Joyce Gibson Roach



1966 Post Graduate Studies in English University of North Texas

1965 MA English Texas Christian University

1958 BFA Speech/Drama/Education Texas Christian University


1996—2000  Columnist, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; folklore and history.

1994 Adjunct English faculty, North Central Texas College, early American literature

1984—1997   Adjunct English faculty, Texas Christian University; courses in composition, paper of argument, early English and American literature, Western novel, folklore and Literature of the Southwest .

1985—1986   Free lance educational consultant; designed and taught reviews for reading and writing portion of the first TCAT in state; other in-service programs on history and language arts.

1984—1988  Texas: Fact, Fiction, and Folklore; course for adult education, TCU; Small Town Culture: A Texas Perspective, adult education, TCU.

1976—1985  Teacher, Keller Independent Schools; English, history and developed and taught courses in Advanced Texas Studies and Southwest Literature.

1972 Teacher, preschool, Rabyor Private School.

1958—1963 Teacher, speech therapy and speech education for the deaf, Fort Worth Public Schools.



Lifetime member Texas Folklore Society

Texas Institute of Letters

Texas State Historical Association

Lifetime member West Texas Historical Association

Lifetime member East Texas Historical Association

Philosophical Society of Texas

Western History Association

Western Literature Association

Horned Lizard Conservation Society

National Cowboy Hall of Fame

National Cowgirl Hall of Fame

North Fort Worth Historical Society

Writers League of Texas

College Council of Teachers of English

Lifetime member Friends of the T.C.U Library

German Association for the Study of the Western

Hymn Society of America

National Association of Newspaper Columnists

Southwestern American Literature Association

Tarrant County Historical Preservation Council

Western Writers of America

Westerners Corral

Woman's Club of Fort Worth

Lifetime member Girl Scouts

Offices, Boards and Committees

Councilor, Board of Directors, Texas Folklore Society, 1971-1974.

President, Texas Folklore Society, 1975-1976.

Chairman, Spur Awards, Western Writers of America, 1988.

Board Member, Texas Alliance for the Humanities, 1988-1993.

Judge, Non-Fiction Book Award, Western Writers of America, 1989.

Chairman, Crosstimbers Alliance for Culture, History and Education (CACHE), 1988-1993. Activities included photograph exhibition of Keller history, commemorative train stop, classical string quartet concerts, storytelling as a part of Wild West Days celebration.  Gained non-profit status for CACHE.

Board Member, Northeast Tarrant Arts Council, 1990-1993.

Judge, Non-Fiction Book Award, Texas Institute of Letters, 1992.

Chairman, Owen Wister Award for Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to Western Letters, Western Writers of America, 1993.

Chairman, Non-Fiction Book Award, Texas Institute of Letters, 1993.

Director, Red Steagall Cowboy and Cowgirl Poetry Contest, 1999-2001

Board Member, Western Writers of America, 1995-1997.

Program Committee, Texas State Historical Association, 1997.

TCU Press Advisory Council

Judge Children’s Literature Texas Institute of Letters, 2005

National President, Horned Lizard Conservation Society 2008

Chairman Fellows Committee, Texas State Historical Association 2007-2008


Institute of Texan Cultures, for exhibit "Ranch Women: Roles, Images and Possibilities" 1984.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, exhibit "Thundering Hooves" from the Witte Museum.

Montana PBS and Montana State University, documentary film "I'll Ride That Horse" 1994.

Consultant and Narrator, Big Wheel Productions and Center for Women's Studies, Denver, Colorado,  documentary film "Cowgirls" 1994-1996.

Colloquium to plan museum development of a building in a downtown area to house the Yena Collection. Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas 1994.

Consultant as cowgirl historian with Walt Disney Imagineering Team to plan and design National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, Fort Worth, 1996.


Texas Institute of Letters.

Fellow, Texas State Historical Association.

Fellow, Clements Center of Southwest Studies.

Fellow, Texas Folklore Society

Speaker for Texas Council for the Humanities' "Explorations '97" Series.

