Saddle Up and Write
Creative Writing in response to art 2014-2015 book
Featuring the work of 46 sixth-grade students from Duncan, Empire and Marlow Middle Schools during their 2014-15 academic year. Instructed by Dr. Nathan Brown, students were inspired to write about art in our Garis Gallery of the American West. Cover for this edition features one of the students as she writes about Kachinas that were on exhibit. Kachina carving by Mike Aguirre.
Poems selected by the student writers in the book are accompanied by images of the art that inspired them. Poems and writings include titles such as, “Lost, but then Found” by Reece Walker; “The Wolf” by Bryson Akins; “Running Gun Battle” by Cory Leu; “Fire Hydrant” by Moriah Standokes and inspired by the art of Mikel Davison; and a favorite, “I Survived” by Lorenzo Epp, a story about a bison.
Excerpt from Epp’s entry:
I feel a sharp pain four inches behind my left shoulder, hunters.
No, this can’t be happening, I have to survive.
I won’t let them take my hide, or my tongue only to let me rot in the sun.
So I bolt, my instincts tell me to run, so I do.”
Intrigued? You’ll have to buy the book to read the entire one-page story.
Writers in this edition:
Duncan – Kinlee Allen, Adam Clifton, Ricardo Galvan, Cindy Kerns, Jacob Riley, Reece Phillips, Moriah Standokes, Tate Wilkins, Reece Walker, Shawn Morris, Mackenzie Bertelsen, Zach Schreckengost, Kaylee Belveal, Lorenzo Epp, Kennedy Booth, Justice Craig, Madeline Crimmins, Sonny Telles, Zachary Lilley, Megan Waters, Grace Peters, Braiden Gregory.
Empire – Shalynn Rae Skeen, Bryson Akins, Jackson Carrio, Austin Williams, Cash Robinson, Gabrielle Colombo, Rilyn Martin, Austin Hunt, Mitchell Monteith, Jaycee Porter, Daniel Alvarez, Cory Leu.
Marlow – Grace Banks, Shiloh Sullivent, Lane Johnson, Tyler McKinley, Tamara McConnell, Hailey Griggs, Tessa Throckmorton, Gabriel Dial, Conor Hammond, Alex Lehman, Mikaylee Ribble, Blake Harris.
About the program
Launched in 2010, the Heritage Center’s initiative was to break the barriers between students and museum art. Students get an award winning writer/instructor who inspires them to write poems and short stories about the art they see in the museum. Dr. Nathan Brown works closely with the students as they go over the basic principles of crafting a poem or story. This also includes assisting them while they are in the Garis Gallery of the American West. After their two sessions during the school year, they selected their favorite writings and those have been compiled into this publication. Brown has published 19 books. He holds a Pd.D in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma. He is a former Oklahoma Poet Laureate and travels the country for teaching and performing assignments.
“This is an awesome opportunity to make art better.”
“One thing I learned being here is writing poems can be a very fun thing!”
“I learned about how to describe things and really, really, make you feel like you are there. My writing has gotten more and more descriptive.”
“You can tell a story just writing a few words. But you can tell a better story by adding more descriptive, more wacky words.”
Investment in our youth
Proceeds from the sales of these books benefit the program, now known as “Saddle Up and Write.” Program is made possible through funding by the Oklahoma Arts Council and Chisholm Trail Heritage Center members. We encourage you to contribute today. This is an investment in our community, our culture, our future and our past.
Spiral bound, cardstock cover, 56 pages. 2014-15 edition.
We have a limited supply of this edition.