A cross between Ted Kooser's LOCAL WONDERS and Roger Welch's SHINGLING THE FOG, PRAIRIE LANDSCAPES represents the ramblings of one mind prowling around on the Great Plains. With its focus on families and landed communities, it brings you face to face with the land and its creatures.
- Paperback | 290 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 16.76mm | 503.48g
- 02 Jun 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Faith A Colburn
As the first-born daughter of a big band canary and a Nebraska farmer, Faith A. Colburn spent a lot of a time with her grandmother while her parents adjusted their lifestyles. With Grandma, she walked the prairies, learning about plants like Spanish bayonet and buffalo beans, as well as animals like mud puppies and jackrabbits. As a public information officer for the state Game and Parks Commission, she canoed the Dismal, rode the Sandhills on horseback following champion trial dogs, cross country skied the Missouri bluffs, seined carp, fixed nets, picked trout eggs, and camped out along Bone Creek. She has photographed wildlife, from Sandhill cranes to elk and, tramping the prairies, she gained intimate knowledge of the landscape that often appears as a character or catalyst in her work. She says that her grandparents' neighborhood and their families have served her well as a pattern for the way families and communities work when they work well. When she writes about them, she attempts to imagine a future, however distant, that's free of hate. "We can't create what we can't imagine," she says, "so I try to imagine an evolved world where we've learned to get along." Author of two Nebraska memoirs, Colburn has lived her entire life on the Great Plains. She earned a Master of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, winning the Outstanding Thesis Award in the College of Fine Arts and Humanities for her first memoir in 2012 and the Outstanding Work of Fiction Award in 2009. She earned a Master of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ms. Colburn wrote a centennial history of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and numerous articles for NEBRASKAland, Nebraska newspapers. She earned a number of awards from the Nebraska Press Women for content she produced for a social ministry organization's quarterly news magazine about people with developmental disabilities.