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Born in Ogallala (where he still lives) in November, 1948, novelist, poet, and essayist ROBERT RICHTER lived in the Brule vicinity until 1957 when his family moved to Fort Collins, CO. Before completing his BA at Colorado State in 1973 (in English and secondary education), he spent two years in semi-permanent residence on the west coast of Mexico. From 1973 through June, 1975, he did graduate studies at Colorado State in the writing program under James Crumley and taught Freshman Composition.
He married in 1975 and moved back to southwestern Nebraska where his wife could teach and he could take over what was left of a family homestead of dryland wheat ground and pasture. The farming operation is very small and allows him to write through most of the winter months. While his wife taught to support them, he raised their two children.
He's published poetry extensively with small press magazines across the country, and in 1980 Windfall Journal was published (Laramie: Jelm Mountain P), a collection of poems and journal entries about living and farming in western Nebraska. The book also has pen and ink drawings. He spent 1990 writing a column for a Nebraska daily (Alliance Times-Herald) about rural/small town culture and values, country people and personal experiences.
In 1991 his first novel, Something in Vallarta, a mystery set in Mexico, was published (Permanent P), and he completed a screenplay for Metropole Film based on this work. His most recent novel is Homefield: Sonata in Rural Voice (Backwaters P, 2001), about western Nebraska farm life, for which he won a Master Writer Award in 2000 from the Nebraska Arts Council. He's also working on a book of essays about his twenty-five years of travel on the Mexican west coast.
In 2000, JGBurke Publishers published his biography, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas and the Roots of Mexico's New Democracy. In 2004, Lake McConaughy: a geographic portrait came out. That same year he gave up his odd jobs and guiding to get an MA in History at University of Nebraska — Kearney. In 2007, he was a Fulbright Research Fellow doing a comparative frontier study (US/Argentina) in Buenos Aires.
He continues to live on the family homestead in Perkins County, writing about the American West and Latin America. When the opportunity arises, he travels, most often to Mexico, once recently to Argentina. In 2000 he won a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Nebraska Arts Council.

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