Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Red Shuttleworth

The Books of Red Shuttleworth

Lucky 13: Short Plays about Arizona, Nevada & Utah  --anthology, with plays by Jerry L. Crawford, David Kranes, Gus Edwards, Julie Jensen, Aden Ross, Red Shuttleworth, Paavo Hall, Bob Mayberry, John D. Newsom, Brian Kral, Brighde Mullins, Christopher Danowski, and Mark Jensen-- (University of Nevada Press, 1995)

Western Settings: Poems (University of Nevada Press, 2000)

We Drove All Night: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2011)

Johnny Ringo: Poetry (Riverhouse Lit, using CreateSpace, 2012)

Ghosts & Birthdays: Poems (Humanitas Media Publishing, 2012)

High Plains Fandango: A Play (Humanitas Media Publishing, 2015)

Woe to the Land Shadowing: Poems (Blue Horse Press, 2015)

Straight Ahead: Poems (Blue Horse Press, 2017)

Rumors and Borders: Eight Western Plays (Humanitas Media Publishing, 2017)

With encouragement from Tom Radko (Director of the University of Nevada Press in the 1990's) and William L. Fox (Director of the Nevada Arts Council in the 1990's), I edited Lucky 13, an anthology of regional plays.  The short form is tough, but it offers thrills. Some of the plays in Lucky 13 are less than memorable, but over half of them are splendid and, twenty years after publication, still ought to be produced.  Lucky 13 is out of print, but one can find copies on Amazon.

Although I began writing poetry in 1967 and had been publishing in fine journals since 1973, and although I was able to get a few chapbooks published and had been a finalist in over half of the very competitive book publication competitions, by the 1990's it looked like my poems would never gain book publication... and not with a university press.  But Tom Radko at University of Nevada Press took a chance. Radko hired Bill Fox to work as my editor on cobbling together a coherent book that had an arc, and Western Settings appeared in 2000.  It held poems that had first publication in some fine journals, including Ontario Review, Prairie Schooner, and West Branch.  In 2001, Western Settings received the first Spur Award for Poetry from Western Writers of America.  Before too long, True West reprinted a poem from the book... the only time that magazine has ever published a poem in its print edition. Western Settings is out of print.  Sadly, the University of Nevada Press, after the tenure of Tom Radko, hired a quintessentially stupid director and she killed the poetry program entirely.  Readers who wish to own Western Settings can locate used copies on Amazon.

More chapbook than book, We Drove All Night is the only chapbook or book that I have not campaigned for.  I include it here only because it was, until mid-December, 2015, available to readers via Amazon. It is a fine collection of poems, sure, but Finishing Line Press (I learned after they accepted this work for publication) is a vanity press run by shit-heels.

The Old West pistolero who most reminds us of the mad Roman emperor Caligula was Johnny Ringo.  His craziness was fascinating.  Ringo is famous yet, or infamous, but he is of little historical import.  He was NOT at the gunfight at OK Corral.  Ringo is NOT central to any vital history.  But Ringo was hilariously mad, a goof, a drunkard, a man with inclinations so violent, yet posted against a singular view of Christian theology, that I could not help but write a book-length poem that followed his failed life.  I tried to write Johnny Ringo as if it was a poem that Samuel Beckett could write if someone other than Beckett was writing it.  When the poem was written, I could not imagine any publication that could publish it in its entirety.  Through facebook, though, I was befriended by Yoly Fivas.  Yoly was using CreateSpace (print-on-demand) to publish books.  And she, through her Riverhouse Lit imprint, published Johnny Ringo, winner of the 2013 Spur Award from Western Writers of America for Best Western Poem.  To this day, Johnny Ringo enjoys sales spurts on Amazon.

Emil Cioran loved reading biographies, because it was entertaining and instructive to learn what delusions and illusions of youth came to at the end of men's lives.  For years I had been writing bio-sketch poems (Mikhail Lermontov, Wyatt Earp, Georgia O'Keefe, Waylon Jennings, and many others) which were published in wonderful journals, like Blue Mesa Review, Chattahoochee Review, Concho River Review, and Los Angeles Review. A friend, journalist Kris Wetherholt, was starting a press... and Kris' Humanitas Media Publishing issued this collection in 2012... with a painting of Marilyn Monroe (by my daughter Ciara Shuttleworth) on the cover.  Ghosts & Birthdays is available on Amazon.

