Richard Shelton, a retired Regents Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona, has returned to the new nonfiction shelf with his long-awaited memoir "Nobody Rich or Famous." Another memoir, "Going Back to Bisbee," won the Western States Award for creative nonfiction and now in its ninth printing.
Shelton has published 11 books of poetry and is former director of the UA Poetry Center. In 1974, he established a writers workshop in the Arizona State Prison at Florence. That program, over the years, has expanded into many prison workshops, four of which are currently operating with the support of the Lannan Foundation. He wrote, "Crossing the Yard: Thirty Years as a Prison Volunteer" about the experience. Dozens of books by graduates of this program have been published.