Nebraska Authors

Tom Adamson

Born 1950 Monticello, IA (USA)

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Lincoln, NE
Fremont, NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Monticello, IA

Author Of

  • Music and Audio
  • Poetry


Poetry; Satire; Lyrics


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, 1972, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Master of Business Administration Degree, 1985, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Assistant Professor, Business

Places Worked

Midland Lutheran College (Midland University), Fremont, NE


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 21 February 1991 and 20 January 1994
Winner of two poetry contests
Semi-finalist in National Lyric Contest
Received $1,000 Encouragement Award from Nebraska Arts Council, 1997
Unisong International 1998, 1999, 2001


All About the Girl Who Came to Stay. 1986.
Blackbird Sunday: 39 Lyrics. 1988.
Zoo Heads Zoo Tales. 1988.
Idle Speed: One Year Prison Journal. 1992.
Leaving Myself Behind: In Search of Song. 1995.
Blood Shepherd Blues. 1999.
Live From Down Stares. 2000.
Endless Birth. 2001.
Rubber Bullets. 2003.
Running on Red. 2004.
Neon River.2005.
Full Midnight House. 2006.
Stone Water Memories. 2007.
Until I Bring You Home. 2008.
Man on the Wire. 2009.
Down by the Copper Sea. 2010.
This is Not Here. 2011.
A Shot at the Sky. 2012.
Push Back the Night.2013.
Back on the Anvil. 2014.
One More Taste of Silver. 2015.
Twenty-one Pipes. 2016.
Two Towns Over. 2017.
Both Sides of the Night. 2018.

February 1991 Ames Reading Series program:

January 1994 Ames Reading Series program:

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