Nebraska Authors

Deb Carpenter

Born 1959 Rushville, NE (USA)

Carpenter presents music and poetry in the voices of pioneer women in her album, The Heart's Compass, with Lyn DeNaeyer Messersmith. She says of the experience, "My relationship to the land is a powerful influence on me as a person and as an author. I'm currently researching women's journeys (geographical, emotional, spiritual) and heroes, leaders, and legends. Working on the reservation has also helped shaped me."

Places Lived

Rushville, NE
Chadron, NE
Wheaton, IL

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Journalism
  • Music and Audio
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Health; Beauty; Women's History; Pioneers; Songs; Short Stories; Cowboy Poetry


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Master of Arts Degree in Education, Chadron State College, Chadron, NE


Teacher, Oglala Lakota College, Pine Ridge Reservation

Places Worked

Rural School District #44
Pine Ridge High School
Oglala Lakota College


Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Nebraska Arts Council for Literature--Fiction
Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Nebraska Arts Council for Performing Arts--Composition


Nature's Beauty Kit: Cosmetic Recipes You Can Make at Home. 1995.
Welcome to the North Star Motel. 1995.
"They're Easy to Kill" in Leaning Into the Wind. 1997.
Woven on the Wind. 2001. (contributor)

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