Cedar Falls Authors

Other Fine Cedar Falls Writers (beyond the five nationally known authors) -- compiled by Committee members

This is not an exhaustive list! We are going to update it with the Directory of Cedar Falls authors once we compile the results of our survey. If you are not on the list, please do not take offense! Take the survey on the home page and let us know about your writing.

Helen Adamson -- The Locked Room

Shelly Beach – 10 books. She writes both fiction and nonfiction: co-founder in 2003 of the Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop

Kim Behm – “Little Driver” series, book illustrator

Roy Behrens -- many books

Maribeth Boelts – children's books (at least 5): Lullaby Babes, Little Bunny’s Cook Tool Set

* R. V. (Ronald Verlin) Cassill – prolific writer and painter

* Scott Cawelti -- Brother's Blood: A Heartland Cain and Abel. Columnist for the Waterloo Courier.

Jeffrey Copeland -- 13 books

Cherie Dargan -- blogger, Ruth Suckow website webmaster, columns on technology use for the Waterloo Courier, Essay about Ruth Suckow for a collection of essays on Midwestern Writers, The Midwestern Moment. Essay about her mother for We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters: 9 Women Who Made A Difference published by Twyla Dell, 2016.

Laara Duggan – The Best Flowers for Midwest Gardens; The Best Best Plants for Midwest Gardens

*Len Froyen – Gratitude

*Kamyar Enshayan – Dr. Twisted Visits a Farm

Grace Grubbard -- stand up comedy

Mark Grey -- Postville, U. S.A.: Surviving Diversity in Small Town America.

Herb Hake -- historian and artist (cartoonist)

Kevin Hansen -- Secret Regrets

Jack Hovelson -- journalist

Gary Kelley -- book illustrator, artist

Mike Klassen -- Hippie

James Kenyon -- The Art of Listening to the Heart

Bonnie Kolac -- poet, artist, songwriter

Gary Kroeger -- stand up comedy, blogger, editorialist

Pat Larsen – co-founder in 2003 of the Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop

Rita and Allan Losh – Silent Fox

Barbara Lounsberry -- Becoming Virginia Woolf: Her Early Diaries & the Diaries She Read. Virginia Woolf's Modernist Path: Her Middle Diaries & the Diaries She Read. The Art of Fact: Contemporary Artists of Nonfiction, 1990. Writing Creative Nonfiction: the Literature of Reality. Coedited with Gay Talese, 1996.

*Kenneth Lyftogt – Civil War works and From Blue Mills to Columbia: Cedar Falls in the Civil War

Harley McIIrath -- fiction

John Miller -- Beauty Outside Our Doors

*Lynn and Mary Taylor Nielsen – I’ll Be Seeing You

Glenda Riley -- Cedar Falls and Prairie writing

*Ron Roberts – John L. Lewis, Hard Labor & Wild Justice

*Sue Schuerman – personal histories, one of the current directors of the Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop

Rev. Charlie Shedd -- Presbyterian minister inspirational writing, numerous books (Letters to Karen, Letters to Philip)

Rosemarie Skaine -- Sociological topics. Women at War, Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Consequences, and Treatments. Sexual Assault in the U. S. Military: The Battle within America's Armed Forces.

Cynthia (Cyndi) Sweet – Raising the Bar: A Survey of Cedar Falls Attorneys 1850-1950 (2011)

19th Century Cedar Falls Hotels: Mischief, Murder, & Immorality (2011)

Since I Started for the War: The Letters & Diary of Solomon B. Humbert, Co. B, 31st Iowa Volunteer Infantry (2007) with Jeanine Humbert Johnson

*Howard Vanderbeek – Aboard the LCC60

Jean Vaux – nonfiction; one of the current directors of the Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop

*Kurt Warner – First Things First; All Things Possible: My Story of Faith, Football, and the Miracle


Dave Whitsett --- writings about Cedar Falls

* Robley Wilson – poems and fiction

Mildred Wood – poems, short stories: A Handful of Popcorn

* Writers with a UNI connection

UNI Dept. of Languages and Literatures

Jeff Copeland – biographies & histories

George Day – biography of Vardis Fisher

Stephen Gaies – history (holocaust studies)

Vince Gotera – poetry and fiction

Julia Husband – cultural history and literary criticism

Jerry Klinkowitz – biographies and literary criticism

Pierre Mvuyekure – poetry, fiction, literary criticism

Jim O’Loughlin – fiction and cultural history

Jonathan Stull – poetry and fiction

Grant Tracey – short and long fiction, screenplays

Karen Tracey – literary criticism

Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology

Mark Grey – Postville, U.S.A.: Surviving Diversity in small-town America

Know of other local writers?

Send us a message (cfauthorsfestival@gmail.com) and ask them to fill out the survey on the Home page.

Last updated March 5, 2021