 p. 68-69.

“Strike on the Stoop” and “Ten Penny High.”  Nebraska Presence: The State of Poetry (Anthology) Backwaters Press, forthcoming 2007.

“Animals,” “This Havelock,” and “The Sandwich Shop.”  New York Quarterly: forthcoming 2007.

“The Woman Who Wishes to Remain Anonymous,” and “His Secret Stash.”  Paterson Literary Review, forthcoming 2007.

“Coming to Grips,” “This Hunger,” and At Two Years.”  Prairie Schooner, forthcoming 2007.

“Fry Cook, Stockade Bar and Grill,” and “The Pecker.”  Talking River Review: forthcoming 2007.

 “Ten Penny High.” New York Quarterly No. 61 (2005): pg. 84.

“Noodles and Pretzels,” “Euchre at Two” and “At the Bar with Bella.”  Words Like Rain. Ed. Scott McIntosh and Greta Smith.  Wayne: WSC Press, 2005, pgs. 56, 84, 98.

“Morse Code” and “The Salesman.”  Plain Song Review Vol. VII (2005): 32-33.

“Amish Hat.”  Middlewesterner (March 2005): 2.

“Homegrown.” Epiphany (A literary journal affiliated with NYU) (Summer 2004): 2.

“At the Bar with Bella.”  Touchstone (University of Kansas) No. 35 (Spring 2003): pg. 56.

“Euchre at Two.”  South Dakota Review Vol. 41:3 (2003): pg. 22-23.

“Noodles and Pretzels.”  Heartlands—A Magazine of Midwest Life and Art.  No. 1(2003):   pg. 37.

707 Florence Boulevard,” “Strike on the Stoop” and “Afternoon Chores.”  Plain Song Review Vol. IV (2002): 47-48.

“Nightfall After the Banker Stops at the Place” and “Cattle Call.”  Rural Voices Literature from Rural Nebraska.  Ed. Chris Gustafson.  Mead: Dirt Road Press, 2002, pg. 205, 219.

“Backstage Pass.” In Our Own Words—A Generation Defining Itself.  Ed. Marlow Peerse Weaver.  Raleigh: MW Enterprises, 2001, pg. 111.

“Euchre at Two.”  Nebraska Life Vol. 5:1 (Nov/Dec. 2000): pg. 32.

“First Day on the Job.”  Platte Valley Review—Popular Culture in the Plains (Special Issue) Vol. 28:2(2000): pgs. 66-72.

“The Catch,” “Backstage Pass” and “Euchre at Two.”  Plains Song Review Vol. II (2000): 134-135, 193. 

“Saturday Night at the VFW.”  Plains Song Review Vol. I (1999): 119.

“Why I’ve Never Been Good with Condolences,” “Soul Food,” “Bent Houses” and “The Bet.”  Nebraska Territory Summer/Fall (1999): 38-43.

“Smell My Socks You Bastard.”  Judas Goat (1994): pgs. 20.


2009 Mount Marty College Distinguished Achievement Award.


2009 National Endowment for the Art’s Writer-in-Residence at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp.


2009 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards sponsored by the Poetry Center in Paterson, NJ. Honorable Mention for the poem “As Seen on TV.”


2008 Pushcart Prize nomination from the Paterson Literary Review for the poem “The Woman Who Wishes to Remain Anonymous.”


2008 Mount Marty College James Award for Scholarly Research and Publication.


2008 National Endowment for the Art’s Writer-in-Residence at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp.


2008 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards sponsored by the Poetry Center in Paterson, NJ. Honorable Mention for the poem “The Metal Detector.”


The Great Plains Writers’ Tour 2008 (three grants) Grantees include:  South Dakota Humanities Council; Yankton Area Arts; Mount Marty College Gregorian Club.

Chancellor's Award for Research, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1999, 2001.

Grant for publishing from the Nebraska Humanities Council, 2000.

Second Place in the International Stetson Western Wonders Photo Contest, 1999.

First Place Golden Leaf Award for Investigative Reporting from the Nebraska Collegiate Media Association, 1997.

Golden Leaf Awards:  Second Place Photo Layout; Two Third Place awards for editorial news writing and entertainment reviews from the Nebraska Collegiate Media Association, 1996.


Connecticut State University, reading and editorial workshop, March, 2010.

P3 Invitational Reading, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD, Feb. 2010.

Folsom Prison, Folsom, CA Workshops and readings in association with the National Endowment for the Arts and the William James Association Nov. 2009.

Keynote Speaker, John Milton Conference, University of South Dakota, Oct. 29-31st, 2009.

7th Annual South Dakota Book Festival, Deadwood, S.D. Oct. 3rd, 2009.  Poetry Presentation and Arts in the Prisons presentation.

Presenter, 44th Annual Western Literature Association High Plains Drifting: Which Way(s) is West?  “Keep it Between the Ditches” October 2nd, 2009, Spearfish, South Dakota.

Black Hills State University Guest Lecturer and Poetry Reading, April 21st 2009.

Keynote Speaker, Vermillion Literary Project—Poetry Festival, Vermillion, SD Feb. 26th, 2009. 

