Nebraska Authors

John Mark Walker

AKA: "Doctor John Walker" musical stage name

Born 1940-08-07 Chickasha, OK (USA)

Died 2018-11-25
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Walker taught philosophy at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln from 1969 to his retirement in 2002. He was a beloved fixture on the Lincoln and Nebraska music scene, often introduced as "Lincoln's bluesman." He wrote songs, performed and recorded his unique brand of country-blues music for over 50 years. He founded Prairie Dog Music, an independent label that featured many regional artists. His label also published his book What the Hoops Junkie Saw: Poems, Stories, and Reflections on the Passing Scene. which collected bits of memoir, poems, songs, stories and essays. He traveled with the Nebraska Arts Council's Touring Artists Program and performed at the John F. Kennedy Center as Nebraska representative in the State Days concert series. He belonged to the Wesleyan Writers Group that included State Poet Bill Kloefkorn, newspaper columnist Leon Satterfield, novelist Kent Haruf and psychologist Mary Pipher.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Music and Audio


Country-Blues Songwriter; Musical Performer; Wesleyan Writers Group


PhD, Brown University


Philosophy Professor

Places Worked

Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE


KZUM radio
Zoo Bar


What the Hoops Junkie Saw: Poems, Stories, and Reflections on the Passing Scene. 2012.

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