Jim and I met Richard (Dick) Shelton at a Book Signing at Tohono Chul Park one Saturday morning late last year. He was there to talk about his latest book, Nobody Rich or Famous, A Family Memoir.
I had dreamed of meeting Mr. Shelton ever since reading his book, one of my favorites, Going Back to Bisbee, about returning to the town that had launched his teaching career.
Richard Shelton considers himself, first a poet, and then an author. He is a Regents' Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona. Shelton is a slight, quiet, elderly man with the twinkle of a leprechaun in his eyes. In his talk Shelton mentioned that he had always thought he was Irish, and was proud of it, but while researching this book, he found out that he is not, in fact Irish, despite his red hair. I am not so sure.Read More