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Personal Information:

James F. Hoy, Professor of English
Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas 66801
316-341-5549 
b. 15 December 1939
Home address: 938 Road 130
316-343-3192 
Email: hoyjames@esumail.emporia.edu
World Wide Web Home Page: http://www.emporia.edu/english/hoy/hoybio.htm

Education:

B.S. (cum laude), Kansas State University, 1961 (English Education)
M.A., Kansas State Teachers College, 1965 (English Literature)
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1970 (Medieval and Renaissance English Literature)
Dissertation: Records of Drama in Medieval York
Dissertation Advisors: Milton McC. Gatch and George B. Pace
Languages: Latin and French

Honors and Awards:

Undergraduate: U.G. Mitchell Scholarship, Honor Roll, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi
Graduate: Summer Dissertation Grant, Gregory Grant
Professional:
Seaton Award (first place) for non-fiction in Kansas Quarterly, 1981
Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professorship, 1983-84
President's Award for Research and Creativity, 1995-96
Westerners International Co-founders Book Award (second place), 1996

Teaching Positions:

1970-present--English Faculty, Emporia State University. Promoted to Associate Professor in 1975, to Professor in 1979; Chairman, 1980-89
1975, summer--Visiting Professor, Idaho State University
1966-70--Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Missouri-Columbia
1965-66--Instructor, Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University)
1963-65--Instructor, El Dorado, Kansas, Junior High School

Professional Memberships:

American Association of Australian Literary Studies
American Folklore Society
Kansas Folklore Society (president 1974-75, 1982-85)
Kansas State Historical Society (board member, 1992-present)
Medieval Academy of America
Mid-America Medieval Association (president 1979-80, 1995-96)
Missouri Folklore Society
Phi Kappa Phi
Rodeo Historical Society
Western History Association
Western Literature Association

Teaching Experience:

Undergraduate courses taught include
composition and honors composition, technical writing, survey of world literature, survey of English literature, American folklore, Western American literature, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Renaissance prose and poetry, Tudor-Stuart drama, the Indian in American literature, medieval narrative literature, Australian Outback literature, and cowboy verse and humor.
Graduate courses taught include
medieval drama, problems in Shakespeare, Spenser, contemporary Great Plains literature, Flint Hills folklife, recreational functions of libraries and information agencies.
Innovative pedagogical techniques employed have included
the Great Plains Semester (an interdisciplinary course funded by an NEH grant that allowed three faculty to instruct a dozen students both in the classroom and on field trips through six states), weekend-intensive courses (in both on-campus and off-campus locations), and on location with a wagon train.
Founding Member of ESU's Great Plains Studies faculty.

Service (selective listing):

Faculty Senator, 1971-74, 1990-92
Director of English Graduate Studies, 1976-79
Associate Chairman, Department of English, fall, 1979
 
Committee Memberships (selective listing):
Senate: Academic Affairs (secretary 1972-74), 1971-74, 1990-92
Campus-wide: Channel 8, 1977-78
Competency Testing, 1983-88
Honors Academy Planning, 1989
Summer School, 1995-present
LA&S: Humanities Advisory, 1973-75
Great Plains, 1974-78, 1991-present
Heritage of the Great Plains Editorial Board, 1974--present
Ad Hoc: Code of Conduct (chairman), 1973-74
Student Evaluation of Faculty, 1974-75
Grievance Procedure Revision, 1976-77
Library Long-Range Planning Committee, 1980-81
Academic Affairs Evaluation Task Force, 1982-83
International Education Task Force, 1984-85
Departmental: Graduate (chairman, 1976-79), 1973-91
Undergraduate, 1991-93
Curriculum, 1994-96
Faculty Recognition, 1976-79, 1990-92, 1995-96 (chairman, 1978- 79, 1990-91, 1995-96)
Special: Investigating Committee for the Grievance of Hogan, Couch, and Purcell v. Visser, et. al. (chairman) 1973

Grants, Awards, and Professional Travel:

Recipient of six ESU Faculty Summer Research Fellowships, six ESU Special Research Awards, three Kansas Committee for the Humanities grants, and three Kansas State Historical Society Historic Preservation grants
 
Dissertation research in Chester and York, 1967
 
Sabbatical research in Cornwall and Wales, 1980
 
Sabbatical research in Australia and New Zealand, 1990
 
Paper read at the meeting of the German Association of American Studies, Wolfenbuettel, West Germany, 1980
 
Lectures at the Folklore Society (University of London, 1982); the University of Durham (1988); the Institute for Grass and Animal Production (Hurley, Berkshire, 1988); UCLA Center for the Study of Comparative Folklore and Mythology (1990); James Cook University of North Queensland (1990); University of Queensland (1990); University of Western Australia (1990); and Deakin University (1990)

Current Research Interests:

A history of early rodeo; a study of Flint Hills folklife; various Chaucer projects; a continuing interest in cattle guards; a study of the buckaroo

Miscellaneous:

Board of Trustees, American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, 1996-present
 
Board of Directors, Kansas State Historical Society, 1992-present
 
Kansas Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, 1985-present
 
Participant in numerous Kansas Humanities Council programs, 1973--present
 
Field Humanist, Kansas Humanities Council, 1978-80
 
Consultant to Kansas State Historical Museum for the "Women of the Wild West" exhibit, 1987-88
 
Consultant to Kansas State Historical Museum for the "How Kansas Gave Texas the Boot" exhibit, 1994-95
 
Proposal referee for NEH state humanities programs, 1986, 1987, 1989
 
Contributing Editor and Columnist ("Cattle Country") for KS Magazine, 1984-87
 
Contributing Editor for Folklore and History, The Longhorn Scene Magazine, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1982-84
 
