Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Writer's Career

From True West magazine, a few observations about Robert J. Conley, the new president of the Western Writers of America:

The taciturn Conley, born in Cushing, Oklahoma, in 1940 is a genius. He takes over as president of Western Writers of America in June in Knoxville, Tennessee, becoming the first American Indian—he’s an enrolled member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees—to serve as the organization’s prez. He also brings to it a certain wit and dry sense of humor.

Some samplings:
On the Little Bighorn: “There was a BAE [Bureau of American Ethnology] ethnologist with Custer. He didn’t turn in his report.”
On his goals for WWA: “To not get impeached.”
On when he knew he wanted to write: “I never did. I’ve never made up my mind yet what I want to be.”

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