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THE SUMMER STORM, by Bruce Kiskaddon

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THE SUMMER STORM
by Bruce Kiskaddon (1878-1950)

The clouds are a comin’ down over the flat,
The lightnin’ is startin’ to flicker.
It is time fer a cow boy to pull down his hat
And git buttoned up in his slicker.

The lightnin’ is shootin’ jest flash after flash,
The wind is a howlin’ and roarin’,
The thunder it shakes the whole earth with a crash
And the rain it comes down jest a pourin’.

The cattle have started to runnin’, the brutes,
Jest hark to ’em rattle their hocks.
The water comes in at the tops of yore boots,
You can feel it a soakin’ yore socks.

The boys is all busy and goin’ full speed,
They are tryin’ to git the steers millin’.
They git to the front and keep bendin’ the lead
To hold the whole shipment from spillin’.

…by Bruce Kiskaddon, 1936

This poem, illustrated by Katherine Field (1908-1951), first appeared in 1936 in the Western Livestock Journal and on the Los Angeles Union Stock Yards calendar.

Kiskaddon drew on his cowboying experience for his poetry.

As we’ve noted before:

As Bill Siems writes in his landmark book, Open Range, a monumental collection of Kiskaddon’s poetry, “Western Livestock Journal was one of several interacting businesses clustered around the Los Angeles Union Stock Yards, all engaged in the raising, marketing, and processing of livestock. Almost as soon as the Journal started publishing illustrated poems, the Los Angeles Union Stock Yards began issuing its own series, featuring an illustrated poem and calendar printed on five by ten inch card stock, enclosed with its Monthly Livestock Letter. Beginning with January 1933, these monthly calendars continued in an unbroken series through 1959, using reissued poems after the deaths of Kiskaddon and Field.”

Kiskaddon and Katherine Field never met in person.

Much of what is known about Kiskaddon and his work comes from Open Range. Bill Siems also collected Bruce Kiskaddon’s short stories in a book called Shorty’s Yarns. Find more in the Kiskaddon features at cowboypoetry.com.

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In the new triple-CD set from cowboypoetry.com, MASTERS: VOLUME THREE, the poetry of Bruce Kiskaddon, Bill Siems introduces Bruce Kiskaddon’s life and work. The poetry begins with some of the best known of Kiskaddon’s reflective poems, with a look backward to “when cattle were plenty and men were few.” Poems that follow are about cowboys and men, work, cattle, horses (and one mule), heavenly concerns, old-time life, quirky characters, gear, a ghost tale, and some Christmas poems.

Among the voices are Randy Rieman, Jay Snider, Andy Hedges, Gary McMahan, Trey Allen, Floyd Beard, Ol’ Jim Cathey, Rod Miller, Ken Cook, Ross Knox, Chris Isaacs, Dennis Russell Nazelrod, Jerry Brooks, Gail Steiger, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Amy Hale Steiger, Jessica Hedges, Robert Dennis, Valerie Beard, Keith Ward, John Reedy, Baxter Black, J.B. Allen, Brigid Reedy, Jesse Smith, Duane Nelson, Kathy Moss, Susie Knight, Kay Nowell, Tom Swearingen, Dick Morton, DW Groethe, Waddie Mitchell, Andy Nelson, Dale Page, Almeda Bradshaw, Smoke Wade, Sunny Hancock, Jarle Kvale, Johnny Reedy, Rusty McCall, Dave McCall, Terry Nash, and Rex Rideout. Musician and top sound engineer Butch Hause offers a colorful radio PSA for the Center and Cowboy Poetry Week.

CDs are offered to rural libraries in Cowboy Poetry Week’s Rural Library Program, given to the Center’s donors, and available for sale. Find more about the CD here.

This poem is in the public domain. The illustration is from the CowboyPoetry.com calendar collection.

THE TWISTER, by Jay Snider

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THE TWISTER
by Jay Snider

If he bucks me off, he’ll have to shed his skin
Was the claim the twister made
He said, “There ain’t a bronc that’s drawed a breath
Can shake me loose from this Wade”

Strong words like those need provin’, son
Are you sure you’re up to the test
He said “Let’s catch one up, ya’ll stand aside
Watch this bronc rider do the rest”

Well, we were impressed by the twister’s sand
Thought, heck, this might even be fun
So we bunched ‘em up and circled ‘em round
And cut out the little red dun

He’s a spindly, sorta wild eyed colt
Long necked and a little light boned
But every puncher that had tried him before
In one jump, had been dethroned

“He’s bad as they come in these parts,” I said
The twister just shot me a grin
Said “Bad broncs are my business, if he bucks me off
He’ll have to jump right out of his skin”

So Charlie Bob roped him and snubbed him up close
Ole’ Slim got a mouthful of ear
It took Rusty and Bub and ole’ Jake to hold him
While the twister stacked on his gear

Then the twister stepped on, took a mighty deep seat
Charlie Bob pitched him his head
The colt went from round pen floor to tree top high
Then his north end went south instead

I’ve seen cowboys throwed higher and harder
But I can’t remember just when
And I reckon, Ole’ Snake, be a fittin’ name
Cause this colt just shed his skin

The twister, you see, learned his lesson well
‘Cause he now sings a different song
“It takes a plenty bad hombre to throw me off
But it sure don’t take him long”

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This poem should not be reprinted or reposted without permission.

This photo of popular Oklahoma rancher, poet, and reciter Jay Snider is from Lawton, Oklahoma, 1979. He told us that the bull “belonged to F&F Rodeo Company and was simply called #33.”

“Twister” is on Volume Nine of The BAR-D Roundup” from CowboyPoetry.com.

Jay is returning to the Western Folklife Center’s 36th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 27-February 1, 2020, in Elko, Nevada.

He joins other poets and storytellers Doris Daley, John Dofflemyer, Carolyn Dufurrena, Maria Lisa Eastman, Patricia Frolander, DW Groethe, Andy Hedges, Carol Heuchan, Chris Isaacs, Randi Johnson, Jarle Kvale, Annie Mackenzie, Waddie Mitchell, Joel Nelson, Rodney Nelson, Jonathan Odermann, Vess Quinlan, Henry Real Bird, Brigid Reedy, Randy Rieman, Jake Riley, R.p. Smith, Gail Steiger, Michael Stevens, Tom Swearingen, Forrest VanTuyl, and Paul Zarzyski.

Musicians and singer-songwriters include An American Forrest, Mike Beck, Cat Clifford, Dylan Clough, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Dom Flemons, Pipp Gillette & Lloyd Wright, DW Groethe, R.W. Hampton, Andy Hedges, Hot Club of Cowtown, Ned LeDoux, Corb Lund & the Hurtin’ Albertans, Miko Marks, Marinna Mori, Tracy Morrison, The Munsick Boys, Brigid Reedy, Randy Rieman, Trinity Seely, Dave Stamey, Gail Steiger, Michael Stevens, Jessie Veeder, and Wylie and The Wild West.

“Special guests” are also promised.

Visit nationalcowboypoetrygathering.org for much more, including descriptions of workshops, films, and other events at the gathering.

Jay Snider has a recent CD, Classic Cowboy Poetry: The Old Tried and True, which showcases his fine reciting. He delivers poems by Bruce Kiskaddon, Henry Herbert Knibbs, Will Ogilvie, Sunny Hancock, and others, to carry listeners back to time when, to quote Kiskaddon, “cattle were plenty and people were few.”

For a great look at how Jay Snider handles the classics, see a video of him reciting Sunny Hancock’s “The Bear Tale” at the 2010 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering:

Find more about Jay Snider at cowboypoetry.com/js.htm, and at his web site, jaysnider.net.

This more recent photo of Jay is by Dee Dobson of Buckles & Bling Photography.

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News Bits and Links

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We receive and come across all sorts of interesting information from a wide range of sources. Below, we gather some quick links to news stories, web features, and other items of interest gathered from the web, social media, and from you, the most recent posted first.

Your suggestions for consideration of inclusion are welcome (as well as your comments). Email us.

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Cowboy Poetry Week
Nineteenth annual: April 19-25, 2020

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Mike Logan 1938-2019, Independent Record, August 17, 2019

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The Feedlot Hand,” by Baxter Black, a poem latest column at baxterblack.com, August 13, 2019

Monterey Cowboy Festival (announcing no event in 2019), August 14, 2019

34th Annual Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Gathering ready to celebrate,” by Robert Pfund, kxlo-klcm.com,  August 14, 2019

Clark County Fair this week,” postregister.com,  August 14, 2019

Plastic bags are killing horses and cows across the state. What’s Texas to do?,” by Lara Korte, Texas Tribune, August 14, 2019

Featured Artists of the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Western Folklife Center, August 13, 2019

‘We Can’t Live in Fear’: Two Weeks After Shooting, Gilroy Celebrates Its Annual Rodeo,” by Sonja Hutson, kqed.org, August 11, 2019

Billboard’s decision to nix ‘Old Town Road’ from country charts borders on un-American,” by Julian Smith, dallasnews.com, August 11, 2019

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Elko Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering Comes To Napa Valley,” by Broadway World, August 7, 2019

American History, as told through beef,” by Bryce Oates, Daily Yonder,  August 7, 2019

The Anti-Smoking Device,” by Baxter Black, latest column at baxterblack.com, August 6, 2019

Community Agriculture Alliance: Back roads and best friends — 104th annual Routt County Fair,” by Michele Meyer, Steamboat Pilot & Today, August 6, 2019

Word rodeo,” by Jean Bowers, Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, August 5, 2019

Glade Park’s Cowboy & Music Poetry Festival, westernslopenow.com, August 2, 2019

Poets to gather in Prescott, celebrate culture of the American cowboy,” by Jason Wheeler,  Prescott Daily Courier, August 1, 2019

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Cowboy poetry, music show to return to Craig,” Craig Daily Press, July 30, 2019

National Day of the Cowboy,” American Quarter Horse Foundation (AQHF), July 30, 2019

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Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering organizes,” by Jim Street, The Big Bend Sentinel, July 24, 2019

Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering, February 21-22, 2020, Alpine, Texas

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Talking Dirty,” by Baxter Black, tsln.com, July 30, 2019

Cowboy Up,” by Jamie A. Hunt, Porterville Recorder, July 29, 2019

Newport Folk Festival 2019: 10 Best Things We Saw” [includes Andy Hedges], by Jonathan Bernstein and Suzy Esposito, Rolling Stone, July 29, 2019

Pioneer Bluffs preserves and presents history of ranching with National Day of the Cowboy activities…“, by Tagan Trahoon, kvoe.com, July 27, 2019

Hitting the trail: Friends make 175 mile trek with horse and mules to promote local rodeo,” by Carrie Stadheim, tsln.com, July 24, 2019

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Saddle up: National Day of the Cowboy rounds up art exhibits, film series, Wild West shows and more,” by Brandy McDonnell, oklahoman.com, July 26, 2019

International Western Music Association National Day of the Cowboy on Facebook

Doris Daley and Al “Doc” Mehl on Equestrian Legacy Radio July 25, 2019

Bring chairs for D.W. Groethe…,” by Sharon Cox, The Jamestown Sun, July 25, 2019

You’re invited to The National Day of the Cowboy this weekend,” by Vanessa Garcia, KFDA Amarillo, July 25, 2019

An evening of poetry by two greats,” Taos News, July 25, 2019

Benefit concert to kick off the Dakota Western Heritage Festival,” by John D. Taylor, Capital Journal, July 24, 2019

Community concert tips hat to cowboys July 27,” by Angel Carpenter, Blue Mountain Eagle, July 23, 2019

Porterville to celebrate Day of the Cowboy,” by Charles Whisnand, portervillerecorder.com, July 23, 2019