Editorial Committee, University Press of Kansas, 1983-85, 1996--present
 
Editorial Board, Heritage of the Great Plains, 1975--present
 
Manuscript referee for Western American Literature, Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Heritage of the Great Plains, Great Plains Quarterly, and Kansas History
 
Manuscript consultant for University of Oklahoma Press
 
Manuscript consultant for University of Hawaii Press
 
Manuscript consultant for University Press of Kansas
 
Instructor at numerous Elderhostels at ESU and at Dodge City Community College
 
Director, ESU-KCH Seminar in Great Plains Literature and Folklore, 1983
 
Director of workshop in written communication for the Kickapoo Nation Tribal Offices, Horton, Kansas, sponsored by the University of Kansas Institute of Public Affairs, 1978
 
Instructor of many Neosho River Free School courses, 1976--present
 
Consultant in technical writing for various area businesses and individuals
 
Locations Consultant, Kansas Film Commission, 1987, 1989, 1993
 
Locations Consultant, Insignia Films (for the Ken Burns "American West" series, 1993 Consultant on cattle guard construction and design for legal counsel for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, 1982
 
Consultant for a French National Television documentary on the cowboy boot, 1996
 
Member, Interim Management Committee of the Z-Bar/Spring Hill Ranch Prairie National Monument, 1995-present
 
Judge, Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996
 
Past faculty sponsor of Rodeo Club, Quivira Literary Society, and American Indian Interest Club
 
Community service over the years includes over 700 presentations to school and civic groups in Kansas and other states
 
Other community service has included serving as a community leader for the Chamness 4- H Club and as a board member of the Camp Wood YMCA

BIBLIOGRAPHY

James F. Hoy

Books

The Language Experience, ed. (With John Somer), New York: Delta Books, 1974.

          The Cattle Guard: Its History and Lore, Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1982.

Cassoday, Cow Capital of Kansas: A Memorial History, El Dorado, Kansas: Butler County Historical  Society,   1984.

           Plains Folk: A Commonplace of the Great Plains, (with Tom Isern), Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987.
 
            Plains Folk II: The Romance of the Landscape (with Tom Isern), Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990.

            Riding Point: A Centennial History of the Kansas Livestock Association, Center for Regional Studies, North         Dakota State University, 1994.
 

            Cowboys and Kansas: Stories from the Tallgrass Prairie , Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995.


     
Prairie Poetry: Cowboy Verse of Kansas, Wichita: Wichita Eagle and Beacon Publishing Company, 1995.

The Vaquero, the Cowboy, and the Buckaroo, (with Lawrence Clayton and Jerald Underwood), Austin:                               University of Texas Press, 2001.

Tallgrass Essays: Papers from the Symposium in Honor of Dr. Ramon Powers, (ed., with Michael H. Hoeflich and Gayle R. Davis), Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 2003.

Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales from the Tallgrass Prairie, Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006. (2007 Kansas Notable Book Award)

America’s Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: the Heart of the Flint Hills, Topeka: Kansas Park Trust, 2006.

             A Window on Flint Hills Folklife:  The Mardin Ranch Diaries, 1862-1863, Emporia, Kansas:  Center for Great Plains Studies, 2009.

Current book projects:

          Cowboy's Lament:  A Life on the Open Range, being the Adventures of Frank Maynard on the Southwestern       Plains 1870-1880, to be published in 2010 by Texas Tech University Press.

           Pioneer Great Plains Photographer F. M. Steele.

Critical and Historical Articles:

"On the Relationship of the Corpus Christi Plays to the Corpus Christi Procession in York," Modern Philology, 71 (1973-74), pp. 166-168.
"The Staging Time of the York Cycle of Corpus Christi Plays," Emporia State Research Studies, 21, No. 3 (1973), pp. 1-22.
"Trailing Cattle from Texas to Kansas in 1923," The Cattleman, 61, No. 10 (March 1975), pp. 68, 116-119.
"A Meteorological Image in Paradise Lost," Milton Quarterly, 9 (1975), pp. 17-18.
"Folklore Research in The Cattleman," Heritage of Kansas: A Journal of the Great Plains, 8 No. 2 (1975), pp. 23-26.
"The Grangerford-Shepherdson Feud in Huckleberry Finn," Mark Twain Journal, 18 (1975-76), pp. 19-20.
"A Modern Analogue to Medieval Staging," Journal of American Folklore, 90 (1977), pp. 179-187.
"The Origins and Originality of Rodeo," Journal of the West, 17, No. 3 (1978), pp. 16-33.
"Some Early Kansas Cattle Guards," Kanhistique, 4, No. 9 (January 1979), pp. 12-13.
"The Indian Through the Eyes of The Cattleman," The Indian Historian, 12, No. 2 (1979), pp. 41-46, 62.
"A Note on Quantrill's Sack of Lawrence," Heritage of Kansas: A Journal of the Great Plains, 12, No. 1 (1979), pp. 3-4.
"A Twentieth-century Analogue to 'The Merchant's Tale,'" The Chaucer Review, 14 (Fall 1979), pp. 155-157).
"The First Cattle Guard in Texas," The Cattleman, 66, No. 9 (February 1980), pp. 142-146.
"Andrew Johnston and the Invention of the Cattle Guard," North Dakota History, 47 (Spring 1980), pp. 4-9.
"Historical Research in The Cattleman," The Cattleman, 67, No. 2 (July 1980), pp. 146-150.
"The Cattle Guard: Folk Technology in the Flint Hills of Kansas," Kansas Quarterly, 13, No. 2 (Spring 1981), pp. 45-55. (Winner of the Seaton Award for Non-fiction, 1981).
"From Folk Game to Professional Sport: Early Rodeo in Kansas," International Folklore Review, 2 (1982), pp. 143-51.
"The Flint Hills in Literature," in Rolla Clymer: Poet of the Flint Hills, ed. William Galvani, El Dorado, Kansas: Butler County Historical Society, 1984, pp. 30-39.
"A Bibliography of Medieval Drama, 1969-1972," (with Maria Spaeth Murphy), Emporia State Research Studies, 34, No. 4, (1986), pp. 1-41.
"A Bibliography of Medieval Drama, 1973-1976," (with Maria Spaeth Murphy and Carole Ferguson), Emporia State Research Studies, 35, No. 1, (1986), pp. 1-41.
"Kansas and the Cowgirl," Kanhistique, 13, No. 10 (February 1988), pp. 1-3.
"A Bibliography of Medieval Drama, 1977-1980," (with Carole Ferguson), Emporia State Research Studies, 37, No. 2 (1988), pp. 1-53.
           "Controlled Pasture Burning in the Folklife of the Kansas Flint Hills," Great Plains Quarterly, 9, No. 4 (1989),              pp. 231-238.
"The Essential Flint Hills: A Bibliography," Center for Great Plains Studies, Emporia State University, 1989. 48 pp. annotated bibliography.
"Studying Flint Hills Folklife," Heritage of the Great Plains, 22, No. 2 (Spring 1990), pp. 1-2.
"Rodeo in American Film," Heritage of the Great Plains, 23, No. 2 (Spring 1990), pp. 26-32.
"The Hay Barrack in Kansas," Mid-America Folklore, 18, No. 2 (Fall 1990), pp. 116-129.
"Chaucer and Dictys," Medium Aevum, 59, No. 2 (1990), pp. 288-291.
"The Coffeyville Boot," Persimmon Hill, 19, No. 1 (Spring 1991), pp. 15-19.
 
