Nebraska Authors

Hilda Raz

Born 1938 Rochester, NY (USA)

Former UNL English Professor, poet and editor of Prairie Schooner from 1987 to 2010, Hilda Raz is currently the editor of the endowed Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series at the University of New Mexico Press and Poetry Editor of Bosque Press, both in Albuquerque. The first Luschei Professor and Editor in the Department of English at UNL, Raz continues her connection with the Book Prizes of Prairie Schooner.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE (1964--2010)
Boston, MA
Rochester, NY
Placitas, NM

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Poetry; Essayist; Editor; Literary Criticism


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1960, Boston University, Boston, MA



Places Worked

Assistant Director, Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, 1960-62
Editorial Assistant, Prairie Schooner, 1969-72
Contributing Editor, Prairie Schooner, 1972-75.
Poetry Editor, Prairie Schooner, 1976-
Acting Editor, Prairie Schooner, 1980-81, 1985
Editor, Prairie Schooner, 1987-
Associate Professor of English, and Women's and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Poetry Editor, Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series, University of New Mexico Press
Poetry Editor, Bosque Press


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 17 January 1985, 18 September 1997, 20 February 2003, 18 April 2010 and 24 October, 2021.

Recipient Bread Loaf Scholarship in Poetry, 1985, for Editors, 1974
Governor's Arts Award nomination, 1984
Nebraska Literary Heritage Association’s Literary Heritage Award, 1988
Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, 1996 (poetry)
Recipient, Artist of the Year Award, Lincoln Lancaster County Commission on the Status of Women, 1996
Jane Geske Award for the Prairie Schooner, Nebraska Center for the Book, 1997
ORCA Award, 2002
Nebraska 150 Books honor for Divine Honors, 2017
Nebraska 150 Books honor for Best of "Prairie Schooner": Fiction and Poetry, 2017


Studied with the poet Robert Lowell
Fellow, Harris Center for Judaic Studies, University of Nebraska, 1995
Recipient, Robert Frost Fellowship in Poetry, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, 1989


Feminist Poets in 20th Century America. (Contributor)
What Is Good. 1988.
Poetry. 1988.
The Bone Dish. 1989.
Voices of the Plains. 1989. (audio tape series)
The Confidence Woman: 26 Women Writers at Work. 1991.
Divine Honors. 1997.
Sleeping With One Eye Open, 1999.
Living on the Margins: Women Writers on Breast Cancer. 1999. (editor)
The Best from Prairie Schooner. 2000.
Trans. 2001.
All Odd and Splendid. 2008.
What Happens. 2009.
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. (Contributor)
List and Story. 2020.
Letter from a Place I've Never Been: New and Collected Poems, 1986-2020. 2021.

Contributor of poems and criticism to:
North American Review
The Pa. Review
American Book Review
the Literary Review
Women's Review of Books
Earth's Daughters
Poetry Miscellany
Denver Quarterly
Whole Notes
All My Grandmothers Could Sing
Nebraska Poets
Prairie Schooner
After Modernism

Ames Reading Series presentations:

October 2021

April 2010

February 2003

September 1997

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