Philosophical Society of Texas

Local Honors

Outstanding Educator, School of Education, Texas Christian University, 1984.

Inducted into Texas Christian University Homed Frog Marching Band Hall of Fame, 1991.

TCU Alumni Board, 1983.

TCU First Alumni Leadership Conference, 1981.

Jacksboro, Texas High School Hall of Fame, 1995.

Book Awards

Spur Award, for best non-fiction book, 1978 for The Cowgirls from Western Writers of America (Gulf Publishing; UNT Press).

Spur Award, for best short non-fiction, 1988 for "A High Toned Woman" from Western Writers of America. (SMU Press)

Texas Institute of Letters $5,000 Carr P. Collins Award for Eats: A Folk History of Texas Foods, with co-author, Ernestine Sewell Linck, 1989 (TCU Press).

San Antonio Preservation Award for Eats: A Folk History of Texas Foods, with co-author Ernestine Sewell Linck, 1989.

Spur Award, for best short story, 1991 for "Just As I Am" from Western Writers of America. (Doubleday Publishers)    

William A Jary memorial award from Tarrant County Historical Commission for Wild Rose: A Folk History of A Cross Timbers Settlement. 1996.

Spur finalist for short story, “In Broad Daylight,” Western Writers of America (Browder Springs Press)

Finalist for children’s book, Horned Toad Canyon, Writers League of Texas (Bright Sky Press)


Texas Folklife Resources Master/Apprentice, 1991; acted as apprentice to Valerie Ryals, Old-Time Texas Fiddler master; performed as part of women's series "Blues, Bolero and Breakdowns" Antonne's Club, Austin. Texas.

Tager TV, Texas Christian University, 1992; produced and narrated documentary on Valerie Ryals and "backup" masters Tommy and Elsie Berger.



The Cowgirls. Preface by C. L. Sonnichsen. Houston, Cordovan, 1977.

C. L. Sonnichsen. Boise, Idaho, Boise State University, 1979. (Boise State University Western Writers series. no. 40).

Texas and Christmas; A Collection of Traditions, Memories and Folklore. Edited by Judy Alter and Joyce Gibson Roach. Fort Worth, Texas Christian University Press, 1983. Includes "In Search of Uncle Freddie."

The Horned Toads' Christmas. illustrated by Judy Oelfke Smith. Keller, Tex., Texanna Press, 1989.

Eats; A Folk History of Texas Foods, by Ernestine Sewell and Joyce Gibson Roach. Foreword by James Ward Lee. Fort Worth, Texas Christian University Press, 1989.

The Cowgirls, Second edition revised and edited. Preface by C. L. Sonnichsen. Afterword by Elmer Kelton. Denton, University of North Texas Press, 1990.

This Place of Memory, A Texas Perspective. Edited by Joyce Gibson Roach. Denton, University of North Texas Press, 1992. Includes "Introduction" and "The Best Time."

Collective Heart; Texans in World War II. Joyce Gibson Roach, editor. Austin, Texas, Eakin Press, 1996.

Wild Rose; A Folk History of a Cross Timbers Settlement: Keller, Texas. Virginia Beach, VA. Donning Company, 1996.

Cowgirl of the Rocking R (Privately published; ISBN numbered)

The Little Town That Could, Joyce Gibson Roach, editor. Virginia Beach, VA. Donning Company, 2008.

Chapters, Introductions, Afterwords, Forewords

"Diesel Smoke and Dangerous Curves: Folklore of the Trucking Industry." Hunters and Healers: Folklore Types & Topics. Edited by Wilson M. Hudson. Austin, Encino Press, 1971.

"Revive Us Again." Observations and Reflections on Texas Folklore. Edited by F. E. Abernethy. Austin. Encino Press, 1972.

"In Memoriam: Mabel Major." Some Still Do: Essays on Texas Customs. Edited by F. E. Abernethy. Austin. Encino Press, 1975.

