We’re celebrating the annual Woody Guthrie Free Folk Festival in Okemah. Woody would have been 100 this year, so we’re delving deeper into the mythos surrounding our favorite rambler.
IMAGINARY OKLAHOMA: In Adam Langer’s “Phaedra,” a traveling man stumbles across the celebration of Woody Guthrie’s birthday–and possible romance.
LETTER FROM SHANGHAI: An unreciprocated high school crush propelled Aric S. Queen into a successful career as a DJ.
THE BOY AND THE BAND: Tamara Logsdon Hawkinson interviews Tulsa musician Jimmy “Junior” Markham about the late, legendary Levon Helm.
DRAWING THE LINE: For Woody Guthrie, nearly every medium fit his message, including cartoons and illustrations. By James Vance.
RAMBLIN’ MAN: Sarah Graalman draws the links between Woody and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.
WOODY MOOMAT: Trace the influences of and on Guthrie using a powerful new app called Moomat.
THE HILLS HAVE EYES: Steve Gerkin writes about Standpipe Hill, which has seen its fair share of wrongdoings.
THE MYTH OF SAINT WOODY: Matthew Carney goes inside a new book about Guthrie’s used and abused anthem, “This Land is Your Land.”
BEARDEN UNBOUND: Robert Dumont chronicles the up-and-down, back-and-forth life of Tulsa poet David Bearden.
POETRY: David Bearden finds a voice beyond the “Tulsa School” in his poem “The Buckhorn Inn.”
100 and COUNTING: Matt Leach and Sterlin Harjo capture scenes from the Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert held last March at the Brady Theater in Tulsa.
THE WILLS CONNECTION: Jim Downing remembers his mother’s first husband, Bob Wills. (She was his third.)
BEYOND the ARCHIVES: Thomas Conner goes deep on the wealth of material Guthrie produced in his career.
DONE THAT: Oklahoma City “Do What?” correspondent Grace Gordon reports in on SoonerCon–an Oklahoma City-based convention dedicated to all things fandom.
ORIGINAL OKIE: Shane Bevel photographs folklorist, writer, musician and Woody Guthrie historian Dr. Guy Logsdon.