Red Shuttleworth

Red Shuttleworth


Paul Zarzyski, Red Shuttleworth, and JV Brummels

With lyric poems, prose poems, and dramatic monologue poems, Red Shuttleworth's "Homeward" is a road trip through the American West: Rock Creek Station (Nebraska), Branchville (Texas), Elko (Nevada), Sidney (Montana), Fayette (North Dakota).... Buckle up, pop open a sodie pop can, dip some Copenhagen, join the engine rumble ride....

Rumors and Borders: Eight Western Plays
Eight short plays set in the American West consider, blessings and curses, myth, history, and the sometimes harsh present. The plays in Rumors and Borders were developed and first produced at University of Nevada - Las Vegas and State University of New York - Fredonia.

Straight Ahead
"Straight Ahead" presents a dozen film-like, Western poem sequences, plus a suite of poems set in the American West.

Woe to the Land Shadowing
Winner of the 2016 Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award for Poetry, "Woe to the Land Shadowing" presents poems from the fire season of summer-2015 in Washington State.

High Plains Fandango
High Plains Fandango, published as a paperback in 2015 by Humanitas Media Publishing, is a play about the approach of water scarcity, the potential for privatization of the Ogallala Aquifer, and small town life on the High Plains of western Nebraska.

Ghosts & Birthdays
Red Shuttleworth's latest book, latest collection of poems, celebrates / profiles the lives of various historic figures (Mikhail Lermontov, Billy the Kid, Georgia O'Keefe, Hank Williams, Marilyn Monroe, Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, Waylon Jennings, Kay Boyle, and others). The poems were first published in literary journals, including "Blue Mesa Review, "Chattahoochee Review," Concho River Review," "Interim," and "Los Angeles Review."

Johnny Ringo
"Johnny Ringo" winner of the 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Poem (from Western Writers of America) 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.

Roadside Attractions
As Red Shuttleworth tumbleweeds across the West, he considers, in one poem, buffalo burger shacks, the wreckage of plowed ground, depopulation of the Great Plains, driving empty post-midnight crumbling two-lane roads at excessive speed, and the possibilities of true love.

Western Settings
Western Settings poignantly examines the strange concatenations of history and contemporary experience that typify the modern West... how that territory of land and myth both enriches and challenges those who make lives there.

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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