Celebrating the bison: Buffalo Days starts July 25,” by Alexander Taylor, The Jamestown Sun, July 23, 2019

 

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A new dispatch,” by Rod Miller, blog, July 19, 2019

Riverbend Live has Cowboy Poetry/Western Music,” by Kyle Bailey, kqennewsradio.com, July 19, 2019

Best of the West,” by Rod Miller, Saddlebag Dispatches (page 156), Summer, 2019

Cowboy Poetry gets ready for a big weekend in August,” by Robert Pfund, kxlo-klcm.com, July 18, 2019

These Programs Will Pay Kansas Farmers For Crops They Won’t Harvest,” by Corrine Boyer, Harvest Public Media, July 18, 2019

Suzi And Tuff as Flip,” The Saratoga Sun, July 17, 2019

Buckshot Dot (Dee Strickland Johnson) interview on Blogtalk Radio, July 17, 2019

The Royal Russells,” by Michele Powers Glaze, Cowboys & Indians, July 12, 2019

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Man travels across Montana, US on vintage tractor, raising funds for veterans,” by Juliana Sukut, Billings Gazette, July 13, 2019

Butterfield’s hosts first Day of the Cowboy celebration,” Duncan Banner, July 13, 2019

Nine-year-old girl to trick ride at Last Chance Stampede,” by Linda Pierson, tsln.com,  July 12, 2019

Good Dawg,” by Baxter Black, tsln.com, July 12, 2019

Three cowboys being inducted into Utah’s western-themed hall of fame,” by Mark Saal,  Standard-Examiner, July 12, 2019

Country music singer reveals the heart of the west to those who listen,”  fox13now.com, July 10, 2019

Saluting the Flag,” by Rod Miller, blog,  July 9, 2019

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It’s ‘frog walker’ time,” by Jerry Welch, Agrinews,  July 8, 2019

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Ol’ Rookie,” by Baxter Black, BaxterBlack.com,  July 8, 2019

The Culture of Cowboy Art presented at Willits Center for the Arts,” by Alyson Bailey, Willits News, July 4, 2019

Bob Petermann to Perform at the MonDak Heritage Center As Part of Confluence of Creativity Invitational Art Exhibit, July 14, Sidney,” roundupweb.com, July 3, 2019

Cowboy singers, artists and poets at the Payson Book Festival,” by Linda Wescott, Payson Roundup, July 2, 2019

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Return to Calgary: Charles M. Russell and the 1919 Victory Stampede  exhibit June 7 through September 29, 2019 at the C.M. Russell Museum

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Come rain or shine or rain or wind or heat or hail…,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, back at the ranch (blog), July 2, 2019

‘J is for Jackalope’ Features Fort Worth Artist’s Western Charm,”by Matt Payne, Fort Worth Magazine, July 1, 2019

On newsstands now,” by Rod Miller (blog), July 1, 2019

Red Steagall Honored with Statue,” Fort Worth Business, June 28, 2019

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Poetry Friday: Cowboy Poetry,” by Gillian Ferris and Tom Weathers, knau.org, June 28, 2019

Ontario’s Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival is Saturday, earns state award,” By Pat Caldwell, The Enterprise, June 28, 2019

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‘Aloha Rodeo’ Offers Alternative To The Cowboy Cliché,” by Carson Vaughn, NPR, June 27, 2019

Four Rivers Cultural Center’s festival keeps up with tradition,” by Griffin Hewitt, The Argus Observer,  June 27, 2019

Piehl retrospective at Arts Center,” by Kathy Steiner, The Jamestown Sun, June 27, 2019

Ranchero Days to Be Celebrated at Hagemann Ranch,” The Independent, June 27, 2019

Bit-Making Showcase and Sale,” by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, June 26, 2019

Barbwire Dispatch from Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association (pdf) June, 2019

Celebrating a century: Belle Fourche’s Black Hills Roundup will honor those who rode before,” by Kaycee Moonens, Tri-State Livestock News, June 26, 2019

The Top 10 judgment calls you guessed wrong on,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, June 25, 2019

The traditionally horsemen culture of Maremma, Italy, yields to ‘horsewomen’ as a result of new training course,” by Gabrielle Saveri, Washington Post, June 24, 2019

4-H in my memories, by Jessie Veder,” Meanwhile, back at the ranch (blog), June 24, 2019

The Cost of Recycling,” by Baxter Black, BaxterBlack.com,  June 24, 2019

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Spend Sunday at the Tower,” The Sundance Times, June 19, 2019

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Alabama longhorn sets Guinness World Record,” kfor.com, June 17, 2019

Utah Arts Festival 2019: Thatch Elmer, 15, heralds new generation of cowboy poetry,” by Les Roka, The Utah Review, June 17, 2019

No hitches, small crowd at museum’s Rodeo Day,” by Nickolas Seibel, Silver City Press, June 17, 2019

Elim Church to host cowboy poet,” by Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont Tribune, June 16, 2019

Over 37,000 cattle lost during brutal 2018 winter in Montana,”  The Associated Press, June 16, 2019

Dozens saddle up for Kansas Cowboy Poetry contest,” by Reina Garcia, ksnt.com, June 15, 2019

S.D. ranchers raise 33K to fix broken U.S. cattle markets,”  tsln.com,  June 14, 2019

Pop Wagner, cinch maker and folksinger,” The Fence Post,  June 14, 2019

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering to host the barn dance and picnic,” Durango Herald,
June 13, 2019

Capturing the Vibrant Culture Of Black Cowboys,” by F Jones, theoklahomaeagle.net, June 10, 2019

Dams Could Protect Ranchers From Climate Change’s Drought…But Could They Also Contribute To It?,” by Melodie Edwards, Wyoming Public Media, June 7, 2019

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A Cowboy Parade,” by Baxter Black, BaxterBlack.com,  June 10, 2019

Feet to the Fire,” by Amy M. Hale, Contra Viento Journal, Spring, 2019

One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado,” by Sarah Tory, High Country News, June 7, 2019

Moody Siblings Push Each Other to Excel in Rodeo,” by Lura Roti, Tri-State Livestock News, June 7, 2019

Ranching’s Image Gets a Reboot,” dailyyonder.com, June 4, 2019

As New Beef Campaign Launches, Some Groups seek ‘Transparency, Accountability,” by Bryce Oates, dailyyonder.com, June 4, 2019

2019 Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering Returns to Prescott, Arizona, for 32nd Year,” Prescott Living Magazine, June 3, 2019

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Central Texas Cowboy Gathering this weekend at Stagecoach Station Venues,” by Derrick Stuckly, Brownwood Bulletin, June 6, 2019

Utah Arts Festival 2019: What’s the new vibe for the 43rd edition? Many new faces, events at all venues,” by Les Roka, The Utah Review, June 6, 2019

Poet Olivia Romo sings to the acequias,” by Teresa Dovalpage, The Taos News, June 6, 2019

Flooding Leads to Cattle Rescues Around the Country,” by Wyatt Bechtel, drovers.com,
June 5, 2019

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Training New Neighbors,” by Baxter Black, BaxterBlack.com,  June 5, 2019

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Celebrating Art,” by Rod Miller (blog), June 3, 2019

Buffalo Commons continues to set the bar high,” McCook Gazette, June 3, 2019

Get the gate,” by Jessie Veeder, Inforum, June 2, 2019

Warner Chappell Music Acquires Gene Autry Music Group,” geneautry.com, May 30, 2019

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Ranchers Play Key Role In Saving Greater Yellowstone’s Wildlife Pathways,” by Lesli Allison, Mountain Journal, May 29, 2019

USDA ready to help Kansas farmers and ranchers recover from recent flooding, tornadoes,” High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal, May 29, 2019

‘American Soil’ Is Increasingly Becoming Foreign-Owned,” by Renee Wilde, Harvest Public Media, May 29, 2019

Group Of Oklahoma Cowboys Come Together To Rescue Livestock From Floods,” by Sawyer Buccy, news9.com, May 28, 2019

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A Sea Of Sagebrush Disappears, Making Way For Fire-Prone Cheatgrass,” Ashley Ahearn, npr.org, May 30, 2019

Losing Ground,” John Dofflemyer, Dry Crik Journal, May 29, 2019

Losing Ground” (2019) – Urban Sprawl Film, Angus TV,  (YouTube) May 27, 2019

Hear Texan Andy Hedges at OKC’s Blue Door,” by Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman, May 29, 2019

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Riverbend Live Announces 2019 Lineup,” by Kyle Bailey, kqennewsradio.com,
May 29, 2019

Mule Days awards scholarships,” by Ellen Morris Bishop, Wallowa County
Chieftain, May 29, 2019

Foreign Language,” by Baxter Black, BaxterBlack.com,  May 28, 2019

‘Aloha Rodeo’ Book Illuminates The History Of Hawaiian Cowboys,” by Peter O’Dowd, wbur.org, May 27, 2019

Telford selected for scholarship,” Times-News, May 26, 2019

Agnes and Alice,” by Gwen Petersen, The Fence Post, May 24, 2019

Governor signs bill for National Day of the Cowboy,” by Karen Ricketts, fox16.com, May 20, 2019

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It’s What I Do,” by Baxter Black, BaxterBlack.com,  May 20, 2019

Cowboy poetry to be featured at gathering in Medora,” kxnet.com, May 20, 2019

It’s a Cowboy I Will Be,” “The Cowboy Way” Scotland documentary film project

Not on days like today,” by Jessie Veeder, Inforum, May 19, 2019

Bard of the Southern Sierra: John Dofflemyer, fifth-generation California cattleman,” by Carolyn Dufurrena, RANGE, Summer 2019

Leon Rausch, The Voice of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, Has Died,” savingcountrymusic.com, May 14, 2019

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In Texas, cattle rustling evolves into sophisticated multimillion-dollar crimes,” by Brandon Mulder, dallasnews.com, May 12, 2019

The legacy of a rancher: cows and family,” by Jager Robinson, Rapid City Journal, May 12, 2019

Whoop It Up! Celebrating 100 Years of the Cody Stampede June 7, 2019 – March 31, 2020  Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming

Dakota cowboy poetry gathering to be held in Medora,” by Owen Piehl, Bismarck Tribune, May 10, 2019

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society newsletter May, 2019

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33rd annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering set for May 25-26,” by Emma Vatnsdal, inforum.com, May 7, 2019

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Inheriting the Family Farm,” by Baxter Black, BaxterBlack.com,  May 6, 2019

Wagon train traces historic rail route for 5 days for Gold Spike 150th,” by Matilyn Mortensen, The Herald Journal, May 6, 2019

If a rancher invented cussing, a rancher’s wife invented the walkaway mic drop,” by Jessie Veeder, Inforum, May 5, 2019

The Outside Circle Show,” by Bill Reynolds, Western Horseman, May 2, 2019

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Senate OKs Day of Cowboy resolution,” by Phil Drake, Great Falls Tribune, April 25, 2019

Genoa Heritage Days get underway Friday in Carson Valley,” Tahoe Daily Tribune, April 25, 2019

Rural Towns Across The Midwest Struggle To Overcome Damage From Flooding,” by Frank Morris, KCUR, April 25, 2019

Walmart creates Angus beef supply chain, cutting out meat processors,” by Tom Polansek, Reuters, April 24, 2019

Kids invited to submit original poems for Santa Maria library’s Cowboy Poetry Contest,”
KSBY, April 23, 2019

Qualifying contests for Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest set,” salina.com, April 23, 2019

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In ‘Shadow of a Cowboy,’ Lubbock Songster Andy Hedges Explores Cowboy Tunes Old and New,” by Matt Joyce, Texas Highways, April 24, 2019

Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  an interview with Colter Wall, Cowboy Crossroads, April 23, 2019

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80-year-old cowboy finds a way to get back in the saddle,” by Sean Giggy, wfaa.com, April 23, 2019

Backwoods Wisdom,” by Baxter Black, BaxterBlack.com,  April 22, 2019

Riding with the gauchos of Argentina: a photo essay,” by Amanda Barnes, photography by Greg Funnell, The Guardian, April 19, 2019

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Marmarth’s Mystic Theatre,” by Jack Dura, Prairie Public, April 22, 2019

Mankind,” by Paul Zarzyski, for Earth Day, (blog), April 22, 2019

Guys with Guitars,” by Rod Miller, (blog), April 20, 2019

The yodeler who sued Yahoo,” by Zachary Crockett, The Hustle, April 20, 2019

The Top 10 photos farmers post on social media,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, April 16, 2019

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Two Jumps,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  April 17, 2019

Creative expressions: verses by local poets,” Lake County Record-Bee, April 17, 2019

A Star-Studded 2019 Western Heritage Awards,” by Dana Joseph, Cowboys & Indians magazine, April 16, 2019

House to consider Day of Cowboy one more time,” by Phil Drake, Great Falls Tribune, April 16, 2019

Cowboy poetry a family affair as young Zirnhelt carries on grandfather’s legacy,” Williams Lake Tribune, April 14, 2019

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An Evening of Cowboy Poetry,” The Bungalower, April 12, 2019

House tells Day of Cowboy proposal to hit the trail,” by Phil Drake, Great Falls Tribune, April 10, 2019

The Romantic Cowboy,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  April 9, 2019

The 2019 Cowboy Festival visitor’s guide,” The Signal, April 7, 2019

26th annual Cowboy Festival to offer entertainment, history, food and drinks,” by Caleb Lunetta, The Signal, April 5, 2019

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When Poetry Matters: Cattleman, Artist & Poet Sean Sexton Invites Us Onto His Ranch,” by Tania Ortega-Cowan, wqcs.org, April 4, 2019

The Top 10 things the Extension guys don’t fully appreciate about your cows,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, April 2, 2019

The Idaho Art Lab is searching for community artwork,” by Victoria Varnedoe, rexburgstandardjournal.com, April 2, 2019

Stories of Hope Flood Out of Nebraska,” by Clinton Griffiths, Drovers, March 29, 2019

Art Beat: Cowboy Artists of America Bring Their Big Show to Fort Worth, Texas,” by Dana Joseph, Cowboys & Indians, March 27, 2019

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Barbwire Dispatch, newsletter of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association (pdf)

Never go rhyming with a cowboy poet!,” by William Thomas, Niagara This Week, March 29, 2019

40 Feet High and Rising,” by Richard Oswald, Daily Yonder, March 27, 2019

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‘Shadow of a Cowboy’ Strikes a Chord in Western Music,” by Jennifer Denison,
Western Horseman, March 28, 2019

Saskatchewan cow gives birth to live quadruplets,” by Sharon Gerein, CBC News, March 29, 2019

Women of the West: Monique Miller,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, March 27, 2019

The Gift,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  March 25, 2019

More floods loom as high river waters recede in Midwest,” by Karen Dillon, Reuters, March 25, 2019

From Cow Camp to House Keys,” by Jolyn Young, Western Horseman, March 22, 2019

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Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest two qualifying events and finals

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More floods loom as high river waters recede in Midwest,” by Karen Dillon, Reuters, March 25, 2019

Rural America and a Tale of Two Columnists,” by Tim Marema, Daily Yonder, March 25, 2019

Introducing ‘Can-Do Cowkids’ for young readers,” by Amanda Radke,  Agweek,  March 24, 2019

Bernadette Ducharme voted the 2019 Keeper of the West,” by Patrick Davies, Williams Lake Tribune, March 22, 2019

Song Premiere: Andy Hedges’ ‘Shadow of a Cowboy’,” by Hunter Hauk, Cowboys & Indians, March 21, 2019

Gettin’ Deep & Wide with Andy Wilkinson: Live on High Plains Morning,” by Jenny Inzerillo, hppr.org, March  21, 2019

Floodwaters threaten millions in crop and livestock losses,” by David Pitt and Margery Beck, AP, March 20, 2019

The Rookie DVM,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  March 19, 2019

BLM Will Pay You $1,000 To Adopt A Wild Horse,” by Amanda Peacher, Wyoming Public Media, March 13, 2019

Kevin Martini-Fuller: Portraits of The Gathering at Webster University

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Wit and Wisdom at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Sean McCoy, LA Review of Books, March 17, 2019

Kamloops Cowboy Festival celebrates the western way of life,” by Jill Sperling, cfjctoday.com, March 15, 2019

Where cowboys still roam, from Tombstone to Deadwood,” by Sara Cagle, L.A. Times, March 15, 2019

Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival celebrates 30 Years,” by Bette Sharpe, yourvalley.net, March 15, 2019

It will be a long process for Nebraska farmers and ranchers to recover from snow and flooding,” by Rachel Gabel,  The Fence Post, March 15, 2019

Palo Duro Canyon,” by Christine Hamilton, Western Horseman, March 14, 2019

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Singing for Spurs,” by Rod Miller, blog, March 13, 2019

Focusing on history of Virgin Valley Settlement,” by VRobison, Moapa Valley Progress, March 13, 2019

Events Celebrate M.V. Days,” by VRobison, Moapa Valley Progress, March 13, 2019

Born Again Cowboy on the Steppe,” with Ryan T. Bell, 22.33 Podcast, March 11, 2019

Caprock Chronicles: The King of the Cowboys: Roy Rogers’ Hungry Life on the
Llano Estacado,” by Chuck Lanehart, lubbockonline.com, March 9, 2019

The capital of the Western art world in late March is Great Falls, Montana,” by Mark Bedor, Cowboys & Indians, March 1, 2019

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The Hunter’s Son,” a poem by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  March 11, 2019

Kamloops Cowboy Festival about to celebrate 23 years,” by Jill Hayward, barrierestarjournal, March 8, 2019

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Work Songs of the Cowboy Poets,” photographs by Aubrey Trinnaman, text by Jared Stanley, produced by Eve Lyons, New York Times, March 9, 2019

International Women’s Day: Women in ag defying stereotypes,” (video), AgDaily, March 8, 2018

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Dom Flemons reclaims his western heritage with Black Cowboys,” by Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald, March 6, 2019

Pull My Finger,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  March 5, 2019

The Book of the Horse: Horses in Art,” by Susan Morrison, Western Horseman, March 5, 2019

Western Writers of America Spur Awards winners  March 5, 2019

The Top 10 cold-as-heck symptoms,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, March 5, 2019

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I didn’t want a 70th birthday party. I wanted poetry and cowboys in the desert,” by Isabel Healy, The Irish Times, March 1, 2019

Barbwire Dispatch (pdf)  Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association, February, 2019

Cowboy lifestyle on stage at this years Rendezvous,” by Rod Boam, cachevalleydaily.com, February 28, 2019

Grafting Calves,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  February 26, 2019

Cultural connection: Cowboy Rendezvous gears up with school outreach,” by Irma Mora, hjnews.com, Febrary 26, 2019

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Loma rancher honored for cowboy prose,” by Erin McIntyre, The Daily Sentinel, February 24, 2019

Terry Nash Cowboy Poetry,” (video) by Chancey Bush, The Daily Sentinel, February 24, 2019

Texas Music Revolution & Rodeo 2019,” by Jeff Campbell, Plano Magazine, February 25, 2019

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Yodel-ay-hee-hoo! It’s Wylie!,” by David Rogers, Yakima Herald-Republic, February 20, 2019

The Top 10 observations on winter weather,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, February 19, 2019

Australian cattle survived years of drought. Then came the deadly floods.” by  Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post, February 14, 2019

Art Gallery: Bill Anton, by Chuck Thompson,” Cowboys & Indians, February 14, 2019

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What happens when you put cowboys in a room to talk politics?,” by Carson Vaughan, The Guardian, February 19, 2019

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Cowboy Cartoonists,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  February 18, 2019

Ranch Horse News (e-zine), Western Horseman, Spring 2019

A Cowboy and His Poem,” by Jay Nordlinger, National Review, February 18, 2019

Celebrating cowboy culture in Nevada,” by Liz Beddall, cangeotravel, February 14, 2019

How This Trailblazing Navajo Cowboy Made Professional Rodeo History,” Vice, February 12 2019

Ross and Lynne Knox return to Arizona to manage a historic ranch on the border of Arizona” (video), Western Horseman, January 29, 2019

Winter Whimpers,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, January 29, 2019

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The black cowboys of Mississippi – in pictures,” by Sarah Gilbert, The Guardian, February 15, 2009

Miles City Cowboy Poetry Gathering 2019,” falloncountyextra.com, February 15, 2019

Ninepipes Art Group Fundraiser Fills Leon Hall,” by Carolyn Hidy, Lake County Leader,
February 14, 2019

Tall Tales Told At The Mesquite Western Roundup,” by V. Robison, Catherine Ellerton, mvprogress.com, February 13, 2019

BC Cowboy Heritage Society Newsletter,” (Kamloops info)   February, 2019

Western faces,” by Josie Glassberg, doublescoop.art, February 12, 2019

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Ian Tyson Tribute (updated video) Western Folklife Center, February 14, 2019

These Honored Dead,” by Rod Miller, blog, February 14, 2019

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Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  tribute to S. Omar Barker with Georgia Snead and Waddie Mitchell, Cowboy Crossroads, February 12, 2019

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Cow Attack,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  February 13, 2019

‘Tinder for cows’ matches livestock in the mood for love,” by Matthew Stock, Reuters, February 13, 2019

High Lonesome: A Dispatch from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Michael Ursell, lithub.com, February 13, 2019

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Ramblin’ Jack – Beyond the Music” film trailer

Hirsch’s Meat Market,” by Jeff Campbell, Plano Magazine, February 11, 2019

Meet The Grammy-Nominated Singer Reclaiming Folk Music’s Black History,” by Ja’han Jones, huffingtonpost.com, February 10, 2019

4Eagle Ranch presents romance of Western music and cowboy poetry,” by Pam Boyd, vaildaily.com, February 9, 2019

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Bringing News Back from the Dead,” by Dave Skinner, flatheadbeacon.com, February 6, 2019

Lies They Tell Writers, Part 48: The only way to learn to write is to write,” by Rod Miller (blog), February 5, 2019

Friends honor Ian Tyson at cowboy poetry gathering,” by Toni R. Milano, Elko Daily, February 5, 2019

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Bentley, The Born Again Bull,” by Baxter Black (the latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  February 4, 2019

New Cowboy Poet Pays Homage To History,” by Holly Hutchings, kunr.org, February 3, 2019

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2019 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Ian Tyson Tribute (YouTube)

2019 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering YouTube Channel 

Winter Whimpers,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, January 29, 2019

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R.W. Hampton arrives in Elko for Ian Tyson show,” by Toni R. Milano, Elko Daily, February 1, 2019

Comic art comes to life at cowboy poetry gathering,” by Toni R. Milano, Elko Daily, February 1, 2019

Regional cowboy poetry gathering, Feb. 24,” Ekalaka Eagle, February 1, 2019

Poetry, peering into the mirror,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily, February 1, 2019

Keynote address personifies Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Suzanne Featherston,  Elko Daily, January 31, 2019

Cowboy Poetry Hits The Right Notes Once Again,” by Bob Fenske, nhtrib.com, January 31, 2019

