Nebraska Center for Writers
grew up on a farm three miles west of Genoa, Nebraska. She
was educated at the University of Washington and the University of
Nebraska Lincoln, where she earned her PhD in English Literature.
She is the poetry editor of Puerto del Sol at
New Mexico State University, where she is a professor of English. She has
books of poetry and fiction, her most recent being the novel
The Summer of the Sub-comandante.
The Road to Mandalay (Pig Iron Press) won
the Kenneth Patchen Award for Fiction.
Other books include
Death of a Regional Poet, Canto 1 (Main-Travelled
Roads #13, 1998). Other titles include Water Witching
(Copper Canyon, 1984), The Farmer's Daughter
(Sandhills, 1990), Plainswoman: Her First Hundred Years
(Sandhills, 1985), The Garden Section (Yellow Barn Press,
1982), Land Bound (Copper Canyon Press, 1978), and
The Armadillo on the Rug (Seal Press, 1978). Other work appears
in Alaska Quarterly Review,
The Muse Strikes Back! (Story Line), and
Plains Sense of Things: Eight Poets from Outstate Nebraska
(Sandhills Press, 1997).
She has also produced a recording titled Four Satirical Songs,
a suite of poems from Water Witching and The Farmer's
Daughter, sung by Professor Margaret Kennedy of the University of
Nebraska Lincoln (Coronet Music).
She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Iceland for two
years, a National Endowment of the Arts apprenticeship award, and
Honorable Mention in the Binational Border Poetry Contest (Mexico and the
United States). She has lectured and given readings of her poems in the
United States, Iceland, China, Mexico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.
She is the author of a bi-lingual book of poetry, Romance
Tercermundista/ Third-World Romance, published by Catedral Press,
Santiago de Cuba. She presented the book during the International Festival
of Poetry 2000 in Cuba. Current translation projects include contemporary
Cuban poetry for a special issue of Puerto del Sol and poetry from
Dominican Republic for a forthcoming anthology. She has taught at
the Summer Literary Seminar at Altos de Chavsn, Dominican Republic.