Nebraska Authors

Helen Moorhouse Crosswait

Born 1930-11-19 White River, SD (USA)

Died 2018-08-19
Spearfish, SD

Born on Rosebud Indian Reservation, she wrote a memoir Reflections of a Paleface From the Rosebud. She graduated from college in 1984 at age 54 with a half dozen majors and minors including Women's Studies, Sociology, History, English, Women's Literature, Political Science and Psychology.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Chadron, NE
Rosebud Reservation, SD

Author Of

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Poems; Short Fiction; Memoir


Black Hills Vocational Tech, Certified Trained Nursing Assistant., 1975
Bachelor of Arts in University Studies, 1984, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Crisis Intervention Training, Lincoln, 1984


Nursing Assistant


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 17 October 1991
1995 Honorable Mention in American Mothers International National Literary Writing Competition
2nd place in the Nebraska Mother's annual literary contest for short story "A Fiercely Independent Woman"


A Riot in a Parrot Shoppe and Other Eruptions. 1991.
Reflections of a Paleface From the Rosebud. 1992.

October 1991 Ames Reading series presentation:

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