Carolyn Dufurrena is a rancher, writer, film-maker and award-winning journalist. She regularly shares her poems and stories at Elko’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and has appeared at festivals in Oregon and California. In 2014 her appearances included five school assemblies for Elko area elementary students.
A retired educator, Dufurrena has presented workshops for teachers and served as poet-in-residence in several Nevada high schools for Nevada Arts Council’s Powering Up Poetry: Highway 50 Road Trip. She writes for Range Magazine, and has contributed poems as well as serving as Outside Editor for Brushstrokes and Balladeers: Painters and Poets of the American West, which received the Wrangler Award for Best Poetry Book from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Will Rogers Gold Medallion in 2014. She is the author of the award-winning Fifty Miles from Home: Riding the Long Circle on a Nevada Family Ranch and co-authored a collection of essays, Sharing Fencelines: Three Friends Write from Nevada’s Sagebrush Corner. She has created nine short films for the Western Folklife Center’s Deep West Video program and worked with the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, CA, and the NAC Folklife Program’s digital storytelling pilot project.
“As a writer, I want to bring the experiences of modern-day rural life—unromanticized, humorous and real—to people who would not otherwise be able to share in them. I love being able to connect with teachers and their students through different kinds of writing. It enriches me to help my students develop a sense of place in their own writing as they reflect on their own life experiences.”