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BREED OF THE BRAVE, by S. Omar Barker

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BREED OF THE BRAVE
by S. Omar Barker (1894–1985)

The wind rode chill on the wings of snow
From a sullen northeast sky,
As the ice-fanged “norther” swooped to blow
Down the staked plains bare and high.

A young steer bawled and an old cow’s nose
Swung up to sniff the storm.
“Let’er rip!” said Bill, “Till the air’s plumb froze!
In town it’s snug an’ warm!”

“Let’er tear!” said Spud, “We’ve drawed our pay
At the toe of the old man’s boot!
Let his damn cows drift! For my part, I’m
A-foggin’ to town for a toot!”

Six men rode fast from the wind’s cold bite—
“I’m turnin’ back,” said one.
“Them cows’ll drift in the storm, come night.
You fellers go have your fun!”

Five men rode on, but the kid called Mac
Struck a lope for the southeast rim;
And the drifting cattle he cut them back
To a down-trail faint and dim.

To the canyon’s breaks down a narrow trail,
Out of reach of the norther’s breath,
He cut them back lest the knife-edged gale
Whip them over the rim to death.

But the ice-fanged wind bit sharp and deep,
And the drift came crowding fast;
And the kid called Mac fought hard to keep
Them turned ‘cross the norther’s blast.

All night on the sifty wings of snow,
All day, all night again,
Like a broom of death the wind swept low
Where the old man’s herds had been.

It was then five men left the warm saloons,
And grim they faced the gale.
The norther crooned its dying runes—
They found Mac riding trail.

For the sake of cows what man rides so—
Dead, to his saddle, bound?
On the great high plains where the northers blow
This breed of the brave is found.

© S. Omar Barker, reprinted with the permission of the estate of S. Omar Barker
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission

According to a family biography, poet and writer S. Omar Barker’s parents set out for New Mexico in 1889, with “fifty-six head of cattle, twelve head of mares and colts, a yoke of oxen, two teams of horses and three covered wagons loaded to the top of the sideboards…”

Andy Hedges’ current Cowboy Crossroads podcast includes interviews with the late Georgia Snead, Barker’s grandniece and a devoted friend to cowboy poetry and with top cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell. Georgia Snead tells great stories about Barker and his wife Elsa and about Barker’s work. Waddie Mitchell reminisces about his introduction to Barker, the quality of his poetry, and his conversations with the poet.

The MASTERS: VOLUME TWO,the poems of S. Omar Barker CD from CowboyPoetry.com has over 60 tracks of Barker’s poetry, presented by many of today’s top reciters and poets—including individuals, siblings, couples, parents and their offspring—who bring forth Barker’s humor and humanity. Andy Hedges introduces the CD and the life of Barker.

Find more of S. Omar Barker’s poetry and more about him at cowboypoetry.com.

This c. 1881 photograph is from Picture the West at CowboyPoetry.com, in a submission by Nevada horseman and poet Daniel Bybee, about his family’s cowboy and ranching roots, from France to New Mexico.

His great uncle Fred was persuaded to record memories of his life before he died at age 95 in 1980. Dan writes, “He was a cowboy and a freight wagon driver in New Mexico, worked at a sawmill, worked the docks in San Francisco, and drove a cab there. When he was 11, he helped his parents and my grandfather drive 100 head of cattle and a remuda of horses from New Mexico to Oklahoma. He took a turn riding night hawk every night along with my grandfather who was 13. One of his uncles was killed in a gun fight when Fred was 5 [pictured on right]. After his family moved to Oklahoma, he returned to New Mexico to cowboy for a few years with his uncles.”

Find much more of the family’s story and more photos here.

(Please respect copyright. You can share this poem and this photograph with this post, but for other uses, please request permission.)

News Bits and Links

readingnews“Reading the News,” by Erwin E. Smith, c. 1908 from The Library of Congress

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
Eighteenth annual: April 21-27, 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
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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,
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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

100 YEARS FROM NOW by Doris Daley

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100 YEARS FROM NOW
by Doris Daley

100 years from now, if the world’s still in the game,
May the earth recall our footprints, may the wind sing out our names.
May someone turn a page and hearken back upon this time,
May someone sing a cowboy tune and someone spin a rhyme.

History buffs will study us and time will tell its tales
Our lives will be a brittle pile of cold and quaint details.
A scrap of faded photograph, a news headline or two…
But life was so much more, my friend, when the century was new.

