Celebrating Arizona Authors


Kick back and turn a page at the 4th Annual Payson Book Festival. Celebrate Arizona talent (and escape the summer heat) with a short Beeline over to the clear blue skies of Payson. Shake the hands of friendly Arizona authors, listen to their tales, and enjoy the free, family-fun activities throughout the day.

July 21, 2018
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Mazatzal Casino Ballroom (air conditioned) Hwy 87

Local authors, artists, musicians, and creative minds help shape the culture of our state and are a key component to a sustainable local economy. Their influences are necessary in defining the identity of a community and fostering a sense of place for its residents. By supporting our local authors, we are in turn supporting entrepreneurial vocation and providing opportunity for our young folks to envision and pursue a creative career. 

Meet the authors from your community!

Camp Verde
Amber Polo

Pat Frayne

Stephanie Cress
Keri De Deo

Bonnie Bahn
Connie Cockrell
Chrisann Dawson
Sherry Engler
Stan Garner
James Hagen
Susan Haught
John Hererra
Carole Mathewson
Tom Morrissey
Kim Richardson
Antoinette Sarcinella


Payson (Cont)
Dorothy Stickland Johnson (Buckshot Dot)
Marsha Ward
Sharon Langdale
Sandra Fendler

Annemarie Eveland

Patricia Batta
Arlene Hittle
Wendy Ratner
Patricia Batta
Arlene Hittle
Wendy Ratner

Prescott Valley
Mark Gardner

Rita Reger

With Featured Presentations By:


Payson’s Dee “Buckshot Dot” Strickland Johnson

Dot is an Arizona Culture Keeper and has opened for Lyle Lovett. She has been awarded the Academy of Western Artists Female Cowboy Poet of the Year. One of her books was named Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year, and she has received the Will Rogers Medallion Award. She has written seven books, five dance folk operas, and has produced four CD’s. She and Buck live in Payson, Arizona.


Payson’s Tom Morrissey

Tom Morrissey is a retired Chief Deputy US Marshal, martial artist, veteran of the US Army, former member of two hit rock groups and a song writer for Ray Charles and Richie Havens. He was born and raised in Brooklyn NY, to a blue collar family, in a culturally diverse neighborhood. An animated film based on Tom’s children’s book is in the pre-production stage. He is co-writing an action thriller series with actor/martial artist Steven Seagal. He loves to tell a good story about his dream of the return of this country’s founding principles, with power back to the people.

      Interested in volunteering?
      Join us in celebrating our Arizona talent at the Local First Arizona booth this year. 

      More About the Festival

      The Rim Country chapter of Arizona Professional Writers (APW), a non- profit organization, is partnering with Majestic Rim Retirement Living to present the 4th Annual Payson Book Festival - showcasing 80 Arizona authors and promoting literacy at a celebration of books for readers of all ages. Activities include: story time sessions for kids and teens, author presentations, cowboy poetry and songs, and entertainment. 

      Authors from throughout the state will sign and sell fiction and non-fiction books of many genres. Arizona Culture Keeper, and Western poetry & song writer “Buckshot Dot” spins colorful Arizona tales. Other presenters include story teller Liz Warren, YA author Jannette Rallison, Science Fiction author J.L. Doty, author and screenwriter Tom Morrisey and APW author Patricia Brooks. Kids can meet the Cat in the Hat and Story Monster at storytime sessions. 

      For more information, visit the website: www.paysonbookfestival.org  or email questions to [email protected]