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This photo, taken in Dodson, Montana, is by Stan Howe, Montana singer, songwriter, musician, storyteller, writer, radio host, auctioneer, and fiddle expert.

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

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President’s Day

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Us punchers sling no haughty style,
Nor go we much on manners;
We look on dudelets out this way
As only fit for “canners;”
And that is why you hear us cry
We’re always glad and ready
To throw our hats and let a yell
In honor of our Teddy.
…by Robert V. Carr

Here’s a Presidents’ Day salute to the cowboy president, Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), the 26th President of the United States.

In 1905, a group of “wild and wooly” cowboys, most from the Black Hills region, were invited by their friend, President Theodore Roosevelt (“Teddy” to them), to take part in his inaugural parade. The “Cowboy Brigade” was organized by Captain Seth Bullock of Deadwood, South Dakota.

The poem above is by Robert V. Carr (1877-1931), who was one of the of 60 cowboys. Tom Mix was also a member of the group.

Missouri ranch manager Carl Steiger, along with others, has been researching the identities of the cowboys in the Cowboy Brigade, “trying to find their stories before they are lost forever.” See our feature about the Cowboy Brigade, which includes articles by Seth Bullock and others and much more about the search at CowboyPoetry.com.

Find more about Robert V. Carr and more of his poetry in our feature here.

This 1903 photo is captioned, “Cowboys following the train and cheering President Roosevelt, Hugo, Colorado.” It’s from The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Find a trailer of a documentary filmed on location at the Roosevelt ranches, Theodore Roosevelt: A Cowboy’s Ride to the White House.

 

CATTLE by Berta Harte Nance (1883-1958)

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photo by Dorothea Lange, The Library of Congress

 

CATTLE
by Berta Harte Nance (1883-1958)

Other states were carved or born
Texas grew from hide and horn.

Other states are long and wide,
Texas is a shaggy hide.

Dripping blood and crumpled hair;
Some fat giant flung it there,

Laid the head where valleys drain,
Stretched its rump along the plain.

Other soil is full of stones,
Texans plow up cattle-bones.

Herds are buried on the trail,
Underneath the powdered shale;

Herds that stiffened like the snow,
Where the icy northers go.

Other states have built their halls,
Humming tunes along the walls.

Texans watched the mortar stirred,
While they kept the lowing herd.

Stamped on Texan wall and roof
Gleams the sharp and crescent hoof.

High above the hum and stir
Jingle bridle rein and spur.

Other states were made or born,
Texas grew from hide and horn.

…by Berta Hart Nance

In his 1941 book, The Longhorns, J. Frank Dobie (1888-1964) writes, “The map of Texas looks somewhat like a roughly skinned cowhide spread out on the ground, the tail represented by the tapering peninsula at the mouth of the Rio Grande, the broad head by the Panhandle. But ‘Cattle,’ by Berta Hart Nance, goes deeper than the map.”

Berta Hart Nance (1883-1958) was the daughter of a rancher, who was also a Confederate veteran, Indian fighter, and cousin of Jefferson Davis,” according to the Texas Almanac, which includes more about her life and writings. In 1926, her book-length poem about Texas was published, The Round-Up. She had two other books of poetry published, and her work was included in many anthologies.

Find more about her and her poem at CowboyPoetry.com.

This 1938 photograph, “Cattle range on the high plains of the Texas Panhandle,” is by noted Depression-era documentary photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). It’s from Library of Congress U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black & White Photographs. Find more about it here.

Dorothea Lange is best known for her Depression-era photograph of a migrant woman. See that photos and others in a 2013 Picture the West at CowboyPoetry.com.

Find a brief biography of Dorothea Lange, a part of Ken Burns’ The Dust Bowl, here. The Museum of Modern Art has a gallery of photos.

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CowboyPoetry.com
celebrates our Western heritage and today’s working West, dedicated to preserving our important history and to promoting the Western arts that carry on those traditions.  It’s a part of the non-profit Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry.

The Center was formed to serve a mostly rural and underserved 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.