"Sally Skull. Horse Trader." Women Who Made the West, by Western Writers of America. New York, Doubleday, 1980.

"Benjamin Capps, Mabel Major, Charles Leland Sonnichsen [bibliographic entries]." Southwestern American Literature: A Bibliography. Edited by John Q. Anderson, Edwin W. Gaston, Jr., and James W. Lee. Chicago, Swallow Press, 1980.

"A High Toned Woman." Hoein’ the Short Rows. Edited by F. E. Abernethy. Dallas, Southern Methodist University Press, 1987.

"Toys on the Frontier," and "Dolls Generally.” Texas Toys and Games. Edited by F. E. Abernethy. Dallas, Southern Methodist University Press, 1989.

"A High Toned Woman." Reprinted, Texas Humoresque: Lone Star Humorists From Then Till Now. Edited by C. L. Sonnichsen. Fort Worth, Texas Christian University Press, 1990.

"A Sense of Place." by Joyce Roach and Robert Flynn. The Bounty of Texas. Edited by F. E. Abernethy. Dallas, Southern Methodist University Press, 1990.

"Just As I Am." Women of the West; An Anthology of Short Stories by Contemporary Western Women Writers. Edited by Kathryn Ptacek. New York, Doubleday, 1990.

"With a Quirt in Her Little Brown Hand. " The Catch Pen; A Selection of essays from the first two years of the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration. Edited by Len Ainsworth and Kenneth Davis. Lubbock, Ranching Heritage Center, Texas Tech University, 1991.

"Jacksboro Goes To War." Texas Goes To War. Edited by James Ward Lee [et al.] Denton, University of North Texas Press, 1991.

Steagall, Red. Ride for the Brand. edited by Joyce Gibson Roach. Foreword by Elmer Kelton; and afterward by Joyce Gibson Roach. Fort Worth, Texas Christian University Press, 1993.

"Pistol Packin' Mamas: Gun Code for Western Women." Corners of Texas. Edited by F. E. Abernethy. Denton, University of North Texas Press, 1993.

"Lay That Pistol Down, Babe: Defending The Home Front." The West That Was. Edited by Thomas W. Knowles and Joe R. Lansdale. New York, Wings Books, 1994.

"A Two-Gun Man." New Trails, Twenty-three Original Stories of the West from Western Writers of America. Edited by John Jakes and Martin H. Greenberg. New York, Doubleday, 1994.

Book jacket copy for Walking Backward in the Wind, by Helen Mangum Fields. Fort Worth, Texas, Texas Christian University Press, 1995.

"Molly Goodnight," and "Keller, Texas." Handbook of Texas, edited by Harwood Hinton. Austin, Texas State Historical Association, 1996.

"Mabel Major: An Early Observer." A Tradition of Their Own: Women Writers in Texas. Edited by Lou Rodenberger and Sylvia Grider. College Station: Texas A & M University Press. 1997

"In Broad Daylight." Texas Short Stories. Editor, Billy Hill. Dallas, Texas, Browder Springs Press. Finalist for Spur Award, Western Writers of America.

"The Night of Moving Shadows." Studies in the Western. Munster, Germany, German Association for the Study of the Western.

Excerpt from "A Two Gun Man" and recipe for "Ranch Style Peach Cobbler" in Buckskin, Bullets and Beans, ed. Bob Wiseman. Flagstaff, Northland Press.

 “At Home In The World.” Introduction, A Cowtown Chronicle. Poetry of Wlliam D. Barney. Browder Springs Books  1999

 “Mama and the Boxtop Christmas.” Grandmother Stories from the Heart of Texas. Edited by Jane Austin Bruckner. Eakin Press. 2002

 “Ft. Worth Through the Storefront Windows.” Literary Fort Worth. Edited by Judy Alter and James Ward Lee. Fort Worth, Texas : Texas Christian University Press. 2002

 “Uncle Lyndon Hartman.” The Family Saga. Edited by Francis Edward Abernathy, Jerry Bryan Lincecum, and Frances B. Vick. Denton, Texas : University of North Texas Press. 2003

