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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
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