 
"Rodeo in American Film," in The Catch Pen: A Selection of Essays from the First Two Years of The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, ed. Len Ainsworth and Kenneth Davis, Lubbock, Texas: Ranching Heritage Center, 1991, pp. 55-62. (Reprinted from Heritage of the Great Plains)
          
"Rodeo and the Working Cowboy," in The Catch Pen: A Selection of Essays from the First Two Years of the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, ed. Len Ainsworth and Kenneth Davis, Lubbock, Texas: Ranching Heritage Center, 1991, pp. 201-208.

           "Life and Lore of the Tallgrass Prairie: An Annotated Bibliography of the Flint Hills of Kansas: Part I, Social History," Heritage of the Great Plains, 24, Nos. 1 & 2 (Winter-Spring 1991), pp. 1-70.

"Life and Lore of the Tallgrass Prairie: An Annotated Bibliography of the Flint Hills of Kansas: Part II, Natural History and Early Settlement," Heritage of the Great Plains, 24, Nos. 3 & 4 (Summer-Fall 1991), pp. 1-69.

 

 
 
 

"A Window on Flint Hills Folklife, Part I: The Diary of Elizabeth Mardin," Kansas History, 14, No. 4 (Autumn 1991), pp. 186-205.

 

 
 
 

"A Window on Flint Hills Folklife, Part II: The Diary of Elisha Mardin," Kansas History, 14, No. 4 (Winter 1991-1992), pp. 246-269.

 

 
 
 

"Boots, Saddles, and Fence Posts: The Material Culture of Kansas Ranching," in Jennie Chinn, ed., "Don't Ask Me My History, Just Listen to My Music": An exploration of Kansas Folklife, Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 1992, pp. 39-50.

 

 
 
 

"The Cattle Drive: Adventures that Sparked Early Day Cowboy Tales," Persimmon Hill, 20, No. 3 (Autumn 1992), pp. 41-44.

 

 
 
 

"Pasture Burning in the Flint Hills," The Kansas School Naturalist, 39, No. 2 (March 1993), pp. 3-7.

 

 
 
 

"To Start a Fire," The Kansas School Naturalist, 39, No. 2 (March 1993), pp. 7-11.

 

 
 
 

"Prairie Fires: Pasture Burning in the Flint Hills," Heritage of the Great Plains, 26, No. 2 (Summer 1993), pp. 30-36. (Reprinted from The Kansas School Naturalist)

 

 
 
 

"F. H. Maynard, Author of 'The Cowboy's Lament,'" Mid-America Folklore, 21, No. 2 (Fall 1993), pp. 61-68.

 

 
 
 

"Bushmen's Carnivals and Campdrafts: Rodeo in Australia," Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature, 8, No. 2 (June 1994), 55-58.

 

 
 
 

"Lawmaker, Lawbreaker: The Saga of Henry Brown," Kansas Heritage, 2, No. 4 (Winter 1994), 59-62.

 

 
 
 

"Kansas and Cowboy Boots: Folklore, Fact, and Fancy," in Jennie Chinn, ed., Cowboy Boots: The Kansas Story, Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 1994, pp. 23-30.

 

 
 
 

"Custom-Made Boots: A Traditional Process Continues," in Jennie Chinn, ed., Cowboy Boots: The Kansas Story, Topeka: Kansas State Historical Society, 1994, pp. 31-36.

 

 
 
 

"Bluestem and Tussock: Fire and Pastoralism in the Flint Hills of Kansas and the Tussock Grasslands of New Zealand," Great Plains Quarterly, 15, No. 3 (Summer 1995), 169-184. (with Tom Isern)

 

 
 
 

"Great Plains," in American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, Jan Harold Brunvand, ed., New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1996, pp. 345-348.

 

 
 
 

"Jackalope," in American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, Jan Harold Brunvand, ed., New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1996, p. 400.

 

 
 
 

"Rodeo," in American Folklore: An Encyclopedia, Jan Harold Brunvand, ed., New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1996, pp. 637-639.