2017

The BAR-D supporters make all of the programs of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry possible: Cowboy Poetry Week, the Rural Library Program, and CowboyPoetry.com.

Claud Roundtree
Janice Gilbertson
Andria Kidd
Laverna B. Johnson
Betty and Ken Rodgers in memory of Trisha Pedroia
Nika Nordbrock
Dick and Jane Morton
Christopher Chambers
Joanne Grinage
Susan Matley
Keith Ward
Thomas F. Hawk
Jo Lynne Kirkwood
Howard Moon
DW Groethe
Rodney Nelson
Susan Parker
Denise Arvidson in memory of Ross Christian Arvidson

Significant 2017 program support: Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield Jr.

Cowboy Poetry Week 2017 Foundation support: 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.

2016

The BAR-D supporters make all of the programs of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry possible: Cowboy Poetry Week, the Rural Library Program, and CowboyPoetry.com.

National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (sponsor)
Eileen Dirksen
Denise Arvidson
Joanne Grinage
Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”)
Santa Clarita Cowboy Gathering (sponsor)
Gary Brown
Bryce Angell
Hal Swift (multiple donations)
Robyn Stangel
Sally Smith-Joelle Smith Western Art
Rhonda Stearns (sponsor)
Betty and Ken Rodgers
Rodney Nelson
Valerie and Floyd Beard
Susan Parker
Almeda Bradshaw (renewing Sponsor)
John Waters
Jim Thompson (California)
Ray Doyle
Dan Wilson
Marjorie Parker
C.W. (Charles) Bell
Wendy Brown-Barry
Ken Cook (renewing Sponsor)
Saddle Up at Pigeon Forge (renewing Sponsor)
Douglas Gustafson
Susie Knight
Yvonne and Glen Hollenbeck (multiple donations) donations in memory of Ray Hanzlik,
Jess Howard, Pat Richardson, and Jack Walther
Cindy Quigley
Cowboy Poets of Idaho (renewing Sponsor)
Marleen Bussma
David Stanley
Terry Nash
H. Paul Moon-WESTDOCUMENTARY.COM
Melissa and Dave Stamey in memory of Pat Richardson
KC La Course
Scofield’s Cowboy Campfire
Jean Prescott Music (renewing Sponsor)
Denise Arvidson in Memory of Ross Christian Arvidson
RANGE (renewing Sponsor)
Jean Haugen
Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival (renewing Sponsor)
Stella and Jim Cathey in memory of Jack “Trey” Allen and Ronnie G. Murphey
Kent Penter
Jon Dean
Stella and Jim Cathey in memory of Ed Nesselhuf
Ron Secoy
Western Folklife Center (renewing Sponsor)
Robert Dennis
Deanna Dickinson McCall
Rosemary Yull
George Rhoades
Tom Morgan
Andy Nelson
Linda Kirkpatrick
Chuck Learn (multiple donations)
Daniel Bybee
Tom Swearingen
Kay Kelley Nowell
Jean Mathisen Haugen
Del Gustafson
David Carlton
Patricia Frolander
Sally Smith – Joelle Smith • Clara Smith Art
Valerie and Floyd Beard
Jarle Kvale
Daniel Wilson
Mike Moutoux
Sally Baldus
Kent Penter
Dale Page
Totsie Slover
Bob Miller
Gary McMahan-HorseApple Entertainment
Kent Reeves-The Whole Picture Consulting
Robert Kinsey
Susie Knight
Al “Doc” Mehl
Terry Nash (multiple donations)
Charles (C.W.) Bell
Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”) (multiple donations)
Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering (renewing sponsor)
Marleen Bussma
Slim McNaught-Slim’s Custom Leather
Spalding Labs (renewing sponsor)
Jim Thompson (California)
Stella and Jim Cathey in memory of Charles H.(Chuck) Munzert
Rocky Sullivan
John Waters
Bob Coker
Jay Snider (renewing sponsor)
P’let and Mike Tcherkassky
Jerry Brooks (multiple donations)
Smoke Wade
Chuck Learn (sponsor)
Roberta Rothman
Linda Nadon (in memory of Georgie Sicking)
Kip and Marilyn Sorlie
Sandy Seaton Sallee
Lynn Kopelke
Mark Kerr
Paul Quinton
Marci Broyhill (sponsor)
Andy Carr
Devin Dingler
Bill Ott
Jeri Dobrowski (sponsor)
Cameron La Follette
Judy James-Cowboy Jubilee
Beth Rand-Joyful Horse Project/Restoration Ranch
Stan Tixier
Greg Camp

Significant 2016 program support: Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield Jr.

