Nebraska Authors

Roy Scheele

Born 1942 Houston, TX (USA)

Scheele moved to Nebraska from Texas as a child. He studied with Karl Shapiro at the University of Nebraska. He is poet-in-residence and Professor of English at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. He received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council in 1993. He is the father of Poet Christof Scheele.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Bachelor of Arts in Classical Greek, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Master of Arts in English, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of Texas, 1965-66


Poet in Residence, Doane College

Places Worked

Midwest Institute for International Studies at Doane College
Creighton University, Omaha, NE
University of Tennessee at Martin
Doane College, Crete, NE


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 15 November 1984, 21 November 1991, 15 October 1998, 15 April 1999 and 21 February 2002
Won John G. Neihardt poetry competition,1983



Collections which he edited and/or in which his work is included:
A Bestiary.
Grams and Epigrams. 1973.
Accompanied. 1974.
Aspen Leaves. 1973.
Noticing. 1979.
The Sandhills and Other Geographies. 1980. (edited by Mark Sanders)
Forty Nebraska Poets. 1981. (contributor)
A Hard Row to How. 1981.
The Voice We Call Human. 1991.
Voices of the Plains. 1989. (audio cassette series)
Saturday Mornings in the Radio Years. 1992. (audio cassette)
Pointing Out the Sky. 1985.
Short Suite. 1997.
Keeping the Horses. 1998.
To See How It Tallies. 1995.
Keeping the Horses. From the Ground Up: Thirty Sonnets. 2001.
No Music, No Poem. 2001.
A Far Allegiance. 2010
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. 2017. (Contributor.)
Produce Wagon : New and Selected Poems. 2022.

Scheele participated in several Ames Reading Series programs and can be viewed here:

November 1991:

October 1998:

April, 1999:

February, 2002:

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