 

 
 
 

"The Folk Culture of the Flint Hills," in Making Urban and Rural Landscapes on the Prairie Plains, Vernacular Architecture Forum Annual Meeting Field Guide, Lawrence, Kansas, 1996, pp. 75-79.

 

 
 
 

"Fire in the Flint Hills," The Flint Hills Review, 1, No. 1 (Spring 1996), pp. 20-21.
 "The Flint Hills of Kansas," Range Magazine, 5, No. 2 (Spring 1997), pp. 4-7.

 

 
 

          "John Ise and Steele Rudd: The Literary Response to Homesteading in America and   Selecting in Australia,"
          Antipodes:  A North American Journal of Australian Literature, 11, No. 2 (December 1997), pp. 91-94.
 

           "Ranch Rodeos," Heritage of the Great Plains, 31, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 1998), pp. 13-21.
 

         "Whither Cowboy Poetry?" Great Plains Quarterly, 19, No. 4 (Fall 1999), pp. 291-297.
 

          "Bandits and Bushrangers," Heritage of the Great Plains, 33, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2000), pp. 51-56.
 

          "The Americanisation of the Outback," Journal of Australian Studies, 66 (2000), pp. 205-210.
 

Journalistic Articles and Essays:

"Lunacy as Metaphor in Renaissance Drama: The Changeling," The Emporia Gazette, 20 February 1978.

 

 
 
 

"The Ranching Robbins Family of Kansas: Longhorns on the Anchor D," The Longhorn Scene, 1, No. 6 (October 1982), pp. 6-14.

 

 
 
 

"Unusual Cattle Guards," The Longhorn Scene, 2, No. 1 (December 1982), pp. 76-79.

 

 
 
 

"The Wild Bull Cutting Contest at Cassoday," Grass and Grain, 9 November 1982, pp. 12-13.

 

 
 
 

"Pringle Ranch Longhorns, from the 1880s to the 1980s," The Longhorn Scene, 2, No. 3 (March/April 1983), pp. 105-08.

 

 
 
 

"Kansas Rodeo History," Chase County (Kansas) Leader, 6 June 1984.

 

 
 
 

"Bill Pickett and Bulldogging," Chase County (Kansas) Leader, 6 June 1984.

 

 
 
 

"Rodeo Stunts," Chase County (Kansas) Leader, 6 June 1984.

 

 
 
 

"Rocky Mountain Oysters," KS Magazine, 1, No. 1 (Fall 1984), pp. 20-23.

 

 
 
 

"Kansas Rodeo Champions," KS Magazine, 1, No. 2 (Winter 1985), pp. 34-41.

 

 
 
 

"Burning Pasture," KS Magazine, 1, No. 3 (Spring 1985), pp. 25-36, 54-55.

 

 
 
 

"Shipping Cattle," KS Magazine, 1, No. 4 (Summer 1985), pp. 28-29.

 

 
 
 

"Waiting for a Train," KS Magazine, 2, No. 1 (September 1985), pp. 34-35, 41.

 

 
 
 

"Women Jockeys," KS Magazine, 2, No. 2 (October 1985), pp. 22-23.

 

 
 
 

"Henry Mudge," KS Magazine, 2, No. 3 (November 1985), pp. 58-60.

 

 
 
 

"The Kansas City Stockyards," KS Magazine, 2, No. 4 (December 1985), pp. 44-45, 52.

 

 
 
 

"Cowboy Boots," KS Magazine, 2, No. 5 (January/February 1986), pp. 34-35, 48.

 

 
 
 

"Kansas Bootmakers: Carl McDowell," KS Magazine, 2, No. 6 (March 1986), pp. 58-59.

 

 
 
 

"Kansas Bootmakers: Jim Holenbeck," KS Magazine, 2, No. 7 (April 1986), pp. 56-57.

 

 
 
 

"Kansas Bootmakers: G.C. Blucher," KS Magazine, 2, No. 8 (May 1986), pp. 56-57.

 

 
 
 

"Marge Roberts Hart," Chase County (Kansas) Leader, 29 May 1986.

 

 
 
 

"The First Flint Hills Rodeo," Chase County (Kansas) Leader, 29 May 1986.

 

 
 
 

"Kansas Bootmakers: Fred Hammon," KS Magazine, 2, No. 9 (June 1986), pp. 56-57.

 

 
 
 

"A Reel Kansas Cowboy: Reb Russell," KS Magazine, 2, No. 10 (July/August 1986), pp. 56-57.

 

 
 
 

"Bill Pickett in Kansas," KS Magazine, 3, No. 1 (September 1986), pp. 36, 47.

 

 
 
 

"The World's Fastest Runner," KS Magazine, 3, No. 2 (October 1986), pp. 56-58.

 

 
 
 

"Black Cowboys," KS Magazine, 3, No. 3 (November 1986), pp. 48-50.

 

 
 
 

"Exotic Joe Hedrick," KS Magazine, 3, No. 4 (December 1986), pp. 74-76.

 

 
 
 

"Cowboy Pants," KS Magazine, 3, No. 7 (March 1987), pp. 36-37, 39.

 

 
 
 

"Rodeo in the Flint Hills," Chase County (Kansas) Leader, 28 May, 1987.

 

 
 
 

"Hall of Fame Cowgirl," Chase County (Kansas) Leader, 28 May 1987.

 

 
 
 

"Marge Roberts, KS Magazine, 3, No. 12 (August 1987), pp. 34-36.

 

 
 
 

"The Iron Mule," Old Farm Magazine, October 1989, p. 7.

 

 
 
 

"Ed Whitney," Old Farm Magazine, April 1990, p. 12.