 “Afterword.”  Honor at Daybreak. by Elmer Kelton. Texas Christian University Press. 2002

 “Daniel Webster Wallace: A Texas Cattleman.” Black Cowboys of Texas. Edited by Sara R. Massey. Texas A&M University Press. 2000

Let’s Hear It: Stories by Texas Women Writers. Edited by Sylvia Ann Grider and Lou Halsell Rodenberger. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press. 2003

 “Just a Plain Country Boy.” Growing up a Sullen Baptist and Other Lies. Written by Robert Flynn. Denton, Texas: University of North Texas Press. 2001

 “Introduction,” The Dog of My Nightmares, by Dave Lieber. Yankee Cowboy Publishing. 2003

 “A Two Gun Man ” New Trails. Edited by John Jakes and Martin H. Greenburg. Bantam Books. 1995

 “Foreword.” Run With the Horses. Written by Joan Stocks Nobles. Fort Worth: TCU Press. 1998

 "Just As I Am.” Tales of the American West. Edited by Richard S. Wheeler. New American Library. 2000; reprint.

 “Quotes.” Quotable Texas Women. Edited by Kelly Flatau and Lou Hassell Rodenberger. Abilene, Texas: State House Press, McMurray University. 2005

 “Won’t Somebody Shout Amen?” Texas Short Stories 2. Edited by Billy Bob Hill and Laurie Champion. Browder Springs, 2000

"The Moon of Moving Shadows." A short story in Studies in the Western. Munster, Germany, German Association for the Study of the Western, 1997.

Excerpt from "A Two Gun Man” and recipe for "Ranch Style Peach Cobbler" in Buckskin, Bullets and Beans, ed. Bob Wiseman. Flagstaff, Northland Press.

Afterword and editor, The Fence That Me And Shorty Built by Red Steagall, Bunkhouse Press, 2001.

Lost in the Fifties: A Sentimental Journey Home and What’cha Got Cookin? Privately published for 50th high school reunion, Jacksboro, TX; ISBN numbered

Introduction, Texas Women on the Cattle Trails, ed. Sarah Massey, Texas A&M Press, 2006.

“Chronicles of Toad—West Texas,” Writing On The Wind: West Texas Women Writers, Texas Tech Press, 2007.

“Saved to the Uttermost: The Life and Times of a Naïve West Texas Writer” in Notes From Texas: On Writing in the Lone Star State, ed. W.C. Jameson, Texas Christian University Press, 2008.

 “A High Toned Woman,” Literary Dallas, Texas Christian University Press, 2008


Shall We Gather At the River. A Folk Play depicting the history of the First Christian Church. Fort Worth, Texas. September, 1983.

Texanna! [Concept, script and music by Joyce Gibson Roach with Owen Phillips and Ellisene Davis. Musical folk-drama/pageant for Sesquicentennial of Texas.] Presented at Old Fort Richardson, Jacksboro, Texas; Liberty, Texas Theatre; and Red Oak, Texas Community Theatre. Entered in the Southwest Theatre Arts competition.

Psalm 151. [Story in reader's theatre format.] Narrated at the Crosstimbers Alliance for Culture, History and Education Keller, Texas, 1988, First Methodist Church of Keller.

Nancy MacIntyre; A Tale of the Prairies. [Script and music by Joyce Gibson Roach. Musical folk drama.] Performed at the Grand Op'ry House, Uvalde, Texas, 1989.

Legend of the Animals. [Script and music by Joyce Gibson Roach. Children's Christmas musical.] Performed at Saint Phillips Episcopal Church, Uvalde, Texas, 1991.



"A Cow is Still A Cow." Descant. 7:34 (Spring 1963):45-48.

"The Legends of EI Tejano, The Texan Who Never Was." Western Folklore. 27:1 (January 1968):33-42.

"Bargains, Brains and Ballyhoo! "Golden West. (May 1971): 28-31,56-57.

