Sunday, October 6, 2013

Buckshot Dot performs at library Wednesday

Dee Strickland Johnson, aka “Buckshot Dot,” will share her Arizona stories, sing and play her guitar from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library, 328 North McLane Road.

You are cordially invited to attend this Author Spotlight sponsored by the Library Friends of Payson free of charge. Light refreshments will be served. Buckshot Dot’s books and CDs will be available for purchase and autograph before and following the presentation. For further information please contact the library at (928) 474-9260.

“Buckshot Dot” is a native Arizonan who grew up on Navajo and Hualapai (Walapai) Indian Reservations, and at Petrified Forest National Monument (now Park). She is a poet, singer, storyteller, illustrator and musician. Buckshot and her husband John (“Ol’ Buck”) once raised cattle in Stone Country, Arkansas where she wrote heritage articles for a newspaper and appeared regularly with their children in music programs at Ozark Folk Center State Park.

Dot has been honored by the Arizona Historical Foundation as an “Arizona Culture Keeper” and by WMA (Western Music Association) for her historical poetry books, Arizona Herstory: Tales from Her Storied Past and Arizona Women Weird, Wild and Wonderful. Each received the AWA (Academy of Western Artists) “Will Rogers’ Medallion Award” and the latter was also named “Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year.”

 She has been voted AWA’s “Female Cowboy Poet of the Year,” has opened for Lyle Lovett, and has received recognition for her original stories and songs. Dot has written four dance-folk-operas, six poetry books, one children’s book, and recorded five CDs.

Visit her website,, to learn more.

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