Nebraska Authors

Dwaine Spieker

Born 1974

Dwaine Spieker grew up on a farm outside Elgin, Nebraska, at the eastern edge of the Sandhills. Spieker's poems have appeared in numerous journals. He has published two collections, the first of which won the 2010 Nebraska Book Award. He was also a finalist for the 2014 Pablo Neruda Prize for Nimrod and a semifinalist in 2015. Spieker lives in Wayne, Nebraska, with his wife and four children.

Places Lived

Elgin, NE
Wayne, NE

Author Of

  • Poetry




High School Teacher

Places Worked

Wayne Public Schools, Wayne, NE


Nebraska Book Award 2010


Garden of Stars. 2010.
The Way Magellan Must Have Felt. 2014.
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017 Contributor, 2017.
Learning to Drive Nails. 2018.

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