Saddle Up and Write
Creative Writing in response to art 2016-2017 edition
Featuring the writings of 48 sixth-grade students from Duncan, Empire and Marlow Middle Schools during the 2016-17 academic year, Saddle Up and Write highlights their selected favorites. 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 a student gathering inspiration from a bronze statue in the Garis Gallery of the American West. The official Chisholm Trail 150th logo (1867-2017) is also on the cover.
Poems and short stories include titles such as, “A Cowboy’s Life” by Drew Cook; “The Unagreeing Bride” by Emily Wilson; “Red Roses” by Payton Ortega; and “50 Years for a Truck” by Tori Robinson-Stevenson.
Here’s an excerpt from one of our favorites, “The Horse, Saddle and Human Fight All Day” by Kimberly Medoza. Art: “Bronc Duty” by Ronald Crooks (1925-2006).
Hello, my name is Saddle. People put me on horses,
but I’ve been locked up the last 15 years, until one day
they took me out and tried to put me on a very rude horse named Jimmy Joe.
Bronze sculptures, American Western art by the masters like Remington, Russell and Catlin, as well as current western art provides the inspiration for the students. Writings are accompanied by images of the art.
Writers in this edition
Duncan – Sam Bennett, Tag Ensey, Bradley Hill, Ezekial Jones, Cullen Stevens, Autumn Boyles, Morgan Elam, Kennedy Hammack, Julie Macedo, Sofia Marsh, Natalie Waters, Tori Robinson-Stevenson, Bryce Chambless, Drew Cook, Jake Harrison, Carson Hughes, Jordan Talley, Alyson Cartwright, Sheridan White, JJ Gregston, Kimberley Mendoza, Ariiana Montoya and Bryanna Smith.
Empire – Shelby Shelton, Stephanie Millan, Kaden Pekah, Peyton Fudge, Kaylee Goronga, Emily Wilson, Zaira Garcia, Mace Monteith, Dillon Simpson, Aidan Shaw, Avery Ashford.
Marlow – Bryce Duncan, Gracie Rhoades, Aimie Valencia, Kylie Fisher, Payton Ortega, Kayetlynn Nunley, Korben Baker, Breanna Coder, Harley Mannis, McKenzie Richmond, Kenzie Retherford and McKenzie Holmes.
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, the students selected their favorite writings and those have been compiled into this publication. Brown has more than a dozen books published. 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.
“I learned to express myself through writing. I also learned to look closer at art, not just at the surface.”
“This was my first time to visit an art gallery and see real art. Now instead of just paint or ink on a paper, I see paintings as visual stories.”
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.
Limited copies of this edition.
Spiral bound, cardstock cover, 56 pages. 2016-17 edition.