Nebraska Authors

Ladette Randolph

Born 1957 Lauton, OK (USA)

Was Managing Editor of Prairie Schooner and Acquiring Editor and Associate Director at University of Nebraska Press.

Places Lived

Custer County, NE
Litchfield, NE
Norfolk, NE
Kearney, NE
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Short Stories; Essays; Novels


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1986, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree, 1992, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Ph.D., 1999, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


College Instructor

Places Worked

Prairie Schooner
University of Nebraska Press
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Emerson College, Boston, MA
Ploughshares Magazine


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 4 April 2006, 19 April 2007, and 23 October 2016
Rona Jaffe Award for emerging women writers, 2002
Pushcart Prize, 2002 for essay Mercy
Virginia Faulkner Award from Prairie Schooner, 2003
Nebraska Book Award for A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers. , 2005
In 2010, her novel A Sandhills Ballad was a finalist for One Book, One Nebraska.
Pushcart Prize, 2013 for Haven's Wake
Nebraska 150 Books honor for A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers, The Big Empty, and Haven's Wake, 2017

Many other awards for writing and for work as acquisitions editor.


Married to Noel Eicher


Work reprinted in Best New American Voices. 2000.
A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers. 2004. (editor)
This Is Not the Tropics. 2005. (short story collection)
Bent Grass: Contemporary Nebraska Nonfiction Writers. 2007. (editor)
A Sandhills Ballad. 2009.
Haven's Wake. 2012.
Leaving the Pink House. 2014.
Private Way. 2022.

Short fiction and essays in many literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, Fourth Genre, Connecticut Review.

Randolph has been featured in three Ames Reading Series programs:

April 2006:

April 2007:

October 2016:

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