Nebraska Authors

Benjamin Vogt

Born 1976

This author has Pushcart Prize nominations in both poetry and prose genres. Vogt served on the Board of the Wachiska Audubon Society and is also very well known as a prolific blogger on native prairie gardening in Nebraska and related ecological issues. His blog, bearing the title "The Deep Middle," has had several different web addresses over its history. He has contributed to numerous collective works on prairie, gardening, and ecological topics. Vogt's 4,500 square feet home garden has been featured in Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Nebraska Life, the Omaha World Herald, the Lincoln Journal Star, and on KOLN (Lincoln's local CBS affiliate). Vogt owns Monarch Gardens, a prairie-inspired design firm in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Creative Nonfiction; Gardening; Great Plains Ecology


Master of Fine Arts Degree, Ohio State University
Ph.D. in Creative Writing, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Professor of English
Business Owner

Places Worked

Doane College
Prairie Schooner editorial staff
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Monarch Gardens, Lincoln, NE


Indelible Marks.
Without Such Absence.
Afterimage: Poems. 2012.
A New Garden Ethic : Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future. 2017.

Poetry and creative nonfiction in Crab Orchard Review, Cream City Review, Puerto Del Sol, Verse Daily., and elsewhere.

Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017 (Contributor). 2017.

We appreciate corrections and additions to our information about authors, but please read the following guidelines and caveats carefully.

  • The Nebraska Authors database is based on publicly available sources. Unless you are the author contacting us in person, it helps us if you cite the source or sources of your information. We cannot include unsourced information in the database.
  • We may be appreciative of information we choose not to include in the publicly available database.
  • To include an image on an author profile, please send jpg attachment to nebraskaauthors@lincoln.ne.gov. A photo-release agreement is required before the image will be published on this site.
  • Because of the way we are staffed, expect corrections or additions to take time, sometimes up to three months.
  • While we initially included some actual links to external URLs in the database, we will in the future no longer provide functioning links. We will instead record the presence of specific external materials in language that we hope will help intelligent users find it themselves. Web rot, in which actual materials remain online but undergo changes in their URLs, is too demanding in terms of staff time for us to hope to keep external links current.

Please copy, fill out the form below, and email it to heritage@lincoln.ne.gov to suggest a change.

Benjamin Vogt

Do you have corrections for the above information or other information to add?:

(e.g. Author is buried in Fremont, not in David City / Also wrote for the Daily Nebraskan during her time as a student)