A Gathering of Cowboy Poets,” by Bill Reynolds, Western Horseman, January 29, 2019

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Poems on the range: the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering wrangles writers from all over, including Canada,” by Vanessa Greco, CBC Radio, January 28, 2019

Film festival kicks off during Gathering,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily,  January 28, 2019

CPU Pioneer Heritage Award,” (Rod Miller), by Rod Miller (blog), January 27, 2019

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Cowboy Poet Honored” (Terry Nash), by Colette Bordelon, Western Slope Now, January 28, 2019

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Portraits of the Gathering  photography by Kevin Martin-Fuller and audio poems from the Western Folklife Center’s 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

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I Found Myself in Elko,” by John Dofflymyer, Dry Crik Journal (blog), January 28, 2019

Cowboy’s Grace,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  January 28, 2019

Gathering Magic: 35 Years of Cowboy Poetry,” by Suzanne Featherston, Elko Daily, January 25, 2019

Workshop gathers veterans to write, work through pasts,” by Toni R. Milano, Elko Daily,  January 25, 2019

Ranching families on Cheyenne River Reservation face a choice…” by Kenneth Dickerman, Emily Schiffer, Dawnee LeBeau and Sylvia Picotte, Washington Post, January 25, 2019

Arts commission wants to up fellowship odds for folk artists,” by Keith Ridler, Associated Press, January 25, 2019

Cowboy Poetry events at GBC,” Elko Daily Free Press, January 24, 2019

Riverdale poet will read his work on stage at National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada,” by Rich Brown, Hub, January 24, 2019

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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Thea Prieto, Poets & Writers, January/February 2019

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Ol’ Roanie,” by Baxter Black in the latest column, BaxterBlack.com,  January 22, 2019

A home, home on the range in Golden for Wild West artistry,” by Christina Steadman, Arvada Press, January 21, 2019

As Colorado urbanizes, rural ranch life celebrated at annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, January 21, 2019

The way my grandpa sees the world,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (blog), January 21, 2019

Video Exclusive: A Red Steagall Poem for Justin Boots,” by Kristin Brown, Cowboys & Indians, January, 2019

Made in the U.S.A.,” by Bill Reynolds, Western Horseman, January 2, 2019

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Prejudice,” by Baxter Black in the latest column, BaxterBlack.com,  January 15, 2019

Rodeo Alaska cow evades capture wandering Anchorage trails,” apnews, January 15,
2019

Song Writer’s Notebook with Andy Hedges (video), by Rik Palieri, January 13, 2019

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” The Hans India, January 13, 2019

Museums of Western Colorado brings history, science, adventure to its outings,” by Ann Wright, Grand Junction Sentinel, January 12, 2019

Windows into the past,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily Free Press, January 12, 2019

Female Ranchers Are Reclaiming the American West,” by Amy Chozick, New York Times, January 11, 2019

Bartley Ranch Regional Park kicks off 2019 music series,” mynews4.com, January 9, 2019

Cowboy Poetry to return to Mesquite in February,” by V. Robison, myprogress.com, January 9, 2019

Riding Sloppy,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, January 8, 2019

Walk Ride Rodeo,” by Dana Joseph, Cowboys & Indians, January 8, 2019

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Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Corb Lund, Cowboy Crossroads, January 8, 2019

The Make-Up Of Ice,” by Paul Zarzyski, blog, January 8, 2019

It takes a ranch…,”by Dawn Wink, Dewdrops blog, January 7, 2019

How to Make a Bucking Bull: Good Breeding and, Just Maybe, a Cow’s Love,” by James Gorman, New York Times, January 5, 2019

Things to do in Butte,” Montana Standard, January 4, 2019

Temple Grandin reveals her two greatest fears to Georgia 4-H members,” by Sadie
Lackey, onthefarmradio.com, January 4, 2019

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The Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Is Celebrating Its 30th Anniversary,” by Madeline Taub, 5280, January 2019

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That Time of Year,” by John Dofflemyer, Dry Crik  Journal blog, January 2, 2019

New Year’s resolutions for ranching families,” by Amanda Radke, Agweek, December 30, 2018

Norwegian farmers keep tabs on cattle with GPS,” Ingrid P. Nuse, ScienceNordic, December 28, 2018

Coordinated Effort: Using Legs & Hands to Gain Body Control in a Horse,” by Christine Hamilton, Western Horseman, December 18, 2018

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It’s Never Easy To…,” by Baxter Black in the latest column, BaxterBlack.com,  December 31, 2018

Back in the Saddle(bag),” by Rod Miller (blog), December 31, 2018

Ranch Artist Pens Christmas Book For Kids,” by Amanda Radke, tsln.com,
December 26, 2018

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About Bruce,” by Susan Matley, blog, December 28, 2018 (remembering Bruce Matley, “Nevada Slim,” 1948-2018)

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The Top 10 Christmas lessons learned,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, December 25, 2018

Fifty-six bred heifers missing from Aurora, Colo., ranch,” by Rachel Gabel, The Fence Post, December 19, 2018

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What’s Under That Tree?,” by Hannah Williams, hereford.org,  December 20, 2018

Colorado Has A New ‘Poet Lariat’ Who Can Wrangle Words As Well As Cattle,” by Nancy Lofholm, Colorado Public Radio, December 19, 2018

A song in my heart,” by Rod Miller, blog, December 19, 2018

Reindeer Flu,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  December 17, 2018

British Columbia Cowboy Heritage Society newsletter  December, 2018

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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Thea Prieto, Poets & Writers, December 12, 2018

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Tango Sed,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  December 11, 2018

‘World’s smallest cow’ stuns owners days after giant steer Knickers went viral,” Daily Mirror, December 10, 2018

If Santa Rode a Horse,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, December 7, 2018

A George Phippen Cowboy Christmas,” by Bill Reynolds, Western Horseman, December 3, 2018

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Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with John Dofflemyer, Cowboy Crossroads, December 5, 2018

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For his protest against rising tourism, Utah rancher lets his cows do the, uh, talking,” by Brian Maffly, Salt Lake Tribune, December 7, 2018

Dominant Bull Moose Shows Others Who’s Boss at Colorado Ranch,” yahoo.com, December 7, 2018

Overlooked No More: Charley Parkhurst, Gold Rush Legend With a Hidden Identity,” by Tim Arango, New York Times, December, 2018

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Goat Day,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  December 3, 2018

Lawler Lions To Take Over Cowboy Poetry,” by Bob Fenske, nhtrib.com, December 1, 2018

Cowboy Poetry at ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, part of Medora’s Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas!,  bowmanextra.com, November 30, 2018

‘Beyond the Next Ridge’ Tells True Cowboy Tales,” by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, November 28, 2018

Women of the West: Merilyn Sustacha,” by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, November 27, 2018

Elgin Student Wins Poetry Contest,” swoknews.com, November 26, 2018

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Cowboy Mentality,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  November 26, 2018

Lowman pens ‘And the Freight Trains Roll’,” by Linda Sailer, Dickinson Press, November 26, 2018

Hats for all seasons,” by Gwen Petersen, The Fence Post, November 23, 2018

Cowboy poetry gathering Dec. 7-8,” Wickenburg Sun, November 21, 2018

Michael Martin Murphey keeping history alive,” By Katie Chicklinski-Cahill, Durango Herald, November 21, 2018

Burned Out in 2017, A Rancher Confronts Wildfire—Again,” by Bryce Oates, Daily Yonder, November 20, 2018

A Cowboy Christmas Carol,” by Josh Winquist, castanet.net, November 19, 2018

Murphey headlining 2 nights of ‘Cowboy Christmas’ concerts at Lubbock’s Cactus,” by William Kerns, lubbockonline.com, November 18, 2018

Ranch Hand Breakfast feeds more people than ever before,” kiitv.com, November 17, 2018

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Grandpa Tommy Saved the World,”  the latest column by Baxter Black, baxterblack.com, November 13, 2018

Baxter Black’s new A Commotion of Rhyme book

Cowboy volunteers ride to the rescue of horses and other animals from fire area,” by Melody Gutierrez, sfchronicle.com, November 10, 2018

Tour Al Dunning’s Tack Room,” (video) Western Horseman, November 14, 2018

The Top 10 signs of oncoming winter around the farmhouse,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, November 13, 2018

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Saddle up on a weekend escape to a historic Arizona guest ranch (Ross Knox),” by Sharon Boorstin, Los Angeles Times, November 8, 2018

23rd Annual World Championship Ranch Rodeo,” by Karl Wehmhoener,   myhighplains.com, November 7, 2018

The Top 10 selling points for your old truck,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk,  November 6, 2018

Holiday on the Ranch (Kent Rollins),” by José R. Ralat, Cowboys & Indians, November 5, 2018

Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with “Too Slim” of Riders In The Sky, , Cowboy Crossroads, November 5, 2018

Peasants Hunting Pheasants,”  the latest column by Baxter Black, baxterblack.com, November 5, 2018

Simmer and Shake,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, November 3, 2018

Kentucky farmer has ingenious way to round up his cows,” MSN.com, November 1, 2018

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Ear Tag Identification,” the latest column by Baxter Black, baxterblack.com, October 29, 2018

Death of Ranch Hand Raises Important Legal Issues,” by Tiffany Dowell, agrilife.org, October 28, 2018

Comstock To Host 13th Annual Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering,” by Don Schauda, sandhillsexpress.com, October 24, 2018

25 Mysteries of the West,” by Jesse Hughey, Cowboys & Indians, October 5, 2018

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American Songster Radio with Dom Flemons: Black Cowboys season starts October 26, 2018

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Hollenbecks receive ranch family honor,” Savanna Simmons, Tri-State Livestock News, October 23, 2018

Deming Performing Arts Theater to host Mike Moutoux in concert on Saturday at Morgan Hall,” Deming Headlight, October 24, 2018

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The Half Polled Rooty Toot,” the latest column by Baxter Black, baxterblack.com, October 24, 2018

Women of the West: Shawna Mahon,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, October 24, 2018

The Top Ten warnings about trick-or-treating at some farm houses,” by Mark Parker, Farm Talk, October 24, 2018

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Cattle was important in early Florida,” by Susan Parker, staugustine.com, October 20, 2018

Heritage Festival offers visitors a glimpse of Iron County tradition,” by JJ DeForest, St. George Spectrum & Daily News, October 20, 2018

Cowboy artist’s exhibit celebrates movement, color and energy of the rodeo,”  by Pamela Knudson, Grand Forks Herald, October 19, 2018

Alzada show draws 125 despite weather,” ekalakaeagle.com, October 19, 2018

The Man from Saba: Tommy Lee Jones,” by Gary Vorhes in 1992, Western Horseman, October 19, 2018

The Making of a One-Piece Spur,” by Katie Frank, Western Horseman, October 17, 2018

The Inaugural Texas Hill Country Cowboy Gathering: Music & Poetry,” by Anna Hedges, texashillcountry.com, October 17, 2018

Apache Adams: Texas cowpuncher and storyteller,” (video) Western Horseman, October 19, 2018

Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Tom Russell, Cowboy Crossroads, October 16, 2018

Locals bring artists to town to capture the vibrance of the small agricultural community of Faulkton, S.D.,” by Amanda Radke, Tri-State Livestock News, October 17, 2018

Life of a rancher’s wife is not typical,” by Shanna Jordan, Bashaw Star, October 16, 2018

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Hung Up in the Fence,” a poem in the latest column by Baxter Black, baxterblack.com, October 15, 2018

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Cowboy Crock Pot,” Kent Rollins (video), Western Horseman, October 2018

Plenty of O-Pinin’ at 29th Annual Event,” The Sheet, October 13, 2018

“Boggsville Days,” by Bette McFarren, La Junta Tribune-Democrat, October 13, 2018

