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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.

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Flick benefit concert to aid cowboy in crisis,” by Kurt Liedtke, Lake County Examiner, December 11, 2019

Wyoming deputies lasso deer that fell through iced-over pond,” Western Slope Now, December 11, 2019

Someone is gluing miniature cowboy hats on pigeons in Las Vegas,” by Deanna Paul, The Washington Post, December 10, 2019

Between the Bedroll Sheets: It’s Not What You Think,” by Jolyn Young, Western Horseman, November 20, 2019

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Leroy and Tom,” by Baxter Black (latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  December 9, 2019

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Riding the Cowboy Poetry Trail,” by Bill Jones, RANGE, Winter 2020

Lake County [CA] is seeking its next poet laureate,” Lake County Record-Bee, December 7, 2019

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Playing the Slots,” by Rod Miller (blog), December 6, 2019

Elko’s buckaroo roots on display at new Cowboy Arts, Gear Museum,” by Richard Moreno, Nevada Appeal, December 4, 2019

The Essential West,” by Bill Reynolds, Western Horseman, December 4, 2019

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Kent Rollins, the King of Cowboy Cooking, is Carrying the Fire,” by Eddie Kim, melmagazine.com, December 3, 2019

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A conversation with cowboy songster Andy Hedges,” by Will Houk, Nevada Capital News, December 3, 2019

Kathy Moss wins international poetry award,” by Angel Carpenter, Blue Mountain Eagle, December 3, 2019

BC Cowboy Heritage Society Newsletter with Kamloops news December, 2019

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Goddess of the Hunt,” by Baxter Black (latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  December 2, 2019

Sedona Museum Presents: What’s In A Name?! with Michael Peach,” Sedona Times, December 2, 2019

Cowboy Poetry Contest announces winners,” by Toni Hopper, theadanews.com, November 30, 2019

Coyotes have expanded their range to 49 states—and show no signs of stopping,” by Christine Dell Amore, National Geographic, November 29, 2019

Young cowboy poets write about the Chisholm Trail and western life,” The Duncan Banner, November 28, 2019

Western Folklife Center seeks volunteers for Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” Elko Daily Free Press, November 28, 2019

Museum holds 2019 Student Cowboy Poetry Contest,” Wickenburg Sun, November 27, 2019

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A Sheep Thanksgiving,” by Baxter Black (latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  November 25, 2019

A Cowpuncher’s Night Before Christmas,” (with video) by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, November 22, 2019

29th annual Kingsville Ranch Hand weekend,” by Roland Rodriguez, kristv.com, November 22, 2019

Community spirit takes flight with food bank concert,” by Stephen Tipper, leaderpost.com, November 22, 2019

Veach Saddlery Turns 100 Years Old,” by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, November 21, 2019

Performers for first Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering Announced,” by Joe Hyde, San Angelo Live, November 20, 2019

Spur Award Contest Entries Sought,” Western Writers of America, November 10, 2019

Cowboy Artists Enjoy Move to Fort Worth,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, November 8, 2019

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Horse Psychology,” by Baxter Black (latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  November 11, 2019

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Country Christmas comes early to pioneer museum,” by Evan J, Pretzer, leaderpost.com, November 14, 2019

Three cows vanished during Hurricane Dorian. Months later, they’ve been found chilling on an island miles from shore,” by Antonia Noori Farzan, Washington Post, November 14, 2019

Cows swept off island during Hurricane Dorian found after swimming for miles,” Edward Helmore for The Guardian, Yahoo News, November 13, 2019

36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering To Exhibit Artists & Films,” fairfieldsuntimes.com,  November 12, 2019

Quanah Parker Exhibit | One Man, Two Worlds (November 6-December 18, 2019)
National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum

Foal experiences snow for the first time,” ABC News Videos, November 13, 2019

Medical or Nutritional,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  November 11, 2019

Time to gather,” Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch blog, November 11, 2019

Cutting a Pipe Collar off a Cow’s Leg,” by Lizzie Iwersen (video), Western Horseman, November 4, 2019

Ultimate free-range kids: Two boys, 6 and 10, rode horses to New York — from Oklahoma,” by Eliza McGraw, Washington Post, October 19, 2019

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‘Climate Change’ Cowboy Logic,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  November 6, 2019