"Captain Graydon's Missiles." The West. (June 1971): 31, 62-63.

"The Lady' Packed a Gun! " Golden West. (September 1971): 34, 71.

"Eccentric Lizzie Johnson." The West. (October 1971): 66.

"Leather Skirts and Satin Bloomers." Horseman. (October 1971): 38-39,42-44,46-47.

"How Horsewomen Helped Tame the West." Horseman. (January 1972): 34-36,38-40.

"The Story of Sally Skull, Border Horse Trader." Horseman. (April 1971): 54,56.

"Women's Western Fashions Began With Leather Skirts and Satin Bloomers." Western Outfitters. (April 1971): 1.

"The New Mexico Nightmares. "Horseman. (July 1972): 48,50,52.

"The Treasures of El Tejano." Treasures. (December, 1972): 59-61.

"Booger Bear: Golden Palomino." Quarter Horse Journal. (June 1972?).

"No Laughing Matter: Frontier and Ranch Women in the Humor of the West." The Greater Llano Estacado Southwest Heritage 6:2 (Summer 1976):45-51.

"Out of the Chutes With the Cowgirls: Rodeo's Female Forerunners. " Horseman. (September 1977): 70-74.

"Teaching Southwest Literature in High Schoo1." English in Texas. 13:2 (Winter 1981): 44-46.

"The Country Woman Follows Different Trail; Southwest Letter. "Dallas Times Herald. 3 October 1982:A 40.

"How Chaucer Got Replaced by Texas Folklore." This Is TCU. 25:6 (September 1983): 5-8.

"Reviving Our Spirits With Some of That Old Time Religion; Southwest Letter." Dallas Times Herald. 23 October 1983: A 45.

"She Wasn't Sure: Was He Dr. Sadler? Or A Groundkeeper?" TCU Today. 1:2 (October 1983): 8.

"Christmas With Mama: An Untraditional Unforgettable Time; Southwest Letter. "Dallas Times Herald. 25 December 1983: A 40.

"Faces Reflect the Memories of College Years Gone By, Both Happy and Sad" TCU Today. 1:5 (April 1984): 16.

"Give Me That Old Time Religion. "Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 8 June 1984: Special Texas Section: 5.

"Coming of Age in a War; Southwest Letter." Dallas Times Herald. 25 November 1984: A 50.

"Strike Up the Band! A Violin, A Band Baton; The Master Knew Them All." This is TCU. 29:3 (October 1987): 10-12.

"The Horned Toads' Christmas." [Children's story] This is TCU. 28:4 (December 1986): 20-26.

"The Case for the Large Heroine." Round-Up Quarterly. (Spring 1990): 35-40.

"Reed Hall: A Box With Special Memories. "  This Is TCU. 34:1 (March 1991): 16-18.

"C. L. Sonnichsen: A Memoria1." Round-Up Quarterly. {Fall 1991): 6-11.

"Tom Lea: Portrait of a Two-Faced Man." Round-Up Quarterly (Winter 1992): 11-15.

"A Texan Compelled to Write About It." CCTE Journal [Council of College Teachers of English]. 57 (Spring 1992): 44-46.

"A Land Translated." Password [El Paso County Historical Society]. (Winter 1992): 193-196.

"Wild, Wild Women: Sports, Cowgirls, and Pards in the Dime Nove1." Studies in the Western [German Association for the Study of the Western]. 1:2(1992-93): 105-116.

"New Problems Wearing Old Clothes." Texas Books in Review.13: 3(FallI993): 15.

Profile: Don Worchester." Roundup Magazine. (March/April 1994): 31.

"The Western. Women, and Germany." Roundup Magazine. (September/October 1994): 22-23.

"Cross Country in the Cross Timbers." Texas Books in Review 14:4(Winter 1994); 4-5.

"Women in Western Life, Literature and Film." Studies in the Western [German Association for the Study of the Western]. 2:2(1994): 57-73.

"Cynthia Ann Parker in Literature." Studies in the Western [German Association for the Study of the Western]. 3:1 (1995): 10-15.


