Nebraska Authors

Robert Richter

Born 1948 Ogallala, NE (USA)

The author is a retired 4th generation Nebraska dry land wheat farmer who has published poetry, local history and novels. He says: "I live a reclusive life, isolated in southwestern Nebraska, but travel as much as possible in Latin America." He has described himself as a historian of Latin America and a "Mexico Writer." He first visited Mexico when he was in his twenties and has maintained his ties to the country for over forty years. He has written Mexican regional history, biography, and series of mystery-thriller detective novels set in Mexico. The author is the recipient of the Nebraska Arts Council’s Literary Achievement Award for nonfiction (2000), and in 2007 he was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Places Lived

Brule, NE (1948-1957)
Colorado (1975- )

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction


Poetry; Fiction, Local History; Perkins County, Nebraska


Dryland wheat farmer in Perkins County, NE
Has been a laborer, substitue teacher, and a travel guide in Latin America


Received $1,000 Encouragement Award from Nebraska Arts Council, 1997


Windfall Journal. 1980.
Plainscape: A Portrait of Perkins County. 1987. (with Larry Gauthier)
Something in Vallarta. 1991.
Cuauhtemoc Cardenas and the Roots of Mexico's New Democracy. 2001.
Homefield: Sonata in Rural Voice. 2001.
Lake McConaughy: A geographic portrait. 2002.
Search for the Camino Real: A History of San Blas and the Road to Get There. 2011.
Something Like A Dream. 2014.
Something for Nothing. 2015.
Something to Die For. 2016.
Sayulita: Mexico's Lost Coastal Village Culture. 2018.

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