The Cowboys: How 12 poets, singers and songwriters came together in Grand Junction,” by Dan West, gjsentinel.com, November 4, 2019

20 Mule Team reenactment visits Death Valley,” The Daily Independent, November 4, 2019

Bing Crosby’s Nevada get-away ranch on market for $7.28 million,” by WKRC/Local 12, November 2, 2019

Horse owners scramble to evacuate their animals ahead of California fire,” by Tom Kisken and Kathleen Wilson, Ventura County Star/Yahoo News/USA TODAY, October 30, 2019

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Cowboy Poet Floyd Beard Performs ‘Canyons’,” Western Horseman (YouTube), October 29, 2019

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A Hundred Years from Now,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com,  October 30, 2019

California Vineyards and Ranchers at Risk as Wildfires Rage,” by Michael Hirtzer and Marvin G. Perez, Bloomberg/Yahoo News, October 30, 2019

Western Slope Cowboy Gathering,” beaconseniornews.com, October 30, 2019

Pomegranate Arts and Crafts Festival This Weekend,” by Charlene Paul, Maopa Valley Progress, October 30, 2019

Wild Westerns: Five Classic “Twilight Zone” Episodes,” by Joe Leydon, Cowboys & Indians, October 23, 2019

Rural veterinarian shortage: Are you experiencing it?,” by Katie James, Drovers,
October 22, 2019

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14th Annual Comstock Cowboy Poet Gathering Nov. 2-Nov. 3,” by Gavin Higgins, sandhillsexpress.com, October 28, 2019

Best Museum: Frisco Historic Park & Museum,” by Jefferson Geiger, summitdaily.com, October 26, 2019

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Cowboy Poet To Be Honored With Bronze Sculpture in Fort Worth Stockyards,” by Deborah Ferguson, nbcdfw.com, October 25, 2019

Outside Circle,” by Jan Swan Wood, tsln.com, October 24, 2019

NFarm Animals in History,” by Baxter Black, latest column at baxterblack.com, October 23, 2019

WRCA Announces Special Screening of ‘Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait,’tsln.com, October 23, 2019

The Heber Valley Western Music & Cowboy Poetry Gathering Starts This Week,” by David Boyle, kpcw.org, October 22, 2019

A look into the future,” by Rod Miller (blog), October 22, 2019

Some old west fun: Cowboy poetry, music, dinner set for Nov. 1 and 2 at Seminary,” by Deb Nicklay, Austin Daily Herald, October 19, 2019

Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium to celebrate 17th year,” by Randy Parker, The Daily Tribune, October 19, 2019

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Romancing the West comes to Lakeview,” by Margot Dodds, Lake County Examiner, October 16, 2019

Gamble, Steven R. (1959-2019), Bozeman Daily Chronicle, October 16, 2019

Five Reasons to Attend Grand Junction’s Upcoming Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” kekbfm.com, October 15, 2019

14 reasons (minus 12) I write about the West,” by Rod Miller (blog), October 14, 2019

Antique Wagon On Heber’s Main Street Destroyed,” by David Boyle, kpcw.org, October 14, 2019

A Cowboy Theatre review,” by Lea Leggitt, The Independent, October 14, 2019

Branding Iron opens for business in Blackfoot,” by John Miller, Bingham County Chronicle, October 14, 2019

Drone view of 6666 ranch working cattle,” by Wyman Meinzer (video, Facebook), October 13, 2019

Painting Cows To Look Like Zebras Has A Surprising Benefit,” by Josephine Harvey, yahoo.com, October 9, 2019

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Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering Set for February 2020 in Alpine,” by Joe Hyde, San Angelo LIVE, October 9, 2019

Yodeling Conrad cowboy inducted into MT Cowboy Hall of Fame,” Cut Bank Pioneer Press, October 9, 2019

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Andy Hedges interviews Ian Tyson, Cowboy Crossroads, October 2019

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Noah’s Dispersal Sale,” by Baxter Black, latest column at baxterblack.com, October 9, 2019

Helen Bernice (Clark) Beard 1928-2019, Lewiston Tribune, October 9, 2019

Cowboy Poetry at Sunshine,” The New Era, October 9, 2019

Cowboy Parade draws hundreds,” by Bret Hauff, The Durango Herald, October 5, 2019 and video

Free concert of cowboy music and poetry offered at library,” Great Bend Tribune, October 4, 2019