100 years from now, don’t look back and think me quaint,
Don’t judge and call me sinner, don’t judge and call me saint.
We lived beneath the arch with a mix of grit and grace,
Just ordinary folk in an extraordinary place.

So 100 years from now hear our ancient voices call,
Know that life was good and the cowboy still rode tall.
Wild flowers filled our valleys and the coyotes were our choir
We knew some wild places that had never known the wire.

We raised stouthearted horses; we’d ride and let ‘er rip
We burned beneath the summer sun and railed at winter’s grip.
We took a little courage when the crocus bloomed each spring
We loved beneath the stars and we heard the night wind sing.

We buried and we married, we danced and laughed and cried
And there were times we failed, but let the records show we tried.
And sure, I have regrets; I made more than one mistake
If I had it to do over there are trails I wouldn’t take.

But the sun rose up each day, we’d make it through another year
We’d watch the skies and count our calves and hoist a cup of cheer.
We knew drought and fire and heartache, we knew fat and we knew bone
But we were silver lining people and we never rode alone.

So, Friend, if you are reading this 100 years from now
Understand that we were pilgrims who just made it through somehow.
We’ve crossed the river home and we left but one request:
100 years from now, think back kindly on the west.

And ordinary folk, no special fate, no special claims
But 100 years from now, may the wind sing out our names.
Know the times were good and we rode the best we know.
We loved the west; we kept the faith, 100 years ago.

© 2004, Doris Daley
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission.

Popular poet Doris Daley’s ode to the West complements the work of Arizona artist, poet, and 4th-generation rancher Shawn Cameron‘s painting, “Making Plans,” which was selected for the 2019 Cowboy Poetry Week poster image.

Ranch-raised Albertan Doris Daley is known for her outstanding writing and impressive stage presence. Top cowboy poetry Waddie Mitchell has commented, “If cowboy poetry was fresh milk and the cream that rises to the top was the very best, then Doris Daley would be very rich and very fattening.”

Doris Daley is headed for the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering this weekend.

From there, she’ll head to the 9th annual Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous, March 1-3, 2019 in Hyrum, Utah. Other performers at the event include Ned LeDoux, Kristyn Harris, Doc Mehl, Stephanie Davis, High Country Cowboys, Clive Romney, Ed Peekeekoot, Gary Allegretto, Thatch Elmer, Colt Blankman, Sam DeLeeuw, Jeff Carson, Jo Kirkwood, Marleen Bussma, Brian Arnold, David and Jenny Lynn Anderson, In Cahoots, Many Strings, Saddle Serenade (Chris Mortensen, Mary Jo Hansen, and Lindsey Olivia) and others.

The event has three stages with Western Music & Cowboy Poetry and an open mic stage, Western vendors, Dutch Oven Cooking, a Kids Corral, Poetry Contest, Cowboy Church, and more.

Find more about Doris Daley at dorisdaley.com.

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The Center was formed to serve a mostly rural and under-served community of Western writers, musicians, and artists; to help preserve Western and Cowboy Poetry and its associated arts; to offer a central resource for poets, libraries, schools, and the public; and to educate the public about the history and value of Western and Cowboy Poetry and its associated arts.

Supporters make a difference. With individual support, the Center can continue its programs, expand some of those efforts, and take on new projects. Individual support helps show institutional funders the community interest in our Western arts.

We thank our supporters, who are listed below. They make an important difference to the community of Western writers, musicians, and artists as we work together to preserve Western heritage and support Western and Cowboy Poetry and its associated arts. Please join us.

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Jane and Dick Morton
Karen Bartholomew
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Contributions to the Center are fully deductible for federal income tax purposes.

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I’LL RIDE THRU IT, by Deanna Dickinson McCall

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I’LL RIDE THRU IT
by Deanna Dickinson McCall

I seek out the strong broad chest
Sweet breath and gentle eye
Strong neck where my head can rest
On the horse’s strength I rely.

I’ll ride thru it.

When the cold makes my bones ache
But there’s work to be done
For those cows’ and calves’ sake
I’ll finish what’s begun.

I’ll ride thru it.

When struggling to understand
Life’s peaks and falls
My soul seeks the range land
I answer her siren call

I’ll ride thru it.

When dreams fill me with pain
Of loved ones now gone
Tears fall like a soft rain
In the early light of dawn

I’ll ride thru it.

When dust sticks to my sweat
Heat bouncing off the ground
Horse’s shoulders dripping wet
No breeze is to be found

I’ll ride thru it.

When my life’s fading away
I’m about to be set free
I hope on that last day
In that saddle I’ll still be

and I’ll ride thru it.

