Thursday, January 19, 2017

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS (Reprint Edition): A Red Shuttleworth Chapbook





Roadside Attractions

A Western Writers of America
Spur Award Poem

Red Shuttleworth



Roadside Attractions, a long poem first published as a chapbook by The Basement (a theatre company in Phoenix) in 2010, with support from Chris Danowski, is reissued by Bunchgrass Press in a limited edition.

Roadside Attractions was honored by Western Writers of America in 2011 with the Spur Award for Best Poem.

Red Shuttleworth


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

EVEN IF THEY SAY, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Even If They Say

Four Poems

Red Shuttleworth



Even If They Say, a four-poem chapbook by Red Shuttleworth, is published by Bunchgrass Press in a limited edition.  The presented poems are:

Moonlight Road

Got a Question?

Barely Erect Gravestones...
Fortuna, North Dakota

Will Rope for Food


Alkabo, North Dakota, 1937
photo by Russell Lee
(Library of Congress)


Red Shuttleworth, a three-time Spur Award recipient for poetry, received the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Outstanding Poetry Book for his Woe to the Land Shadowing.



Named by True West magazine in 2007 as "Best Living Western Poet," In the past half-century, Red Shuttleworth  has published poetry, fiction, drama, literary criticism, and ephemeral prose in such journals as Alaska Quarterly Review, Artforum, Foreign Affairs, Ontario Review, Poetry Now, Prairie Schooner, Roundup, South Dakota Review, Southwest Review, and Zone 3.


Red Shuttleworth


Red Shuttleworth's next full book of poetry, Straight Ahead, will be published in late January 2017 by Blue Horse Press.



Sunday, January 1, 2017

SIDESWIPE, A Red Shuttleworth Theatre Chapbook




Sideswipe

A Play

Red Shuttleworth



For the 25th Anniversary of the first presentation of Sideswipe, a one-act Red Shuttleworth play, it is issued in a limited edition as a Bunchgrass Press chapbook.

Sideswipe received its first public reading, directed by the author, on April 4, 1992, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with J.R. Esposito as "Jackal" and Michelle Rodda as "Wing."

Set in the present on the outskirts of a sagebrush town, Sideswipe was first published in 1933 in Neon: Artcetera from Nevada State Council on the Arts (edited by Kirk Robertson).

"Currie, Nevada"  March 1940
photo by Arthur Rothstein
(Library of Congress)


Red Shuttleworth's plays have been presented widely in both academic and professional venues.  His play about the calamitous draw-downs of aquifers in the American West, High Plains Fandango, commissioned and first produced by State University of New York at Fredonia, is a paperback from Humanitas Media Publishing... and is available in paperback on Amazon:



Red Shuttleworth's latest full length play, Tumbledown, a tragi-comedy, a contemporary Western, will receive a staged reading, directed by Rick Williamson, at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo on the evening of Thursday, March 16, 2016.

Red Shuttleworth

Sunday, December 25, 2016

HYPNAGOGIA, a Red Shuttleworth Chapbook




Hypnagogia

Four Monologues

Red Shuttleworth



Hypnagogia, by Red Shuttleworh, is a Bunchgrass Press limited edition Bunchgrass Press chapbook presenting four monologues.



Dramatis Personae:

Wee Joe
(1964-1970)

Washington Bolivar Cloyes
(1830-1912)

Princess Vera Ligovskaya
(1815-1851)

Van Barney Hogan
(1842-1908)



Red Shuttleworth's poetry has been published widely.  His most recent collection of poems, Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press), received the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Outstanding Poetry Book from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma.  Shuttleworth is a three-time winner of the (Western Writers of America) Spur Award for Poetry.  In 2007, True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."

Red Shuttleworth's plays have been presented in both professional and academic venues, including at Sundance Playwrights Lab (1990 and 1994), the Sun Valley Festival of New Western Drama, SUNY-Fredonia, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival.

Red Shuttleworth's High Plains Fandango, a play about the coming scarcity of water, is available as a book from Humanitas Media publishing.

Red Shuttleworth





Sunday, December 18, 2016

WHAT WE DON'T, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook




What We Don't

a poem by

Red Shuttleworth


What We Don't, a one poem Red Shuttleworth chapbook, is published by Bunchgrass Press in a limited (49 copies) edition.

