About Faith A. Colburn

A sixth-generation Nebraskan, Faith A. Colburn knows the Great Plains prairie. It sometimes appears as a character in her works. She grew up on a farm and spent nearly a decade as an adult, farming. She worked more than a decade as a public information officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and also served as an information officer for Martin Luther Homes, a Lutheran social ministry organization serving people with developmental disabilities. She has also held a number of short-term or part-time jobs which have given her fresh insights—truck driver, waitress, college professor—insights which have informed or will inform her writing. The themes she returns to, again and again, are families, resiliency, and the sometimes horrific cost of survival.

She earned graduate degrees in creative writing and journalism and an undergraduate degree in journalism and political science from the University of Nebraska, receiving the Outstanding Thesis in the College of Fine Arts and Humanities from the University of Nebraska–Kearney in 2012 and the Outstanding Work in Fiction Award during its 2009 student conference. She’s been named featured author by BookWorks and her books have also been featured. Her Seacrest family memoir, From Picas To Bytes: Four Generations Of Seacrest Newspaper Service To Nebraska, received the second place award in adult non-fiction from the Nebraska Federation of Press Women. Her fiction has appeared in Kinesis and Platte Valley Review, and her poetry has been published in The Reynolds Review. While at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, she wrote numerous articles for NEBRASKAland magazine, including a Centennial history of game and fish management in Nebraska that appeared as a special issue called Sportsman’s Scrapbook.

Faith A. Colburn’s Books


A family memoir made up of award-winning collection of creative essays about how our families and communities serve as the threshold we cross into our lives. Whether it’s a metaphorical threshold or the actual physical threshold that marks our front door, the crossing informs who we choose to become. This memoir is a series of… [Read More]

The Reluctant Canary Sings

The only way to save her family was to sing. It’s 1937, beginning the second dip of a double-dip depression in post-Prohibition Cleveland with its poverty and its gangs. Bobbi Bowen has a dream. She wants to to to art school, but when she passes the Holy Rosary soup kitchen, with its straggle of shuffling… [Read More]

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