Cowboy Poet Ron Wallace returns for his fourth (or maybe fifth) visit to share his wit and wisdom earned after many years of writing poetry. If you don’t know Ron, this intro may help:
Ron Wallace is a Native son of Oklahoma and a national poetry award winner. He is the author of four volumes of poetry published by TJMF Publishing of Clarksville, Indiana. All four have received critical acclaim and met with success in the poetry world. His first book, Native Son, was a finalist in the 2007 Oklahoma Book Awards. I Come from Cowboys … and Indians won the 2009 Oklahoma Writer’s Federation “Best Book of Poetry Award” and Oklahoma Cantos was again a finalist in the 2011 Oklahoma Book Awards, a finalist in the Western Heritage Book Awards and won the 2011 Oklahoma Writer’s Federation “Best Book of Poetry Award”.
Wallace’s Choctaw, Cherokee, Osage heritage is intertwined with his Scots-Irish roots and often reflected in his writing. He lists James Dickey, Robinson Jeffers, Yusef Komunyakaa and his former Southeastern Oklahoma State University professor and poet, Howard Starks as his major influences.
A former public school teacher and coach he has been a featured poet at The Abydos Learning Project in Texas three times, a featured poet at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma for the last four years. He has been a reader at the Tennessee Humanities Festival, a member of the Emerging Poets Southern Tour. His work has won several individual state and national awards and has been published in many journals and anthologies.
Critiques, reviews of his work and more personal biography can be found at www.RonWallacePoetry.com