Classic Reads from the Bunkhouse Bookshelf, Part One,” by Bill Reynolds,  Western Horseman, September 26, 2018

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Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” Utah Stories, October 11, 2018

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Alternative Dining and New Age Spa,” a poem in the latest column by Baxter Black, baxterblack.com, October 10, 2018

The Top 10 topics for the monthly farm/ranch staff meeting,” by Mark Parker, Farm Talk, October 9, 2018

Yee-haw! Cowboys share poetry and prose at Western Slope Cowboy Gathering,”
by Cloie Sandlin, Beacon, October 7, 2018

7 reasons to visit the West this winter,” by Suzanne Van Atten, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 6, 2018

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Parade,” (photos), Durango Herald, October 6, 2018

Culture Days showcases depth of local culture in Stony Plain,” by Joshua Aldrich, Stony Plain Reporter, October 5, 2018

Hereford tour showcases adaptability of the cattle to different environmental conditions,” by Rachel Gabel, The Fence Post, October 5, 2018

Ohio man says rescued cow is a regular backseat passenger,” Associated Press, Yahoo, October 5, 2018

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In Our Thoughts: Dennis Gaines

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35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering- Tickets on Sale Now

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Cowboy Poets And Musicians Honour Western Tradition,” by Cory Gialleonardo, highriveronline.com, September 30, 2018

NCBA Contest Seeks Cowboy Poets,” southeastagnet.com, September 26, 2018

Legendary Sire Dual Pep Dies at 33,” by Kelsey Pecsek Hruska and Molly Montag, Quarter Horse News, September 26, 2018

Horses with Heritage,” by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, September 21, 2018

Anatomy Of Beef Cattle,” beef2live.com, September 19, 2018

Art Gallery: Charles Goodnight,” by Michele Powers Glaze, Cowboys & Indians, September 11, 2018

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At the Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Tall Tales, Resonant Rhymes,” by Chris Wohlwend, New York Times, September 26, 2018

I Should’a Brought a Raincoat,” the latest column by Baxter Black, baxterblack.com, September 25, 2018

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Kick-off to Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail, Plumas News, September 23, 2018

Home of rare cattle protected,” TimesUnion, September 22, 2018

‘Cowboy Bob’ Robert Dale Hagert,”  OurayNews, September 22, 2018

Stranded on I-94 with a load of cows,” by Katie Pinke,  Agweek, September 21, 2018

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Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  Part Two with Joel Nelson, Cowboy Crossroads, September 19, 2018 

Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art Show, Oct. 7,” Ekalaka Eagle, September 21, 2018

Russell, Ramblin’ Jack and a Night at the Opera,” by Chris Aaland, Durango Telegraph, September 20, 2018

The thinking behind ‘Ride for the brand’,” by Jennifer Dorsey, Jackson Hole News & Guide, September 19, 2018

Sask. author honoured for years of literary work,” by Jonathan Guignard, Global News, September 18, 2018

Tee Cross Branding Traditions,” by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, September 17, 2018

Real-World Solutions for Unwanted Horses,” by Christine Hamilton, Western Horseman, September 17, 2018

Women on the auction block,” by Rae Price, WLJ, September 14, 2018

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That Time Again,” the latest column by Baxter Black, baxterblack.com, September 17, 2018

Love and seasons,” by Jessie Veeder, Inforum, September 16, 2018

Cowboy poets headed to Sweet Home Oct. 6,” by Alex Paul Sep, democratherald.com, September 14, 2018
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For the love of the ranch,” by Jessica Claypole, Bolivar Herald-Free Press, September 12, 2018

14th Annual Not Just Cowboy Poetry and 6th Annual Apple Pie Throwdown,” Willits News, September 11, 2018

The Top 10 excuses heard by veterinarians,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, September 11, 2018

Florida Cattlemen Promoting Events,” Southeast AgNet Radio Network, September 11, 2018

Photographer Christy Burleson Shoots Pendleton Round-Up,” by Kristin Brown, Cowboys & Indians, September 7, 2018

BC Cowboy Heritage Society Newsletter September, 2018

Cowboys & Indians 2018 NFR SWEEPSTAKES deadline September 30, 2018

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Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Joel Nelson, Cowboy Crossroads, September 5, 2018 

Lawn Clippings,” the latest column by Baxter Black, baxterblack.com, September 10, 2018

Country music, cowboy poetry provide enjoyable evening for Craig arts patrons at Luttrell Barn,” by Andy Bockelman, Craig Press, September 8, 2018

You can’t put just one brand on Durango,” by Frank Lockwood, Durango Herald, September 8, 2018

$3M Marana cattle fraud shatters friendship, puts 2 families on financial brink,” by Curt Prendergast, Arizona Daily Star, September 7, 2018

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Western Wordsmiths,  the new site of the Western Wordsmiths chapter of the International Western Music Association

The Chestnut Conundrum,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, September
6, 2018

Student Cowboy Poetry Contest, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center (deadline November 1, 2018)

Cast Iron Care Tips by Kent Rollins, YouTube series

The Top 10 ways to spot an out-of-towner at the coffee shop,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk,  September 5, 2018

Cowboy and Drover Jubilee to celebrate Barkerville’s rich cowboy heritage,” by Lindsay Chung, Quesnel Observer, September 4, 2018

From rookie to rancher: Learning how to be a cowgirl,” by Carrie Veselka, Progressive Cattleman, August 23, 2018

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Labor Day on the Farm,” in the latest column by Baxter Black, baxterblack.com, September 4, 2018

Horses Handle Cattle Best,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, August 16, 2018

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Eye on the West: Photography and the Contemporary West September 1-December 16, 2018 at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Cowboy Symposium celebrating 30th anniversary ,” by Ray Westbrook, A-J Media, August 31, 2018

Annual Alzada Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art Show, ” Ekalaka Eagle, August 31, 2018

Cowboy Music And Poetry Gathering Announced At Lincoln Theater,” by BWW News Desk, August 29, 2018

Lincoln Theater celebrates cowboy culture,” Napa Valley Register, August 29, 2018

Finding Meaning,” by Skip Hellewell, lagunabeachindy.com, August 20, 2018

Ranching and rodeo with the Wrights,” by Rod Miller, blog, August 20, 2018

The Top 10 comments overheard on a cattlemen’s tour,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, August 28, 2018

Museum Minute: Theodore Roosevelts’s Special Saddle,” by Kamila Kudelska, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, August 23, 2018

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How Poetry Helped Sustain John McCain During His Years as a Prisoner of War,” by Olivia B. Waxman, Time, from April, 2018

From the Horseman’s Mouth,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, August 24, 2018

Centennial Celebration of the First Henry Stampede and Stockman’s Reunion,” by Ellen Carney, The Preston Citizen, August 24, 2018

WILLA Award Winners & Finalists to be celebrated at this year’s conference,”  Women Writing the West, August 22, 2018

Ranch Horse News,” Western Horseman, Fall 2018

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She Does the Books,” a poem, in the latest column by Baxter Black, baxterblack.com, August 20, 2018

Cowboy troubadour,” by Ollie Reed Jr., ABQJournal, August 19th, 2018

Wild Horses, Wild Life In San Juan; Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo,” by Ashley Ludwig, patch.com, August 17, 2018

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Central Coast musician shares California’s unsung country music legacy,” by Tom Wilmer, kcbx.org, August 16, 2018

One Grand Celebration begins today,” heraldextra.com, August 16, 2018

Naomi Katherine Camden,” Lewiston Tribune, August 15,2018

Where’s the beef? How Coloradans are getting hooked on local meat,” by Haley Witt, gazette.com, August 15, 2018

Calving Season: Coming of Age on a Montana Cattle Ranch,” by Nathan Reich, New York Times, August 14, 2018

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Hoofbeats and paw prints and measuring time,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (blog), August 13, 2018

The Canine Crew,” by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, (undated) posted August 13, 2018

Historian and cowboy poet recounts good ol’ days of cattle drives on B.C. trail,” CBC  News, August 11, 2018

Fiddles and vittles; Cowboy gathering a peek back into the Old West,” by Tracy Harmon, Pueblo Chieftan, August 11, 2018

Hay shortage leaves Texas ranchers scrambling for cattle feed,” by Bob Sechler,
American-Statesman, August 10, 2018

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35th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering featured poets and musicians

Paisley’s Cowboy Poetry a huge hit,” by S. Garrett Shaw, Lake County Examiner,
August 8, 2018

Herd of cows help Florida police corner a fleeing suspect,” (video), The Guardian, August 8, 2018

Beatties reopening Kay El Bar to guests,” by Kevin Cloe, Wickenburg Sun, August 8, 2018

Federal agency studies unauthorized bridge in North Dakota,” The Associated Press, August 07, 2018

Cowboy poets gather Aug. 9-11,” Daily Courier, August 2, 2018

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Four Sixes cowboy Boots O’Neal to receive first-ever RHA Working Cowboy Award,” everythinglubbock.com, August 4, 2018

An authentic way,” by Gwen Petersen, The Fence Post, August 3, 2018

Rollin’ out good grub in Pinedale,” by Darius Larson, The Independent, August 3, 2018

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Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Amy Hale Auker, Cowboy Crossroads, August 1, 2018

Crowds ‘buzz’ into annual Paisley Mosquito Festival,” by Michael Acosta, Lake County Examiner, August 1, 2018

Best Fried Hush Puppies,” (a don’t-miss video; see the last few minutes), by Kent Rollins, YouTube, July 31, 2018

National Day of the Cowboy makes first ride,” by Angel Carpenter, Blue Mountain Eagle, July 31, 2018

Millard County Fair Aug. 8-11,” Millard County Chronicle Progress, July 31, 2018

Outback,” the latest column by Baxter Black, baxterblack.com, July 30, 2018

Idaho Wildfire Burns 100,000 Acres, Displaces Thousands of Cattle,” by Wyatt Bechtel, Drovers, July 30, 2018

In the Bunkhouse with Red Steagall,” by Kristin Brown, Cowboys & Indians, July 20, 2018

It’s a dangerous business,” by Tayler Teichert, Progressive Cattleman, July 12, 2018

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Plano Musician Braeden Paul,” by Jeff Campbell, Plano Magazine, July 17, 2018

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Rancher, farmer, cowboy poet: meet the Salem man driving the mule team at the parade,” Ashley Stilson, Daily Herald, July 24, 2018

The Top 10 trophies they ought to hand out at the county fair,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, July 24, 2018

The Roper’s Rule,” a poem, in the latest column by Baxter Black, baxterblack.com, July 23, 2018

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Andy Hedges: Cowboy Songster & Poet Extolling the Virtues of the American West,” by Spring Sault, texashillcountry.com,  July 20, 2018

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Wink Ranch, May 2018,” by Dawn Wink, Dewdrops (blog), July 23, 2018

Troubadours sing about America West at Luna Rossa Winery,” Deming Headlight, July 20, 2019

The King Ranch,” (video) Western Horseman (at Facebook), July 20, 2018

Treasures within Treasures — William Clark Letter,” by Nancy McClure, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, July 20, 2018

Riverbend Live! brings two country acts to Winston,” by Erica Welch, The News-Review, July 20, 2018

Kansas farmers react to ‘cow cuddling’ trend: ‘Holy cow’,” by Emily Younger, nrtoday.com, July 18, 2018

Paisley Cowboy Poetry fundraiser kicks off Mosquito Festival,” by Kurt Liedtke, heraldandnews.com, July 19, 2018

Fake News: ‘Cattle Crusher’ Post Goes Viral on Facebook,” by Wyatt Bechtel, Drovers,
July 18, 2018

