The Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa will host “Oklahoma Legends – A Celebration of Our Heritage” on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium.
“Oklahoma Legends is a new event we’re hosting to honor some of our state’s leading artists,” said Teresa Miller, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers. “These legends have spanned the decades and their influence will continue to reverberate with many generations to come.”
The inaugural event will honor musician Roy Clark, author S.E. Hinton and N. Scott Momaday, with special appearances by the Tulsa Playboys, Jim Halsey, Michael Wallis and John Wooley.
“Each of the featured artists will be doing a special presentation as part of the awards ceremony,” said Miller. “Each presentation will showcase the talents that made these artists legends here in Oklahoma.”
Clark, a country music singer best known for hosting the television variety show Hee Haw from 1969-1992, will perform with the Tulsa Playboys. The Country Music Hall-of-Famer and Grand Ole Opre member has lived in Tulsa since the 1970s. During the 1970s, he frequently guest-hosted The Tonight Show for Johnny Carson, and also had a recurring role as Cousin Roy on The Beverly Hillbillies.
Hinton, who is also being honored for her work in film, is best known for her young adult novel, The Outsiders, set in Oklahoma in the 1960s. The novel was published during her freshman year at the University of Tulsa in 1967 and has gone on to sell more than 14 million copies. She has written nine books, four of which have been adapted into feature films. A native of Tulsa, Hinton was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame in 1998.
A Pulitzer Prize winner for House Made of Dawn, Momaday is credited with helping bring American Indian literature into the mainstream. Born in Lawton, Momaday developed an interest in literature early on in his life, particularly poetry. He has written numerous novels, poems and plays over the course of his career and was honored as the Oklahoma Centennial Poet Laureate.
Tickets for Oklahoma Legends are $15 plus handling charges and may be purchased at myticketoffice.com or by calling 918-596-7109. For more information about Oklahoma Legends, contact Miller at 918-594-8215.