Cowboy Poetry Week 2016 Foundation support: Margaret T. Morris Foundation

VISIT OUR SPONSORS

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 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 $40 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.)

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

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ONLY PLACE FOR ME by Tom Swearingen

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ONLY PLACE FOR ME
by Tom Swearingen

Cows are strung from here to Sunday,
Nose to tail all afternoon.
The herd snakin’ way to low ground,
Down the trail ‘went up last June.

Temp’rature is barely twenty.
With the wind chill it feels worse.
But I count it all a blessing
What most folks would call a curse.

To be all day on the gather
Bringing high-graze cattle down,
To still be a part of something
Not much understood in town.

To ride from can’t see to can’t see.
No need for a watch or clock.
To know I’m spendin’ my time well,
Working hard to raise this stock.

Riding ground that my father rode,
And his father rode before.
Not a lot of people these days
That can say that anymore.

‘Course days like this will test you some,
Winter gnawing at your core.
Reminding you there are reasons
Others don’t take on the chore.

The feeling long left from my hands,
And about gone from my seat.
Warmth just a dwindling memory.
Still some hours ’til home fire’s heat.

Today it’s snow and bitter wind,
Other times it’s sun and dust.
But regardless of conditions
Being here for me’s a must.

Because I’m right where I figure
Is the only place for me.
For a cowboy is what I am,
Cowboy’s what I’ll always be.

© 2017, Tom Swearingen, used with permission

Oregon horseman Tom Swearingen’s poem was inspired by a 1923 photograph by Charles J. Belden (1887-1966) titled, “Work on cattle ranch, Z/T Ranch, Pitchfork, Wyoming” in a Winter Art Spur at CowboyPoetry.com. See all of the selected poems here.

You’ll find Tom at the Spirit of The West in Ellensburg, Washington this weekend,February 17-19, 2017.

Their web site, ellensburgcowboygathering.com, tells, “Our gear fair hosts over 40 vendors from across the country. Works of art, custom leather products, felt hats and handmade boots are just a few of the booths available for your shopping pleasure. Fiddlers from across our region will be competing and providing music for your enjoyment on Saturday in the Historic Liberty Theater. Our downtown venues provide the opportunity to stroll through beautiful Downtown Ellensburg while enjoying an array of music and scenery….”

Main Stage Performers are Waddie Mitchell, Cowboy Celtic, Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band, and Juni Fisher. Downtown Performers include Barbara Nelson, The Panhandle Cowboys, Jim Aasen, T.R Stewart, Stan Kvistad, Duane Nelson, Tom Swearingen, Andy Bales, Rockin HW, Sam DeLeeuw, Paul Wilson, Lynn Kopelke, David Anderson & Jenny Lynn, and Kevin Barnhart.

Tom Swearingen’s latest release is Rhyme ’em Cowboy! Rick Huff, in his Best of the West reviews, comments, “His style and body of work make him one of the most approachable cowbards workin’.” Read more here.

Find more about Tom Swearingen at his web site, including his performance schedule, at oregoncowboypoet.com.

This intriguing photograph, “Sandy,” is by Montana songwriter, poet, and photographer John Reedy. It is included in his recent book, This Place, which also features his poems and lyrics. View the entire book here, where it is available from the publisher.

More photos from the book are included in a February, 2013 Picture the West at CowboyPoetry.com.

See additional impressive photography at John Reedy’s site. Find more about him at CowboyPoetry.com and visit twistedcowboy.com.