 

 
 
 

"The Flint Hills," The Emporia Journal, August 1991, pp. 6-7.

 

 
 
 

"The Forerunners," Kansas Stockman, 79, No. 3 (November/December 1993), 38-40.

 

 
 
 

"The Teens: Growth and Consolidation," Kansas Stockman, 79, No. 2 (January 1994), pp. 24-26.

 

 
 
 

"The 1920s: KLA Blazes the Way," Kansas Stockman, 79, No. 3 (February 1994), pp. 42-43.

 

 
 
 

"The 1930s: Coping with Nature and the Government," Kansas Stockman, 79, No. 4 (March 1994), pp. 46-47.

 

 
 
 

"The 1940s: War, Technology, and Horses," Kansas Stockman, 79, No. 5 (April 1994), pp. 10-11.

 

 
 
 

"The 1950s: Floods and Drought," Kansas Stockman, 79, No. 6 (May/June 1994), p.16.

 

 
 
 

"The 1960s: New Directions," Kansas Stockman, 79, No. 7 (July 1994), pp. 54-55.

 

 
 
 

"The 1970s: Mixing Oil and Water," Kansas Stockman, 79, No. 8 (August 1994), p. 14.

 

 
 
 

"The 1980s: Style and Substance," Kansas Stockman, 79, No. 9 (September 1994), pp. 30-31.

 

 
 
 

"The 1990s: Into the Future," Kansas Stockman, 79, No. 10 (October 1994), pp. 34-35.

 

 
 
 

"Ropin' and Jokin': Storyteller Brummett Brings Experience to Tales He Tells," American Cowboy, November/December 1995, pp. 24-25.

 

 
 
 

"Plains Folk" (with Tom Isern). A weekly syndicated newspaper column, begun in April 1983, dealing with the history and folklife of the plains region.

Other Publications:

Business Communication, Columbia, Missouri: University Extension Service, 1970.

 

 
 
 

Technical Report Writing, Emporia State University Press, 1981.

 

 
 
 

Kansas Grain and Feed Association: The First One Hundred Years, (with Janell Coe), Topeka: Kansas Grain and Feed Association, 1996.

 

 
 
 

Editor, Kansas Folklore Society Newsletter, Fall, 1974 and Spring, 1975; Fall, 1992--

 

 
 
 

Editor, Emporia Humanities Newsletter, monthly, 1982-83.

 

 
 
 

Book reviews published in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, The Chronicles of Oklahoma, The Emporia Gazette, Great Plains Newsletter, Journal of the West, Kansas History, Mid America Folklife, Missouri Folklore Society Newsletter, Sixteenth Century Journal, South Dakota History, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Western American Literature.

 

 
 
 

Introduction, The Sacred Hills, by Don Coldsmith, New York: Bantam, 1988, pp.v-xi.

Television Programs (Channel 8, Emporia State University Cablevision):

"The English and Their Arts: Medieval Drama," (with Mel Storm), 1978.

 

 
 
 

"Folksongs of the Great Plains: The Plowboys," (with Tom Isern), 1982.

 

 
 
 

"Folksongs of the Great Plains: The Cowboys," (with Tom Isern), 1982.

 

 
 
 

"The Flint Hills in Autumn," 1982.

 

 
 
 

"Folksongs of the Great Plains: The Outlaws," (with Tom Isern), 1984.

 

 
 
 

"The Early Kansas Cattle Frontier," 1989.

Scripts:

The Flint Hills of Kansas, Kaw Valley Films, Prairie Village, Kansas, 1988.

 

 
 
 

Cherokee Strip Land Rush Pageant, (co-written with Tom Isern), produced at Arkansas City to commemorate the centennial of the opening of the Cherokee Outlet. Performances held September 10, 11, and 12, 1993.

Performances:

Beef Empire Days Cowboy Gathering, Garden City, Kansas, 1991, 1996

 

 
 
 

Bluestem Prairie Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Augusta, Kansas, 1991-1994

 

 
 
 

Great Pikes Peak Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Colorado Springs, 1993

 

 
 
 

Holton (Kansas) Arts Council, 1993-1996

 

 
 
 

Lawrence (Kansas) Arts Council, 1993

 

 
 
 

Medicine Lodge (Kansas) Cowboy Poetry Gathering, 1993, 1996

 

 
 
 

National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Lubbock, Texas, 1989-1994, 1996

 

 
 
 

National Cowboy Hall of Fame Invitational Poetry Gathering, Oklahoma City, 1992-1996

 

 
 
 

Old Chisholm Trail Heritage Days, Wichita, 1996

 

 
 
 

Salina (Kansas) Cowboy Poetry Gathering, 1993-1994

 

 
 
 

Western Prairie Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Goodwell, Oklahoma, 1989

Lectures and Presentations at Professional Meetings:

1972

"The Origin of the York Corpus Christi Plays," Seventh International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
 
 
1973

"The Humboldt Biblesta: A Kansas Folk Celebration," Kansas Folklore Society, Lawrence, Kansas.
 
 
1974

"Folklore Research in The Cattleman," Kansas Folklore Society, Wichita, Kansas.

"The Indian Through the Eyes of The Cattleman," Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, El Paso, Texas.

"John Skelton's Influence on Henry VIII," Central Renaissance Society, Columbia, Missouri.

"A Modern Analogue to Medieval Staging," Ninth International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
 
 

1975

"Sport on the Great Plains in the Late Nineteenth Century: The Origins of Rodeo," Midcontinent American Studies Association, Grand Island, Nebraska.
 
 
1976

"Indians and Ranchers: The Editorial View of The Cattleman," Western Social Sciences Association, Tempe, Arizona.

