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Ordinary Soil

A terrorized, addicted farmer’s suicide attempt under a rotting burial elm unearths his family’s dark history, exposing diseased generational roots of abuse and abandonment. But strength, light, and hope also wait, deep in the ordinary soil of the Oklahoma panhandle.

New Book release

Open Up

a collection of essays

Lessons born in the nostalgia of a 1980s childhood find their wings decades later, in this true story of renewal, reinvention, and the revitalizing power of a changed perspective.

Open Up unfolds during the same day as the #1 bestselling Living Halfway, with all of the heart, vulnerability, and humanity of its literary fraternal twin, but none of the cynicism.

The Companion Album

Previous release


a collection of essays

One part social commentary, one part memoir, and all parts perfectly inappropriate for these challenging times.
Alex Woodard
Alex Woodard


I’m a writer.
Of books and songs.

Of my truth and maybe yours.
Of horses and waves.
Thanks for being here.

"Alex Woodard is one of the greatest writers I've ever discovered."

From the blog


Mile Marker 53, Highway 60

Mile marker 53, Highway 60. If you go, you’ll find things that used to be, boarded-up concrete gravestones for the dreams that died here. Some are obvious… the peeling paint on the

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I’d like to introduce you to Jake. He’s a 5th generation farmer from the Oklahoma panhandle, and he could use some help. I know, you probably don’t have much in common with a

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They Got It Wrong

They got it wrong.  This whole Father’s Day thing. Phone calls. FaceTimes. Cards with appreciative scrawl tucked into the bungled breakfasts in bed, followed by backyard barbeques honoring the hard beauty of

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The knock was a surprise, the news a shock. The three men stood stoic on the pavers, as the younger woman struggled to stay composed. “My father, he died.” This area was mostly

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stories with a soundtrack

What if…
Grammy®-winning singers and songwriters took your letters and turned them into songs?

Living Halfway
Companion Album

“Heartbreaking as it is hilarious, heartfelt as it is tough, and as much an indictment of the modern self-help ethos as it is a celebration of what the genre is actually aiming for. The journey Alex takes us on is deeply personal, completely original, and 100% worth the price at the door.”

— Sean Watkins,
Grammy-winning founder of Nickel Creek


Raw, Authentic Musings on Life
Cindy S
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Alex Woodard writes with an authenticity and vulnerability that captivates. This book makes the reader contemplate life and one's own beliefs. Will be checking out all of his other books immediately!
An Absolute Gem
Dan Rowe
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Living Halfway is an incredible piece of artwork. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, I didn't want to put it down and didn't want it to end. Woodard has a raw, honest style, and his creativity has delivered a book that is exquisitely unique and pensive, yet wonderfully comforting and optimistic. Highly recommended.
My favorite read of 2021
Kindle Customer
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I read this book today, after rereading one of the author's previous books. I brushed lives with him years ago, in a beautiful equine therapy program in Idaho. This book is so much more than I imagined. Its almost like I could hear him reading it to me. Thank you for sharing your hard earned experience and knowledge of life. It's full of humor, heartache, and a good pinch of snark. Always a fan, Boise State hoodie.
Beautifully written and so relatable.
Katherine W Twells
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I read this upon a reco from a friend and so delighted I did. Alex Woodard is a beautiful writer. The story mixes humor with raw vulnerability and done in a way I think we can all relate. You will see aspects of yourself in the unfolding journey. It’s a story about life in all it’s pain and beauty and written with great artistry. Helpful