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Andy Wilkinson

July 20, 2011

Andy Wilkinson

There’s not much that Andy Wilkinson can’t do. A poet, song writer, singer, and playwright Andy’s particular interest is the history and peoples of the Great Plains. Andy has recorded eight albums of original music and has written seven plays: “Charlie Goodnight’s Last Night,” a one-man show performed by Mr. Barry Corbin; the musical drama “My Cowboy’s Gift;” “The Soul of the West” (written with Red Steagall); “A Way In the West,” a one-woman show performed by Ms. Trudy Fair; and commission pieces “The Fires of Camp” (an historical musical for the City of Lubbock); “The Drovers” (for Texas Frontier Trails, Mineral Wells, TX), and “The Lost Letter” (McKinney, TX).

Andy’s work has received several awards, including the Texas Historical Foundation’s John Ben Shepperd Jr. Craftsmanship Award, and three National Western Heritage “Wrangler” Awards, two for original music and one for poetry.

Andy is Artist in Residence at the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University, where he is also visiting assistant professor in the School of Music and in the Honors College. In addition to his writing and teaching, he tours extensively in the US and abroad.

1. What is your hometown?

Lubbock, TX

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Ishmael

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

No one will make a movie of my life as the trailer hasn’t been well-received.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

All true works of art have voice for me.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

I’m reading James Gleick’s “Information” and just finished “Moonwalking With Einstein” and “Keith Richards: A Life”. I recommend all three.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

I have no iPod, but I’ve been enjoying any of the songs by First Aid Kit on YouTube (though my favorite of their songs may be “I Met Up With the King”, though they do killer versions of “Universal Solider”).

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Poems and songs can make me cry, but never yet a movie. But I will admit that “Barbarella” makes me squeal with delight.

8. Cat person or dog person?

All of the above.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

There is no difference; the truth is simply a fact presented with kindness.

10. How do you define sin?

An act lacking virtue.

11. How do you define virtue?

The ability to live in a way that best fits the universe.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

My work is my headstone, but as my work is not yet finished I neither know what the headstone says nor what it looks like.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Oscar Wilde.

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