New Prairie City celebration honors Western lifestyle” by Angel Carpenter, Blue Mountain Eagle, July 17, 2018

Civilized,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  July 16, 2018

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Inside the Story: 14-year-old cowboy poet bringing back the Old West,” by Dan
Rascon, kutv.com, July 11, 2018

Kelly Inducted into Utah Cowboy Hall of Fame,” wasatchwave.com, July 11, 2018

A Flagship’s Proposed Slogan — ‘The World Needs More Cowboys’ — Draws Fire Out
West,” by Claire Hansen, The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2018

Wanted: The Perfect Horse,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, July 6, 2018

2018 Western Horseman Youth Art Contest Winners,” by Katie Frank, Western
Horseman, July 6, 2018

Taking Note: Poetry Reading Is Up—Federal Survey Results,” by Sunil Iyengar,
NEA, June 7, 2018

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A Close Call,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  July 9, 2018

The Jackie Robinson of Rodeo,” by Christian Wallace, Texas Monthly, July, 2018

A Hidden History of Black Cowboys, As Told By Dom Flemons…,” by Craig Havighurst, wmot.org, July 6, 2018

Fiddling, harmonizing Quebe Sisters at Strand,” Village Soup, July 6, 2018

Horses Had Dentists 3,000 Years Ago,” by Megan Gannon, National Geographic, July 2, 2018

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The Last Cowboys: A Cattle-Ranching Family Fights to Survive,”  by Simon Worrall, National Geographic, June 29, 2018

Tornado damages ranches in Harding County, South Dakota,” tsln.com, June 29, 2018

Cowboy Poetry is alive and kicking,” Flint Hills Media Project,  June 2018

Picture This!,” Elko Daily Free Press, June 29, 2018

Poetry in (rodeo) motion,” Rodeo News, June, 2018

31st Annual Gathering of Cowboy Poets Set for mid-August,” signalsaz.com, June 28, 2018

Cowboy poetry at Westgate library,” by Brian Roche, wtvy.com, June 28, 2018

Where’s the beef? Texas man accused of being all hat, no cattle,” by Patrick Johnston, Wichita Falls Times Record News, June 28, 2018

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Value on tradition,” by Hunter Marrow,  Hunter Marrow, The Argus Observer, June 22, 2018

Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Michael Martin Murphey, Cowboy Crossroads, June 19, 2018

Saddle up! The Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive rides into town…,” DailyMail.com, June 17, 2018

Manhattanites keep Cowboy Poetry alive,” by Ann Olamiju, wibw.com, June 15, 2018

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Cattle Couplets and Equine Quatrains,” by Rod Miller, Saddlebag Dispatches, Summer 2018.

Bar D Chuckwagon celebrates 50th summer season,” by Katie Chicklinski-Cahill, Durango Herald, June 21, 2018

Singing cowboy Ron Ball still wears the white hat,” by Claire Woodcock, Trail-Gazette, June 21, 2018

Riverbend Live Just Over Two Weeks Away,” by Kyle Bailey, KQEN, June 21, 2018

Stavely hosts 18th annual Willow Creek Cowboy Gathering,” by Ian Gustafson, nantonnews.com,  June 20, 2018

2018 Legends and Legacies draws full crowd,”  by Roger Cline, Big Spring Herald, June 20, 2018

A Day to Remember,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  June 19, 2018

Dryden performs original cowboy poetry at Arizona Heritage Center,” eacourier.com, June 19, 2018

Working Ranch Cowboys Association: For the Greater Good,” by Savanna Simmons, tsln.com, June 18, 2018

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Lies They Tell Writers, Part 44: Editors Love Enthusiasm.,” by Rod Miller (blog), June 18, 2018

How ranchers in the West survive on their winnings from rodeo riding,” by Carson
Vaughan, Washington Post, June 15, 2018

In Yellowstone, Heavy Lies the Stetson (on Kevin Costner’s Head),” by Carson
Vaughan, In These Times, June 14, 2018

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The Role Of The Rodeo In A Changing West,” 1a.org, June 14, 2018

Cowboying Up,” Durango Telegraph, June 14, 2018

Cowboy Poetry [is] Earlier this year,” by Michael Acosta, Lake County Examiner, June 13, 2018

Festival celebrates arts, culture,” Independent Enterprise, June 13, 2018

Big Book of Buzzwords,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  June 12, 2018

Louis L’Amour’s Legacy,” by Jesse Hughey, Cowboys & Indians, June 7, 2018

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It isn’t always money that makes us rich,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (blog), June 11, 2018

You Can’t Stop This Two-legged Ranch Dog From Working the Herd,” by Sara Brown, Drovers, June 7, 2018

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Rick Huff’s Best of the West Reviews, Summer 2018

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Saddling up for Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest,” WIBW, June 8, 2018

Chopper Cowboys,” by Katie Frank and Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, June 7,
2018

End of May is payday for cattle ranchers,” by Gilroy Dispatch, June 6, 2018

On D-Day anniversary, Nampa ceremony honors those ‘too young to shave,’KTVB,
June 6, 2018

Horsemen gather in Barriere from all over B.C. to enjoy Rendezvous 2018,” by Jill Hayward, Barriere Star Journal, June 5, 2018

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Rim Country’s hidden gem – Dee Strickland Johnson, AKA ‘Buckshot Dot‘,” by Robin D. Bowen, Payson Roundup, June 5, 2018

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Flynt and Frank,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  June 4, 2018

Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering video

Gardening season means secret manure stashes, friendly father-daughter rivalry,” by Jessie Veeder, Inforum, June 3, 2018

Witness Footage of Cows Flying Through a Wyoming Tornado,” rock97online.com, May 29, 2018

‘The Last Cowboys’ Review: Giving Good Rein,” by Andrew Graybill, Wall Street Journal,
May 25, 2018

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Museum curator on archiving Will James’ art and writing: His ‘work should not be forgotten’,” by Anna Paige, Billings Gazette, June 1, 2018

A Cowboy’s Crown,” by Katie Frank, Western Horseman, June 1, 2018 (from a 2016 article)

Wylee Mitchell: Poetry in motion at rodeos,” by Anthony Mori, Elko Daily Free Press, May 31, 2018

Medora, ND and Mt. Rushmore,” by Vic Anderson, eptrail.com, May 31, 2018

Nevada authorities ask for help after 200+ cows missing,” Ag Daily,  May 21, 2018

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Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Wallace McRae, Cowboy Crossroads, May 30, 2018

Feedlot Cowboy,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  May 30, 2018

The Top 10 hay-making challenges,” by Mark Parker, farmtalknewspaper.com, May 30, 2018

Rare quadruplet calves born on central Minnesota farm,”  by Robin Huebner, agweek.com, May 30, 2018

Rancher Explores Cowboy Culture In Kazakhstan,” by Jerome McDonnell, wbez.org,
May 8, 2018

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2018 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo and Chisholm Trail Western Music Show August 2-4, 2018, Abilene, Kansas

Coyotes Conquered North America. Now They’re Heading South,” by JoAnna Klein, New York Times, May 24, 2018

Tending the fields like a pioneer…,” by Murray Crawford, reddeeradvocate.com, May 23, 2018

“Open Air Art Day in New Raymer June 2,” South Platte Sentinel, May 22, 2018

A tradition: Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” thedickinsonpress.com, May 21, 2018

Marion C. Manwill 1930-2018,” heraldextra.com, May 20, 2018

Coffee table book displays artists’ renderings of horses,”  by Glenn Dromgoole, theeagle.com, May 20, 2018

‘Black Cowboys’ and ‘The Best Country Blues You’ve Never Heard’ Chart New Trails
through Old-Time Music,” by Mark Reynolds, popmatters.com, May 18, 2018

Riverbend Live Announces 2018 Season,” by Kyle Bailey, kqennewsradio.com,  May 17, 2018

Town: National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo” (video with Geff Dawson),  eaglecomtv.net, May 14, 2018

Celebrating the Colt,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, May 10, 2018

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Livestock auction finds community helping youths,” Calaveras Enterprise, May 6, 2018

Higher Education,” by Rod Miller, blog, May 5, 2018

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Iconic Cap-K Ranch still going strong after 131 years as cattle operation,” by Scott Condon, Aspen Times, May 6, 2018

Celebrate western heritage and the Air Force this week in Abilene,” by Nathaniel Ellsworth, Abilene Reporter-News, May 6, 2018

Mom Leads Sons to Cattle Farming,” by Linda Williams, Lancaster Farming, May 4, 2018

Exploring the impacts of a world without food animals,” farmanddairy.com, May 4, 2018

Calving conundrums,” by Peggy Sanders, The Fence Post, May 4, 2018

How the West was one at Abilene’s Western Heritage Classic,” by Greg Jaklewicz, Abilene Reporter-News, May 3, 2018

Black Cowboys Are Real,” by Rory Doyle, Bitter Southerner, May 1, 2018

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Never felt more like singing the blues: Gibson guitar firm files for bankruptcy,” by Edward Helmore, The Guardian, May 1, 2018

25th Anniversary Cowboy Festival Gala” (video), sctv.com, May 1, 2018

Our Amazing Grasslands~Schell Ranch” (video), USDA NRCS South Dakota,
April 30, 2018

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Classified Ads (Interpreted),” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  April 30, 2018

Mesquite Days returns to bring festivities to the Virgin Valley,” by Terell Wilkins, The Spectrum, April 30, 2018

Stagecoach 2018: The 10 things we’ll remember about the festival,” by Vanessa Franko and Kelli Skye Fadroski,  The Press-Enterprise,  April 30, 2018

Oklahoma wildfire causes significant cattle fatalities,” by Ashley Williams, globalmeatnews.com, April 28, 2018

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Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with John Erickson of “Hank the Cowdog” (audio), Cowboy Crossroads, April 26, 2018

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My Baby, The Bull” By Darrell Arnold, Western Horseman, as written in December 1985, posted April 27, 2018

Eight members of rodeo’s first family will compete in Clovis. A new book tells their story,” by Marek Warszawski, Fresno Bee, April 26, 2018

Montana Playwrights Network Writer’s Challenge,” Helena Independent Record, April 25, 2018

Western writers’ cookbook brings Old West and contemporary, home-style cooking together,” by Kristen Inbody, Great Falls Tribune, April 24, 2018

Cowboy poet visits Whitecourt,” by Taryn Brandell, Whitecourt Star, April 23, 2018

‘Black Cowboys’ Sheds Light On Overlooked Music Of African-Americans Who Went
West,” by Eric Westervelt, Here and Now, April 23, 2018

Whitewood students learn about local Cowboy Poet,” (video) KEVN, April 18, 2018

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Calving season and small triumphs,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the
Ranch (blog), April 23, 2018

Stars Share Spotlight as Cowboy Festival Turns 25,” scvnews.com, April 22, 2018

“‘The Rider,’ starring a real rodeo horseman, is a breath of fresh prairie air for westerns,” by Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, April 18, 2018

Suspect charged, arrested in million dollar cattle embezzlement case,” High Plains / Midwest Ag Journal, April 16, 2018

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Just 14-years-old, this cowboy poet holds his own on the national stage,” by JaNae Francis, Standard-Examiner, April 21, 2018

Winter Blues,” by Frank Gleeson (poem), Williams Lake Tribune, April 20, 2018

A sign of the future in Morris: Cows + solar panels + fast electric car charger,” by Elizabeth Dunbar, mprnews.org,  April 20, 2018

A Cowboy’s Artist,” (on Bill Owen),  Western Horseman, archived article posted April 20, 2018

Flashback: Will Rogers’ Short Maguey,” by Dick Spencer III, Western Horseman, as written in April 1975, posted April 20, 2018

