Saddle Up and Write 2015-2016 edition
Creative Writing in response to art
Saddle Up and Write 2015-16 features the writings of 48 sixth-grade students from Duncan, Empire and Marlow Middle School.
Instructed by Dr. Nathan Brown, students get writing prompts during the lessons. They also are inspired by art in our Garis Gallery of the American West.
Cover for this edition features two students as they channel inspiration from the national-traveling exhibit, “Our People, Our Land, Our Images.”
Poems selected by the student writers are highlighted by images of the art they were inspired. Titles such as “The Snog” by Dillon Purvis; “Yeller Snow” by Gracie McMains; and “The Weird Buffalo” by Landon Holley exhibit their creative talents in writing.
The writings and art in each of the creative writing books include everything from wild animals, farm animals, landscapes and several interesting poems and stories about a red truck.
Excerpt from Bethany Fraire’s entry of “What The”
The tiny red truck would always pass by the same tall narrow bluish
and greenish grass.
Every day the grass would attempt to travel farther away |
from the “evil machine” but the grass, a.k.a. Jock couldn’t move a muscle …
Intrigued? You’ll have to buy the book to read the entire one-page story.
Writers in this edition:
Duncan – Riley Hunter, Taylor Chambless, Lauren Buben, Gabby Lewis, Nadeah Butterfield, Stephanie Elser, Brianna Talton, Breanna Stroud, Collin Stringer, Kaceson Parker, Shaeleigh McGee, Emma Moore, Erin Kirkland, Kyndle Ledford, Seth Biffle, Cassidy Jackson, Bethany Fraire, Sarah Poage, Madison Radke, Jude Turkett, Korbee Smelley, Adelina Pizana, Klarissa Testa, and Hailey Lopez.
Empire – Elliot Sanford, Jason Leu, Makenzee Morgan, Rahkaya Harvey, Jesse Johnson, Zoe Leseney, Perla Hernandez, Emma Rouse, Dillon Purvis, Maddie Lloyd, Brinlee Allensworth, and Caylie Folsum.
Marlow – Harlee Heaton, Caden Kirkland, Landon Holley, Braxton Ramsey, Case Rich, Kole Seeley, Isabella Cobb, Bralyn Stallons, Nathan Ketterlinus, Gracie McMains, Maggie Hammond, and Neveah Bosques.
About the program
Launched in 2010, the Heritage Center’s initiative was to break the barriers between students and museum art. Award winning writer/instructor, Nathan Brown, inspires the sixth grade students to write poems and short stories about the art they see in the museum. He works closely with the students as they go over the basic principles of crafting a poem or story. After their two sessions during the school year, students select their favorite writings. Those selections are compiled into this publication. Brown has 19 books published as of 2020. 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.
“The most fun part was getting to use oil pastels on a project. Another thing I enjoyed was getting to walk around the museum and sketch, and write poems about stuff in the museum.”
“This class was really fun. I enjoyed learning about how to write a creative story or poem.”
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, card stock cover, 56 pages. 2015-16 edition.