Originally published Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 05:45a.m.

An afternoon of reading, poetry and humor featuring Amy Hale Auker, a woman who “cowboys” and grapples with body image and beauty, will be the focus at the Sharlot Hall Museum lecture series, “Ordinary Skin.”

The free lecture at the museum is set for Saturday, Nov. 18, beginning at 2 p.m., and centers on Auker, who draws her paycheck as a working cowboy on the Spider Ranch in Yavapai County.

Auker, an author and accomplished singer and songwriter, thrives on a ranch where she enjoys an ongoing love affair with rock, mountains, piñon and juniper forests, the weather, and her songwriter husband who is also foreman of the ranch.

At the presentation and book signing, Auker will share her perspectives of “...a place where the bats fly, lizards do pushups on the rocks, and bears leave barefoot prints in the dirt... and where hummingbirds do rain dances in August, poetry is in the chrysalis and the cocoon, and where we can explore dragonflies, weather, artifacts, body image, and beauty.”

Amy speaks about the mud and work of growing food on untillable soil, on being a woman who ‘cowboys,’ and writing and riding in the Santa Maria Mountains, two jobs that go hand-in-hand.

Her stories are about the real world where things grow up out of the ground, where the miracle of life happens over and over and over again, and where people can and do survive without malls or Arby’s.

She is the author of “Rightful Place” and “Winter of Beauty,” and will introduce her new book, “Ordinary Skin: Lyric Essays of Mud and Work.”

The lecture and book-signing is free and begins at 2 p.m. Saturday in the West Gallery of Sharlot Hall Museum, two blocks west of the courthouse plaza in downtown Prescott.