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The Dude Wrangler,” by Dave Stamey, Facebook, April 19, 2018

Dom Flemons Is Rewriting the American Songbook,” by Sriram Gopal, Washington City Paper, April 19, 2018

Western Folklife Center presents Texas songster Andy Hedges,” Elko Daily Free Press, April 18, 2018

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Ashley: Cowboy poet with Hill Country roots,” by Lindy Segall, Fredericksburg Standard, April 18, 2018

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Q&A: Dom Flemons” (with video), by Kristin Brown, Cowboys & Indians, April 16, 2018

For Nebraska cowboy poet R.P. Smith, the spirit of the West lives on in rhyme,” by Blake Ursch, Omaha World-Herald, April 16, 2018

I Was Only Trying to Help,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  April 16, 2018

“Lies They Tell Writers, Part 44: Anyone can learn to write,” by Rod Miller, blog, April 16, 2018

Al Jackson, a living legend,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily Free Press, April 14, 2018

Bovines online: Farmers are using AI to help monitor cows,” by Ryan Nakashima, Yahoo! News, April 13, 2018

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Dom Flemons,” (audio) by Ann Powers, World Cafe, April 12, 2018

A Devastating Fall Couldn’t Keep This Rodeo ‘Rider’ Off Wild Horses,” by Terry
Gross, Fresh Air, April 10, 2018

The New Head Catch,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  April 10, 2018

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Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Jerry Brooks (audio), Cowboy Crossroads, April 10, 2018

Husband-and-Wife Work Crew,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, April 9, 2018

The Last Cowboys  (forthcoming book)

The Ranch at the End of the West,” by Mike Coppock, Cowboys & Indians, March 27,
2018

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Neighbor Kelly,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile…Back at the Ranch (blog), April 9,
2018

Cowboy poet masters skill of storytelling,” by Ryan Soderlin, KMTV, April 9, 2018

Quiet Pride” (about Shawn Cameron), by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, undated

A Nevada Legacy,” (video) by John Wright, J.M. Capriola, undated

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Western Folklife Center seeks Programs Manager April 6, 2018

Alaskan cowboys bring local beef to the table,” by Jennifer Tarnacki, Homer News, April 5, 2018

Remembering the Queen of Cowboy Poetry,” by Chynna Lockett, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, April 5, 2018

Drovers of the Chisholm Trail,” (video), Western Horseman, April 5, 2018

A Love Story,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  April 4, 2018

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April Events at the Dayton Library,” Waitsburg Times, April 5, 2018

Poetry reading at Kingman library,” by Vanessa Espinoza, Daily Miner, April
5, 2018

Cowboy poet releases new album,” by Tammy Rollie, Western Wheel, April 4, 2018

On New Album, D.C. Musician Dom Flemons Shares the Lesser-Known History of
African American Cowboys,” by Stephanie Williams, dcmusicdownload.com, April 4,
2018

Genoa celebrates Western Heritage April 27-29,” Record-Courier, April 3, 2018

Herd of wild horses blocks Arizona road,” by Ben Hooper, upi.com, April 3, 2018

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Hail and Farewell: Elizabeth Ebert, ‘Grand Dame of Cowboy Poetry,’ 1925-2018,”
by Simon Reichley, Melville House, April 4, 2018

The Days When Cattle Were King and Barns Were Round,” by Jessica Hedges,
Branded in Ink, April 3, 2018

For Cowboy Poets, One Topic is Taboo,” by Carson Vaughan, In These Times,
April 3, 2018

Misty Morning Gathers,” Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, April 3, 2018

GPS finds home on the range,” by Tyler Harris, Nebraska Farmer, March 29, 2018

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Elizabeth Ebert, ‘Grand Dame of Cowboy Poetry,’ Dies at 93,” by Carson Vaughan, New York Times, April 1, 2018

William S. Hart Park 2018 Events, ” by Johnathan Sanchez, The Signal, March 31, 2018

Dude ranches of the Wild West,” by Jim Winnerman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 31, 2018

For the Compton Cowboys, Horseback Riding Is a Legacy, and Protection,” by  Walter
Thompson-Hernández, New York Times, March 31, 2018

In the Battle for the American West, the Cowboys Are Losing,” by Jim Carlton, Wall Street Journal, March 30, 2018

6 artists added to the official Kansas Touring Roster,”  The Emporia Gazette, March 30, 2018

Glen Hollenbeck: Still riding for the G2 brand,” by Hannah Johlman, Tri-State Livestock News, March 29, 2018

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Celebrating Our Western Past,” The Magazine of Santa Clarita, March 29, 2018

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Smooth to the Chute,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, March 28, 2018

“A Celebration Among the Saguaros,” by Rod Miller, blog, March 28, 2018

Cowboy Poetry Named Advocate of the Arts 2018,” Wasatch Wave, March 28, 2018

Ranchers Get More Grazing Flexibility With New Program,” by Amanda Peacher, Wyoming Public Media, March 27, 2018

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To live in these moments,” by Jessie Veeder, Back at the Ranch blog, March
26, 2018

Flashback: An Old Ranch Custom,” by Luis B. Ortega, written February 1951,
Western Horseman, March 25, 2018

…National Cowboy Museum showcases rarely seen oddities and outliers with
exhibit ‘Unlocking the Vault’,” by Brandy McDonnell, NewsOK, March 25, 2018

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2018 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering photos by Jessica Lifland, posted March
22, 2018

“My Favorite Book, Part 13,” by Rod Miller, blog, March 22, 2018

The Top 10 indications spring is officially here,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk,
March 20, 2018

Experience Old Florida Folk Fest at Summer Crush Gary Roberts,” TCPalm, March
19, 2018

Ranch Life: Dirty Boots and Hands,” by Wyatt Bechtel, drovers.com, March 17, 2018

Western Oklahoma drought intensifying,” by Derrell S. Peel, Progressive Cattleman, March 14, 2018

Writers present scholarship,” Payson Roundup, March 16, 2018

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Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Riders in the Sky (audio), Cowboy Crossroads, March 20, 2018

A Pox on this Column,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  March 20, 2018

Top Two Houston Steers Sell for $776,000; Reserve Sets World Record,” by Greg Henderson, agweb.com, March 19, 2018

Paul Zarzyski.com and “Butte”

Academy of Western Artists’ awards  March 18, 2018

Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest

Ranching on the Rocks,” Western Horseman (from 2012), March 19, 2018

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Gads, gut hooks, and grapplin’ irons,” by Rod Miller, blog, March 13, 2018

The Top 10 items you probably won’t find in town folks’ homes,” by Mark Parker, Farm Talk, March 13, 2018

Lorraine,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  March 12, 2018

A Time To Stay, A Time To Go” (video), by Baxter Black, drovers.com, March 12, 2018

The Tragedy of Cattle Kate,” by Eliza McGraw, Smithsonian, March 12, 2018

Spirit of the West Radio with Hugh McLennan

Western Writers of America, Spur Award winners and finalists

Crews continue work to contain wildfires that have burned more than 1.4
million acres across four states,” by Josh Wallace, newsok.com,  March 10, 2017

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Western Writers of America Announces 2018 Spur Award Winnersprnewswire, March 9, 2018

Elko, Nevada, Cowboy Poetry Festival brings out the best in all of us,” by Nadine Bailey, redding.com, March 9, 2018

Cowboy Festival returning to the River City,” by Sean Brady, kamloopsthisweek.com,  March 8, 2018 0

The Faces of the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,  Western Foklife Center

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Cowculations,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, March 7, 2018

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Moapa Valley Days Events Planned For This Weekend,” by Maggie McMurray, Moapa Valley Progress, March 7, 2018

Jekyll & Hide Cattle Company,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  March 6, 2018

The Top 10 farm and ranch rarities,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalknewspaper.com,
March 6, 2018

A year later, ranchers are healing after Kansas’ largest wildfire,” by Amy Bickel, hpj.com, March 5, 2018

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Cowboys sold out the show,” by Teri Nehrenz, Mesquite Local News, March 2,
2018

As Washington state looks for cleaner power, a Montana coal town faces an
uncertain future,” by Hal Bernton, Seattle Times, March 1, 2018

Cowboy Poetry Festival a hit with families,” by David Nystrom, Prescott Valley
Tribune, February 28, 2018

Eureka County 4-H Youth Share Journey Through Cowboy Poetry,” by Joelle Mackay, Eureka Sentinel, February 28, 2018|

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Fractious Freight,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, February 28, 2018

Advice Column,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  February 27, 2018

Wisdom from Down Under,” by Rod Miller (blog), February 26, 2018

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EquiFest draws thousands of horse lovers to Kansas Expocentre,” by By Katie Moore, cjonline.com, February 25, 2018

Ancient DNA rules out archeologists’ best bet for horse domestication,” by Cathleen O’Grady, arstechnica, February 25, 2018

Watch what you pray for,” by Yvonne Hollenbeck, Tri-State Livestock News,
February 23, 2018

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Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival,” The Glendale Star, February 22, 2018

Pitching a wearable to make cattle farming more sustainable…,” by Jonathan Shiever, Yahoo! Finance, February 22, 2018

Elko Basques teach us a lesson,” by Monika Madinabeitia, Elko Daily, February 22, 2018

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Land lover,” by Josie Glassberg, Reno News, February 22, 2018

Tunes on the Trail,” by Gene Fowler, TexasCoopPower.com, March 2018

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Heifer’s Hood Ornament,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  February 20, 2018

Rifters return to Society Hall,” Alamosa News, February 20, 2018

Humor, Western zeal part of Spirit of the West,” by Daisy Perez, citizentribune.com, February 19, 2018

At 21, FisherPoets comes of age,” Daily Astorian, February 19, 2018

Teddy Roosevelt’s Saddle,” by Dick Spencer III, written January 1958, Western Horseman, February, 2018

Lies They Tell Writers, Part 43: Read Aloud What You’ve Written,” by Rod Miller
(blog), February 17, 2018

How a coalition of caretakers is keeping Wyoming’s ghost towns alive,” by Elise Schmelzer and Christine Peterson, Star-Tribune, February 17, 2018

BC Cowboy Heritage Society Newsletter February, 2018

Everyone seemed to have enjoyed it,” by Brendan Kyle, 100milefreepress.net, February 16, 2018

What Do Gender Relations Look Like in Rural America?,” by Kyle Young, thisisreno.com, February 16, 2018

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Quick Q and A with Dom Flemons,” by Kathy Sands-Boehmer, Everything Sundry (blog), February 15, 2018

Cowboy spirit to come alive in Ellensburg this weekend,” by Daisy Perez, Daily Record, February 15, 2018

Western Fest,” Tacoma Weekly, February 15, 2018

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Save American Poetry, Read a Cowboy,” by Max Ufberg, Pacific Standard, February 14, 2018

Dom Flemons announces a double release,” by Pamm Tucker, Bluegrasstoday.com, February 14, 2018

Enjoy an evening of cowboy poetry, music,” pvtrib.com, February 14, 2018

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Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Andy Wilkinson (audio), Cowboy Crossroads, February 13, 2018

The Mountain,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  February 13, 2018

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Gathering Hangover- Cochise Cowboy Poetry Gathering 2018,” by Jessica Hedges, Branded in Ink (blog), February 7, 2018

Kentrollins.com,  blog, recipies, and more

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Guy William Logsdon
, tulsaworld.com, February 8, 2018

Cowboy Poetry with Pickles,” by Rod Miller, blog, February 8, 2018

Pig Tales,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  February 6, 2018

Woody Guthrie Expert, Educator Guy Logsdon Dies,” newson6.com, February 6, 2018

One More Time,” by TJ Casey & Jim Reader;  in honor of late Bill Stearns, Wyoming cowboy and Senior World Champion Bronc Rider, YouTube, February 4, 2018

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering YouTube channel.