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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Western Horseman Youth Art Contest Guidelines

Lack of Direction,” by Dave Stamey (from his newsletter/Facebook), February 14, 2017

33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering pictures by Jessica Lifland, Charlie Ekburg, and Claire Steninger,” from The Western Folklife Center Flickr.com, February 14, 2017

Temple Grandin named to the National Women’s Hall of Fame,” by Jennifer Dimas, colostate.edu, February 10, 2017

Swing Shift,” by Peter Campbell/Jennifer Denison, (video) Western Horseman

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My Kinda Truck,” poem by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, February 13, 2017

Feedlot Heroes,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, February 13, 2017

Cowboy Poetry Returns to Mesquite,” Mesquite Local News, February 13, 2017

Annual Elko event corrals cowboy poetry, music, stories,” by F. Andrew Taylor,
reviewjournal.com, February 11, 2017

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The Grande Dame of Cowboy Poetry,” by Carson Vaughan, American Cowboy, February 2017

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the Essential Western Culture Experience,”
by Bobbie Jean Sawyer, Wide Open Country, February 10, 2017

Western Weather: A Livelihood, An Inconvenience And A Muse,” by Noah Glick, KNUR, February 9, 2017

An Oak Tree and a Sea Change,” by Amy Hale Auker, Western Folklife Center, February 9, 2017

10 Things to Do at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Lydia Schrandt, 10best.com,  February 9, 2017

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Cowboy Poetry,” (forthcoming film) by Hannah Logan Peterson

Coyote Cage Fighting,” by Jolyn Young, blog, February 6, 2017

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum illuminates Hollywood’s love affair with the ‘Old West’,” by by Michaela Marx Wheatley, newsok.com, January 26, 2017

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Small Animal Repair,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, February 6, 2017

Instant Tenderness,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, February 6, 2017

A National Gathering In Rural Nevada: How Does Elko Do It?,” by Noah Glick, KUNR, February 6, 2017

Elko’s Cowboy Poetry Gathering Emphasizes Storytelling In Divisive Times,”
by Noah Glick, KUNR, February 3, 2017

33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Ranch Family Show, Western Folklife Center YouTube, February 5, 2017

33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: The Roots of Cowboy Music, Western Folklife Center YouTube, February 5, 2017

33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Pouring ‘Em Kinda Strong, Western Folklife Center YouTube, February 5, 2017

33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Hardcore Cowboy, Western Folklife Center YouTube, February 5, 2017

33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: A Day in the Life, Western Folklife Center YouTube, February 4, 2017

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20th annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (August 3-5, 2017)

Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering celebrates 25 years,” by Steve Stockmar, willcoxrangenews.com, February 2, 2017

33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Keynote Address with Andy Wilkinson,” Western Folklife Center YouTube, February 2, 2017

Paul Zarzyski connects with poets at workshop,” by Hasani Grayson, Elko Daily Free Press, February 1, 2017

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Ed Stabler, 1942-2017

33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Luke Bell and Doug Moreland and the Flying Armadillos,” Western Folklife Center YouTube, February 2, 2017

2017 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering YouTube Channel

Elko Cowboy Arts & Gear Museum,” KENVtv, January 31, 2017

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Mechanical Problems,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, January 31, 2017

‘The Moth’ to wrangle authentic Old West stories at cowboy poetry event in Nevada,” by Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2017

Cowboy poets are well versed in Old West lore,” by Alison Stanton, The Republic,  January 31, 2017

Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering celebrates 25 years,” by Steve Stockmar, svherald.com, January 26, 2017

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Cat Laws,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, January 30, 2017

The Cowboy Poets Gather,” Russell Bowers, audioboom.com, January 30, 2017

Black Diamond bard saddling up for National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Dave Dormer, CBC News, January 29, 2017

Dave Stamey returns to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Hasani Grayson, Elko Daily Free Press, January 28, 2017

Telling Tales: Keynote speaker Andy Wilkinson explains why stories are important,” by
Marianne Kobak McKown,  Elko Daily Free Press, January 28, 2017

Deep West Video presents the Tribal Film Translation Project,” by Toni R. Milano,  Elko Daily Free Press, January 28, 2017