© 2017, Deanna Dickinson McCall
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission

Congratulations to poet, writer, and fourth-generation New Mexico rancher Deanna Dickinson McCall, whose CD, I’ll Ride Thru It, has been awarded the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Museum. The awards will be presented at events April 12 – 13, 2019 at the museum in Oklahoma City. Among others, popular songwriters Dave Stamey will receive the Chester A. Reynolds Award and Michael Martin Murphey will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Deanna McCall comments about this poem, “Riding has always gotten me through tough times; the important part is to keep riding, and not to stop. Horses have always been healing to me, and we have traveled life’s roughest trails together.”

See a track list from the CD and our review from last year.

Deanna McCall has two recent collections of stories, Rough Patches and Rough Patches II, and a book of poems accompanied by JaNeil Anderson’s paintings, Split Range.

She also has a highly praised book of stories and poems, Mustang Spring and an another award-winning CD of her poetry, Riding. Her work appears in many anthologies and magazines and she’s a popular performer at gatherings.

Find Deanna McCall next weekend at the 33rd annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, February 22-23, 2019 in Alpine, Texas.

Performers include Apache Adams, Gary Allegretto, Amy Hale Auker, Eli Barsi, Floyd Beard, “Straw” Berry, Mike Blakely, Dale Burson, Don Cadden, Bob Campbell, Craig Carter, Zack Casey, Allan Chapman & Rodeo Kate, Justin Cole, High Country Cowboys, Doris Daley, Mikki Daniel, John Davis, Kevin Davis, Doug Figgs, Ray Fitzgerald, Rolf Flake, Ryan & Hoss Fritz, Belinda Gail, Pipp Gillette, Jeff Gore, Kristyn Harris, Andy Hedges, High Country Cowboys, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Randy & Hanna Huston, Chris Isaacs, Jill Jones & Three Hands High, Jim Jones, Linda Kirkpatrick, Ross Knox, Daron Little, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Pat Meade, Glenn Moreland, Terry Nash, Joel Nelson, Sam Noble, Kay Nowell, Jean Prescott, Gary Prescott, Mike Querner, Luke Reed, Randy Rieman, Gary Robertson, Trinity Seely, R.P. Smith, Jay Snider, Gail Steiger, Michael Stevens, Caitlyn Taussig, Rod Taylor, Doug Tolleson, Keith Ward, and Jim Wilson.

Find more about Deanna Dickinson McCall at CowboyPoetry.com; at her web site; and on Facebook.

This photograph of Deanna Dickinson McCall is by respected photograph Walter Workman. Find more about Walter Workman at walterworkman.com, where there are impressive photo galleries, and also on Facebook.

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Cowboy Poetry Week: April 21-27, 2019

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Below:
About Cowboy Poetry Week
Get Involved
Rural Library Program
MASTERS: VOLUME THREE CD
Poster by Shawn Cameron 

Elsewhere on the blog:
Cowboy Poetry Week News 
Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur
MASTERS: VOLUME THREE CD

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COWBOY POETRY
by Jane Morton

The round-ups, the brandings,
the calvings are done,
as ranchers sell out
and move on one by one.

We must tell the stories,
so memories live on,
past time when the tellers
themselves are long gone.

© 2004, Jane Morton

Cowboy Poetry Week is celebrated each year during April, National Poetry Month in the United States.

In 2019, Cowboy Poetry Week—the eighteenth annual—takes place April 21-27, 2019.

In 2019 it is made possible by generous support from Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield, a grant from the Margaret T. Morris Foundation, and the individuals and organizations who support the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry.

CowboyPoetry.com initiated Cowboy Poetry Week, and for the celebration’s second year, in April 2003, the United States Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing our Cowboy Poetry Week celebration. Twenty-three states’ governors and other officials have recognized Cowboy Poetry Week since, and many activities take place in communities across the West and beyond.

See the 2019 events—to date—on the calendar here.


GET INVOLVED!

Get your schools, libraries, and community involved! Perform your poetry, donate a book or CD, share your knowledge.

Find ideas about how to get involved here.


THE RURAL LIBRARY PROGRAM

The Rural Library Program is an important Cowboy Poetry Week outreach activity, a part of our mission to serve a mostly under-served community of rural Westerners. Each year, a new compilation CD of top classic and contemporary cowboy poetry is offered, along with Cowboy Poetry Week posters, to many rural libraries across the West. The CD is also available for purchase.

 

THE MASTERS CD

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For 2019, the CD is MASTERS: VOLUME THREE, a collection of poems by Bruce Kiskaddon.