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Trail gone cold: Dusty Richards, Rod Miller (blog),  January 23, 2018

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Cowby Arts and Gear Museum

Moving the Remuda,” by Ross Hecox (photo blog), Western Horseman, January 22, 2018

Country Artist and Cowboy Poet Receives National Golden Spur Award,” by Mary Beth Holm, Daily Toreador, January 22, 2018

New brochure will highlight Elko art,” by Adella Harding, Elko Daily, January 22, 2018

Time machine: Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum restores G.S. Garcia’s shop,” by Toni R. Milano, Elko Daily,  January 20, 2018

Cowboy poetry set to come to Payson with symposium, program,” by Shelby Slade, Daily Herald, January 19, 2018

34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Dennis Cassinelli, Mesquite Local News,

Quirky places to eat on your next trip…,” by Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Time, January 19, 2018

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Writing in My Sleep,”  by Rod Miller, blog,  January 17, 2018

Braymer Bait,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  January 16, 2018

Corb Lund and Ian Tyson: The Last cowboys,” by Mike Ross, gigcity.ca, January 14, 2018

Red Steagall chosen for National Golden Spur Award,” by Ray Westbroom, lubbockonline.com, January 13, 2018

Small Towns, Cowboy Charm,” Western Horseman, undated

Trailing Cattle in the Snow,” Western Horseman, January 2018

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Ranching by the signs,” by Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, tsln.com, January 11, 2018

Women Writing About the Wild: 25 Essential Authors,” Kathryn Aalto, outsideonline.com, January 9, 2018

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Singer Ian Tyson on his early folk days and being inspired by Bob Dylan,” by Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail, January 8, 2018

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Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Gary McMahan (audio), Cowboy Crossroads, January 9, 2018

Things You Can Count On,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  January 8, 2018

The Birth of the American Cowboy,” Christopher Knowlton excerpt, Delanceyplace.com,
January 8, 2018

My Favorite Book, Part 12,” by Rod Miller, blog,  January 8, 2018

Cowboy Poets Ramble Back To Golden,” by Jean Lotus, patch.com, January 8, 2018

Man arrested after allegedly stealing more than $8 million in cattle,” cbs7.com, January
8, 2018

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NCBA Cowboy Poetry Contest Finalists’ videos, vote through January 15, 2018

Visiting Kansas’ Iconic ‘Home On The Range,’” by C.J. Janovy, Here and Now, January 3,
2018

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21st Century Working Horses,” by William Reynolds, Western Horseman, January 2, 2018

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2017 – A Year to Forget,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  January 1, 2018

Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 19-21, 2018

THE CONVERSATION, by Ken Cook

kendanacookphoto by Dana Cook

THE CONVERSATION
by Ken Cook

What has not changed ol’ cowboy friend
Since you was young and men were men?

When horse not broke till nearly five?
Cow’s horns intact kept calf alive!

What has not changed in all your days,
Is nothin’ left of cowboy ways?

The wagon was your only home
And blackest eve Nighthawk did roam,

To hold ’em quiet with lullaby
And ride the ridge where coyotes cry.

What has not changed in all your days,
Is nothin’ left of cowboy ways?

When fences held a garden tight
And grass for miles a wondrous sight,

With horse and rope to branding fire
You burned the hide with one desire,

To live a life on Sandhills grass.
Tell me cowboy, has all that passed?

I’ll tell you boy what still remains
Of cowboy ways here on the plains.

By God you ride the same as me
And cows are cows near’s I can see.

I’ll tell you son what still survives
Of cowboy ways shines in your eyes.

Few teams are left and fence appeared
So Nighthawk sleeps but over years,

By God you rope and do it grand
‘Cause it’s your life, you’ve made your stand,

Which has not changed in all the days
You’ve kept alive a cowboy’s ways.

You fight back change to keep old ways
That every year make ranching pay,

So generations yet to come
Might live this life that we’ve begun.

They’ll saddle horse to work a cow
Here on this ranch like we do now.

© 2007, Ken Cook, used with permission
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Ken Cook comes from a long line of respected South Dakota cowboys and has perpetuated that line with his offspring.

He tells that an interviewer’s question prompted the poem, “I spent nearly the entire interview talking about my Grandpa Frank Buckles and my kids and the changes in the cattle industry that have occurred over three generations…[the interviewer] asked the question, ‘Ken, what has not changed?’ I thought for a moment then replied, ‘Cows.’ The one thing that has not changed is the fact that cows are still…just cows.

“As I left the interview I pulled my pad and pen out of my pocket and wrote down the line ‘cows are cows.’ And those three words prompted the creation of the dialogue between a grandpa and his grandson …For me, the poem has become ageless, with the passing of my Grandpa, my kids growing up, and now grandchildren of my own. This thing we call ‘life on the ranch’ has a way changing with the seasons.”

“The Conversation” is on The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Ten, a best-of double CD compilation.

Find more about the poem and about Ken Cook at cowboypoetry.com, where there is also a feature about his grandfather Frank E. Buckles, 1909-2007.

This photo of Ken Cook is by Dana Cook from a 2015 branding.

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OUTRIDERS AT THE END OF THE TRAIL, by Wallace McRae

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OUTRIDERS AT THE END OF THE TRAIL
by Wallace McRae

They contemplate their town-boot toes
As they stand around and mill.
They check the south horizon,
‘Cross the tracks above the hill.

Their suitcoats hint of mothballs,
Their Levis are clean and creased.
They speak of grass or cattle
But never the deceased.

Some have shook the Gov’ner’s hand,
And one’s been in the pen.
Crooked legs define the bronc hands,
Cropped-off thumbs the dally men.

Their spring-toothed necks are throttled up
In silky black wild rags.
Their faces scored like flower-stamps
On well-worn saddle bags.

They’ve come early to the funeral home,
Yet don’t want to go inside.
There’s no comfort in a breathless room
Or words of “eventide.”

They somehow share a secret bond
As each one recollects:
Together. Separate. Silently.
Each pays his last respects.

You’ll hear no keening to the vaulted skies,
But the good hands know when a good hand dies.

© Wallace McRae
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Wally McRae is a third-generation rancher, with a 30,000 acre cow-calf ranch in Forsyth, Montana. He was the first cowboy poet to be awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and he is a recipient of the Montana Governor’s Award for the Arts.

He’s probably best known for his own least-favorite poem, “Reincarnation.”

In his book, Cowboy Curmudgeon and other poems, Wally McRae notes this poem is “Dedicated to the memory of my uncle Evan D. McRae.”

Find more about Wally McRae at CowboyPoetry.com.

This photograph of Wally McRae is by popular photojournalist Jessica Lifland (jessicalifland.smugmug.comInstagram) as a part of her Cowboy Poetry Project. Other subjects to date include Sean Sexton, Andy Hedges, Jerry Brooks, Waddie Mitchell, Amy Steiger and Gail Steiger, Rodney Nelson, DW Groethe, Elizabeth Ebert, Henry Real Bird,
Doris Daley, Bimbo Cheney, Jack Walther, and Bill Lowman.

Jessica Lifland is one of the official photographers for the Western Folklife Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Find her gathering photos and her Cowboy Poetry Project photos here.

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WHAT IT IS, by Trey Allen

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WHAT IT IS
by Trey Allen (1971-2016)

“What is this cowboy poetry?”
the lady asked of me.
“It must be more than stories
Whether rhymed or free.”

“What makes it so intriguing,
reels you in and gets you hooked,
it must be something simple.”
I jist give a sideways look.

“You’re right, ma’am, it’s kinda simple
but it’s complicated too,
but if you’ve got time to lend an ear
I’ll share some thoughts with you.”

You see the written word is simple
But the complicated thing
Is understanding the life behind the words
So I’ll tell you what I mean.

It’s the greenin’ of the grass in spring,
The first frost in the fall,
The dreary doldrums winter morns,
The summer shadows tall.

It’s the smell of mornin’ coffee
‘fore ol’ Sol has blinked an eye
and the million twinklin’ star aglow
in the pitch black predawn sky.

It’s the jingle of a much-worn spur
Upon a rundown handmade boot,
The snort of a cold-backed cayuse
And the silent prayer he don’t leave you afoot.

It’s the catch rope hangin’ inside the door
Of a rickety ol’ saddle shed
And the wariness of the pony
Who knows jist when to drop his head.

It’s the colt you traded for last fall
And started late this spring
That’s proved to you he’s worth his salt
And you wouldn’t trade him for anything.

It’s that motley face calf there on the scale,
He don’t look half as big as when
You had to flank him solo
Last spring in the brandin’ pen.

It’s the tangy scent of wood smoke,
The washtub by the wagon wheel,
The patched and worn out cookfly
And all the stories it could tell.

It’s a herd of unbroken saddle mounts
Strung out steppin’ single file
Through a sage covered Utah mountain pass
For near three quarters and a mile.

It’s the old man outside the brandin’ pen
Watchin’ the goings on
And the look in his eye that says loud and clear
“I’d like to see one more ‘fore I’m gone.”

It’s an old cow sucklin’ a newborn calf,
A foal on wobbly legs.
It’s a seventeen hour day with nothin’ on your stomach
But bitter coffee dregs.

It’s the old kack you use to start a young colt,
Holds in for the bad storms you weather.
It’s the pride displayed in a new handmade rig
And the creak of the well tooled leather.

It’s the antiquated wage he draws
Despite the Hollywood label,
It’s puttin’ life and limb on the line
To put a tasty beef steak on the table.

It’s the Sevier River Valley and the Wasatch Front,
The Muggyown Rim in the spring.
The Canadian River breaks, the Chisos and the Davis
And a thousand other places I’ve never seen.

It’s the labor of love you choose for life
Workin’ from can ’til can’t.
Maam, I could go on for days ’bout what it is
And probably a lot of things it ain’t.

So in short, ma’am, what I’m sayin’ is this
Cowboy poetry ain’t jist in the words you read,
The poetry of the cowboy
Is in the life he leads.

© Jack “Trey” Allen
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It is hard to top what the late Trey Allen, popular award-winning poet, reciter, cowboy, and Kansas ranch manager had to say in his poem. He is greatly missed by his many friends and family. We’re grateful for his poetry and recordings.

A 2014 bio he supplied gave a bit of background, “For some twenty years and change now, Jack Trey Allen has been writing and reciting cowboy poetry. He started out gathering intel early in life as a bullrider/bullfighter and graduated to shoeing horses and starting colts, to those ‘to those in the know’ this should explain a great deal. At the
point he began his family however, the conclusion was reached that three meals a week and Copenhagen made less than desirable home conditions and he settled into a real job…

“While earning a regular paycheck, he kept his hand turned at colts and shoeing, dayworking, etc. It was during this time he became intimate with a little known group called ‘Corporate America.’ Thirteen years of that and he packed his family up, headed for the mountains of south central Colorado, near Canon City and has been full time cowboy every since. For nine years Trey has managed the Moyer Ranch in the northern Flints Hills of Kansas, south of Manhattan. When asked about the possibility of ‘lightin’ a shuck,’ he said ‘Pack rats set up shop in my tipi and cut my bedroll up into little tiny ones. Sure hate to disturb their little enterprise…’ Reckon he’ll stay put.”

A painting of Trey Allen by Don Dane was featured on the 2015 Cowboy Poetry Week poster.

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Find more about Trey Allen at CowboyPoetry.com and on Facebook.

Thanks to Janice Hannagan-Allen for the aboves photograph and her generous permissions.

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