Red Shuttleworth

Red Shuttleworth and his Irish Wolfhound, Wolfie


The Shuttleworth Family: Maura, Red, Kate, Jessi, Luke, Ciara, and Wolfie

Red Shuttleworth, poet and playwright, primarily of the American West, is a three-time winner of the Spur Award (from Western Writers of America) for Poetry: "Johnny Ringo" (Riverhouse Lit), 2013, "Roadside Attractions" (The Basement), 2011, and Western Settings (University of Nevada Press), 2001.

True West magazine named Shuttleworth “Best Living Western Poet” in 2007

His poems, one-act plays, and short stories have appeared in over a hundred journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Blue Mesa Review, Chum, Clare, Concho River Review, Elysian Fields Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Minnetonka Review, Neon, Ontario Review, Plains Song Review, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Roundup Magazine, South Dakota Review, Southwest Review, Suisun Valley Review, and Weber: The Contemporary West.

Shuttleworth’s 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. State University of New York at Fredonia premiered Red Shuttleworth’s new play, High Plains Fandango, on Friday, February 24, 2012.

Shuttleworth is the editor of Lucky 13: Short Plays about Arizona, Nevada & Utah (University of Nevada Press, 1995).

He received an M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University where he studied with William Dickey and Kay Boyle. Shuttleworth also earned an M.F.A in Playwriting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was mentored by Jerry L. Crawford, Julie Jensen, and Davey Marlin-Jones.

Red and Kate Shuttleworth live in Washington... in the Columbia Basin, not too close to Moses Lake. Red was inducted into the Big Bend Community College Vikings Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.

A large selection of Red Shuttleworth's poetry can be found at: http:/​/​​

Red and Kate have four children:

Maura Shuttleworth is an Assistant General Counsel at the New Mexico Department of Health in Santa Fe. She is a multiple-times powerlifting national bench press champion.

Ciara Shuttleworth is a graduate of the University of Idaho's MFA Creative Writing (poetry) program. Her poetry has appeared in Concho River Review, Los Angeles Review, The New Yorker, The Southern Review, and other journals.

Luke Shuttleworth was a 2001 Baseball Factory Pre-Season High School All-American and played college baseball for Kansas Wesleyan University. He lives near Moses Lake, Washington.

Jessi Shuttleworth is a film/​TV/​commercials actress. Her resume can be found on IMDb. She founded a New York based film making company, Scabland Productions, which has completed a festival-bound short film, "February."

Selected Works

The poems in "Ghosts & Birthdays" give voice to prizefighters, painters, and poets who have passed away, to gunfighters, dancers, and to baseball players. And the voices speak to us of passionate gain and loss.
The mad life, in poetry, of Old West outlaw Johnny Ringo.
Roadside Attractions is the winner of the 2011 Spur Award for Best Poem from Western Writers of America, is an extended meditation, using the ghazal poetry form, on driving the West.
We Drove All Night is a collection of Red Shuttleworth's latest poetry published in magazines.
This slim book of poems collects the best of Red Shuttleworth’s recent literary journal publications.
The poems in Spur Award winning Western Settings explore the history and life of the American West.
The nature of the Old and the New West is reflected in this anthology edited by Red Shuttleworth

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