Monday, October 5, 2015

SLIPSTREAM Features a Ciara Shuttleworth Poem

Cover of Slipstream #35/2015... an Annual Poetry Journal


Presents a Ciara Shuttleworth Poem

Slipstream, edited by Robert Borgatti, Livio Farallo, and Dan Sicoli, an annual poetry magazine published in Niagara Falls, New York, has included Ciara Shuttleworth's Electric like Lightening in the 2015 issue.

Ciara Shuttleworth at Jack Kerouac House, Orlando, Florida, 2015
(photo by Drew Perlmutter)

Ciara Shuttleworth's poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review.

The 51st Writer-in-Residence for the Kerouac Project in Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida, earlier this year, Ciara Shuttleworth is now Executive Director of Columbia Basin Allied Arts in Washington State.

Ciara Shuttleworth in Jack Kerouac's old chair
at Jack Kerouac House, Orlando, Florida, 2015.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

HIGH PLAINS FANDANGO: Paperback Edition of Red Shuttleworth's play

High Plains Fandango

a play by

Red Shuttleworth

Red Shuttleworth's hoof-to-the-teeth High Plains Fandango, a play about the coming scarcity of water and the potential privatization of the Ogallala Aquifer below the High Plains, is now a paperback book, published by Humanitas Media Publishing, and is available from Amazon.

Clayton Howe (as O'Garr) and Tony Taylor (as Ken Adams)
in Red Shuttleworth's High Plains Fandango

Described as a tragi-comedy by Dr. Jerry L. Crawford, Dean Emeritus of The College of Fellows of the American Theatre at The Kennedy Center, predicated by water scarcity being the world's must critical future security issue, High Plains Fandango depicts the inhabitants of one small western Nebraska town's Faustian bargain amidst the impending business interests of attempting water privatization of the Ogallala Aquifer.

Red Shuttleworth

Red Shuttleworth, named by True West magazine "Best Living Western Poet" in 2007, is a three-time winner of the Spur Award from Western Writers of America.  His plays have been presented widely in both professional and academic venues, including at The Foothill Theatre (CA), Spirit of the Horse Theatre (MN), Sundance Playwright Lab, The Sun Valley Festival of New Western Drama, and the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival.

Claire Elise Walton (as DQ) and Andrew Albigese (as Moss)
in the SUNY-Fredonia production of High Plains Fandango

The State University of New York at Fredonia presented the premiere production of High Plains Fandango on Friday, February 24, 2012.  It was directed by Tom Louglin.

Jessica Drew-Cates (as Aquinas)
in the SUNY-Fredonia production of High Plains Fandango

Prior to its premiere at SUNY-Fredonia, Red Shuttleworth's High Plains Fandango received development and a reading from the Echo Theater Company of Los Angeles, directed by Ethan Phillips.

Ethan Phillips and Red Shuttleworth
during the development of High Plains Fandango
by the Echo Theater Company of Los Angeles
(Burbank, California, March 2011)

Friday, September 18, 2015

CAMPSITES OF GHOSTS: A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook

Campsites of Ghosts


Red Shuttleworth

From the middle weeks of the Summer 2015 fire season in central Washington State, five Red Shuttleworth poems are presented in Campsites of Ghosts, a limited edition Bunchgrass Press chapbook.

The poems featured in this chapbook are:

Crescent of Blood Where We Expect the Moon

Canal Road Southeast of Adrian,
Washington... Four Miles at Sunset

Smoke Shadows at Eye Level

Unfinished Works at Smoke/Haze Sunset


Campsites of Ghosts

Red Shuttleworth

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Change of Weather Night

Change of Weather Night

Shimmering emulation of life...
a couple million light years away.

Here it's erosive cell phones...
absence of bison-dream recall.

You coyote-stare at a slice
of a pulse-dead purple star.

You hanker for rabbit
stroganoff from an iron skillet.

The sky swirls black...
flowing ghost robes.

FINAL LIGHT OF DAY, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook

Final Light of Day

poems by

Red Shuttleworth

East Low Canal Road, Southeast of Adrian, Washington
(a Red Shuttleworth photograph)

Final Light of Day, a limited edition Red Shuttleworth chapbook published by Bunchgrass Press, presents five poems:

Clapboard Day

First Cold Front of Summer

The Least Bit

Final Light of Day


Wildfire Smoke/Haze... Sky Smudges

Evening, Wildfire Smoke/Haze, Columbia Basin, Washington, Summer 2015
(a Red Shuttleworth photograph)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Midnight Gape

Midnight Gape


Legacy... leathery chestnut eyes
amid flickering candles....

You come to mind:
shaggy-feathered owl.

A generality of heydays
bleeds to a monochromatic blood-pool.


It's so easy to quote the sixties
from the pallor of Vogue girls...

(Idealized love poems
are for stucco hearts.)

throwback rock babes
explicit with whipped cream eggs.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rattlesnake Sunfall

Rattlesnake Sunfall

Mysterious... savage...

glisten of setting
sun.. fangs...