Richard Nilsen


Caroga Lake, NY
New York US

Author's Bio


Richard H. Nilsen  published the Adirondack mystery “An Old Fashioned Shooting,” at in Dec. 2014 where it has earned a 4.5 star rating out of 5 by readers. It was followed up with two sequels, An Old-Fashioned Hanging and An Old-Fashioned Drowning.

His young adult fantasy “The Book of Power” appeared in June 2015. He has authored 9 books to date and has been published in a variety of magazines such as Christianity Today, Eternity, Guideposts, Bookstore Journal, Cornell University’s EPOCH and Poetry Now, California.

He was director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fulton County, NY from 1995 to 2005 and feature writer for The Leader-Herald from 2003 to 2013. He lives in the Adirondack Park where he is currently the historian for the Town of Caroga and writes the column, My Adirondack Korner for The Leader-Herald.


Ph. 518-705-9721

(Quotes from Amazon reviews)

Good mystery, thriller. Well done descriptions of life in the Adirondack Park and conflicts of 'locals" and "tree-huggers’.”

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This murder mystery was gripping! I love books written in first person, and with this novel, I could "see" it like a movie in my head, and I can't always do that . The characters were vivid and well developed. The dialogue was smart, witty and at times quite comical. I love reading a book that I find myself longing to get back to. This was surely one of those.”


Publications & Prizes

Buffalo Spree
Christianity Today
Poetry Now
Prizes won: 

Triton College Salute to the Arts

Houghton College, Lantern Poetry Prize

2019 Dorn Space Poet Laureate

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Norwegian American, White
Prefers to work with: 
At Risk Youth, Seniors
Born in: 
Johnstown, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Johnstown, NY
New York
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Last update: Sep 28, 2019