Cowboy Poetry Gathering tickets on sale,” Elko Daily Free Press, October 3, 2019

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Bruce Andrew Matley Memorial Service, The Leader, October 3, 2019

Back to Nature,” by Baxter Black, latest column at baxterblack.com, October 2, 2019

Longmont Museum Brings New Excitement to Thursday Nights,”  by Sheila Conroy, ptleader.com, October 2, 2019

Cowboy Poetry in Rodeo,” desertexposure.com, October 1, 2019

Cowboy poetry, music, dinner set for Nov. 1 and 2 at Seminary,” by Deb Nicklay, Mitchell County Press News, October 1, 2019

Historic Lakeview theater now belongs to the people,” by Kurt Liedtke, Herald and News, October 1, 2019

Guests hear original poetry and songs at annual Cowboy Poetry fundraiser,” By Aura Whittaker, Willits News, September 30, 2019

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Betty Strong Encounter Center hosts outlaw poetry,” siouxlandproud.com, September 30, 2019

Cowboy Poetry in Rodeo,” douglasdispatch.com, September 27, 2019

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Barrel races, Alzada poetry, music and art, roughstock school, iron cowgirl,” by Jan Swan Wood, tsln.com, September 26, 2019

True West Magazine Archives Back To 1953

Western way of life,” by Ron Warnick, qcsaunonline.com, September 25, 2019

Angelo’s Leather & Saddle Shop in Dexter | a step back in time,” by Doug Marrin, thesuntimesnews.com,  September 23, 2019

BC Cowboy Heritage Society Newsletter (Kamloops) September 23, 2019

Cowboy poetry honours Wild West history,” by Hanna Kost, CBC News, September 22, 2019

Annual Alzada Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art Show,” by Chris Maupin, Fallon County Times, September 20, 2019

For These Black Women in Texas, Rodeo Is a Way of Life,” by Walter Thompson-Hernández, nytimes, September 20, 2019

Mighty MC,” by Kathy Moss, YouTube, September 20, 2019

Restoring Black Cowboys to the Range,” by Sarah Maslin Nir, nytimes.com, September 14, 2019

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Trolling for Buffalo,” by Baxter Black, latest column at baxterblack.com, September 4, 2019

Lady Buckaroo,” by Kathy Moss, YouTube, September 2, 2019

Karen Kuhlman reviews this year’s Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Rendezvous,” Robert Pfund, kxlo-klcm.com, September 2, 2019

Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering starts Sept. 20,” Times-News, September 4, 2019

Cowgirl photographer Barbara Van Cleve,” by David Rothman, CBS News, August 25, 2019

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Robert “Bob” Ross (1921-2019), Bozeman Daily Chronicle, August 28, 2019

Nothing’s Forever,” by Jesse Veeder, Back at the Ranch (blog),  August 28, 2019

Sir Loin,” by Baxter Black, latest column at baxterblack.com, August 27, 2019

The Top 10 product names for fake meats,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, Aug 27, 2019

Wine tasting, Cowboy Poetry make lively events for Craig crowds at Luttrell Barn,” by Barry Steadman and Andy Bockelman, Craig Press, August 26, 2019

Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering sees surge in attendance,” by Evan J. Pretzer,
The Stony Plain Reporter, August 23, 2019

Conservationist helps Hawaii cattle ranchers tell their story,” by Jim George, hano-hawaii.org, August 20, 2019

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Cowboy Tracks radio from the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, August 16, 2019

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Cowboys gather in Yountville Sept. 7 for music and poetry,” Napa Valley Register, August 21, 2019

‘Not one crusty old guy at that sale that didn’t have tears in his eyes’: Auction features steer raised by boy who died in accident,” by Laurie Welch, magicvalley.com, August 21, 2019

Western Heritage Day at Mueller State Park to celebrate the ‘Old West’,” by Sonja Oliver, Pikes Peak Courier, August 21, 2019

The Lost Chicken,” by Baxter Black, latest column at baxterblack.com, August 20, 2019

National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo 2019,” Salina Post, August 20, 2019

What Do Livestock Do For Your Mental Health?,” by Matt Brechwald, offincome.com, August 20, 2019

Temple Grandin is Our Hero,” by Gene Johnston, agriculture.com, August 12, 2019

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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)

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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

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DECEMBER STRAGGLERS, by Terry Nash

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DECEMBER STRAGGLERS
by Terry Nash

Morning’s pale sun gave way to thick clouds
As we all saddled our mounts.
Ridin’ from camp, our mission today
Is needin’ to fill the count.

