Nebraska Authors

David McCleery

AKA: Occasional pen name Asa Hawk

Born 1957

McCleery is a photographer, musician devoted to the Highland bagpipe, and multifaceted writer.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Other
  • Visual Work
  • Music and Audio


Poetry; Journalism; Essays; Editing; Photography; Musician--Highland Bagpipe



Places Worked

B and R Stores, (retired)
Founder, Publisher and Editor at A Slow Tempo Press


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 17 January 1988 and 18 January 1990
Nebraska Literary Heritage Association’s Literary Heritage Award, 1990


NLHA Board Member
Nebraska Center for the Book Board, 1991-93-?
Founder of A Slow Tempo Press Host of "Voices of the Plains" Series, l989
Son of Nebraska poet Nancy McCleery
Studied with poet Greg Kuzma and novelist Warren L. Fine at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1980 – 1982


Poems in: Gleanings. 1979.
Contributor: Forty Nebraska Poets. (edited by Greg Kuzma) 1981.
"A Brief History of Sacred Places, Archeology, and Grave Robbing in the Hill Family, an Essay," a Nebraska Q125 Project, in the anthology Nebraska Voices (Co-sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council and The Nebraska Press Association), 1993
Contributor: Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry. (edited by Greg Kosmicki and Mary K. Stillwell) 2007
Visual Language. (with photographer Clay Walker), 1989.
Seven Poems. (Chapbook) 1991.
Edited Resource Guide to Six Nebraska Authors. 1991. (with Kira Gale for the Nebraska Literature Festival)
Editor/contributor: A Flowering: A Festival. (An anthology of the Nebraska Writing and Storytelling Festival), 1991.
Contributor: The Decade Dance: A Celebration of Poems. (Edited by Mark Sanders), 1991.
Grassland: A passage through the uncharted possibilities of the early American West. (Novel published under the pen name Asa Hawk) 2018.
Nebraska Funeral Luncheon and other stories. 2022.
The Ferroypist. (Novel published under the pen name Asa Hawk). 2022.
Publishes 'zine' called 'Leaves of Grass' beginning April 1990. Other work in: Kansas Quarterly, Blues Review Quarterly, The Funny Times, Nebraska Humanities Magazine, Whole Notes, Pawnee Tribal Newsletter, Lincoln Journal Star.

Ames Reading Series presentation with Clay Walker, January 1990:

Ames Reading Series presentation November 1988:

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