2 pm | SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Facing West: Voices of Western Women, is a collection of 50 women's voices, sharing poetry, prose, and short stories. Join a few of the authors as they bring to life the excitement, pain and joy of living life in the West, from a first-hand point of view. Many of these women are award winning authors in their own right, but several are being published for the first time. Join the "old guard" mixed with a few new faces as we bring the stories right off the page.
About the Book
The poems, stories, and lyrics reflect the vibrant world of the working West. Sally Harper Bates writes in her introduction, “…The lines you will find herein are exemplary of culture, heritage, and traditions. Fears, hopes, dreams, suffering, and joy…I hear the voices of women in our beloved West, telling their stories, singing their songs, and setting their hearts down on paper.”
Contributors include Mary Abbott, Amy Hale Auker, Sally Harper Bates, Valerie Beard, Virginia Bennett, Sequent Bodine, Betty Burlingham, Shawn Cameron, Lola Chiantaretto, Cherie Cloudt, Jiminell Cook, Terry Crowley, Sam DeLeeuw, Daisy Dillard, Jody Drake, Bunny Dryden, Tandy Drye, Susan Gahr, Peggy Godfrey, Audrey Hankins, Jeanie Hankins, Roni Harper, Jessica Hedges, Sandy Heller, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Carole Jarvis, Randi Johnson, Sue Jones, Suzi Killman, Cindy King, Mary Matli, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Billie Jo McFarland, Charlotte Allgood McCoy, Bertha Monroe, Janet Moore, Kay Kelley Nowell, Evelyn Perkins, Karen Perkins, Jean Prescott, Jody Presley, Janet McMillan Rives, Darla Robinson, Perilee Sharp, Shirley Tecklenburg, Heidi Thomas, Frances Vance, Andrea Waitley, Carrol Williams, Jolyn Young, and Kip Calahan Young.
About Sally Harper Bates
Born and raised in Prescott, Arizona, Sally’s roots are sunk deep in the malapai ridges of Yavapai County. Her family tree “forks both ways” into the Arizona sod, having had the honor of five living generations of women near Prescott until 2003. Her roots ramble through the culture and heritage of the working cowboy as her dad worked ranches in the shade of Camp Wood Mountain for over 50 years, and her grandfather cowboyed in western New Mexico as a young man. She spent most of her life in the company of cowboys and their families, having both friends and family who worked on ranches and earned their keep as cowboys. Sally is a published writer poet, songwriter and photographer, and has been nominated four times as Female Cowboy Poet of the Year through the Academy of Western Artists.
She’s earned a living at different times in her life as a campcook, rider of drag, saddlemaker’s wife and substitute mother to orphaned calves and donkeys. She’s proud to have served the cowboy community as the secretary to the Arizona Cowpuncher’s Association for two years, and helped keep the Poets Gathering in Prescott going strong.
About the Contributors
Raised on a ranch in isolated eastern Montana, Heidi Thomas has had a penchant for reading and writing since she was a child. Armed with a degree in journalism from the University of Montana, she worked for the Daily Missoulian newspaper, and has had numerous magazine articles published. A tidbit of family history, that her grandmother rode steers in rodeos during the 1920s and 30s, spurred Heidi to write three award-winning novels based on that grandmother's life: Cowgirl Dreams, Follow the Dream, and Dare to Dream. She also has published a non-fiction book, Cowgirl Up! A History of Rodeo Women. A new series has been launched with the publication of Seeking the American Dream, book 1 of the American Dream series. Heidi is a freelance editor, teaches community writing classes, and is working on the next book in her "American Dream" series.
Stay tuned for more information on contributors....