About Me

Rickey Pittman - Bard of the South

Rickey E. Pittman, the Bard of the South, is a storyteller, author, and folksinger. He was the Grand Prize Winner of the 1998 Ernest Hemingway Short Story Competition, and is originally from Dallas, Texas. Pittman presents his stories, music and programs at schools, libraries, organizations, museums, historical reenactments, restaurants, banquets, and Celtic festivals throughout the South. An adjunct college English instructor with an M.A. from Abilene Christian University, he has twelve published books & four music CDs and several single releases.

Celtic Festivals, Workshops and Other Events Featuring Pittman as Storyteller, Performer, or Speaker:

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Hot Springs, AR
  • French Quarter Festival, New Orleans
  • Northeast Louisiana Celtic Fest, Monroe LA
  • Mississippi Celtic Fest, Jackson MS
  • Salado Scottish Festival, Salado TX
  • Arlington Scottish Festival, Arlington TX
  • Highland Games, Jackson, LA
  • North Texas Irish Festival, Dallas
  • Cowtown Celtic Festival,  Fort Worth (2011)
  • Bedford Texas Celtic Festival
  • Sam Houston Folklife Festival, Huntsville TX
  • Houston Scottish Festival
  • Arkansas Scottish Festival, Batesville AR
  • Patrick Cleburne Festival, Cleburne TX.
  • St. Patrick Festival, Dublin TX
  • St. Patrick Festival, Sidney, AR
  • Corney Creek Festival, Bernice LA
  • Tartan Festival, Minden, LA
  • St. Andrews Banquets & Robert Burns Suppers
  • Museum & Library Presentations
  • Florida, Arkansas & Louisiana Reading Associations
  • Louisiana Library Association
  • Red Brick Tavern, Conroe TX
  • Texas Education Service Centers (Media & Library Services) Regions I, II, IX, XI, VII,  & VIII
  • Storytelling and music, Gladyss Porter Zoo, Brownsville, TX
  • Brown Bag Concert in the Park, Monroe LA
  • Opened for Bobby Bridger’s Lakota, April 2013
  • AGEXPO, West Monroe LA
  • Farmers Markets & Veterans Organizations
  • Presenter at HESTEC Community Day Literacy Event. (2013) South Texas Literacy Coalition
  • American Indian Arts Celebration, Clewiston FL
  • Okeechobee Battlefield Historical Event

Other Author Events:

  • Books ‘n Authors ‘n All that Jazz
  • Young Authors & Illustrators
  • Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend
  • Young Authors of Rapides Parish
  • Laredo Book Festival, Harlingen, TX
  • Director of Harlingen, TX Book Festival (2013)
  • Ozark Creative Writers Conference
  • Texas Educational Service Centers, I, II, III, VIII, XI


  • Rio Grande Valley ABC (River Road Press)
  • Cajun Country ABC (River Road Press, 2017)
  • The Scottish Alphabet  (Pelican Pub.)
  • The Irish Alphabet   (Pelican Pub.)
  • Ariel: Therapy Dog of the Rio Grande Valley (Sarah)
  • Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House  (Pelican Pub.) Accelerated Reader Selection, Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Award
  • Stonewall Jackson’s Black Sunday School  (Pelican Pub.) Accelerated Reader, Award from the Colonial Dames of America
  • Stories of the Confederate South (collection of historical short fiction)  (Pelican Pub.)
  • The Confederate Alphabet (2011)(Pelican Pub.)
  • Red River Fever (a novel, Sarah Publishing 2015)
  • Under the Witch’s Mark (a novel, Booklocker 2012)