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Richard Shelton


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.

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Scheduled events:
Nobody Rich or Famous
Shelton discusses the art of the memoir, teaching, and the role of the writer as social advocate with poet-lawyer Wallace, who helped him grow the poetry workshop program in local prisons.

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Richard Shelton
Moderator: Joni Wallace
Poetry and Prison
Sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, Reginald Dwayne Betts and Richard Shelton discuss their experiences teaching and learning creative writing in prison and the transformative power of poetry.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (Seats 100, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Signing Area - Social & Behavioral Sciences Tent (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dwayne Betts Cancelled, Richard Shelton
Moderator: Ken Lamberton
Richard Shelton
Nobody Rich or Famous: A Family Memoir Once in a while, a book comes along that redefines the concept of family. Frank McCourt did it with Angela’s Ashes; Annie Dillard did it with An American Childhood. In Nobody Rich or Famous, award-winning poet and author Richard Shelton immerses us in the hardscrabble lives of his Boise, Idaho, clan during the 1930s and ’40s. This is memoir in its finest tradition, illuminating today’s cultural chasm between the haves and have-nots. It is the true story of a family and how it got that way.

University of Arizona Press, Booth #241 (Seats 1)
Sun, Mar 12, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction

Author: Richard Shelton
Inspired by Place: Writing the Places that Shaped You
Join us as we hear from four authors who've written beautiful and moving memoirs that have a deep sense of place and transport us into those places and times that shaped them. Moderated by Chris Cokinos, this panel will explore how these writers were deeply inspired by place and its impact on their lives, and how that influenced their memoirs.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Shelley Armitage, Richard Shelton, Jennifer Sinor, Myron Uhlberg
Moderator: Christopher Cokinos

Books:
Nobody Rich Or Famous
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
University of Arizona Press
October 2016
ISBN 9780816533992
Paperback, 288 pages
$19.95, INSTORE
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Nobody Rich or Famous is a literary memoir about family and place. Shelton travels to his childhood home in rural Idaho to connect with his past and discover his family history. More/less

Going Back to Bisbee
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
University of Arizona Press
May 1992
ISBN 9780816512898
Paperback, 329 pages
$19.95, INSTORE
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The author shares his fascination with a distinctive corner of the country--Bisbee, Arizona--with a narrative that reflects the history of the area, the beauty of the landscape, and his own life

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