Find more about the CD here.

CDs are sent to libraries in Cowboy Poetry Week’s associated Rural Library Program, given to supporters (at the $50 USD level and higher) as thank you gifts, and available to the public.

Find information about the previous MASTERS CDs here, the BAR-D Roundup series, at CowboyPoetry.com.

 

THE 2019 POSTER 

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Arizona rancher and artist Shawn Cameron’s painting, “Making Plans,” is selected as the 2019 Cowboy Poetry Week poster image and a special Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur.

Shawn Cameron tells about the painting:

Occasionally a moment in time lingers in your memory.  The clear morning air was brisk as my husband and another rider paused to discuss the day before them.  Plans were being made to cover their area of a large pasture during spring roundup.  I’ve never tired of observing men on a mission who have goals and possess the skills to accomplish them.  There is an undeniable posture of pride in these horseback men who face a day of unknown challenges with confidence and determination.  Even the horses contemplate the miles before them. My subjects are more than cowboys and horses but rather scenes of quiet strength and courage.  I was motivated by such an atmosphere to share “Making Plans” on canvas.

About Shawn Cameron, from her web site:

Shawn captures moments in the lives of those who live and work on ranches today. An article in Southwest Art by Mark Mussari in 2008 referred to Shawn as, “The Real Thing.” She’s considered an accomplished professional in western art but her roots run deeper than most. She descended from two pioneer families who came in ox drawn covered wagons from Virginia across the Oregon Trail and on a southerly route from Texas in the 1860s and 70s, driving herds of cattle with them. That began an Arizona ranching legacy that continues today into the seventh generation. The Hatchet brand registered by her father’s family in 1885 is one of the state’s oldest on file.

Shawn and Dean met while in high school and married after his tour in the army. They settled on her family’s cattle ranch where they raised three children and she continued working in her art. She expressed what she saw. Pencil was her primary medium at that time but oil, watercolor, pastel and bronze were added to the mix. Although she hopes to explore these areas more, oil painting is her focus today. Learning is a life-long passion and the art world is an infinite resource. The mentoring of several prominent western artists helped her work grow and evolve into an a career that has spanned 3 decades. She remains grateful to all but especially Bill Owen, for generously sharing his knowledge in many areas, for Joe Beeler whose continued encouragement and support meant so much and to Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt who opened a door to the world of professional art.

Resource material is gathered on the family’s ranch of Dean, other family members and cowboys as they work. These captured memories become visual references. They are taken to her studio and aide in the creation of oil paintings using a palette with colors selected for the time of day.

She is closely surrounded by critics for accuracy yet her goal is to grow in ability to portray the life she knows so well.

Exhibitions of her work include the Prix de West and Small Works Great Wonders at the Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK. She’s participated in Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West at the Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, AZ where she was awarded the “Artist’s Choice Award” in 2007 and the “Governor’s Choice Award” in 2015 and 2016. Shawn was extremely honored to serve with Martin Grelle as Co-Featured Artists at the C.M. Russell Auction and Sale in 2008 in Great Falls, MT. She’s participated in the Night of Artists at the Briscoe Museum in San Antonio, TX and The Cheyenne Art Show in Cheyenne, WY. Another Texas art event she’s been involved in was the Heart of the West at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, TX where her mother’s 1942 Madison Square Garden photo is displayed. It’s been her pleasure to participate in the American Miniatures at Settler’s West Gallery in Tucson, AZ and the Masters in Miniature at the Phippen Art Museum in Prescott, AZ. Early in her career she was awarded the “Phippen Family Award” for a graphite drawing titled “Ranch Weathered” at the 1993 Phippen Western Art Show, in Prescott, AZ. The Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson, AZ presented her with a “Lifetime Honorary Membership”in 2013.

In 2019 Shawn was given the “Will Rogers Award for Artist of the Year” by the Academy of Western Artists.

Her art has been featured on the cover of publications such as Western Art Collector, American Cowboy and Western Horseman. She’s been a featured artist in a number of magazines including Southwest Art, Art of the West, Western Art Collector and Western Horseman.

Find more about Shawn Cameron hereat CowboyPoetry.com; on Facebook at Shawn Cameron Painting the West, and at her site, shawncameron.com.

We were honored to have Shawn Camerons’ painting, “Making Adjustments,” for the 2013 Cowboy Poetry Week poster and Art Spur. Other past poster artists include Duward Campbell, Bob Coronato, Tim Cox, Don Dane, William Matthews, Tyler Crow, Clara Smith, Gary Morton, the late Bill Owen, Jason Rich, R.S. Riddick, and the late Joelle Smith. Find more at CowboyPoetry.com.