Andy Hedges brings classic material” by Hasani Grayson, Elko Daily Free Press, January 28, 2017

Not all Miracles work out,” by Bill Spiegel, High Plains Journal, January 23, 2017

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How Cowboy Culture, Music, and Poetry Are Being Celebrated,” by Shelby Oldham, good4utah.com, January 27, 2017

The herd that calmed my nerves,” by Laura, Black Ink, January 27, 2017

Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering celebrates 25 years,” by Steve Stockmar, Sierra Vista Herald,  January 26, 2017

Legendary Western combo, in its 83rd year, plays Cochise Gathering,” by Steve Stockmar, Sierra Vista Herald, January 25, 2017

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Getting cattle from the trains,” by Chris Beutler, Today’s Producer, January 25, 2017

Old West feeling at the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Christy Steadman, Golden Transcript, January 25, 2017

Cowboy poets tickle Stock Show crowds with wit, wisdom,” by Shirley Jinkins, Star-Telegram, January 24, 2017

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Colorado Ranching Is Still Feeling The Sting Of The Rural Recession,” by Ben Markus, cpr.org, January 25, 2017

The Top 10 things the kid you hired does his first week on the job,” by Mark Parker, Farm Talk, January 24, 2017

Mars investigating cattle Skittles,” by Candice Choi, agriview.com, January 23, 2017

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Storytelling is theme of National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Marianne Koback McKown, Elko Daily Free Press, January 24, 2017

High Wire Act,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, January 23, 2017

Ranchers show how cattle grazing and wildlife can co-exist,” by John Holland, Modesto Bee, January 18, 2017

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The All Ranch Rodeo,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, January 23, 2017

Black Cowboys, Busting one of America’s Defining Myths,” by Emily Raboteau, New York Times, January 22, 2017

Pennsylvania mayor due in court over hoard of wild west memorabilia,” Associated Press, January 22, 2017

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman,” by David Rooney, hollywoodreporter.com, January 20, 2017

Famous local cowboy yodels way into Montana hearts,” by Sarah Brown, The Prairie Star, January 19, 2017

Sad Song” by Rod Miller, blog, January 17, 2017

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Grass-Fed Beef, Sold One Cow at a Time,” by Nick Wingfield, NewYork Times, January 17, 2017

Keeper of the Keys,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, January 17, 2017

Growing Up a Farmkid,” by Whitney Turek, theodysseronline.com, January 9, 2018

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Andy Hedges’ “Cowboy Crossroads” podcast with Waddie Mitchell, Part 2,  January 17, 2017

Cowboy identity theft,” by Yvonne Hollenbeck, Tri-State Livestock News, January 9, 2017

Home on the Range,” (video), PBS, first aired 2010

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The Chain Gang,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, January 9, 2017

Life lessons learned on the backs of old horses,” by Jessie Veeder, Inforum, January 15, 2017

Aloha from the Parker Ranch,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, January 2017

The Cowboy Way: Alabama

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Ride like a man, Act like a lady. A cowboy poet’s story.,” Rosebud’s, January 13, 2017

In Arizona, A Place Where Westerns Are Still King,” by Stina Sieg, wbur.org, January 11, 2017

BHSS Pioneer Awards Breakfast: Slim McNaught,” Tri-State Livestock News,  January 5, 2017

Western Folklife Center shares traditions,” by Cortney Erndt, grouptour.com, December 27, 2016

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A Journey to the FDA,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, January 10, 2017

The Producer Meeeting,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, January 9, 2017

Starting the Year with a Surge of Rainfall Has Local Cattle Ranchers Hopeful for Greener Pastures,” by Jason Oliveira, abc30.com, January 6, 2017

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The Way I Remember Him,” (poem) by Trey Allen, Western Horseman, January 6, 2017

My Favorite Book, Part 5,” by Rod Miller,  blog,  January 4, 2017

The First American Cowboys,” by Tom Correa,  American Cowboy Chronicles blog, January 2, 2017

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Andy Hedges’ “Cowboy Crossroads” podcast with Waddie Mitchell, January 2, 2017