NECC Reading Series at Hawk’s Landing, Norfolk, NE Feb. 4th 2009.

P3 Invitational Reading, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD Jan. 17th, 2009.

The Poetry Center Distinguished Poets Series, Paterson, New Jersey: Poetry Reading by Literary Journal Editors Hilda Raz, Prairie Schooner; Jim Reese, Paddlefish; Vivian Shipley, Connecticut Review. Dec. 6, 2008.

Paterson, New Jersey High School Presentations (all day), Dec. 5, 2008.

San Quentin Prison, San Francisco, California: Workshops and readings in association with the National Endowment for the Arts and the William James Association, Nov. 20-22nd, 2008.

Sacred Heart Elementary “Celebrity Story Time” Nov. 13th Yankton, SD, 2008.

P3 Invitational Exhibition of Poetry and Art. Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, SD 5:30–7:00 p.m. Nov. 7, 2008.

South Dakota Book Festival, Sioux Falls, S.D. Sept. 26-27, 2008.

University of Sioux Falls, SD 7:00 p.m. Sept. 16th, 2008.

Keynote Speaker, The 34th Interdisciplinary Great Plains Studies Symposium Death, Murder and Mayhem—Stories of Violence and Healing on the Plains.  Embassy Suites.  Omaha, NE April 18th, 2008.

South Dakota Public Radio “Food for Thought” University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD April 10th, 2008.

Writer’s Life Series Binghamton, NY Nov. 14th, 2007.

Augustana Reading Series Sioux Falls, SD Nov. 8th, 2007.

Knights of Columbus 100 Years Celebration, Hartington, NE Oct. 28th 2007.

Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA Oct. 11th, 2007.

South Dakota Festival of the Book, Deadwood, SD Sept. 28th – 30th, 2007.

Yankton Area Writers Group, Yankton Public Library, Yankton, SD August 13th, 2007.

Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD April 2007 “Railroading the Plains.”

Peru State College, Crete, NE, April 12th 2007.

Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, March 7th 2007.

Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN, Feb. 15th 2007.

Nebraska State Historical Society/Neihardt Center, Bancroft, NE, Jan. 14th, 2007.

South Dakota State University class visit / reading – Professor David Allan Evans.  December 4th, 2006.

Judge for Slam 16 at Uncle Dave’s (sponsored by Wayne State College), Wayne, NE, Nov. 16th, 2006.

Plains Writers Series, Wayne State College, November 16th, 2006.

Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, Sept. 28th, 2006.

The South Dakota Festival of the Book, September 23rd, 2006.

University of Nebraska-Omaha, Library Reading Series, April 20th, 2006.

University of South Dakota, Reading Series, March 30th, 2006.

Nebraska Public Radio, Live From the Mill with William Kloefkorn “Poetry of the Plains.”  Feb. 24th, March 3rd and 10th 2006. 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Guest Lecturer, Great Plains Literature Class (Professor Francis Kaye) Nov. 16th, 2005.

University of Iowa, Non-Fiction NOW, November 10-12th, 2005.

University of Nebraska-Kearney, Reynold’s Chair Reading Series, Kearney, NE October 28th, 2005.

KZUM 89.3 FM “Book Talk,” Lincoln NE October 19th, 2005.

Lee Booksellers, book signing, Lincoln, NE October 14th, 2005.

Nebraska Book Festival, Wesleyan University, Lincoln NE October 7th, 2005.

Northeast Community College, Norfolk, NE September 28th 2005.

Writing By Degrees — 7th Annual National Graduate Creative Writing Conference in Binghamton, New York. Sponsored by Poets and Writers, Canson Publishers and Binghamton University, October, 2004.

Crescent Moon Reading Series, June 21st 2004, Crescent Moon, Lincoln NE.

Plains Prose Festival, Wayne State College, March 2004.

No-Name Reading Series, Sur Tango, January 23rd 2004, Lincoln NE.

Plains Writers Festival, (Moderator), Wayne State College, Wayne NE, November 2003.

Books Alive!  The Nebraska Book Festival, Creighton University, November 25, 2003.

"Creative Writing in the Classroom," Composition and Pedagogy Conference, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Sept. 4-5, 2003.

Prairie Peace Park's 10th Season Celebration, June 14, 2003, Nebraska.

Nebraska Public Radio — "Live From the Mill Statewide" hosted by William Kloefkorn, July 25th-August 29th, 2003.

No Name Reading Series Lincoln, NE 2002 .

Plains Poetry Festival Wayne State College, Wayne NE 2002.

Nebraska Literature Festival, Sept 20-22, 2001, Peru State College, Peru, NE.

Western Literature Association Conference, Oct. 18th-20th, 2001, Omaha, NE.

Presenter/Moderator, Western Literature Association, University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma, 2000.

John H Ames Reading Series, Heritage Room, Bennett Martin Public Library, Lincoln, NE, February 2000.

Nebraska Literature Festival, 1999 Chadron State College.

Nebraska Literature Festival, 1998 Wayne State College.

Western Literature Association Conference, Sacramento, CA, October 13th-16th, 1999.

Plains Writers Series, Wayne State College 1997.


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