"A Hat Is Still A Hat." Texas Folklore Society, Austin, Texas, April 16, 1965.

"Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves: Folklore of the Trucking Industry." Texas Folklore Society, Nacogdoches, Texas, March 24, 1967.

"The Legends of EI Tejano, The Texan Who Never Was." Texas Folklore Society, Dallas, Texas, April 4, 1969.

"Hallelujah Thine the Glory." Texas Folklore Society, San Antonio, Texas, April 9, 1971.

"She is Mounted and Gone." Texas Folklore Society, College Station, Texas, 1972.

"Wild, Wild Women, or, The Western Heroine in Dime Novels." Texas Folklore Society, Abilene, Texas, 1974.

"No Laughing Matter: Ranch Women in the Humor of the West." Texas Folklore Society, Arlington, Texas, April 16, 1976.

"Stories of Texas Characters and Events." KERA Public Radio Series, Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration, 1986.

"A High Toned Woman." Texas Folklore Society, Jefferson, Texas, 1986.

"Patterns." Commencement address, East Texas State University, Texarkana, Texas, 1986.

"A High Toned Woman." Keynote address, Texas State Historical Commission, EI Paso, Texas, 1986.

"A High Toned Woman." Guest Speaker, Annual Awards Luncheon Dallas County Historical Commission, Dallas, Texas, November 17, 1988.

"Eden's Greens." Texas Folklore Society, Lubbock, Texas, 1988.

"Folklore in Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction." lecture and music, Richland College Lecture Series, Dallas, Texas, 1989.

"Use of Local Historical Incident in Writing Short Nonfiction." Tall Grass Writing Conference, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, 1989.

"Our Town: A Dialogue of Memories." with Robert Flynn. Texas Folklore Society, Uvalde, Texas, 1989.

Panel moderator, story teller, and author panel. National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, Texas, 1989­1992.

"The Outhouse in Fact, Fiction and Folklore." West Texas Historical Association, Lubbock, Texas, 1990.

Joyce Gibson Roach and Robert Bork, featured authors at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Book and Author Luncheon, Fort Worth, Texas, 1990.

"Revive Us Again." Keynote address for New Jersey United Methodist Church Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 1990.

"Stereotypes from the Past: A High Toned Woman." Chisholm Trail Writers Conference, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1990.

"Cowgirls In Song" with music. Staked Plains Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Hobbs, New Mexico, 1991.

Storyteller. Lincoln County Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Ruidosa, New Mexico, 1991 and 1992.

"Our Towns: A Dialogue of Memories." With Robert Flynn. Cecil B. Williams Lecture, Creative Writing Program, Texas Christian University. Fort Worth, Texas, 1991.

"A Measure of Privacy: The Outhouse in Fact and Fiction." Small Town Culture: A Texas Perspective group participant representing Texas Christian University. Popular Culture Conference, Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas, 1991.

"Comments on Itinerant and Migratory Eateries." Commentator with Sam Arnold, restaurant owner of Bent's Fort, Denver, Colorado and author of Eating Up The Santa Fe Trail. Western History Association, Austin, Texas, 1991.

"Defenders of the Home Front: Women and Guns." Joint session of Texas Folklore Society and Texas State Historical Association, Austin, Texas, 1991.

"With A Quirt in Her Little Brown Hand: Western Women In Song." National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, Texas, 1991.

"Folk Medicine and Laughter, The Best Medicine, Still." Medical Plaza Hospital Board and Staff Annual Awards, Fort Worth, Texas, 1991.

"Using Folklore to Teach History." Texas State Historical Association Summer Institute, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1991.

"Using Folklore in Writing Children's Literature: Toys and Games." Chisholm Trail Writers Conference, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1991.

"Cowgirls as Folk Heroine." Keynote speaker for Those Daring Young Women of the Wild West Shows, Exhibit, Livingston Depot Center, Livingston, Montana, 1992.

