Nebraska Authors

Clarissa Bucklin

AKA: Clarissa Bucklin Smith

Born 1904-11-03 Austin, MN (USA)

Died 1980-12-30
Broomall, PA (USA)

A writer, editor, and painter, after graduation from the University of Nebraska, Bucklin edited Nebraska Art and Artists (1932), the first comprehensive book of early Nebraska artistic activity from the pre-territorial period through the statehood and into the early 1930s. She was a member of The Quill Society of Women Writers and the Lincoln Artist's Guild. She also published poems in The Crisis and Prairie Schooner. Her poems "Inhibitions" (1928) and "Midwest Minerva" (1939), in which the Catherian speaker of the latter poem longs for "old Greece and old Cathay" amidst "Midwest false-front architecture," appear in Humphrey's Poems by Nebraska Poets (1940).

Places Lived

Austin, MN
Lincoln, NE
Broomall, PA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Visual Work
  • Poetry


Artists--Nebraska; Poetry


Bachelor of Arts Degree, School of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Librarian and Curator, School of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Places Worked

School of Fine Arts Library, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Inhibitions. 1928.
Nebraska Art and Artists. 1932 (editor)
Midwest Minerva. 1939.
Poems by Nebraska Poets. 1940. (Contributor)
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. (Contributor)

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