"The Role of Helen of Troy in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde," Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

"Teaching the Great Plains," Panhandle Oklahoma Education Association, Goodwell, Oklahoma.
 
 

1977

"Chaucer as Drama Critic: 'The Miller's Tale,'" Missouri Philological Association, Warrensburg, Missouri.

"Oral History, the Black Cowboy, and The Cattleman," Midcontinent American Studies Association, Kansas City, Missouri.

"Special Topics Literature Courses: Keeping Quality In," Panhandle Oklahoma Education Association, Goodwell, Oklahoma.

"The Turner Thesis in Literature: Doctorow's Welcome to Hard Times," Western Literature Association, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

"The Indian in American Literature," General Education Literature Conference, Emporia, Kansas.
 
 

1978

"The Sports Motif in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Western Literature Association, Park City, Utah.
 
 
1979

"Early Rodeo in Kansas," joint meeting of the Southwest and the Texas Popular Culture Associations, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

"Rodeo in American Film," joint meeting of the Southwest and the Texas Popular Culture Associations, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

"Sports and Games in the Cuckoo's Nest," Missouri Philological Association, Springfield, Missouri.

"Chaucer and Dictys," Mid-America Medieval Association, Kansas City, Missouri.

"Andrew Johnston and the Invention of the Cattle Guard," Eleventh Dakota History Conference, Madison, South Dakota.

"Folk Aspects of Cattle Guards in the Kansas Flint Hills," Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 
 

1980

"The Mexicans, the Americans, and the Development of Rodeo," First Santa Fe Trail Historical Rendezvous, Larned, Kansas.

"Imagery in the Fiction of James Welch," German Association of American Studies, Wolfenbuettel, West Germany.

"The Cattle Guard," Western History Association, Kansas City, Missouri.

"The Last Roundup: Cattle and Horses in Winter in the Blood," Western Literature Association, St. Louis, Missouri.

"The American Cowboy in Fact and Folksong," Missouri Association of Teacher of English, Kansas City, Missouri.
 
 

1981

"Cattle Guard Lore," American Folklore Society, San Antonio, Texas.
 
 
1982

"From Folk Game to Professional Sport: Early Rodeo in Kansas," The Folklore Society, London, England.

"Early Kansas Rodeos: Kingman, Garden City, and Burdick," North American Society for Sport History, Manhattan, Kansas.

"Technical Writing: Relating Assignments to the Working World," Kansas University Conference on Composition and Literature, Lawrence, Kansas.

"Folk Variation in Cattle Guards," Missouri Folklore Society, Warrensburg, Missouri.

"Unusual Cattle Guards," Western Social Sciences Association, Denver, Colorado.
 
 

1983

"Flint Hills Cattle Guards," American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association, Wichita, Kansas.

"Folk Aspects of Kansas Rodeo in the Early Twentieth Century," Kansas Folklore Society, Manhattan, Kansas.

"Midwestern Values in the Work of Inge," William Inge Festival, Independence, Kansas.

"The Influence of a Community on a Writer's Work," panel chairman, William Inge Festival, Independence, Kansas.

"Shakespeare and Medieval Drama: Some Comments on A Midsummer Night's Dream," Southwestern College Renaissance Fair, Winfield, Kansas.

"The Folk Response to Work on the Great Plains: Technology and Games," ESU-KCH Seminar in Great Plains Literature and Folklore, Emporia, Kansas.

"Western American Literature: New Frontiers and Old," Butler County Community College Creative Writing Conference, El Dorado, Kansas.

"Folksongs of the Great Plains" (with Tom Isern), Symposium on the American Cowboy, Western Texas College, Snyder, Texas.

"The Flat Stone Stile of Medieval Cornwall," Mid-America Medieval Association, Kansas City, Missouri.
 
 

1984

"The Flint Hills in Literature," Rolla Clymer Conference, El Dorado, Kansas.

"Oral Tradition and the Black Cowboy," Missouri Philological Association, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

"Kansas Rodeo," Butler County Community College Excursions into History, El Dorado, Kansas.

"Landscape in Literature," ESU-KCH Interdisciplinary Seminar on Great Plains Landscape, Emporia, Kansas.

"Great Plains Literature," Kansas University Conference on Composition and Literature, Lawrence, Kansas.

"Working Cattle: Customs and Stories from the Kansas Flint Hills," Northern Great Plains History Conference, Bismarck, North Dakota.
 
 

1985

"Producing a Professional Rodeo in 1930: The El Dorado (Kansas) Round-Up," Western "Early-day Rodeo Events," Western History Association, Sacramento, California.
 
 
1986

"Pasture Burning in the Kansas Flint Hills: Folk Practice in Range Management," joint meeting of the Southwest and the Texas Popular Culture Associations, Lubbock, Texas.

"Great Plains Folklife: Boundaries and Definitions," Fourth Santa Fe Trail Historical Rendezvous, Larned, Kansas.

"Rodeo as Folk Festival," Mellon Faculty Development Seminar, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

"The Hay Barrack in Kansas," Western Social Sciences Association, Reno, Nevada.

"Kansas Bootmakers," Kansas Folklore Society, Lawrence, Kansas.

Discussant, "The 'Nun's Priest's Tale,' the First Five Chapters of Isaiah & the Fall," Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Organizer and Chair, "Border Folklore," Missouri Philological Association/General Education Literature Conference, Emporia, Kansas.

"The Origins of Canadian Rodeo," Western Social Sciences Association, El Paso, Texas.

"The Kansas Hayroof," Kansas Folklore Society, Winfield, Kansas.

"Controlled Pasture Burning in the Folklife of the Kansas Flint Hills," Northern Great Plains History Conference, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
 
 

1988

Discussant, "Literature: The Humorist and the Versifier," Northern Great Plains History Conference, Eveleth, Minnesota.

