Nebraska Authors

Robert F. McEwen

Born 1945 Chicago, IL (USA)

R. F. McEwen was born in Chicago, Illinois. Since 1962, he has been a professional logger and tree trimmer, and he has been teaching English in Chadron, Nebraska, since 1972. His work has appeared in numerous journals as well as The Yellow Nib: The Literary Journal of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. His book Heartwood was featured on CBS Sunday Morning. He co-produced a two-CD collection of the great Irish sean nos singer Joe Heaney: Tell a Story: Joe Heaney in the Pacific Northwest (Camsco Music). his most recent book is Casey Joe MacBride's White River, Volume 1, published by Stephen F Austin State University Press.

Places Lived

Chadron, NE
Lincoln, NE
Fremont, NE

Author Of

  • Poetry




B.A., Chadron State College, Nebraska
Ph.D., University of Nebraska Lincoln


Arborist and logger since 1963
Steel Mill Worker
Middle School Teacher
English Instructor
English Professor

Places Worked

Chadron Middle School
University of Nebraska Lincoln
Chadron State College


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 21 February 1985, 19 September 1996, 16 September 2004 and 18 January 2009
Nebraska 150 Books honor for Heartwood and Other Poems, 2017
Awarded the Reader's Choice award from the PRAIRIE SCHOONER, 1994
Vreeland Award for Literature, 1995


Heartwood and Other Poems. 1995
From Corcaigh to Broken Bow, 2009
Poems published in Yellow Nib (Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry, Queen's University, Belfast)
Casey Joe MacBride's White River, Volume 1,
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017 (Contributor.)

McEwen has been the featured author at several Ames Reading Series programs:

September 1996:

September 2004: Note: this video cuts off shortly before the end of the program due to technical difficulties.

January 2009:

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