Nebraska Authors

Sally Jane Herrin

AKA: Cottonwood, Sally

Born 1951 Indianapolis, IN (USA)

The author wrote many guest editorials for the Lincoln Journal Star and columns for Prairie Fire. She was an Editorial Columnist for Nebraska Report, as well as editor and writer for Nebraska Union Farmer. Author was previously published under the name Sally Cottonwood.

Places Lived

North Dakota
Bangkok, Thailand

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Play/Screenplay
  • Poetry
  • Visual Work


Poetry; Fiction; Plays, Non-fiction; Newspaper columns


Indiana University, B.A., (English), 1973
Louisiana State University, M.S., Child Development, 1974
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, M.A., 1977, Ph. D. 1983 (English)


Poetry Editor

Places Worked

Prairie Schooner
Nebraska Water History History Project (Photo Editor)
Lincoln Correctional Center and NE State Penitentiary
Southeast Community College
Nebraska Farmer's Union
Moorhead State University


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 17 September 1987 and 16 April 1992
Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship (fiction), 1993
Best Stories From New Writers (WRITERS DIGEST), (fiction), 1987
Vreelands Award for poetry, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1979


Nebraska Farmers Union


Voices of the Plains. 1989. (audio cassette series)
Flatwater: A History of Water in Nebraska . 1993.

Poetry pubished in
Prairie Schooner
All My Grandmothers Could Sing
Forty Nebraska Poets

September 1987 Ames Reading Series presentation:

April 1992 Ames Reading Series presentation:

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