Nebraska Authors

Susan Strayer Deal

AKA: Susan L Strayer

Born 1948-02-21 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Died 2014-01-02
Gothenburg, NE (USA)

Buried 2014-01-09
Gothenburg, NE (USA)

Born in Lincoln, Susan L. Strayer graduated from Kearney State College (BA, 1973) and the University of Nebraska (MA, 1980), after which she taught high school and college English throughout Nebraska and the Midwest. Her verse collections include No Moving Parts (1980) and The Dark Is a Door (1984). She received two Pushcart Prizes for her work, which appeared in numerous journals and anthologies under her married name, Susan Strayer Deal.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Gothenburg, NE
Kearney, NE
North Platte, NE
Sutton, NE
Davenport, IA
Puerto Rico

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry


Poetry; Short stories; Essays


Bachelor of Arts Degree, Kearney State College, Kearney, NE
Master of Arts Degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 1980


Library Assistant

Places Worked

Blackhawk College, Moline, IL
St. Ambrose College, Davenport, IA
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Love Library, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 25 September 1986 and 21 April 1994
Recipient Writers' Choice Award, Pushcart Foundation, Wainscott, NY, 1984-85
Poetry in Motion Award, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, NE, 1984
All Nations Poetry Country Award, Triton College, River Grove, IL, 1982
2 Pushcart Prizes


No Moving Parts. 1980.
The Dark Is a Door. 1984.
All My Grandmothers Could Sing. 1984. (contributor)
Adjoining Rooms. 1985. (contributor)
Nebraska. 1987. (contributor)
The Pelican in the Desert. 1988. (contributor)
Voice of the Plains. 1989.
Sometimes So Easy. 1991.
Trees and Flowers. 1991.
Intoning. 1992.
The Shape of Herself. 1993.
Wellsprings: A Collection of Poems From Six Nebraska Poets. 1995. (edited by Susanne George, University of Nebraska-Kearney publication)
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017. 2017.

Also contributed poems to these publications:
Mid-Am Review
Warrior Review
Prairie Schooner
Ohio Journal
South Florida Poetry Review
Sun Dog
Whole Notes

Ames Reading Series 1994:

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