Posters are never sold. They are sent to participants in Cowboy Poetry Week’s Rural Library Program and sent to Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry supporters (at the $50 USD level and higher) as thank you gifts.

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MASTERS: VOLUME THREE, the poetry of Bruce Kiskaddon

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Praise for previous CDs from CowboyPoetry.com:

“The MASTERS of cowboy poetry series from CowboyPoetry.com showcases both the masters of writing Western poetic words and masters of delivering those words.  It just doesn’t get any better than that.” Rick Huff, Rick Huff’s Best of the West Reviews

“This album [MASTERS (2017)] represents four of the finest poets to ever come out of cowboy culture. We are not likely to see their kind again and the world should be grateful to Cowboypoetry.com for preserving their voices.” Andy Hedges, songster and host of COWBOY CROSSROADS

“…The annual anthology takes listeners on an oral excursion to places throughout the West, introducing them to colorful cowboy characters, explaining their connection to the land, and telling their tales of tough times and the rewards they receive from living the Western lifestyle…” Jennifer Denison, Senior Editor, Western Horseman

“The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry’s annual anthologies are creating a valuable, high quality and thoroughly enjoyable resource for everyone…” Steve Green, Archivist, Western Folklife Center

“…without peer…intelligently produced… I equate them to one of those Ken Burns specials, like his Civil War, Jazz, or Baseball….the best of the best.” Rick Huff, Rick Huff’s Best of the West Reviews

“For those of us who love cowboy poetry, this is perhaps the best anthology we’ve yet heard.” Cowboy Magazine

The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry produces compilation CDs of classic and contemporary poetry recitations. The CDs are offered to libraries in the Center’s Cowboy Poetry Week Rural Library project, given as premiums to the Center’s supporters, and available to the public.

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Our thirteenth CD (following ten volumes of The BAR-D Roundup and two MASTERS volumes) is MASTERS: VOLUME THREE, the poetry of Bruce Kiskaddon (April 2019).

MASTERS: VOLUME THREE has over 60 tracks in a multi-disc CD of the poetry of Bruce Kiskaddon (1878-1950). Voices from the past and from today’s top reciters and poets celebrate cowboy poetry’s popular classic poet. Bill Siems, whose monumental work, Open Range, collects almost all of Kiskaddon’s nearly 500 poems, introduces the CD.

The CD includes the voices of J.B. Allen (1938-2005), Trey Allen (1971-2016), Amy Hale Auker, Valerie Beard, Floyd Beard, Baxter Black, Almeda Bradshaw, Jerry A. Brooks, Ol’ Jim Cathey, Ken Cook, Robert Dennis, DW Groethe, Sunny Hancock (1931-2003), Andy Hedges, Jessica Hedges, Chris Isaacs, Linda Kirkpatrick, Susie Knight, Ross Knox, Jarle Kvale, David McCall, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Rusty McCall (1986-2013), Gary McMahan, Rod Miller, Waddie Mitchell, Dick Morton, Kathy Moss, Terry Nash, Duane Nelson, Andy Nelson, Kay Nowell, Dale Page, Brigid Reedy, John Reedy, Johnny Reedy, Rex Rideout, Randy Rieman, Dennis Russell, Bill Siems, Jesse Smith, Jay Snider, Gail Steiger, Tom Swearingen, Smoke Wade, and Keith Ward, with a PSA by Butch Hause.

Bruce Kiskaddon (1878-1950)  worked for ten years as a cowboy, starting in 1898 in southeastern Colorado’s Picketwire area. He published short stories and nearly 500 poems. His poems are among the most admired and the most recited in the “classic” cowboy poetry canon.

Find more about Kiskaddon at CowboyPoetry.com.

The MASTERS CD is dedicated to all those who proudly carry on the ranching tradition.

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The Center’s Cowboy Poetry Week celebration—recognized by unanimous U.S. Senate resolution—takes place each April during National Poetry Month. Each year, a compilation CD and the celebration’s poster (by Shawn Cameron in 2019) have been offered to libraries in the Center’s Rural Library Program. The outreach program is part of the Center’s commitment to serve rural communities and to preserve and promote our Western heritage.

The annual CD is a premium for our supporters and also available for purchase. Find information about past years’ CDs here.

We need your support to continue and expand these programs. Join us and be a part of it all.

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Stay tuned for:

Track list and sources
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Release date: April, 2019