Nebraska Authors

Lisa Sandlin

Born Beaumont, TX (USA)

Lisa Sandlin was a Professor of English at Wayne State College in Nebraska and more recently worked at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (2017). Her novel, The Do-Right won the 2016 Hammett Prize by the The International Association of Crime Writers and a Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. Earlier awards include an NEA Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. Many of her books focus on the American Southwest.

Places Lived

Beaumont, TX
Montpelier, VT
New Mexico
Wayne, NE (1997-99-?)
Omaha, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Short Fiction; Crime or Mystery Novels; American Southwest; World War I; History; Saints


Bachelor of Arts Degree, Rice University, Houston, TX
Master of Fine Arts Degree, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT




NEA Fellowship, 1994-95
Pushcart Prize
Jesse Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction, from Texas Institute of Letters
Paisano Fellowship, 1996
Violet Crown Award, 1997
Assorted prizes from literary magazines


The Famous Thing About Death. 1991.
Message to the Nurse of Dreams. 1997.
Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace. 2002. (Co-editor)
In the River Province. 2004
You Who Made the Sky Bend. with Katherine Ferguson, 2011.

Many works in literary journals and small magazines.

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