Nebraska Authors

Marcia Southwick

Born 1949 Boston, MA (USA)

Marcia Southwick was a tenured professor at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and now lives in New Mexico. She has written three books: The Night Won't Save Anyone (University of Georgia Press), Why the River Disappears (Carnegie Mellon University Press), and A Saturday Night at the Flying Dog, winner of the Field Poetry Prize (Oberlin University Press). She currently works on legislation concerning the rights of elders and others trapped in court-appointed guardianships and runs a Facebook page with 150,000 followers called Boomers Against Elder Abuse.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Boston, MA
Iowa City, IA
Columbia, MO
New Mexico

Author Of

  • Poetry




Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1973, Emerson College, Boston, MA
Master of Fine Arts Degree, 1975, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


Associate Professor of English

Places Worked

Stephens College, Columbia, MO
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
University of New Mexico


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 23 October 1986 and 16 January 1992
Visiting Lectureships at University of Iowa and University of Colorado in Boulder
Recipient of a Stanley B. Young Fellowship at Breadloaf
Recipient of an NEA grant
Recipient of the Virginia Faulker Award for Excellence in Writing
Field Poetry Prize


Iowa Writer's Workshop, Iowa City, IA


What the Trees Go Into. 1977.
The Night Won't Save Anyone. 1980.
Connecticut: Eight Poems. 1981.
Why the River Disappears. 1987.
Her Six Difficulties and His Small Mistakes. 1988.
Voices of the Plains. 1989. (cassette)
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. Contributor, 2017.

Her poems have appeared in many journals and in the Pushcart Anthology and The Morrow Anthology of Younger American Poets.

January 1992 Ames Reading Series presentation:

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