Three hundred ten was gathered last month,
The tally was sixteen shy.
We rode the breaks and benches for sign;
No tellin’ how they’d got by.

Two solid weeks we searched the JU,
Combin’ the brush for eight pair,
With little to show for our ridin’
‘Cept that the stragglers weren’t there.

Those cattle were nowhere on our range;
They’d maybe returned to Hell’s Hole;
High country grass they’d grazed since July,
Till fall’s storms started to roll.

We’d gathered three pair and one hunter
A-hoofin’ it into town,
But we’re still ten head out today and
The next big storm’s blowin’ down.

We’re buckin’ a head-wind this morning,
Five riders watchin’ for sign.
The Lasalles are fadin’ from our view;
The wind’s beginnin’ to whine.

We wallered deep drifts t’ward the 2V
Followin’ Old Raley’s hunch:
“This new storm’ll bring ‘em down,” he said,
“We’ll likely find the whole bunch.”

Gates were left open all through the range
So stragglers could pass on through.
Veteran cows will know to move down
When winter dictates they do.

The clouds were hangin’ level and dark,
Raley was settin’ the pace.
We topped out above Luster Basin,
The first flakes hittin’ my face.

Jackson pulled up his horse and pointed
At our stragglers, single file,
Tails to the wind and stringin’ our way
Down the draw a quarter mile.

Wild old Snort was a-leadin’ the bunch.
We split and got out of sight.
We’ll swing in behind and then flank ‘em
Providin’ our timing’s right.

The cattle filed past and we stepped out
Snort threw her head flingin’ snot.
Jess was ready when she quit the trail;
He turned her back at a trot.

The old rip knew where she’s goin’.
She and the rest reached the pines,
She led ‘em through and out on the road
With us just ridin’ behind.

The storm at our backs now, we’re ridin’;
Wet heavy flakes flyin’ past.
Sllckers drippin’, our horses are soaked,
We’re hopin’ our luck will last.

Past Mountain Island, down off Black Hill,
She struck the trail to the north
Where the Beiser corrals stood waitin’.
Two flank riders sashayed forth

To get in position to turn ‘em,
But Ol’ Snort just walked on in.
We backed in the trucks and trailered ‘em
Just as the light’s gettin’ thin.

It’s usually never that easy,
You mostly earn what you bring.
We got lucky – our stragglers found us
In winter’s cold icy sting.

© 2012, Terry Nash
This poem should not be reprinted or reposted without permission

Colorado rancher and poet Terry Nash told us, “We summer our cattle on private ground, pooling them with several other herds at Glade Park and Pinon Mesa, high country situated a few miles west of Grand Junction, in Western Colorado. We throw the cattle on the mountain in early June and usually gather and bring ’em back to the valley in November, when the weather dictates we do. It usually takes three or four ‘sweeps’ a-horseback to clean the 6000 acre pasture, and there’s always a few stragglers reluctant to leave. Riding the pasture looking for those last few head isn’t always in the best of weather….’December Stragglers’ came as a composite of several winter rides.”

Terry shared this photo of bringing down December stragglers, taken just a few days ago.

“December Stragglers” is the title poem of Terry’s 2013 CD. His most recent CD is the award-winning A Good Ride.

Find Terry at the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 16-19,  2020 in Golden. Performers include Vic Anderson, Floyd Beard, Patty Clayton, Doris Daley, Thatch Elmer, Skip Gorman, High Country Cowboys, Brenn Hill, Peggy Malone, Al “Doc” Mehl, Jeneve Rose Mitchell, Glenn Moreland & Washtub Jerry, Terry Nash, Lindy Simmons, and Carlos Washington’s Steel Horse Swing.

Find more about Terry at terrynashcowboypoet.com.

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MEMO ON MULES by S. Omar Barker (1895-1985)

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MEMO ON MULES
by S. Omar Barker (1895-1985)

There ain’t no use in talkin’,
When a feller rides a mule,
He’s got himself a saddle mount
That’s mighty hard to fool.
Some horses step right in a bog
without a second glance,
But jassacks simply don’t believe
in takin’ any chance.

