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Hello, friend! My name is Richard Higgs.

I have been a drifter, hitchhiker, migrant farmworker, soldier, fugitive, prisoner, long-haul trucker, mountain climber, poet, published author, and, at present, a public radio DJ.

Then There Is No Mountain -An American Memoir:

My friend, Joe Dennis, has been after me for a couple of years to join him in a climb of Mount Rainier, and in 2009, while I am recovering from cancer surgery, I realize it’s time to say yes. Life is short, and death is long.

The climax of the trip is our climb, but the story goes far beyond Rainier. We stay on the road for three weeks, along with my wife, Louise, and Joe’s wife, Laura. We start out in Tulsa and pass through the cities of Boulder, Twin Falls, Portland, Seattle, Mendocino, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Flagstaff, and Albuquerque. And all the wild American West in between.

I have traveled extensively in the U.S.A., all my life, so, along the way to and from Rainier, we cross many old paths of mine. These crossings become the occasions for stories from my past adventures on the American road, from the 1970s of my youth, to 2009.

Other works:

My first book, Bringing In The Sheaves, is a memoir of a summer I spent traveling the Great Plains, working on a wheat harvesting crew. Sheaves was published by Council Oak Books, in 1996.

Journalism:

Oklahoma Today magazine: an excerpt from Bringing In The Sheaves, 1996; “Native Stone”, a profile of Hans Dahl, an Oklahoma stonemason, 1999; “Saddle Up”, a profile of three renowned Oklahoma saddle makers, set to be published in 2013. This Land Press published an excerpt from Then There Is No Mountain, under the title “Candy Creek Ritual”, in March, 2012.

Film:

I am a guest interviewee in the documentary, Red Dirt: Songs From The Dust. I served as location scout, assistant cameraman, and voice-over narrator for the film Red Dirt On Route 66.

Radio:

Since 1999, I have produced and hosted the popular Public Radio program, Folk Salad, from the studios of KWGS Tulsa -along with my partner and friend, Scott Aycock. Folk Salad is broadcast throughout most of Oklahoma, and parts of Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas, via KWGS Tulsa, and KOSU Stillwater.

Poetry:

Several of my poems have been published in the online journal Szarnyu.

I invite you to read the excerpts included on this site, and I welcome your feedback. Thanks for coming by!

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