Rusty just received the 2021 Ina Coolbrith Award for lifetime achievement in service to California Writers Club. Her dedication to producing The Bulletin, a digital web-based news magazine for the membership for the last five years, and support in advertising revenues helped in her selection.
She was also the recipient of the Jack London Award given by her peers in the HDCWC branch. She crafted and producedThe Inkslinger newsletter for the past ten years. Rusty was also recognized for her volunteer spirit and jumping into new projects for the branch. Within The Poemsmiths poetry group, she was published in their anthology as well as numerous editions of the branch’s anthologies. She also promoted the return of the Adult Poetry Division in our local San Bernardino Fairgrounds annual exhibitions with the aid of branch funding. In 2018, Rusty was asked to redefine the graphics and readability of CWC’s The Literary Review for that year.
With nearly 20 years of news writing and interviewing experience, Rusty's early journalism career veered into graphic arts and production of desktop publishing for organizations. Besides the two mentioned above, she produced newsletters for American Red Cross, Victor Valley 4-Wheelers, Victor Valley Amateur Radio Club, and “Circle the Wagons,” a network newsletter for small museums across the High Desert.
Currently, Rusty is pursuing a commercial digital magazine, VintageWest Magazine. Her researching skills are used for Old West history forays, antique collecting, and finding prime source books for a Western novel. She lives with her husband, Jeff, of 40 years, in Lucerne Valley on The Rusty Bucket Ranch, of course. They have one adult daughter and four granddaughters all residing in Lucerne Valley, CA.
A Microphone is Not the Muzzle of a Gun
A how-to guide for conducting an interview & facing one.
Chapters especially for the Indie Author.
Now at Amazon.com
Rusty’s next projects are a Western novel and publishing a commercial web-based magazine: VintageWest Magazine, for Southwest enthusiasts. She’s searching for writers who love poetry, hiking, ghost towns, collecting antiques, and reading short stories with a Western twist. Pay will be minimal to start but the perks are good.