They’ll fool around a barbed wire fence
the same as horses, but
You purt near never see a mule
that’s got a barbed-wire cut.
You let a horse get to the grain,
he’ll founder on the stuff,
But mules, by instinct, seem to know
when they have had enough.

Some mules will spook and run away,
some throw a buckin’ fit,
But panicky is something that
they seldom ever git,
For when they pull a ruckus,
they are always plumb alert
To see that Mr. Jackass
never winds up gittin’ hurt.

Most cowboys think a jassack
is a plumb disgraceful mount,
And it is true that some of them
ain’t very much account
For anything but harness
or to tote a heavy pack,
And horses have some virtues
that a mule may often lack;

But ol’ Kit Carson rode a mule,
and other pioneers
Sure viewed a heap of country
over some ol’ hard-tail’s ears.
And all of them reported that
upon the longest trail,
The mule was one tough critter
that was never knowed to fail.

He’d stay plumb fat on grass so short
a horse would starve to death.
He never lathered easy
and was seldom short of breath.
Kit claimed his gait was easy
on the rider in the kack,
And that he’d always git you there
and always bring you back.

This ain’t no fancy eulogy
on big-eared saddle mounts,
But some oldtimers rode ’em,
and by most of their accounts
Of jassacks under saddle,
in the smooth or in the rough,
There seems to be some evidence
that mules have got the stuff!

…by S. Omar Barker, from Rawhide Rhymes; used with the permission of the estate of S. Omar Barker

S. Omar Barker was one of the founders of the Western Writers of America, Inc. and many of his poems were published by Western Horseman.

Award-winning poet and wilderness guide Sandy Seaton Sallee recites this poem on MASTERS: VOLUME TWO, a double CD of the poems of S. Omar Barker. It makes a great Christmas gift.

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Find more about S. Omar Barker at cowboypoetry.com.

Sandy Seaton Sallee shared this photo, in which she says she is, “in my most natural habitat, riding a mule.” She’s on Kahlua.

Sandy and Scott Sallee run Black Mountain Outfitters, located in the heart of Paradise Valley, just north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana and also Slough Creek Outfitters, offering world-famous Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout fishing. Find more about Sandy Seaton Sallee at blackmountainoutfitters.com and at CowboyPoetry.com.

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Christmas Cowboy Poetry: The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Eight

…Some say he was born in the snow an’ the cold,
yeller an’ white with a heart made of gold.
His mom was part Angus his dad was a polled
Hereford I hear (er so I been told)…
…from DW Groethe’s “The Legend of Little Buddy the Christmas Steer

 

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The perfect gift, The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Eight is a two-disc celebration of the best classic and contemporary Christmas cowboy poetry.

Opening the collection is a beautiful rendition of the shaped-note “Christmas Waltz” by National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow, cowboy, poet, and musician Buck Ramsey (1938-1998), accompanied by his sisters and brother. In two of the many recordings made for this release, great cowboy troubadour Don Edwards recites Badger Clark’s “The Christmas Trail” and top cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell offers his original “Good Gift.” Red Steagall , past Texas Poet Laureate and the state’s official cowboy poet delivers S. Omar Barker’s “Three Wise Men” and the voice of Jimmy Dean (1928-2010) is heard in a vintage recording of S. Omar Barker’s “A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer.” There are 48 tracks in total.

The real “Little Buddy,” featured on the cover, is at the Granley Ranch near Bainville, Montana. The image was created by designer Chris Waddell from a photograph by Montana ranch hand, poet, and picker DW Groethe.

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The image was also the subject of a Christmas Art Spur, where you can also read DW Groethe’s entire poem.

CDs are given to libraries as a part of Cowboy Poetry Week’s Rural Library Program. They are also thank-you premiums for supporters. Proceeds from CDs offered to the public are used for the next year’s compilation and the Rural Library Program.

We’ll be sharing more poems from The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Eight during this year’s 20th annual Christmas at the BAR-D.

Every year’s CD includes a radio public service announcement about the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry. For this CD, it is delivered by ranch-raised rodeo broadcaster Totsie Slover.

The BAR-D Roundup cover images are usually vintage photos of poets or their forebears. This special Christmas collection veers slightly from that tradition with a photo of “Little Buddy” a steer from the Granley Ranch near Bainville, Montana (thanks to poet, picker, and ranch hand DW Groethe). Inside is a photograph of the annual live Nativity at Dick Noble and Jim and Tina Noble Nelson’s Flying U Ranch, in Cora, Wyoming.

