Rick Newby is the executive director of Drumlummon Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering research, writing, and publishing on the culture of Montana and the broader American West, and editor of Drumlummon Views, an online journal devoted to Montana arts and culture, at www.drumlummon.org.
As an independent scholar and cultural journalist, Newby has written extensively about the culture of the American West and has edited several works of Western Americana, notably A Most Desperate Situation: Frontier Adventures of a Young Scout, 1859-1863, by Walter Cooper (illustrations by Charles M. Russell); Writing Montana: Literature Under the Big Sky; and On Flatwillow Creek: The Story of Montana's N Bar Ranch by Linda Grosskopf. He is also editor of The New Montana Story: An Anthology and the Rocky Mountain Region volume in the Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures. He served as co-editor (with Lee Rostad) of Food of Gods and Starvelings: The Selected Poems of Grace Stone Coats and on the editorial boards of the anthologies, Poems Across the Big Sky and An Ornery Bunch: Tales and Anecdotes Collected by the W.P.A. Montana Writers Project.
Trained as a poet, Newby is the author of three collections of poems, most recently The Suburb of Long Suffering. An active art critic, he has written many exhibition catalogs, including Rudy Autio: The Infinite Figure; How Many Worlds?; The Ceramic Art of Stephen Braun; and Beckoned into Landscape: The Paintings of Dale Livezey. He co-author of A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence and of The Most Difficult Journey: The Poindexter Collections of American Modernist Paintings.
Rick serves on the Montana Arts Council and is a member of the statewide advisory committee to the Montana Center for the Book.