Discussant, "Running Against the Wind: Experiment Station Promotion of Agricultural Endeavors in Hostile Environments," Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, Nebraska.

"Cowgirls in Early-day Rodeos," Kansas Museum of History, Topeka, Kansas.

"Pasture Burning in the Kansas Flint Hills," Institute for Grassland and Animal Production, Hurley, Berkshire, England,

"Pasture Burning and the Flint Hills Firestick," Western Social Sciences Association, Denver, Colorado.

"American Rodeo," English Speaking Union, Department of History, University of Durham, England.

"Post Rocks and Chapman Posts," Kansas Folklore Society, Lindsborg, Kansas.

"The Diffusion of the Hay Barrack in Kansas," Missouri Folklore Society, St. Joseph, Missouri.

"Black Cowboys in Kansas," Western History Association, Wichita, Kansas.
 
 

1989

Discussant, "Literature as a Historical Source," Northern Great Plains History Conference, St. Cloud, Minnesota.

"The Role of Women in the Transient Grazing Industry of the Kansas Flint Hills," Western Social Sciences Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"Rodeo and the Working Cowboy," National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, Texas.

"The Ballad of Lou Hart," Kansas Folklore Society, Topeka, Kansas.

"The Fleagle Gang," Missouri Folklore Society, Branson, Missouri.

"Bringing Plains Folk to Plains Folk," (with Tom Isern), Western History Association, Tacoma, Washington.
 
 

1990

"What's Native About American Literature?" Celebration of Native American Literature, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

"The Current State of Native American Literature," panelist, Celebration of Native American Literature, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

"From Open Range to Rodeo Arena: Cowboys and Cowgirls on the Great Plains," Center for the Study of Comparative Folklore and Mythology, University of California, Los Angeles.

"The American Cowboy," presented at four Australian universities: James Cook University of North Queensland, University of Queensland, Deakin University, and the University of Western Australia.

"Rodeo in American Film," National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, Texas.

"Forked Tongue: The Indian in Literature," Western Literature Association, Denton, Texas.

"Great Plains Literature and the Canon," panelist, Kansas University Conference on Composition and Literature, Lawrence, Kansas.

"Pioneer Folklife in the Flint Hills: the Mardin Diaries," Kansas Folklore Society, Kansas City, Kansas.
 
 

1991

"The American Cowboy in Fiction and Reality," The Romance of the American West in Evolution, a symposium sponsored by the Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas.

"Lou Hart: Flint Hills Cowboy Poet," National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, Texas.

"Marge Roberts, Hall of Fame Cowgirl," Western History Association, Austin, Texas.

"Cowboy Poetry," Kansas University Conference on Compostion and Literature,

"Flint Hills Pasture Burning as Folk Practice," Fire in the Flint Hills Symposium, Emporia, Kansas.

"Rural Celebrations on the Great Plains and in Shakespeare," panel at the premier performance of the national tour, by the Cornerstone Theater Company, of The Winter's Tale: An Interstate Adventure, Norcatur, Kansas.
 
 

1992

"Rodeo Down Under," National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, Texas.

"Songs and Stories of the Dust Bowl," Kansas State Historical Society, Garden City, Kansas.

"F.H. Maynard and 'The Cowboy's Lament,'" Kansas Folklore Society, Lindsborg, Kansas.

"R.M. Williams: Outback Entrepreneur," Northern Great Plains History Conference, Fargo, North Dakota.

"Between History and Folklore: The Literature of the Flint Hills," Kansas University Conference on Compostion and Literature, Lawrence, Kansas.

Panelist, "Native American Literature," Haskell Indian Junior College Conference on Rethinking the Columbian Legacy, Lawrence, Kansas.
 
 

1993

"The Black Cowboy," Fourth Kansans of Color Conference, Kansas State Department of Education, Lawrence, Kansas.

"Folk Devices for Setting Prairie Fires in the Flint Hills," Kansas Folklore Society, Council Grove, Kansas.

"Settling the Tallgrass Prairie: Early Ventures in the Flint hill of Kansas," American Institute of Biological Sciences, Ames, Iowa.

"From Tom Sherman's Barroom to the Streets of Laredo: The Origin and Development of a Folksong," National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, Texas.

"Folktales and Legends of Death in the Flint Hills," Western Literature Association, Wichita, Kansas.

"Jackie Laird, Cowgirl of the 101 Ranch," Western History Association, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

"A Survey of Contemporary Cowboy Singers and Folksongs," Missouri Folklore Society, Kansas City, Missouri.

"Kansas Folklife," 31st Annual Fall English Workshop, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas.
 
 

1994

"Bluestem and Tussock: Fire and Pastoralism in the Flint Hills of Kansas and Tussock Grasslands of New Zealand," (with Tom Isern), 18th Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium: Great Plains Grasslands. Center for Great Plains Studies, Lincoln, Nebraska.

"The Winning of The West: F.H. Maynard's Adventures on the Great Plains in the 1870's," General Education Literature Conference, Emporia, Kansas.

"Campdrafting and Cutting Horses: Range Country Folk Games in Australia and America," Kansas Folklore Society, Wichita, Kansas.

"The Folklore of Pasture Burning," Fourteenth North Amercian Prairie Conference, Manhattan, Kansas.

"The Origin of the Cowgirl," National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, Texas.
 
 

1995

"Archbishop Thoresby and the Corpus Christi Plays at York," Mid-America Medieval Association, Kansas City, Missouri.

"The Americanization of the Outback," American Association of Australian Literary Studies, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

"Cultural Background of the Flint Hills," Land Institute Annual Prairie Festival, Salina, Kansas.

