Two Nebraska writers added to free Nebraska Literary Tour app

New locations and excerpts added to highlight the work and sites related to mystery writer Mignon Eberhart and State Poet William Kloefkorn.

Humanities Nebraska has enhanced the Nebraska Literary Tour app by adding locations and literary excerpts for Mignon G. Eberhart and William Kloefkorn.

Mystery author Mignon Eberhart was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She published her first novel, “The Patient in Room 18,” in 1929, using Nebraska locations as the inspiration for various settings. In her lifetime, she wrote more than 50 novels and numerous short stories. Several of her tales were adapted for film and television. In 1971, she received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. She also served as president of that organization for a time.

Eberhart said she began to write in her early teens, “mainly because I preferred writing to studying Caesar’s Commentaries and algebra.” She first started submitting mystery story manuscripts to editors in her early twenties, which launched her career in one of the most challenging genres for any writer. “The writer hopes that a mystery novel is entertaining to read but it is not easy to write,” she said.

Kloefkorn2William Kloefkorn taught at Nebraska Wesleyan University for more than 40 years and taught countless other students through the Poets in the Schools program, which he started. As Nebraska State Poet and a member of the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau, he took his poetry, teaching skills and deep, sonorous voice on the road, inspiring many other Nebraskans to try their hands at poetry.

Kloefkorn was honored with numerous local and national awards and received two honorary doctorates, one from Nebraska Wesleyan and the other from Midland College in Fremont. His poems — many about the people and places he visited in Nebraska — and short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including his own 44 books. Kloefkorn’s poetic style is marked by his twin loves of nature and people, employing an immense vocabulary to recount stories, images, and ideas with remarkable insight.

If you’d like to suggest a Nebraska author and/or sites to include in next year’s update of the Nebraska Literary Tour app, please send your comments to


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Download the free Nebraska Literary Tour app at Google Play or iTunes. Select your tour by author or region, and you will be directed to various locations. Each site includes a literary excerpt, historical information or a photo to help you see the state through the eyes of noteworthy Nebraska writers.




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