Nebraska Authors

Lucy Adkins

Born 1950 Palmer, NE (USA)

The author has written about the creative process, and been published in periodicals and anthologies. She says of her work, "I grew up on a farm in Nance County, Nebraska and feel deeply tied to the land and the people who work it. And these are the stories I want to tell." She also writes folk songs.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Auburn, AL
Clearwater, KS
Freeport, IL

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Music and Audio
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction


Poetry; Fiction; Folk Songs; Creative ability


Bachelor of Science in Education and English, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, University of Nebraska Omaha


Emergency Room Assistant
Insurance Company Employee

Places Worked

Hospital in Freeport, IL
Lincoln General Hospital, Lincoln, NE
Ameritas Insurance Corporation, Lincoln, NE


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 19 April 2001, 21 October 2004 and 20 October 2013
Independent Publisher Book Award for Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer's Block and Transform Your Life, 2014


Toastmasters, Inc.
Member of Chaparral Poets
Member of the "Songwriters' Sweatshop," a group of songwriters
Ames Reader
Nebraska Poets Calendar, 2001


One Life Shining: Addie Finch, Farmwife. 2007.
Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer's Block and Transform Your Life. 2013. (co-edited with Becky Breed)
Two-toned Dress. 2020.
The Fire Inside: A Companion for the Creative Life. 2021. (co-edited with Becky Breed)
A Crazy Little Thing. 2022.

Her poems have appeared in:
Plains Song Review
Dig Magazine
Nebraska Poets Calendars 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2011, 2012
Owen Wister Review
Midwest Poetry Review
Nebraska Territory
Lincoln Journal Star
Nebraska Life Whole Notes
Red Wheelbarrow
South Dakota Review

Contributor to:
Woven on the Wind. 2001.
Times of Sorrow/ Times of Grace. 2002.
Poets Against the War. 2003.
Crazy Woman Creek. 2004.
Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry. 2007.
Women Write Resistance. 2013.

Lucy Adkins has been an Ames Reading Series reader several times:

Her appearance in April 2001 begins at 34 minutes 52 seconds:

In October 2013, her appearance begins at the 5 minute 15 second mark in the video:

Her 2004 Ames Reading Series presentation can be viewed here:

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