Lori Van Pelt was born and raised in Banner County, Nebraska, growing up on her parents’ wheat farm and cattle ranch. Lori began writing while attending Banner County High School in Harrisburg, Nebraska, and had her first poem published during this time. Following high school, Lori attended Nebraska Western College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, graduating in 1981 with an Associate of Applied Science in Business Degree. She began a career in banking, but still took time to pursue her interest in journalism, occasionally submitting articles for the Western Nebraska Observer in Kimball, Nebraska.
In 1990, Lori moved to Laramie, Wyoming to complete work on her undergraduate degree. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with honors from the University of Wyoming in 1993. After graduation, Lori accepted a position as a staff writer for the Saratoga Sun newspaper. Shortly afterwards, Lori married Eugene Walck, Jr., and continued to pursue her writing while living on the Walck ranch in Saratoga. Lori currently writes for the WREN (Wyoming Rural Electric News) Magazine, serves as a correspondent for the Casper Star Tribune, and is a frequent essayist for Wyoming Public Radio’s “Open Spaces.” She is an active member of The Author’s Guild, Women Writing the West, and Western Writers of America. Articles that Lori has written have been featured in Western Writers of America’s Roundup Magazine and in True West Magazine, Wild West, Pilot Getaways, Western Horseman, The Fence Post and Old West. She is the author of several books and short stories.
Not long ago, Lori had the opportunity to portray the wife of wagon train leader Albert Fancher for a History Channel documentary on the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre. Besides writing, Lori is also a talented musician and vocalist, performing at various events in Wyoming. Lori still resides in Saratoga, Wyoming with her husband, Eugene.
(Additional information about Lori Van Pelt can be found at the following Web site:)
Profiles From Carbon County, Wyoming’s Past [978.786 Van] 
Dreamers & Schemers, Vol. I.
Short story collection.
Amelia Earhart: The Sky’s No Limit [B Ea67v] 
American Heroes series.
Capital Characters of Old Cheyenne [978.719 Van] 
Dreamers & Schemers Series, Volume II.
Edited by Loren Estleman [813.08 Est] Contains the Lori Van Pelt story “River Watch.”
Hot Biscuits: Eighteen Stories by Women and Men of the Ranching West
Edited by Max Evans and Candy Moulton
Contains the Lori Van Pelt short story “Natural Causes.”
Available locally from the libraries of UN-L.
Edited by Robert J. Randisi
Contains the Lori Van Pelt short story “The Diamond Ring Fling.”
Edited by Robert J. Randisi [813.08 Ran] Contains the Lori Van Pelt short story “Grave Dancer.”
Wild Women of the Old West
Edited by Richard Etulain and Glenda Riley
Contains the Lori Van Pelt essay “Cattle Kate: Homesteader or Cattle Thief?”
Edited by James A. Crutchfield [978 Cru] Contains the Lori Van Pelt essay “More Than a Locomotive to Separate Us.”
Edited by Martin Greenberg [PB] Contains the Lori Van Pelt story “The Wild-Eyed Witness.”
Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West
Edited by Laurie Wagner Buyer and W.C. Jameson
Contains at least one poem by Lori Van Pelt
Edited by Russell Davis and Martin Greenberg [PB] Contains the Lori Van Pelt story “End of the Line.”
How the West Was Wicked
Edited by Jesse Marie Roberts [PB] Contains the Lori Van Pelt story “The Brandt Street Bandit.”
Another Wild West
Contains the Lori Van Pelt story “Sign of the Times.”
Outlaws and Lawmen
Contains the Lori Van Pelt story “The Day Delgado Rode In.”
Van Pelt’s story was a 2013 finalist for Best Western Short Story in the Spur Awards.
Livin’ on Jacks and Queens
E-book format only.
Contains the Lori Van Pelt story “The Legend of ‘Blind Ned’ Baldwin.”
Ankle High and Knee Deep: Women Reflect on Western Rural Life
Contains an essay by Lori Van Pelt.
This page added to the BookGuide site in May 2006 kj/sdc — Last updated January 2019 sdc