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Contact Kraft at writerkraft@gmail.com or comment at the end of the blogs


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Back in 2015 I was forced to quit doing talks and writing articles due to a lot of
reasons, two of which have been an overload of work and ongoing deadlines (among other nasty things). Thanks to True West editor Stuart Rosebrook, this self-proclaimed
vanishment is coming to an end. As of February I have begun to write for
magazines again. My first feature is in the February-March issue
of True West. It is available now and will be displayed in
magazine outlets through March 24.

The article features Black Kettle, and is titled “Black Kettle: The People’s Peacemaker.” The Cheyenne chief, along with Arapaho Chief Little Raven, are the two leading American Indians in my upcoming book, Sand Creek and the Tragic End of a Lifeway (University of Oklahoma Press, available on March 12, 2020).

I thought that I knew a lot about both of these extraordinary men when I began the project. Not close; I can’t tell you how much I have learned about them during the research and writing of the Sand Creek story. They aren’t as they have often been portrayed. Why? My best guess: a lack of research by lazy writers who copy what is already in print without confirming the supposed facts that they use.

Welcome to the Louis Kraft writing website

The goal is to explore where I’ve been and where I’m headed while entertaining you and updating you on the status of my life, events, and projects. The goal is to be loose and free while not preaching. As you see, there are a number of tabs (and information will change on them whenever appropriate) but this website will not be static, for I have control. It also has a blog (and if you followed me elsewhere you know that I’m open to discussing whatever catches my fancy). The blog entries will be categorized, and linked to specific categories that appear on the right side of the screen, for example: “Sand Creek Massacre,” “Cheyenne Indians,” “Ned Wynkoop,” “Errol Flynn,” “Olivia de Havilland,” “Thailand,” “Green Card,” “racism,” and so on. There will also be Kraft categories for when I explore myself and the craziness of life or when I mix my writing with my life or when I just need to let off steam. Nothing will be sacred on the blog … unless it’s harmful to yours truly, or anyone else (living or dead). “Harmful” also includes racist prose, which will not be tolerated. If desired, add comments at the end of each post. All you’ll need is your name and email address.

A few words about PressHarbor

Those of you familiar with my work know that I have a fair amount of skills,
but I’m not an engineer and I struggle with code.

PressHarbor is the full-service Word Press web host for my website/blog.

I need to be up front with my view of PressHarbor, and specifically its founder John Keegan, for they have been absolutely magnificent!

As stated above I’m not technical and when forced to deal with code I am often wading through a minefield of potential disaster. … Every time that I have had a problem, John and his staff have responded quickly and resolved the issue. Some of my problems have been simplistic (although I didn’t realize it), but others have been beyond my capability. Regardless, I have always received fast and courteous service.

PressHarbor also makes certain that the current version of their software is updated, and reminds me to update my template and plugins if I have failed to do so. At times when my website/blog has slowed to a crawl John immediately did what was necessary to fix the problem. More important he and his team have made my website/blog very secure.

John and PressHarbor are about to release a “major overhaul” to their platform that sounds massive and includes a new website, the addition of more powerful servers, and more hosting plans. I am thrilled that PressHarbor is my host, and am looking forward to our continued association over the coming years.