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Richard C. Collins

Kristina D. Holt

Richard Collins is an award-winning author, rancher, horseman, conservationist and scholar who has owned and operated farms and ranches on the borderlands of Southern Arizona since 1983.

He was raised on a farm/ranch near Phoenix, where he lived and worked until leaving for college. Educated at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, he competed on both rodeo teams winning regional championships. After graduation, he worked as a research biologist for the Centers for Disease Control on rural villages and farms in El Salvador and Guatemala. There he witnessed the environments of poverty, disease and violence that are the root causes of much of the turmoil in today’s borderlands.

Since the 1980s, he has owned and operated farms and ranches in southern Arizona, including the 13,000-acre C6 Ranch located in eastern Santa Cruz County where he lives with Diane, his partner of 56 years. The Collins family received the 2005 Range Manager of the Year from the Society for Range Management, Arizona Section.

His 2014 book, "Riding Behind the Padre: Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border" was a Best Southwest Book of the Year selection by the Pima County Library and Arizona Daily Star and also the winner of the best political book of 2015 by the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, as well as the runner-up for the best multicultural book. His most recent book is "Cowboy is a Verb: Notes from a Modern Day Rancher."

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Cowboy is a Verb: Notes from a Modern Day Rancher
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
University of Nevada Press
November 2019
ISBN 9781948908238
304 pages
$24.95, INSTOCK
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Richard Collins seamlessly weaves a memoir about how he learned to ranch in southwestern Arizona with astute commentaries about the challenges of doing so in a land where most of his neighbors were exurbanites and a small endangered minnow caused more problems than the drug runners trekking through his mountain pastures. More/less

Riding Behind the Padre: Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
December 2015
ISBN 9781627871334
230 pages
$19.95, INSTOCK
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Borderland immigration and drug trafficking are heated issues for most people living in the Southwest. More/less

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