Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Red Shuttleworth Receives a Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Poetry

Red Shuttleworth accepts
the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Outstanding Poetry Book
Woe to the Land Shadowing
(Blue Horse Press, Redondo Beach, CA)
on April 16, 2016
at the National Cowboy &
Western Heritage Museum
in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The presenters were
songwriter/cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell, songwriter/singer Don Edwards,
with assistance from Miss Rodeo Oklahoma, Miss Sydney Spencer.

The 55th Annual Western Heritage Awards, honored contributers to Western Culture, including Tommy Lee Jones, Lee Marvin, George Lane, Bob Steele, Rusty Richards, Waddie Mitchell, Pipp Gillette, Mary Kaye, C.J. Box, Enrique Guerra, Mike Kearby, Mack White, Lee Marmon, Tom Corbett, Ben Masters, Red Steagall, John Wirth for Hell on Wheels, and Red Shuttleworth.

Western Heritage Award winners receive a bronze sculpture, The Wrangler.

Red Shuttleworth's winning book of poems, Woe to the Land Shadowing (published by Jeff and Tobi Alfier's Blue Horse Press) was predicated by the worst fire season (summer 2015) in Washington State history.  Woe to the Land Shadowing is available at the book store at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and also on Amazon.

The official (for now) post-ceremony photograph: singer Don Edwards, Luke Shuttleworth, Red Shuttleworth with his Wrangler, and cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell.

On the first day of the Wrangler Weekend,
at the Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel,
Luke Shuttleworth, Michael Martin Murphey, Cindy Murphey,
and Red Shuttleworth.

On Friday night, April 15, 2016, at a private VIP reception: Jason Richards, Ben Masters (Wrangler for Documentary Film, Unbranded), Rusty Richards (Chester A Reynolds Award), and Red Shuttleworth.

Red Shuttleworth, Debbie and Dean Smith (awards presenter... stunt man, actor and former Olympian), and Luke Shuttleworth.

"Midnight," the greatest buck horse ever,
is buried at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Any visit there should include paying respects to "Midnight."

John Cunningham, Red Shuttleworth
and singer/songwriter Eli Barsi (2014 Wrangler winner).

Red Shuttleworth and David Marion Wilkinson.

Red Shuttleworth & actor Barry Corbin.

The legendary Red Steagall, Red Shuttleworth, and cowboy singer Don Edwards at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, April 16, 2015.

New York Times Best Selling Novelist C.J. Box, Laurie Box, and Red Shuttleworth at a reception for Honorees.  Box received a Wrangler for Outstanding Western Novel, Endangered.

John and Gail Wirth with Red Shuttleworth.  Wirth is Executive Producer of the TV series Hell on Wheels, which won a Wrangler for Outstanding Fictional Drama.

Buck Taylor (over 170 episodes on Gunsmoke
as "Newly O'Brien") and Red Shuttleworth
at the Western Heritage Awards.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

NIGHT HOLDS ITS OWN, A Ciara Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook



Ciara Shuttleworth

Ciara Shuttleworth's first poetry chapbook, Night Holds Its Own, has been published by Blue Horse Press... and is available on Amazon.

Pre-publication praise for Ciara Shuttleworth's poetry has come from Judah Adashi (composer, Johns Hopkins University faculty), Kelly Davio (poet and poetry editor of Tahoma Literary Review), Nick Flynn (poet and memoirist, PEN Award-winner, Guggenheim Fellow), and Robert Schenkkan (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright).

The poems in Ciara Shuttleworth's Night Holds Its Own have enjoyed prior publication in prestigious journals, including Ploughshares, The New Yorker, and The Southern Review.

 Ciara Shuttleworth

Ciara Shuttleworth, in the spring of 2015, was the 51st Writer-in-Residence at Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida.

Ciara Shuttleworth at Kerouac House, Orlando, Florida,
in a a favorite old chair of Jack Kerouac's.

Ciara Shuttleworth is Executive Director of Columbia Basin Allied Arts in Washington State.  She also teaches English part time at Big Bend Community College.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Red Shuttleworth is at work on RUMORS AND BORDERS

Red Shuttleworth's writing table
with the original manuscript for Rumors and Borders

My Rumors and Borders, a suite of plays set in the American West, will be published as a paperback (late 2016 or early 2017) by Kris Wetherholt's Humanitas Media Publishing.

Rumors and Borders collects eight short plays written about a quarter of a century ago and produced later at State University of New York at Fredonia; The Sun Valley Festival of New Western Drama; and at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The line up of plays:
Days of Daring

The Only Waco Delaney

Rooster and Ponytail

More Honky Tonk Scars

Rangeland's Gone

This is Dead Level

Farewell the Catastrophe Works

The Genuine Love of the Kid's Life

Tom Loughlin, Jason Ostrowski, and Melissa K. Miller
in the SUNY-Fredonia production of The Only Waco Delaney
(March 6, 1995)

Converting the plays from a format appropriate for staging the plays to publication format, going from a copy typed on a Hermes 3000 manual typewriter to formatting toward book publication is a slow process.... especially since I keep making small revisions.

Red Shuttleworth
(March 2016)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

WOE TO THE LAND SHADOWING: 2016 Wrangler Award-Winner

Woe to the Land Shadowing

by Red Shuttleworth

Honored with the 2016

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Poetry

Red Shuttleworth

Red Shuttleworth will receive the coveted "Wrangler" award for Woe to the Land Shadowing (published by Blue Horse Press) on April 16, 2016, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma.  A three-time winner of Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Poetry, proclaimed "Best Living Western Poet" by True West magazine in 2007, Shuttleworth's poems have appeared in many journals, including Concho River Review, South Dakota Review, and Weber: The Contemporary West.

The Western Heritage("Wrangler") Award.

Among previous recipients of the Wrangler for Poetry are John Dofflemeyer, Linda Hussa, Larry D. Thomas, and Paul Zarzyski.

Red Shuttleworth with his Irish Wolfhound, Peaches.

Woe to the Land Shadowing can be purchased on Amazon.

Friday, February 12, 2016


A wonderful anthology-size issue of San Pedro River Review honoring poetry on The American Southwest, with a generous selection of poems from Feature Poet Larry D. Thomas (a former Texas Poet Laureate), is available on Amazon for only $12.

San Pedro River Review is edited by two wonderful poets, Jeff Alfier and Tobi Alfier.

With work from nearly a hundred poets, this issue of the Alfiers' literary journal provides a comprehensive look at the Southwest. Among the included poets are the distinguished J.V. Brummels, Alex Lemon, Adrian C. Louis, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ciara Shuttleworth, and Paul Zarzyski.

This issue of San Pedro River Review also includes a poem by Red Shuttleworth.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DISTANCE TO EMPTY, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook

Distance to Empty


Red Shuttleworth

Distance to Empty, poems from Red Shuttleworth to start 2016 with a near-death-lurch, is issued by Bunchgrass Press in a limited edition.

The hospital journal
(January 22-28, 2016)

Road 20 -- The Road Home
Southwest of Stratford, Washington

Peaches and Red Shuttleworth, February 6, 2016,
Getting Ready to Assemble a New Chapbook.

Distance to Empty is available (briefly) by email request to Red Shuttleworth.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Distance to Empty: XLVIII

Distance to Empty: XLVIII

Beloveds not seen in rough decades
are over the crest of the next hill.
Blacktop lanes narrow.  Weedy ditches.
It's simple: no more goddamn corners.
Gradually... February skies turn blue.