What We Don't is Red Shuttleworth's 150th chapbook.

His first chapbook, Moaning Woman Wind, was published in 1971 by Kathy Decter's Lazy Ears Press in San Francisco:


Red Shuttleworth's writing (poetry, fiction, drama, essays) has been published in numerous journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Blue Mesa Review, Concho River Review, Confrontation, Jeopardy, Minnetonka Review, Nebraska Review, New Letters, Ontario Review, Poetry Now, Prairie Schooner, San Pedro River Review, South Dakota Review, and Weber: The Contemporary West.

Red Shuttleworth
(Galveston Island, Texas, 1976)

Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) received the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Outstanding Poetry Book from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Jason Richards, Ben Masters, Rusty Richards,
and Red Shuttleworth at the 2016 Wrangler
Awards Weekend in Oklahoma City.

Red Shuttleworth's next full book of poetry, Straight Ahead, will be issued in January 2017 by Blue Horse Press:



Red Shuttleworth is a three-time winner of the (Western Writers of America) Spur Award for Poetry.  In 2007, True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."


Red Shuttleworth





Sunday, December 11, 2016

BARB WIRE CONCLUSIONS, A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook





Barb Wire Conclusions

Four Poems

Red Shuttleworth



Barb Wire Conclusions by Red Shuttleworth is a limited (29 copies) edition poetry chapbook from Bunchgrass Press.  The poems presented are:

Swimming in the Dark

Gospel

Sun City, Kansas (1903)

Barb Wire Conclusions


Red Shuttleworth's Woe to the Land Shadowing (Blue Horse Press) received the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Outstanding Poetry Book from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.


2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award
for Outstanding Poetry Book:
Red Shuttleworth
Woe to the Land Shadowing


Red Shuttleworth's next full book of poetry, Straight Ahead, will be published in January 2017 by Blue Horse Press.  


Red Shuttleworth, September 1991


Shuttleworth is a three-time winner of the (Western Writers of America) Spur Award for Poetry. In 2007 True West magazine named Shuttleworth "Best Living Western Poet."


Red Shuttleworth
accepts a 2016 Wrangler Award
at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum


Monday, December 5, 2016

Moses Lake, WA Post Office: Malfunctioning Mess



The Moses Lake Post Office

is a Malfunctioning Mess


A gross amount of mail, Priority Mail, that originates in Moses Lake, is lost "In Transit," and no postal worker at the Moses Lake is of any use in locating where a piece of mail might be stalled... even when presented with a tracking number.

Other pieces of mail are returned to sender with the standard yellow sticker... undelivered because a postal worker or machine or robot is illiterate:
 A letter sent to British poet Jonathan Chant from Moses Lake, Washington, never made it past Salt Lake City (where the return sticker was affixed), because "United Kingdom" was misread as Utah, because "Hampshire" was misconstrued to New Hampshire.  This sort of failure-to-deliver, this return-to-sender (with yellow NIXIE sticker) without good cause, is now epidemic within the Postal Service.

The angry-clown postmaster in Moses Lake is despised by front clerks, because he offers no help, no guidance, no leadership, not even words of kindness.

The postmaster in Moses Lake, Washington, a brusque, incompetent, rude-to-customers, unpleasant man, is the subject of laughter from Moses Lake postal clerks if a customer remarks that the postmaster has soiled, soiled like a rockchuck defecating in a stack of hay bales, has SOILED every place he was busied himself.

More to the present point: I mailed a Priority Mail envelope (with a book proof and a 40-year-old valuable poetry chapbook) on November 29, 2016, mailed it to my publisher in Redondo Beach, California.  Although Priority Mail is touted by USPS as "Three Day" mail, my postal receipt predicted delivery in four days...
... but six days passed without delivery.

As for tracking, it relies with the ambiguous phrase: In Transit.

Update:  My Priority Mail envelope, seven days into its journey, was... delivered:


The United States Postal Service is a malfunctioning mess.  Among the worst Post Offices in the nation is the Moses Lake Post Office, administered by an incompetent, a boor, a lazy-brained goofball who should be incarcerated in a federal home for the imbecilic.

If your local Post Office is problematic, phone your Congressman or United States Senators.