Carson Vaughan is a freelance journalist from central Nebraska with a focus on the Great Plains. He’s also weirdly obsessed with cowboy poetry.

His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker (online), The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Paris Review Daily, Outside, Pacific Standard, VICE, In These Times, and more. Most recently, he was awarded the 2018 John M. Collier Award for Forest History Journalism from the Forest History Society for his Weather Channel feature, “Uprooting FDR’s ‘Great Wall of Trees.’” He was also a recipient of a 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council.

His first book, Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream, will be published via Little A in April 2019.