Nebraska Authors

Lyn Messersmith

AKA: Lyn De Naeyer

Born 1939 Alliance, NE (USA)

Messersmith noted that her writing is influenced by the many well known cowboy poets. Her work includes collaborations with Deb Carpenter.

Places Lived

Cherry County and Sheridan County ranches

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Columnist, journalism, poetry, historical profiles, creative non-fiction, short stories


B.A. (Mental Health)


Lifelong rancher, U.S. Postal Service, Human Services


Nebraska Press Women awards for personal opinion columns.
Will Rogers Medallion from the Academy of Western Artists in 2004 for her book of poetry "Ground Tied"


Frequently collaborates with Deb Carpenter.


Downwind from the Smoke. 1994.
The Heart's Compass. 1999. (Self-published book and cd with Deb Carpenter)
Woven on the Wind. 2001. (contributor)
Ground Tied. 2004.
Leaders and Legends. 2004. (Self published book and cd with Deb Carpenter).

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