A Post About the Kiowa Indians

For many years, I have made presentations at the Union Parish Library and to the schools in Union Parish that the library works with. Stephanie Antley Herrmann is one of the hardest working librarians I’ve ever known. When I shared with her a little about the western novel I’m working on, she shared Billy  Barham’s exceptional program  she has sponsored about the Kiowa Indians (who play a part in my novel).

Billy Barham’s mother is full-blooded Kiowa and still spoke the language up until her death. Her photo is on a traveling display with her story from the State Dept. of Archaeology/Culture. Billy is her son and he does educational programs with a WEALTH of information. We usually book him annually somewhere. He has a museum worth of Kiowa beadwork and other materials. He and his children and grand children participate in Pow-Wows and do programs in full headdress regalia, etc.

Here are some awesome photos from his presentation:’

Bard of the South Short Bio & List of Venues He’s Worked With

Pittman Bio & Resume

Rickey E. Pittman, the Bard of the South, is a storyteller, author, and folksinger. He was the Grand Prize Winner of the 1998 Ernest Hemingway Short Story Competition, and is originally from Dallas, Texas. Pittman presents his stories, music and programs at schools, libraries, organizations, museums, historical reenactments, restaurants, banquets, and Celtic festivals throughout the South. An adjunct college English instructor with an M.A. from Abilene Christian University, he has fourteen published books, four music CDs and several single releases. Writer for Heartbeat radio program 1992-94, Abilene, TX.

Some Festivals, Conferences, Workshops and Other Events Featuring Pittman as Music Performer, Storyteller, or Speaker:

*St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Hot Springs, AR
*French Quarter Festival, New Orleans
*Northeast Louisiana Celtic Fest, Monroe LA Mississippi Celtic Fest, Jackson MS
*Salado Scottish Festival, Salado TX
*Arlington Scottish Festival, Arlington TX
*Highland Games, Jackson, LA
*North Texas Irish Festival, Dallas
*Cowtown Celtic Festival, Fort Worth (2011)
*Bedford Texas Celtic Festival
*Sam Houston Folklife Festival, Huntsville TX
*Houston Scottish Festival
*Arkansas Scottish Festival, Batesville AR
*Patrick Cleburne Festival, Cleburne TX.
*St. Patrick Festival, Dublin TX
*St. Patrick Festival, Sidney, AR
*Corney Creek Festival, Bernice LA
*Tartan Festival, Minden, LA
*St. Andrews Banquets & Robert Burns Suppers
*Museum & Library Presentations
*Florida, Arkansas & Louisiana Reading Associations, Louisiana Library Association
*Red Brick Tavern, Conroe TX
*Storytelling and music, Gladyss Porter Zoo, Brownsville, TX
*Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, Monroe LA Brown Bag Concerts
*Opened for Bobby Bridger’s Lakota, April 2013 AGEXPO, West Monroe LA
*Farmers Markets churches, Rotary and Lions Club presentations, Veterans Organizations
*Presenter at HESTEC Community Day Literacy Event. (2013) South Texas Literacy Coalition
*American Indian Arts Celebration, Seminole Reservation, Clewiston FL
*Storyteller, performer, & reenactor at Okeechobee Florida Battlefield Historical Event

Other Author Events: Books ‘n Authors ‘n All that Jazz (Weatherford TX; Young Authors & Illustrators Killeen TX; Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend; Young Authors of Rapides Parish; Laredo Book Festival; Director of Harlingen, TX Book Festival (2013); Ozark Creative Writers Conference; Texas Educational Service Centers, I, II, III, VIII, XI; LOS NINOS, Head Start Conference; Rotary & Lion’s Club Presentations.

Published Books by Rickey Pittman

Louisiana Animals ABC *Rio Grande Valley ABC *Cajun ABC *Louisiana Night Before Christmas (Three of these books were featured at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge)
*The Scottish Alphabet *The Irish Alphabet *Ariel: Therapy Dog of the Rio Grande Valley *Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House. (Accelerated Reader  selection) *Stonewall Jackson’s Black Sunday School. Accelerated Reader & Award from the Colonial Dames of America *Stories of the Confederate South * Under a Comanche Moon & Other Stories *The Confederate Alphabet *Red River Fever
*Under the Witch’s Mark *Book of Facts About the Scots Irish, & Other Celts
*Blood Diamonds of the Lost Bazaar

Contact Information:

Rickey E. Pittman
1105 N. 8th Street Monroe LA 71201
(318) 547-2906 rickeyp@bayou.com
Website: http://www.bardofthesouth.com
Member: Twin City Rotary, Monroe, LA & Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators


Songs & Stories Presentations for Home School Organizations

Songs & Stories Presentations for Home School Organizations

I would like to offer your organization an author visit and presentation at one of your future meeting, titled Songs & Stories of Louisiana. I am the author of these children’s picture books: Cajun ABC, Louisiana Animals ABC, and Louisiana Night Before Christmas. For older students I have the Book of Facts About the Scots, Irish, & Other Celts. All three children’s books have been featured books in the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge. The presentation is fun, uses audience participation, and has many photo moments. There is a show-and-tell table, I use students for a Cajun band to play along with me, I have family friendly songs, and I talk about my books and the craft of writing. If you book a presentation, I will design a flier for you to send out before I visit.

A little more about me: I am a college instructor for the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Delta Community College. I have found through the years that homeschooled students are typically my best students.  Here is a chance for you to have an award-winning author of fifteen published books, an experienced and well-known Scottish and Irish Storyteller, songwriter, and folk singer with five CDs and several single releases. I have worked with many schools, libraries, and festivals. You can see that list of venues on this blog, dated August 15. I would be honored if I could work with your homeschool organization as well.  A stipend to cover travel and lodging (if necessary) would be appreciated.

I hope to hear from you! My contact information is below.

Rickey Pittman
The Bard of the South
1105 N. 8th Street
Monroe LA 71201



David G. Burnet Quick Fact Sheet

I made this for the alumni of the David G. Burnet Elementary School I attended. I discovered there’s much more I could have added. (He was quite a colorful man!) This study was good for me as I learned some things I did not know!  I hope you like it. Feel free to share!

An Imperfect Beauty: A Prose Poem by Liza Thomason

An Imperfect Beauty: A Prose Poem by Liza Thomason

I do try to help new poets. I usually begin by encouraging them to read the biographies of many poets, read much poetry,  and by experimenting by writing every type of poetry. (See https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/list-of-50-poetic-forms-for-poets for a list of types of poems). Here is a former student of mine who wrote a sweet prose poem, I hope you like it.  A prose poem is lyrical poetry written without line breaks (almost like flash fiction).

She found a needle in the hay stack, without looking for it. A plain leaf among a sea of verdance. At first glance, a victim of garden nemesis, but not this little one. Upon needless fixation that so often leads her on hours long tangents, she found a tiny adventure. An epiphany. This spectacular little leaf dared to just wave on the breeze with audacious freedom. There, brazenly presenting its little veins quite asymmetrical and sprawling like a cool summer creek bed she played in as a child. An imperfect beauty.