Richard H. Nilsen

Richard H. Nilsen was raised on a dairy farm in Johnstown NY, in the foothills of the Adirondacks. With a a B.A. in English literature from Houghton College and an M.A. in English, along with an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arkansas, he embarked upon a diverse career. His poetry has won two Lanthorn Literary awards as well as a Triton College "Salute to the Arts" poetry prize. He edited and published JAW Magazine literary quarterly from 2002 to 2005, with extensive editorial and graphic design help from Shawn M. Tomlinson.

     He published the Adirondack mystery "An Old-Fashioned Shooting," at in Dec. 2014. The second in that series, "An Old-Fashioned Hanging," appeared in the fall of 2016. The third Old-Fashioned Murder, all featuring detective Hallum Johnson, came out in April of 2019.

     His collected poems "Trying to Help People: Fifty Years in the Wilderness" appeared in the summer of 2015. A stand-alone 1950s Arkansas mystery "Brush Arbor" came out in 2016. His antediluvian fantasy "The Book of Power" appeared in 2015 as well.

     Mr. Nilsen was director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fulton County from 1995 to 2005 and feature writer for The Gloversville Leader-Herald from 2003 to 2013. He has worked as a janitor, mechanic, book store owner, newspaper reporter, photographer, editor and book reviewer, calligrapher, service manager, mental health counselor and human services program manager, as well as black fly technician. He lives in the Adirondack Park where he is currently the historian for the Town of Caroga.


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