John D. Nesbitt is the author of more than forty books, including traditional westerns, crossover western mysteries, contemporary western fiction, retro/noir fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
He has won the Western Writers of America Spur Award four times–twice for paperback novel, once for short story, and once for poem. He has won the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award once for short fiction. He has been a finalist for the Spur Award twice as well as for the Peacemaker Award four times and the Will Rogers Medallion Award four times. He has also received two creative writing fellowships with the Wyoming Arts Council (once for fiction, once for nonfiction).
John has had a distinguished career as a college instructor, most notably for thirty-nine years at Eastern Wyoming College. He lives in the plains country of Wyoming, where he stays in touch with the natural world and the settings for his work. He writes about lifelike people in realistic situations, people who deserve justice and a fair shake in life.
Recent works include Castle Butte, a young adult novel; Dangerous Trails, a short story collection; and In a Large and Lonesome Land, a CD of western songs for which he wrote all the lyrics.