Red Shuttleworth

Red Shuttleworth and his Irish Wolfhound, Wolfie


The Shuttleworth Family: Luke, Red, Kate, Maura, Ciara, and Jessi... with dogs, MacGowan, Peaches, and Georgia Kiki.

Red Shuttleworth is a 2017 Tanne Foundation Award Recipient. He won the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Outstanding Poetry Book from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, for "Woe to the Land Shadowing" (Blue Horse Press).

Poet and playwright, primarily of the American West, Shuttleworth 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, a former Assistant General Counsel at the New Mexico Department of Health in Santa Fe, is an administrator at Los Alamos Labs. 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, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and other journals. She was the 51st Writer-in-Residence at Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida. Currently Ciara teaches art at Soap Lake Middle and High School.

Luke Shuttleworth lives near Soap Lake, Washington, and is a Ditch Rider for an irrigation district. He was a 2001 Baseball Factory Pre-Season High School All-American at Soap Lake (WA) High School and subsequently played baseball for Kansas Wesleyan University.

Jessi Shuttleworth, a former film/​TV/​commercials actress, recently earned an MFA in Screenwriting from American Film Institute Jessi's series, "Scablands," is in development at HBO. She is represented by CAA (Creative Artists Agency), managed by Epicenter, and legally represented by Robert Kaplan.

Selected Works

A poetry-wild road trip through the American West... yes, Homeward, ever Homeward....
New poems from Spur Award and Wrangler Award winner Red Shuttleworth
Winner of the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Poetry, "Woe to the Land Shadowing" presents poems from the Washington State fire season of summer-2015.
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.
The poems in Spur Award winning Western Settings explore the history and life of the American West.
Rumors and Borders, in paperback from Humanitas Media Publishing, features eight wild one-act plays set in the American West.
High Plains Fandango, now in paperback from Humanitas Media Publishing, was commissioned (2010) and first produced by the Theatre Arts Department at State University of New York at Fredonia (2012), where it was directed by Tom Loughlin. It was developed (2011), under the direction of Ethan Phillips, with a public reading, by the Echo Theater Company of Los Angeles.

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