Nielsen left Callison College
while in Bangalore, India, in 1971 to travel across
Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey to Europe before returning to Santa
Cruz, CA. He was published in Sundaz
and Big Moon
magazine and gave a reading at Zachary's restaurant in the
poetry/short story series presided over by Morton Marcus. In
1976, he farmed near Selma, in San Joaquin Valley where he
married Riina. He farmed for 30 years with Alfred Hanson.
In the fall of 2003, the two lost all but 28 acres as a result of
falling prices. He worked as a farm manager for McClarty
Farms, Parlier, CA. In 2008, Riina died. The last two poems
are excerpts from a longer poem dedicated to her memory. He
has written his entire life, encouraged by his cousin Nels
Hanson. He now lives in Indianola, Iowa, with two wonderful
grandchildren, Marshall and Adelaide Taylor.
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