Commissioned and first produced by The State University of New York at Fredonia, with a development reading by the Echo Theater of Los Angeles, High Plains Fandango, a play about water scarcity and aquifer privatization, premiered at SUNY-Fredonia (directed by Tom Loughlin) on February 24, 2012.  Given publisher/journalist Kris Wetherholt's commitment to coverage of global stress points/conflict, she graciously offered to have her Humanitas Media Publishing bring out this play in a fine paperback edition (with a cover photograph by Ed Kashi)... so that perhaps other theatres, both professional and academic, might produce it again.

The fire season of 2015 in Washington State was the worst in history.  Out of the daily smoke and threat of wildfire came the poems that comprise Woe to the Land Shadowing.  Poets Jeff and Tobi Alfier (who run Blue Horse Press and a fine literary journal, San Pedro River Review) offered to publish these poems.  And Blue Horse Press rapidly issued the book. Woe to the Land Shadowing received the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Outstanding Poetry Book (from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum).

Receving the "Wrangler" for Outstanding Poetry
at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
in Oklahoma City on April 16, 2016,
presented by Waddie Mitchell, Don Edwards,
and Miss Rodeo Oklahoma.

Straight Ahead (Blue Horse Press, 2017) presents a dozen poem sequences that first appeared as chapbooks from Bunchgrass Press. The book concludes with a suite of Western poems that might remind readers of Red's Western Settings.

Rumors and Borders (Humanitas Media Publishing, 2017) is a revised version the collection of one-act plays that was to have been published by University of Nevada Press years ago.  There was an oral promise of publication from Nevada, but a new director came aboard and that university press killed its poetry series and choked-off any interest in publishing drama.  The eight plays in Rumors and Borders have been presented widely.

Homeward: Poems (Blue Horse Press, 2018) presents new poems... and poems published first in The Cape Rock, Clare, The Laurel Review, Minnetonka Review, Plains Song Review, San Pedro River Review, and other journals.

And the next book.... 

Red Shuttleworth
(Winside, Nebraska, 1986)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WOE TO THE LAND SHADOWING: A Red Shuttleworth Collection of Poems

Woe to the Land Shadowing

poems by

Red Shuttleworth

Woe to the Land Shadowing, a collection of poems from the Washington State 2015 fire season, published by Blue Horse Press, is available from Amazon.

Red Shuttleworth is a three-time winner of the Spur Award for Poetry from Western Writers of America: Johnny Ringo (2013), Roadside Attractions (2011), and Western Settings (2001).

Shuttleworth was named "Best Living Western Poet" by True West magazine in 2007.

For decades Shuttleworth's poems, short stories, and one-act plays have been published in numerous journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Chariton Review, Concho River Review, Interim, Los Angeles Review, Ontario Review, Prairie Schooner, South Dakota Review, True West, Weber: The Contemporary West and West Branch.

Red Shuttleworth with his Irish Wolfhound, Peaches
(photo by Ciara Shuttleworth)

Red Shuttleworth's plays have been widely presented, with readings and productions in both professional and academic settings, including High Plains Fandango at The State University of New York at Fredonia, Pistolero Rideaway at Sundance Playwrights Lab, and Memorabilia at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival.

Red Shuttleworth
(photo by Ciara Shuttleworth)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

HIGH PLAINS FANDANGO, Red Shuttleworth's Play in Paperback

High Plains Fandango

a play by

Red Shuttleworth

High Plains Fandango, Red Shuttleworth's play about the approach of water scarcity and the possible privatization of aquifers like the Ogallala Aquifer under the High Plains, is available as a paperback (cover photograph courtesy of Ed Kashi/VII) from Humanitas Media Publishing.  It can be ordered from Amazon.