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Find more about the Christmas CD at CowboyPoetry.com.

There were ten volumes of The BAR-D Roundup. The current series is MASTERS.

In Our Thoughts: Gwen Petersen

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Gwen Petersen, popular poet and columnist at The Fence Post sends this message on December 5, 2019:

Hi,

How’s your health?

Just thought I’d ask as mine is in the toilet.  I’ll be 92 in February, provided I live that long.

Seems I have a debilitating condition and nobody  can figure out what is.  I have had to give up skydiving and cross country skiing.

Currently I am in the hospital and so far training the nurses is a challenge.  Doctor can’t tell me what’s the matter, he just gives me a hard time.

I can’t eat more than a bite or two at a time, so I am losing weight.  So I have gotten weaker and weaker which pisses me off!  So letting you know and you can
pass the word on to friends and family.

I’ll keep you posted if anything changes, I am feeling perkier but by no means getting well.  The following is where I am currently incarcerated:

Pioneer Medical Center
301 W 7th Ave.
Big Timber, MT 59011

Better to call my cell [contact us for her number]. Have to go now the bird of paradise just flew up my nose.

P.S.  Doc guestimated I got about 2-3 months to go.

 

Thanks to Yvonne Hollenbeck and to C.J. Hadley of RANGE magazine, who both shared information.

Donors

 

 

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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.

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2019

RANGE Magazine (sponsor)
Marci Broyhill (sponsor)
Jim Thompson (Sacramento, CA)
Mark Munzert
Marilyn and Kip Sorlie
Shelly Pagliai-Prairie Moon Quilts
LaVerna B. Johnson
Almeda Bradshaw (sponsor)
Georganna Kresl
Susie Knight
Jeff Campbell
Betty and Ken Rodgers
Linda Nadon in memory of Georgie Sicking and Elizabeth Ebert
Al “Doc” Mehl and Doris Daley
Paul R. Brown III
Jeri Dobrowski
Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”)
Rodney Nelson
Kay Kelley Nowell
Sally Baldus
Dave Stanley
Dale Page
Alan Mollenkopf
James Stanley
Ginger Manley
Jo Kirkwood
Susan Parker (sponsor)
Roshana Floyd
Denise Arvidson in memory of Ross Christian Arvidson
Scott and Diana Overcash
Fred Haines
Patricia Frolander
Wendy Brown
DW Groethe
Stella and Ol’ Jim Cathey in memory of Charles (Charlie) Prentiss
and Loretta Kay (Flake) Kanavel
KC LaCourse
Valerie and Floyd Beard
Ray Hopper
Nancy Flagg
Richard R. Hall
Hugh Cooke
Stan Howe
Karen Bartholoma
K L Fischer
Betty Burlingham
Ken Cook (sponsor)
Keith Ward
George Rhoades
Jeffrey Johnson
Tom Hawk
Dick May
David Stanley
RANGE Magazine (sponsor)
Marleen Bussma
Yvonne Hollenbeck (sponsor)
Jerry Brooks
Heber Valley Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering (sponsor)
Terry Nash
Gary McMahan
Stella and Ol’ Jim Cathey in memory of Col. Ralph Hodge
Daniel Bybee
Sandy Seaton Sallee
Jarle Kvale
Shane Queener
John Waters
Tom and Carla Swearingen
David Sudbury
Cindy and Chuck Learn (sponsors)
Ramblin’ Rangers
Eileen Dirksen, in memory of Steve “California Steve” Dirksen
Mark Munzert
Deanna Dickinson McCall
David Carlton
Rod Miller
Jean Mathisen Haugen
Keith Ward
Marilyn Ball

E.W. Littlefield Jr.,  2019-2020 significant program support
Margaret T. Morris Foundation,  2019 generous program support