"Women on Horseback: Frontier to the Footlights.” Slides, music, dramatic reading, and lecture. Thundering Hooves: The Horse in Three Cultures on the North American Continent, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas, 1992.

Manuscript reader and commentator on short stories and novels. Chisholm Trail Writers Conference, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1992.

"Writing the Texas Story." Lecture and panel with Elmer Kelton, Robert Flynn, and Rolando Hinojosa Smith. Schreiner College Author's Series, Kerrville, Texas, 1992.

"On Being A Texan Compelled to Write About It." College Council of Teachers of English, Amarillo, Texas, 1992.

"On Writing Texas Fiction." Banquet address, Fort Concho Literary Festival, San Angelo, Texas, 1992.

"Texas and Christmas." Luncheon speaker and storyteller Christmas at Fort Concho, San Angelo, Texas, 1992 and 1993.

Invited reader of short stories, Center For Texas Studies Literary Festival, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, 1992 and 1993.

"Holier Than Thou." Banquet address with Robert Flynn. Texas Folklore Society, San Angelo, Texas, April 9, 1993.

"Elmer Kelton's Use of Folklore. " Elmer Kelton Symposium, Center for Texas Studies and Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1993.

"Using Family Saga and Folklore in Writing Short Non-Fiction." With Liz Carpenter and others. Brazos Writer's Conference, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, 1993.

"Singing Back the Past: Music of the Frontier." lecture and music. The Frontier Thesis: A Centennial Celebration, Tarrant County Junior College, Fort Worth, Texas, 1993.

"A Texas Writer, Warts and All." with Judy Alter. The Clark Society, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas 1993.

"Sing A New Song: The Music of the West," with Patricia Limerick, Elmer Kelton, Bryon Price and Lou Rodenberger. Chisholm Trail Writers Conference, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1993.

"Music of the West—Then and Now." Under Starry Skies Lecture Series, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas, 1994.

"Old Time Religion," with Robert Flynn. Mosaic of Texas Cultures: A National Symposium, Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, 1994.

"Writing About Women in Rural Settings." and reading of short story "Just As I Am." Texas Writers' Lecture Series, Nicholson Memorial Library, Garland, Texas, 1994.

"Urban Lore." Panel discussion with John O. West, Jim McNutt, Jo Lyday, and Joyce Roach. Texas Folklore Society, Victoria, Texas, April 1, 1994.

"Writing the Texas Story." Cooke County College Creative Writing Awards Program, Gainesville, Texas, 1994.

"Your Bidness Is My Bidness: Business in Rural Texas." Keynote address, Fibre Body Industries, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1994.

"Women in Western Life, Literature and Film." Keynote address, German Association for the Study of the Western, Iserlohn, Germany, June 26, 1994. Followed by lecture series at universities and America Houses in Kiel, Hamburg, Hannover, Munster, and Freiberg, Germany.

"A Better Christmas." with Robert Flynn. Friends of the UTA Libraries, Arlington, Texas, 1994.

"Defining Folklore for Students." Panel with F.E. Abernethy and others. Texas Folklore Society, Fort Worth, Texas, April, 1995.

"Elements of the American Dream and the Frontier Myth in the Works of Elmer Kelton." German Association for the Study of the Western, Munster, Germany, June, 1995. Also reading of short story "A Two Gun Man," included in session on teaching the Western to German High School students; also panel with Elmer Kelton on writing Western fiction.

"Cynthia Ann Parker in Literature." Session on Native American women with Rebecca Fayre. Chisholm Trail Symposium, Fort Worth, Texas, June, 1995.

"Turning Folklore into Commercial Sales." Frontiers in Writing, Panhandle Professional Writers and Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas, August, 1995. Also served as judge of the short story contest.

"Using Texas Folklore as an Appeal to International Visitors." Facilitator and speaker. Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau Directors, Fredericksburg, Texas, August, 1995.

"Outside the Formula, Outside the Myth: Ranch Women in Literature." Discoveries/Re-discoveries: Popular Western Fiction Outside the Formula session with Sanford Marovitz and Fred Erisman. Western Literature Association, Vancouver, B.C., October, 1995.

