Prairie Landscapes

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A mash-up of Ted Kooser's Local Wonders, Roger Welch's Shingling the Fog and my own lifetime as an environmental journalist. Prairie Landscapes represents the ramblings of one mind prowling the Great Plains. With its focus on families and landed communities, it brings you face to face with the prairie and its creatures, including the two-legged ones. More

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  • Category: Essay » Literature
  • Words: 72,290
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781311304230
About Faith A. Colburn

Faith Colburn is a sixth-generation Nebraskan with a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her book, THRESHOLD: A MEMOIR, took the outstanding thesis in the College of Fine Arts and Humanities award at UNK for 2012 and she received UNK’s Outstanding Work in Fiction Award during its 2009 student conference and several awards from the Nebraska Federation of Press Women.
Her short fiction has appeared in Kinesis magazine and The Platte Valley Review and her poetry has been published in The Reynolds Review. As a public information officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, she wrote numerous articles for NEBRASKAland magazine, including copy for photo essays and historical articles. She also gained intimate knowledge of the landscape that often appears as a character/catalyst in her work.
Ms. Colburn has spent several years gathering oral family histories and biographies, including a 100-year memoir of the Lincoln newspaper publishing family, with an emphasis on their use of production technology. During a stint with the University of Nebraska’s Research and Extension Center as a communication specialist, she focused some of her research efforts on the history of a farm family in western Nebraska that amassed 10,000 acres of land over several generations in drought-prone high plains region. As a communications specialist for a Lutheran social ministry organization, she spent five years telling the stories of people with developmental disabilities. Those efforts helped her learn about the glue that holds families and communities together and the wedges that drive them apart. She has drafted a fiction collection that mirrors the true experiences of people she’s known.

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Review by: Robert H. Nunnally, Jr on June 10, 2017 :
Faith A. Colburn's "Prairie Landscapes" draws on her experience living in the Nebraska plains to present a series of short essays and reviews on the themes of the prairie and connection with the land, small towns, the impact of technology on families and the need for ecological responsibility. The short essay format makes for a smooth and enjoyable read. I thought the book had some thought-provoking ideas. I did not always agree with some of her points, but I enjoyed reading them. I particularly liked that the tone was not all doom and gloom, in the way some books of this type can be. This is a good book for those who ponder the rapid social change in the internet era, and the importance of preserving things that might otherwise be lost.
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