Barbara Shepherd, Award-Winning Artist & Writer

Painting in oils and watercolor, sculpting in porcelain clay, and writing in fiction, non-fiction, screenplay, and poetry, she is the recipient of many art awards and over 300 writing awards in local, regional, national, and international contests. She has been named the American Christian Writers’ Writer of the Year (twice) and received a Readers Choice Award from miller’s pond and the Creme de la Creme from Norman Galaxy of Writers. Rose State Writers Conference presented her with a trophy for the Outstanding Author Award for 2016. She won First Place/Best of Show at the 2017 Oklahoma State Fair and is the "Voice of the Fair - Poet" and a "Lone Stars Poet", a "Woody Guthrie Poet", and honored to be a former Nominee for Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma.

Shepherd is a recipe tester for TV’s America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country and has been a field editor for Taste of Home magazines and cookbooks and a free-lance contributor to other magazines, including: Outlook, Oklahoma D.O., Oklahoma Woman, Shawnee Shopper, Edmond Life and Leisure, miller's pond, Bella, and ArtBeat.

Barbara Shepherd - State Cops Cookbook

Supporting The Local Arts Community

Giving back to the arts community, Shepherd volunteers in more than ten local and national literary organizations and teaches occasional workshops in painting and writing. She founded and continues to sponsor Art Affair Annual Literary Contests for poets and writers, having done so for more than a decade. 



Professional Creative & Technical Writing Ventures

Shepherd compiled, edited, and published four anthologies of poetry and prose by members of three writing organizations and published a cookbook and two editions of a personal poetry chapbook. She also designed the covers for her books in addition to books she published for other writers. 

Versatile in both creative and technical writing, Shepherd co-compiled a 335-page cookbook, writing the master index for more than 800 recipes. Over $30,000 profit from sales of that ("State Cops") ten-dollar cookbook was donated to the OKC Murrah bombing victims and families. She also edited essays and ghost-wrote chapters for a book about women during World War II and one on quilting. 

Her books:

  • The Potbelly Pig Promise
  • River Bend (coming soon)
  • Vittles and Vignettes
  • Patchwork Skin
  • Patchwork Skin, Second Edition

Her writing has also appeared in:

  • State Cops Cooking in the Heartland - More Than We Can Say Grace Over
  • Women’s War Memoirs - anthology
  • Heavenly Patchwork - anthology
  • miller’s pond - literary journal (published in 2 issues)
  • Voices In Time - (Maria's Writing Group) anthology
  • Candle Flames: PSO’s 70th Anniversary Anthology
  • Oklahoma Centennial Heritage Collection - Poetry Society of Oklahoma anthology
  • Harp Strings - literary journal
  • A Centennial Celebration of Oklahoma Stories - Wordwrights OKC-Christian Writers anthology
  • travelin’ Music - Woody Guthrie Poets anthology
  • Elegant Rage - Woody Guthrie Poets anthology
  • Poetry Is For Everyone - Poetry Society of Oklahoma anthology
  • Imagination Turned Loose - Mid-Oklahoma Writers anthology
  • Beads On a String – Peace, Joy, and Love - Wordwrights-OKC Christian Writers anthology
  • From the Heart of Galaxy - Norman Galaxy of Writers anthology
  • Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way - Woody Guthrie Poets anthology
  • Numerous magazines, newspapers, newsletters and online publications 

What The Future Holds

Barbara is excited about the release of her first picture book and first novel by traditional publishers in 2017.

The Potbelly Pig Promise is available in softcover; hardcover coming soon; from Doodle and Peck Publishing.

River Bend, mainstream historical novel, is in production; anticipating the release date soon from The Wild Rose Press.

The Generic Kid, YA novel co-written by Shelley Anne Richter, has an interested editor. Stay tuned for news.

Vittles and Vignettes is now available. The cookbook features favorite family recipes and Shepherd’s original dishes, seasoned with segments of her prose, poetry, and new cooking tips created in her kitchen.

Her goals for 2017 include: Co-hosting the second annual Fiction Writers Retreat in June, writing (novels and screenplays), and resuming her painting career. (Note: 2 out of 3 = not bad. Three months to go)


To contact Barbara, please write to:  Art Affair, P.O. Box 54302, Oklahoma City, OK 73154