2018

John Waters
Paul R. Brown III
Almeda Bradshaw (sponsor)
Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of Louise M. Fritts
Marci Broyhill (sponsor)
Buzz Helfert
Al “Doc” Mehl and Doris Daley
Susan Matley in memory of Liz Masterson
Charmaine Ganson
Susan Parker
Marvin and Elaine Del Chiaro
Thomas F. Hawk
Terry Nash
Rodney Nelson
Patrick Sullivan
Jerry A. Brooks
Cindy Quigley
Lawrence Smith
Diana Rice
Susan Shuma
Susie Knight
David Carlton
Russ Westwood
Scott and Diana Overcash in memory of Debi Koppang
M. Todd Hess
David Sudbury
Janet Prezia
Georganna Kresl
L.L. “Lucky Lindy” Segall in memory of Carlos Ashley
Hugh Cooke
Linda Nadon in memory of Georgie Sicking
Don Hilmer
Yvonne Hollenbeck (sponsor)
Yvonne and Glen Hollenbeck
in memory of Liz Masterson, Kenny Krogman, Elizabeth Ebert
Jeff Thomas
Martha Singer
Ken Howry—Sunshine Prairie Farm
Jeri Dobrowski
Ron Secoy
Michael Henley
Jane and Dick Morton
Karen Bartholomew
Stella Callentine
Mark Munzert
Bryce Angell
Maryanne Patterson
Betty Burlingham
Denise Arvidson in memory of Ross Christian Arvidson
C.W. (Charley) Bell
Chuck and Cindy Learn (sponsor)
Kay Kelley Nowell
Charles A. St. Lucas
George Rhodes
Nick Bales
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns (sponsor)
Bill Siems
Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of Sammie Green
Andy Nelson-Clear Out West (sponsor)
Jean Prescott (sponsor)
Marleen Bussma
Tom Swearingen
Gary McMahan
The Cowboy’s Workshop
Tom Linenbrink
Robert Dennis
Totsie Slover
Michael Henley
Richard Hall
Joseph C and Robin B Thomas
Daniel Wilson
John Walker
Jarle Kvale
Dale Page
Sally Smith-Joelle Smith Western Art
Daniel Bybee
Spalding Labs Flying SL Ranch Radio Show (sponsor)
Jerry A. Brooks
Terry Nash
Ron Secoy
Andria Kidd
Western Folklife Center (sponsor)
Sandy Seaton Sallee
Jean A. Haugen
Brian Sullivan
Smoke Wade
P’let and Mike Tcherkassky
Janice Gilbertson
Jeff Thomas
Mary Beth Piatt
Lynn Kopelke
Teresa Burleson
Deanna Dickinson McCall
Jay Snider (sponsor)
Roberta Rothman
The Cowpoke Fall Gathering (sponsor)
Sherrie Swanson
Linda Kirkpatrick
Rod Miller
Greg Camp

2019 program support:
Edmund Wattis Littlefield Jr.
Margaret T. Morris Foundation

 

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See all of the generous supporters to the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry below and find how to  be a part of it all here.

You can make a donation by check or money order, by mail (please use the form here for mail or mail to PO Box 1107, Lexington, VA 24450) or by a secure, on-line credit card payment through PayPal (a PayPal account is not required):

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CowboyPoetry.com is a project of The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, a tax-exempt non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Act. The Center seeks grants and donations from individuals, corporate entities, foundations, and private sources.

Contributions to the Center are fully deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Donors at the $50 level* and higher receive the year’s CD and Cowboy Poetry Week poster. (The CD fair market value is $15 and that amount is not deductible as a charitable contribution.) *$65 USD for Canada and other international locations.

As in all professional journalistic endeavors, no editorial preference is given to financial sponsors or supporters.

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Christmas at the BAR-D

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Welcome to the 20th annual Christmas at the BAR-D. We’ll be posting poems, classic, old, and new, starting December 16, 2019. Until then, have a look at Art Spur and please consider pitching in to ensure BAR-D programs can go forward in 2020.

“Supporting the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry supports the entire community of cowboy/western artists. Before the holidays run up yer back, maul you around, and leave you wondering what happened, step up here and help out this tremendous resource if you can. You won’t regret it, and we can all thank each other! Please donate.”  Jerry Brooks 

Find a collection of Christmas poems, first started in 2000, here.

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The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Eight (2013) is a double CD compilation of vintage and contemporary recordings of some of the  best Christmas cowboy poetry.