Clayton Howe as "O'Garr" and Tony Taylor as "Ken Adams"
in the SUNY-Fredonia production of Red Shuttleworth's High Plains Fandango.

High Plains Fandango takes place in a small, withered cattle town in western Nebraska.  The citizens face a Faustian bargain for survival.

Commissioned in 2010 by the Theatre Arts Department at The State University of New York at Fredonia, High Plains Fandango was developed (with a public reading) by the Echo Theater Company of Los Angeles under the direction of Ethan Phillips.   High Plains Fandango, directed by Tom Loughlin, premiered at SUNY-Fredonia on February 24, 2012.

 Red Shuttleworth

Red Shuttleworth, poet and playwright, 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) for Poetry.  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 Playwrights Lab, The Sun Valley Festival of New Western Drama, and the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival.

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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

THE SEVENTH WAVE, A Red Shuttleworth One-Poem Chapbook

The Seventh Wave

a one-poem chapbook

Red Shuttleworth

The Seventh Wave, a poem first presented on this blog in 2011, slightly tinkered with, is presented by Bunchgrass Press as a limited edition chapbook.

On the Road, Milford to Ely....

Red Shuttleworth
ready for the next road trip....

Sunday, July 26, 2015

RESIN-BLUE EVENING SKY... SUMMER: A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook

Resin-Blue Evening Sky... Summer

a one-poem chapbook by

Red Shuttleworth

With a first appearance on the blog Poet Red Shuttleworth, a five-part poem (under the influence of Samuel Beckett's pair of Eneug poems), Red Shuttleworth's Resin-Blue Evening Sky... Summer is presented in a limited edition chapbook from Bunchgrass Press.

Red Shuttleworth
(North of Mountain Home, Idaho, summer of 1999)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tahoma Literary Review: A New Ciara Shuttleworth Long Poem

The Tahoma Literary Review (summer 2015 issue) presents a new long poem by Ciara Shuttleworth, Upstairs, My Daughter Draws Jesus.

The Tahoma Literary Review is published and edited by Kelly Davio.

Ciara Shuttleworth was a 2014 Jerome Foundation Fellow and was the Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando's 51st Writer-in-Residence at Kerouac House (spring 2015).  Her poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Alaska Quarterly Review, The New Yorker, The Norton Introduction to Literature (11e), Ploughshares, and The Southern Review.  Shuttleworth received an MFA in Poetry Writing from the University of Idaho, a BFA in Painting/Drawing from San Francisco Art Institute, and a BA in Studio Art from Gustavus Adolphus College.  Her website is: www.ciarashuttleworth.com

 Ciara Shuttleworth on the back steps 
of Kerouac House, Orlando, Florida, spring 2015
(photo by Drew Perlmutter)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

JACK'S PORCH, A Bunchgrass Press Chapbook Anthology

Jack's Porch

A Chapbook Anthology in Celebration of the Writing Life,  the Kerouac Project of Orlando,  and Kerouac House

The Poets of Jack's Porch:

Caitlin Doyle

Danielle Kessinger

John King

Ilyse Kusnetz

Susan Lilley

Cate McGowan

Summer Rodman
& Gypsy

Ciara Shuttleworth

Brian Turner

Jack's Porch is published in a small (150 copies) edition by Bunchgrass Press.  Copies are only available from one of the participating poets.

Monday, June 29, 2015

AMULET, A Red Shuttleworth Chapbook... The Complete Poem


a one-poem chapbook by

Red Shuttleworth

Recently presented in sections on facebook, the poem Amulet, by Red Shuttleworth, is now issued in a limited edition chapbook by Bunchgrass Press.

Red Shuttleworth

Sunday, June 21, 2015

TRAIL, A Chapbook Anthology from Bunchgrass Press


A Chapbook Anthology

Trail presents new writing from:

Chris Danowski

Dave Kelly

Terry Kinney

Adrian C. Louis

Red Shuttleworth

Trail is published in a limited edition (63 copies) by Bunchgrass Press and is only available from one of the contributing writers.