Bibliography of Readings for Writing Home Summer Institute

I. Core texts for all participants

Bercier, Metha Persian. “Tomorrow,” My Sister Said; Tomorrow Never Came. 2013 [Excerpt “Attention! Right Face” pp. 36-37]

Cather, Willa. My Antonia. 2nd Vintage Edition with an Introduction by Jane Smiley. New York: Random House, 2018.

Child, Brenda. Boarding School Seasons. Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2000. [excerpt pp. 87-95 “Runaway Boys, Resistant Girls”]

Civil War on the Great Plains: The Fight for Homeland in America. Prairie Public Broadcasting, 2018.

Cook, James H. 50 Years on the Old Frontier. University of Oklahoma Press. 1923.

        Chapter 7: Buffalo, “Katy” and Sioux 73-87.

        Chapter 14: The Sioux’s Choice 171-183; Letters from Red Cloud p. 173, 174

        Chapter 15: Red Cloud 184-194

        Chapter 16: The Ghost Dance War 195-213

Deloria, Ella Cara. Waterlily. Lincoln: U of Nebraska, 1988. [excerpt: 57-83, Chapters 5 and 6].

Edwards, Richard, Jacob Friedelf, and Rebecca Wingo. “Homesteading and Indian Land Disposition” and “Women Proving Up Their Claims” chs. 5-6 (91-162) from Homesteading the Plains: Toward a New History, Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2017.

Eiseley, Loren.  Selected poems and essays from The Star Thrower (Harvest Books/Random House, NY/NY: 1979), a collection of selections by the author from his career.

Fontaine, Phil. A Knock at the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Winnipeg: U of Manitoba Press, 2016.

Fortunate Eagle, Adam. Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2010.

Friedrich, Linda, Rachel Bear, and Tom Fox, “For the Sake of Argument: An Approach to Teaching Evidence-Based Writing.”

Geck, David. The Civil War on the Great Plains: The Fight for Homeland in America. Prairie Public Production, 2016

Genoways, Ted. This Blessed Earth: A Year on the Life of an American Family Farm. NY: Norton, 2017.  [2018 Great Plains book of the year.]  Esp. Part Two, The Homeplace, and Part 4, Irrigation Nation

Hackbarth, Sean. “President Obama’s Absurd Reasons for Rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline.” U.S. Chamber of Commerce,

Hefflinger, Mark. “Help Plant ‘Seeds of Resistance’ to Stop Keystone XL and Other Pipelines.” BoldNebraska, May, 2016,

Hogg, Charlotte. “Preface: Hybrid.” and “Landscapes of Literacy.” In From the Garden Club: Rural Women Writing Community. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000. Ix-xi and 1.26.

Kloefkom, William. Alvin Turner as Farmer. [representative poems]  Winside, NE: Logan House, 1972.  (selections)

Lajimodiere, Denise. Stringing Rosaries: Stories from Northern Plains Indian Boarding School Survivors. North Dakota State University Press, 2019.

Lomawaima, K. Tisianina. The Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School. Lincoln, U of Nebraska Press, 1994. [Excerpt from Ch. 1]

Lynch, Tom. “The Borders between Us”: Loren Eiseley’s Ecopoetics, in Artifact and Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley  Lincoln, NE: Nebraska UP, 2012.

Lynch, Tom. “Braided Channels of Watershed Consciousness: Loren Eiseley’s ‘The Flow of the River’ and the Platte Basin Timelapse Project”  from Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time Nebraska UP 2017

Lynch, “Loren Eiseley’s Nebraska”  Digital Map project

Meade, Dorothy Cook. Heart Bags and Hand Shakes: The Story of the Cook Collection. Lake Ann,

Michigan: National Woodlands Publishing Company. 1994.  

Murphy, David. “Jejich Antonie: Czechs, The Land, Cather, and The Pavelka Farmstead,” Great

Plains Quarterly 14 (Spring 1994): 85-106.

Olsen, Casey. “Teaching Informed Argument for Solution-Oriented Citizenship” English Journal 107.3 (2018): 93-99.

Paxton, Katrina. “Learning Gender: Female Students at the Sherman Institute: 1907-1925” in Boarding School Blues: Revisiting American Indian Educational Experiences. Trafzer, Keller and Sisquoc, Eds.Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 2006

Pipher, Mary. The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community. New York: Harcourt, 2002.

Sandoz, Mari.  “The End of the Dream,” chapters from Buffalo Hunters: the story of the hide men.  New York: Hastings House,  353-367.

Sandoz, Mari. “The Kinkaider Comes and Goes: Further recollections of an adventurous childhood in the sandhills of Nebraska.” The North American Review (May 1930): 576-583;

Sandoz, Mari. “The Kinkaider Comes and Goes: Memories of an adventurous childhood in the sandhills of Nebraska.” The North American Review (April 1930): 422-431

Sandoz, Mari, “The Neighbor,” Prairie Schooner 30.4 (Winter 1956): 340-349.

Sandoz, Mari. Old Jules Boston: Little Brown, 1935. [reprint: Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 1955. chapter 12.]

Sandoz, Mari. “The Vine” Prairie Schooner, 1.1. (January 1927): 7-16.

Sandoz, Mari. Winter Thunder. Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 1954.

Sharer, Wendy B., “Traces of the Familiar: Family Archives as Primary Source Material.” (47-55) In Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process. Edited by Gisa Kirsch and Liz Rohan. Carbondale: Southern Illinois U Press, 47-55..

Simon, Dan, editor. Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867-2017.  Ed. Dan Simon.  Nacogdoches, TX: Stephen F. Austin State UP, 2017. [selected poems]

“Spirit of Old Friends: Reflections and  Reparations at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument”

Treuer, David. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present. New York: Riverside Books, 2019.