In this eighth annual edition of The BAR-D Roundup, a diverse chorus of voices presents contemporary and classic Christmas works. Opening the collection is a beautiful rendition of the shaped-note “Christmas Waltz” by National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow Buck Ramsey (1938-1998), accompanied by his sisters and brother. Great cowboy troubadour Don Edwards recites Badger Clark’s “The Christmas Trail”; top cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell offers his original “Good Gift”; Red Steagall, past Texas Poet Laureate and the state’s official cowboy poet delivers S. Omar Barker’s “Three Wise Men”; and the voice of Jimmy Dean (1928-2010) is heard in a vintage recording of S. Omar Barker’s “A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer.”

Forty-three additional poets and reciters present a spirited range of poems, many of them from the CowboyPoetry.com archive of Christmas at the BAR-D, started in 2000. Some of the poems are from Christmas Art Spur projects at CowboyPoetry.com, where poets are invited to be inspired by art and photography.

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Available for $25 postpaid in the US ($35 international)
Click above for credit card payments, or mail to CowboyPoetry.com,
PO Box 1107, Lexington, VA 24450

Every year’s CD includes a radio public service announcement about the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry. For this CD, it is delivered by ranch-raised rodeo broadcaster Totsie Slover.

The BAR-D Roundup cover images are usually vintage photos of poets or their forebears. This special Christmas collection veers slightly from that tradition with a photo of “Little Buddy” a steer from the Granley Ranch near Bainville, Montana (thanks to poet, picker, and ranch hand DW Groethe). Inside is a photograph of the annual live Nativity at Dick Noble and Jim and Tina Noble Nelson’s Flying U Ranch, in Cora, Wyoming.

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Find more at CowboyPoetry.com.

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Lost to us in 2019: Tim Johnson, Leo Naumann, Diane Coggin Merrill, Mike Logan, Lucky Whipple, Rusty Feathers, Bruce Matley, Janice Mitich, Leon Rausch, Marion Manwill, Del Gustafson, and Carol Reffold.

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“Supporting the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry/CowboyPoetry.com supports the entire community of cowboy/western artists. Before the holidays run up yer back, maul you around, and leave you wondering what happened, step up here and help out this tremendous resource if you can. You won’t regret it, and we can all thank each other! Please donate.”  Jerry Brooks 

At CowboyPoetry.com (also known as the BAR-D) and the non-profit Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, our mission is to preserve, celebrate, and promote the arts and life of the real working West. Thanks to a great community of supporters, we have fulfilled that mission for twenty years. Right now your help is needed to continue the work of the BAR-D.

Now is a great time to renew your support or become a donor for the first time. Donations of any amount are valued. Donors at the $50 and higher level will receive the 2020 poster and CD.

You can donate here with a secure, on-line credit card payment.
You can also donate by mail: CowboyPoetry.com, PO Box 1107, Lexington, VA 24450. Find a printable form here.
The Center reaches out to rural communities each year during Cowboy Poetry Week, in its associated Rural Library program. Rural libraries across the West receive the year’s original Western art poster and an invitation for our annual CD for their collections. Poets and musicians bring their programs into libraries and other community centers during Cowboy Poetry Week. To keep those programs going–and all of the work of the Center including CowboyPoetry.com and our social media–we need your help.

Whether you are a renewing supporter (thank you) or a new supporter, your donation will make a crucial difference in the success our programs. Be a part of it all.There are gifts for you, too: U.S. donors of $50 also receive our annual CD and Western art poster. Read about all of the donor gifts here and find information for Canadian and international donors.

Thanks to all of our great sponsors and individual 209 donors to date. Find them all here.

If you have not supported the BAR-D recently, now is the time that your support will make the most critical difference. No amount is too small.

Generous donors make the Center’s work possible.
Through CowboyPoetry.com, our blogCowboy Poetry Week, the Rural Library Program, and social media (Facebook and Twitter), we reach many. All of this work is done on a small and careful budget. Your support is essential for it to continue. Find more here.

You can make a donation by check or money order, by mail (use the form here for mail to PO Box 1107, Lexington, VA 24450) or by a secure, on-line credit card payment through PayPal (a PayPal account is not required):

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CowboyPoetry.com is a project of The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, a tax-exempt non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Act. The Center seeks grants and donations from individuals, corporate entities, foundations, and private sources.

Contributions to the Center are deductible for federal income tax purposes (except for the value of any CD received, $15).  As in all professional journalistic endeavors, no editorial preference is given to financial sponsors or supporters.

Join others in this community in supporting the BAR-D programs. Find the names of those generous current donors here.