"North to Kansas: Daily Life on the Chisholm Trail," Chisholm Trail Symposium, Wichita, Kansas.

"An Introduction to Flint Hills Folklife," Kansas Folklore Society, Matfield Green, Kansas.
 
 

1996

"R.M. Williams, Outback Avatar," American Association of Australian Literary Studies, Arcata, California.

"Droving on the Old Chisholm Trail," Chisholm Trail Heritage Days, Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita, Kansas.

"Growing Up Parochial: A Flint Hills Boyhood," Fetzer and Land Institute Sustainability Conference on Preserving and Enhancing the Whole, Matfield Green, Kansas.

"Cowboys, Vaqueros, and Buckaroos," National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Lubbock, Texas.

"Contemporary Writing from the American West," panelist, Kansas University Annual Composition and Literature Conference, Lawrence, Kansas.

        1997
"Cowboy Poetry, Past and Future," 21st Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium, Literatures   of the Great Plains, Center for Great Plains Studies, Lincoln, Nebraska.

"Trails, Trains, and Trucks: Cattle Shipping in the Flint Hills of Kansas," Kansas Folklore Society, Emporia, Kansas.

"John Ise and Steele Rudd: The Literary Response to Homesteading in America and   Selecting in Australia," American Association of Australian Literary Studies,   Halifax, Nova Scotia.

"The Old Chisholm Trail and the Origin of the American Cowboy," National Cowboy   Symposium and Celebration,  Lubbock, Texas.

        1998
"Ranch Rodeos," 22nd Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium, Center for Great Plains   Studies, Lincoln, Nebraska.

"Boots, Hats, Grass, and Songs: Some Kansas Contributions to the Creation of the   American Cowboy," Texas Folklore Society, Sherman, Texas.

"Folk Songs of the Outback and the Plains: the Folk Response to the Australian Bush and   the American Frontier," American Association of Australian Literary Studies, St.   Louis, Missouri.

"The Aesthetics of Folk Art," Bullfrog Roundup Folklife Festival, Butler County    Community College, El Dorado, Kansas

"Lesser Known Outlaws," National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Lubbock,   Texas.

"The American Cowboy and the Australian Stockman," presented at Curtin Institute of   Technology, Perth, Western Australia; the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame   and Outback Heritage Center, Longreach, Queensland; and Otago University,   Dunedin, New Zealand.

        1999
"Bandits and Bushrangers: Myths and Legends of Outlawry in America and Australia,"   American Association of Australian Literary Studies, Park City, Utah.

"Captain Starlight and Ned Kelly," National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Lubbock, Texas.

"The Kansas Cowboy in Song and Story," 1999 Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium, Council Grove.

"The Flint Hills Firestick," American Folklore Society, Memphis, Tennessee.
 

        2000
"From Bushmen's Carnivals to the National Finals: Rodeo in Australia and America," American  Association of Australian Literary Studies, New York City.

"Ranching in the Flint Hills," Kansas State Historical Society Spring Meeting, Emporia.

        2001
“Glen McLaren, Contemporary Chronicler of the Outback,” American Association of Australian Literary Studies, Winter Park, Florida.

       2002
“A Buckaroo Is not a Cowboy,” Western Writers of America, Wichita, Kansas.
“Cowboys in Kilts: Scottish Drovers,” National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Lubbock, Texas.
“Meanwhile Back at the Ranch: Rodeo and the Working Cowboy,” Western History Association, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“The Importance of Folk Narrative in Regional History,” Santa Fe Trail Historical Rendezvous, Larned, Kansas.
2003
“Exploring the Australian Outback through Literature and Film,” American Association of Australian Literary Studies, Richmond, Virginia.
“Burning as Folk Custom,” Prairie Fire Symposium, Emporia State University
“Gaucho Rodeo,” National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Lubbock, Texas
2004
“Singing the Longhorns North: Trail Drives and Trail Songs,” West Texas Historical Association, Abilene, Texas
“Black Cowboys in the Flint Hills,” National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Lubbock, Texas
“The Rangeland Photographs of F. M. Steele,” National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Lubbock, Texas
“Kansas Folklore,” Kansas Authors Speak Symposium, Downs, Kansas

2005
“Early Rodeo in Kansas,” Kansas History Teachers Association, Overland Park
“Different Paths to Glory: the Explorations of Lewis & Clark in America and Burke & Wills in Australia,” American Association of Australian Literary Studies, Harvard University
“Seeing Stories All Around You,” National Writers Workshop, Wichita, Kansas
"Joseph G. McCoy and the Mythic West," Mid America Conference on History,
Lawrence, Kansas
2006
“F.M. Steele: Frontier Photographer” (with Cathy Hoy), Kansas Folklore Society, Atchison
“Rangeland Rhymes in the American West and the Australian Outback,” American Association of Australian Literary Studies, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
“The Naming of the Great Western Trail: Kansas Perspectives,” National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Lubbock, Texas

2007
“The Current Status of Australian Literary Studies,” American Association of Australian Literary Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
“Legendary Outlaws in America and Australia,” National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Lubbock, Texas

2008
“Outback Icons: from Canadian Mounties to Australian Swagmen,” American Association of Australian Literary Studies, University of Texas, Austin
“What Makes the Flint Hills Special?” Flint Hills Heritage Conference, Rock Springs Ranch, Junction City
“The 1890 Cowboy Photographs of F. M. Steele,” National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, Texas
“Vaqueros, Cowboys, and Buckaroos,” (Panelist) National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, Texas

          2009
 
“Yeeda Station: Jewel in the Crown of the Kimberley,” Western Social Sciences Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico
“Helicopters and Bull Buggies: Contemporary Ranching in Australia’s Kimberley Region,” National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, Texas


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