Red Shuttleworth

Red Shuttleworth

Johnny Ringo

"Johnny Ringo," published by Riverhouse Lit, is available both as an ebook and as a paperback.

"Johnny Ringo" is an epic poem, the journey of a demon-struck Old West outlaw well- stocked with zany, bloody charisma. Johnny Ringo, like the mad Roman emperor Caligula, rides the West seeking absolutes through the divination of violence and abject attempts to locate love.

"In poetry that burns with the cold fire of truth, Red Shuttleworth traces the life of Johnny Ringo, a notorious Old West outlaw who left a trail of blood and misery. I am haunted by Shuttleworth's authentic voice of violence, insanity, despair. "Johnny Ringo" is a chilling achievement, finely wrought, and an unblinking look at one of the most compelling characters of the true West. "Johnny Ringo" is transcendent.
- Max McCoy, two-time Spur Award-winning novelist, author of "Damnation Road"


"Madness, blood, illusion, delusion, and more blood. Red Shuttleworth brilliantly captures the grit and grime and pain of the American outlaw Johnny Ringo. "Johnny Ringo": One hell of a story/​poem.
-Adrian C. Louis, poet and novelist, author of "Ancient Acid Flashes Back" and "Skins"


"Beautiful and razor-sharp, mixing warmth with bitterness, this epic poem captures the West and that mythical, misunderstood figure, Johnny Ringo, better than any filmmaker, novelist, or historian could possibly manage. With "Johnny Ringo," Red Shuttleworth cements his reputation as the greatest Western poet at work today. Bravo!"
-Johnny D. Boggs, six-time Spur Award-winning novelist, author of "Legacy of a Lawman" and "West Texas Kill."

Selected Works

Poetry
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.
Drama
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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