Reflections on the Year of the Rural Arts 2014

Monday, April 13, 2015

THE YEAR OF THE RURAL ARTS 2014 was a program of events, conversations, and online features celebrating the diverse, vital ways in which rural arts and humanities contribute…

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The 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The 2012 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering; Jessica Brandi Lifland By Savannah Barrett Founded in 1985 by the Western Folklife Center, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is one of…

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Rachel Reynolds Luster and the Myrtle Public Library on National Public Radio

Thursday, October 31, 2013

NPR’s Morning Edition recently featured a story about the Myrtle, Missouri Public Library and its new librarian Rachel Reynolds Luster. Longtime readers of Art of the Rural may…

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Course on Midwest Culture: A Bibliography

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Airborne, 2010; Alex Roulette as seen in fly over art By Kenyon Gradert, Course on Midwest Culture Series EditorA quality course begins with quality secondary sources. Such quotidian…

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Bringing It To The Table

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Arkansas State Folklorist Mike Luster at the Roundtable; Jennifer Joy Jameson By Rachel Reynolds Luster, Contributing Editor Last month Art of The Rural joined a host of artists…

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Lost Between The Country And The City

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Giant Swing at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri  It is significant, for example, that the common image of the country is now an image of the…

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Course On Midwest Culture: Ray Bradbury, RIP

Friday, June 8, 2012



By Kenyon Gradert, Course on Midwest Culture series Editor Perhaps tied with Jules Verne and J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury may be my longest-running literary friend. His leatherbound anthology…

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Idiom and Assimilation: Miles Davis & C.D. Wright

Saturday, April 7, 2012

John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, and Bill Evans, recording in 1958 If there is any particular affinity I have for poetry associated with the South, it is…

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Rural Poetry Series: Paul Muldoon

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Paul Muldoon was born in the countryside of Northern Ireland, between counties Armagh and Tyrone in Northern Ireland, in 1951. In his poem “Mixed Marriage,” he alludes not…

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New Work From Places: Rural Studio, Cotton Farmers, The Sound of Music, And Our Natural Space

Friday, February 3, 2012

Bloom, 2010; Michael Lundgren  One of the most valuable resources for considering how the arts intersect with and enliven the rural-urban exchange can be found in Places, “an…

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