Nebraska Authors

Steve Soenksen

AKA: Gris Grimly

Born 1961 West Point, NE (USA)

A prolific and distinctive illustrator, Grimly is also the author of a number of children's books. His 2017 book, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, was his son’s favorite book. It is also an homage to Grimly's upbringing on a Nebraska farm.

Places Lived

West Point, NE
Omaha, NE
Los Angeles, CA
Pasadena, CA


Concordia University




Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes. 2003, 2006, 2017. (Editions I,II,&III)
Little Jordan Ray's Muddy Spud. 2005.
Where Madness Reigns: The Art of Gris Grimly. 2009.
Gris Grimly's Frankenstein. 2015.
Old MacDonald Had a Farm. 2017.

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