"Cowgirls as Folk Heroines Who Helped Sell the Frontier Myth" Lecture and slides. Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Arkansas, November, 1996. Also "The Western Female Myth", a lecture to Honors Program students.

"Texas and Christmas." with Judy Alter. Bosque County Agricultural Extension Service's Women's Expo, Clifton, Texas, November, 1995.

"Ranch Women and Cowgirls: Selling the West to the East." Address to National Association of Directors of Private Girls' Schools, San Antonio, Texas, February, 1996.

"A High Toned Woman." Friends of the Weatherford Public Library, Weatherford, Texas, May, 1996.

"The Eighth Day, the Eleventh Commandment." Address to the First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, Texas, July, 1996

"Women Writing the West." Panel, Craft of Writing Conference, University of Texas at Dallas. Richardson, Texas, September, 1996.

"In My Own Backyard; or, It Takes A Village." Keynote speaker, Friends of the Abilene Public Library Book and Author Dinner, Abilene, Texas, November, 1996.

"Christmas in the Cross Timbers." Address for Cross Timbers Heritage Alliance, Keller, Texas, December, 1996.

The "Other" Cowboys: Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas; cowgirls as part of cowboy mystique; director, Sarah Massey.

"Female Myth of the West: Cowgirls, National Association of Independent Schools, Dallas, Texas, Anatole Hotel, 2001

Keynote address to Texas State Historical Association, Fellows Luncheon, March, 2001; "Cowgirls: Roles, Images, Myths, Constructions."


Reviews of fiction and non-fiction books related to the West, Southwest, and Texas have appeared in Dallas Morning News, Texas Books in Review, East Texas Historical Journal, Journal of Arizona History, and Southwest Historical Quarterly.

Editor, Crosstimbers Region, Texas Books In Review. 1994-1996.


Teague, Raymond "Folklorist Keeps the past alive for future generations' enjoyment. "Fort Worth Star ­Telegram. 9 January 1981. C 1,4.

Teague, Raymond "Preserving the Past: Folklorist Shares 'Backyard' Knowledge." Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 12 January 1981. B 1,3.

Gordon, Pat. "Teacher tries to make history live... 11 Dallas Morning News. 30 September 1982. Metro West People Section, p.3. 1997

Porter II, Louis. "Teacher finds time to become award-winning writer. "Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 28-29 September 1983. Northeast Extra Section, p. 10.

Biffle, Kent. "A gone, but not forgotten type." Dallas Morning News. 6 April 1986. A 43,52.

Armstrong, Sally. "A Texas Folklorist: Joyce Roach. This is TCU. 28:4 (December 1986): 18-19.

Williamson, Jacy. "Keller Teacher is Bringing Texas Folklore Back to Life." Dallas Morning News. 9 April 1987. Metro West Section, pp. 1,4.

Bidwell, Duane. "Writer Recaptures Her Little Girl Years." Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 1 June 1989. Northeast Edition-West, pp.  1,2.

Biffle, Kent. "Chili vs. steak feud could get powerful hot." Dallas Morning News. 4 June 1989. A 47,60.

"Eats is not French cuisine." This Is TCU 32:3 (October 1989): ii.

Biffle, Kent. "Pageant and Circumstance" Dallas Morning News. 22 October 1989. A 45,48,49.

Whitten, Mitch. "Author Records Last Look at Land. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 30 August 1991. B 1,6.

Biffle, Kent. "These women bring down the house." Dallas Morning News. 26 January 1992. A 39,41.

Deller, Martha. "Losing big-town blues." Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 14 October 1992. B 3.

Biffle, Kent. "Yarn-spinners talkin' tall about religion." Dallas Morning News. 18 April 1993. A 45,50,51.

Hodge, Larry D. "Ode to Cowgirls." Texas Highways. (August 1994): 40-43.

Information stops about 2003 although other speeches, articles, and books were written.