Troell, Jan, dir. The New Land. [film: viewing excerpts]

Waziyatawin and Michael Yellow Bird, “Decolonizing our Minds and Actions” from the

Introduction to For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook:

We Sagebrush Folks: Annie Pike Greenwood’s Idaho. Idaho PBS Film, produced by Marcia Franklin. [view film during institute and hear from the producer]

Wider, Kathleen. “In a Treeless Landscape: A Research Narrative.” In Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process. Edited by Gisa Kirsch and Liz Rohan. Carbondale: Southern Illinois U Press, 66-72.

Zitkala-Ša, “Impressions of an Indian Childhood,” Atlantic Monthly, January 1900; reprinted in American Indian Stories, Washington: Hayworth Publishing, 1921. [memoir on]

II. Break-out/small group and individualized readings (summer scholars choosing from these list

A. Choose one

Jimenez, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child, U of New Mexico Press, 1997; Scholastic Press, 2000.

Morris, Wright. The Home Place. Lincoln: U of Nebraska Press, 1968. [Reprint of 1948 Bison Books]

Muir, John. The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, Boston/New York, Houghton Mifflin, 1913. Read “A New World” (especially ‘Crossing the Atlantic’ and ‘A New Home’ sections), “Life on a Wisconsin Farm” and “Ploughboy” chapters from online edition

B. Search and identify an artifact of interest:

C. Exploring Poetry of Place by Students

Poetry of Place Celebration website featuring student poetry over several years:

III. Supplementary/Optional Readings

Anderson, Hannah L. “That Settles It: The Debate and Consequences of the Homestead Act of 1862.” The History Teacher 45, no. 1 (2011): 117-37.

Bell, Blake. “Homestead National Monument of America and the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act.” Western Historical Quarterly 43 (2012): 73-78.


The Complete Letters of Willa Cather, funded by an NEH Scholarly Editions Grant. Homestead, Melissa. Associated Editor.

Deloria, Philip. “Commentary on “Working from Home in American Indian History”.” American Indian Quarterly 33, no. 4 (2009): 545-52.

Despres, Carole. “The Meaning of Home: Literature Review and Directions for Future Research and Theoretical Development.” Journal of Architecture and Planning Research 8, no. 2 (1991): 96-115.

Fishkin, Shelley Fisher. Writing America: Literary Landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2015.

Fixico, Donald L. “American Indian History and Writing from Home: Constructing an Indian Perspective.” American Indian Quarterly 33, no. 4 (2009): 553-60.

Fleischman, Paul. “Articles/Excerpts: Seedfolks Play Opening, from Seed to Seedfolks, and My House of Voices.” In Paul Paul Fleischman.

Fleischman, Paul. Seedfolks. New York: Harper Trophy, 1997.

Greenwood, Annie Pike. We Sagebrush Folks. University of Idaho Press, 1988 [reprint of 1934 D. Appleton Century Company first edition; book addressed in the PBS film]

Gruchow, Paul. “Home Is a Place in Time.” In Grass Roots: The Universe of Home, 3-8. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1995.

Gruchow, Paul. “What We Teach Rural Children.” In Grass Roots: The Universe of Home, 83-100. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1995.

Hansen, Karen V. Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of

Dakota Indians, 1890-1930. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013

Homestead, Melissa. “‘Live Property’: Willa Cather’s 1926 Revisions to the to the Introduction of My Ántonia and the Specter of Nineteenth-Century Women’s Regionalism.” In “Something Complete and Great”: The Centennial Study of My Ántonia, ed. Holly Blackford. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017. 81-101.

Homestead, Melissa. “Middlebrow Readers and Pioneer Heroines: Willa Cather’s My Antonia, Bess Streeter Aldrich’s A Lantern in Her Hand, and the Popular Fiction Market.” Crisscrossing Borders in the Literature of the American West. Ed. Reginald Dyck and Cheli Reutter. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009. 75-94.

Jewell, Andrew and Janis Stout. The Selected Letters of Willa Cather. New York: Vintage, 2014.

Kinbacher, Kurt E. “Contested Events and Conflicting Meanings: Mari Sandoz and the Sappa Creek Cheyenne Massacre of 1875.” Great Plains Quarterly 36.4 (Fall 2016): 309-326.

Lajimodiere, Denise. “A Healing Journey.” Wicazo Sa Review 27, no. 2 (2012): 5-19.

Lane, Rose Wilder. Free Land. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1984; reprint from 1938 ad 1966.

Mallett, Shelley. “Understanding Home: A Critical Review of the Literature.” The Sociological Review 52, no. 1 (2004): 62-89.

Norris, Kathleen. Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Robbins, Sarah Ruffing. “Chapter Four: Reclaiming Voices from Indian Boarding School Narratives.” In Learning Legacies: Archive to Action through Women’s Cross-Cultural Teaching. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press, 2017. [chapter also available online here.]

Sandoz, Mari. Cheyenne Autumn. Bison Books, 2005.

Trotter, Joe. The Great Migration in Historical Perspective: New Dimensions of Race, Class and Gender. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1991.

Ulysse, Gina. “”Concepts of Home”.” In Women on the Verge of Home, edited by Bilinda Straight, 175-80. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005.

Waller, Willard. “The Coming War on Women.” This Week Magazine: The San Francisco Chronicle, February 18, 1945 1945, 4-5.

Wardhaugh, Julia. “The Unaccommodated Woman: Home, Homelessness and Identity.” The Sociological Review 47, no. 1 (1999): 91-109.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. On the Way Home: The Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, in 1894, with a Setting by Rose Wilder Lane. New York: Harper Collins, 1990 reprint of 1962.

Wunder, John R. “Some Notes on Mari Sandoz.” Prairie Schooner 80.4 (Winter 2006: 41-54.