Nebraska Authors

Marilyn Dorf

Born 1936 Albion, NE (USA)

Dorf has published more than 100 poems in national and regional magazines and journals. She says of her writing: "I grew up on a farm as an only child, spending lots of time reading books under trees and playing with dogs and cats and calves, something that shaped my life and my writing. Country and nature are still my favorite topics."

Places Lived

Albion, NE
Lincoln, NE
Denver, CO

Author Of

  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Poetry (Free Verse); Nebraska Chaparral Poets


Graduate, Albion High School, May 1954, Albion, NE



Places Worked

Traffic Consultants, Inc.
Nelson & Harding Law Firm
New York Life Insurance Company
FIF Management Co.
R.L. White Company
Nebraska Dept. of Roads
Albion Methodist Church


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 17 November 1994 and 16 October 2003
2nd place Nebraska Chaparral Poets Annual Contest, 1997
Nomination for Pushcart Prize, Timber Creek Review, 2008
Several awards, Annual Bess Streeter Aldrich Short Story Contest


Lincoln Chaparral Poets
Nebraska Writers Guild
Nebraska Chaparral Poets


A Tribute to Buttons: A Beautiful Friend. 1985.
Windmills Walk the Night. 1992.
The Blessing of the Animals. 1996. (with Irene Rose Gray)
Of Hoopoes and Hummingbirds. 1998.
This Red Hill. 2003.

Contributor to anthologies:
Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace. 2002.
Crazy Woman's Creek. 2004.
Nebraska Presence . 2007.
The Untidy Season. 2013.

Poems featured in:
Kansas Quarterly
Poetry Review
Nebraska Territory
Elkhorn Review
Midwest Poetry Review
South Dakota Review
Timber Creek Review
Platte Valley Review
Willow Review
The Midwest Quarterly
The Christian Science Monitor
Nebraska Life

Marilyn Dorf's 1994 and 2003 programs at the Ames Reading Series can be seen here:

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