Saddle Up and Write
Creative Writing in response to art 2017-2018 edition
Featuring the writings of 48 sixth-grade students from Duncan, Empire and Marlow Middle Schools during the 2017-18 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 composite of a student inside the pages of a journal, while looking at a desk filled with Brown’s journals, that exhibited during the same year.
Poems and short stories include titles such as, “My Dear Goat” by Gabby Hack; “Snow is Sad” by Darby Booth; “The Picture or the Frame” by Graham Vermillion; and “Sunday Morning Troubles” by Emma Samples.
Here’s an excerpt from Samples’ short story, “Sunday Morning Trouble.” Art: “Second Thoughts” by Ramona Swift, who lives in Canada.
It was Sunday morning at Grandma and Grandpa’s house,
and we were getting ready for church.
Grandma told me to make sure I closed the gate to the goats’ pen.
I went outside and before I could get to the pen, Bacon, the piglet came up to me expecting to play.”
To read more, you’ll have to get the book!
Writers in this edition:
Duncan – Catherine Hunter, Callen Villagrana, Emerson Villagrana, Allie Schreckengost, Jill Swor, Grace Munoz, Luis Garcia, Kole Pizana, Caleb McFatridge, John Glenn, Jackson Butler, Jonah Link, Landon Holthaus, Ansley Devoe, Brianna Jones, Darby Booth, Ka’Ziya Criner, Angela Ibiarra, Abbie Scott, Kacyn Miller, Lucas Eaton, Morgan Elliot, Mason Imel, Eli Ramirez and Josh Baten.
Empire – Addison Brackin, Gillian Vester-Hawkins, Dawson Gibbons, Calissa Folsum, Shana Skeen, Bryelyn Turner, Emaleigh Parks, Carter Oyster, Tylon Hamm, Jill Porter, Jon Giles and Dakota Gibbons.
Marlow – Nathaniel Haynes, Christine Valencia, Graham Vermillion, Kenly Rene Davis, Emma Samples, Danica Kowalik, Travis Phillips, Damion Dedmon, Chesnie Stuart, Gabby Hack and KayAnna Kennedy.
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 published more than 14 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.
“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.”
Spiral bound, soft cover, 56 pages. 2017-18 edition.
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.