John’s Scrapbook,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, January 2, 2017

Hints for the Hired Man,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, January 2, 2017

City played a role in Old West cattle drives,” by Linda Riggs Mayfield, whig.com, January 1, 2017

Diary of a Christmas blizzard: A comparison,” by Jessie Veeder, inforum.com, January 1, 2017

The Moth podcast to visit Elko’s Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Jenny Kane, Reno Gazette-Journal, December 30, 2016

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Tell Me How it Was,” (poem) by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, December 26, 2016

A Dissertation on Plant Rights,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, December 26, 2016

Lies They Tell Writers, Part 35: Nobody reads anymore,” by Rod Miller, blog, December 26, 2016

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So, just how does Santa get around so fast?,” by Burt Rutherford, BEEF Magazine, December 21, 2016

Western Folklife Center,” Atlas Obscura, December 22, 2016

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The Top 10 reindeer management issues Santa faces,” by Mark Parker, Farm Talk, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas from Our Camp to Yours,” by Shannon and Kent Rollins, (video), YouTube, December 20, 2016

Cowboy Poetry Adds A New Twist For 2017,” by Bob Fenske, nhtrib.com, December 21, 2016

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How Do You Know When It’s Christmas,” (poem) by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, December 19, 2016

An Old Friend Named Harry Johnson,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, December 19, 2016

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Road Trips,” by Rod Miller, blog, December 16, 2016

Christmas cowboys at Chilliwack Cultural Centre,” Chilliwack Progress, December 13, 2016

Today’s Wild West” Mark Bedor’s new half-hour documentary-style show

Arizona Humanities Announces 2017 Humanities Awards,” by Sonoran News, December 12, 2016

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A Family Affair,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, December 12, 2016

Calvy Heifers,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, December 12, 2016

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Gail Steiger to host 7th annual Cowboy Christmas Concert,” by Sue Tone, dcourier.com, December 8, 2016

Words From the Westbound Wagon,” by Katie Frank, Western Horseman, December 8, 2016

Christmas through the eyes of a cowboy,” chilliwacktimes.com, December 8, 2016

In The ‘Game’,” by Reilly Biel, yankton.net, December 8, 2016

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History meets humility,” by Rod Miller, blog, December 6, 2016

Fun Life Of Diversity, Always A Cowboy, The Champion Poet,” by Frank J. Buchman, Kansas Ag Network, December 6, 2016

She Shoots the West,” by Bruce Williams , Facebook video, December 5, 2016

John Moore Horses & Cattle Course USA (video)

Reclaiming the Cowboy Way,” by Tim O’Byrne, Western Horseman Classic Articles

An Imaginary Interview…,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, December 5, 2016

Mercaphobia,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, December 5, 2016

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Real Stories. Straight Up,” by Darcy Minter, Western Folklife Center (blog), December 4, 2016

A jazzed up Cowboy Christmas Gathering,” by Yasmin Mayne, Spruce Grove Examiner, December 2, 2016

Third Annual ‘Sourdough Slim’s Wild & Wooly Revue’ Concert,” The Pine Tree, December 2, 2016

A Likely Story” (video)

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Russian Company Rustles Up Cowboys To Help Beef Up Demand For Steaks,” Irina Zhorov, NPR/Morning Edition, December 1, 2016

Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering announces student winners,” Sierra Vista Herald, December 1, 2016

Ranch Rhymes,” (about Jessica Hedges) by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman

Keep your hat on for an Okanagan Cowboy Christmas,” by Kristin Froneman, Vernon Morning Star, November 30, 2016

J.M. Capriola” (video) Travel Nevada/Facebook, November 25, 2016

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Cowboys on Film: The Wyoming Photographs Of Adam Jahiel,” by Allen Morris Jones, Big Sky Journal, Winter 2016 / November 2016

Down to earth,” by Lee Pitts, Tri-State Livestock News, November 29, 2016

Listen to the Story of Bill Pickett, A Cowboy Who Broke Broncos and Barriers,” Atlas Obscura, November 28, 2016

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Canadians headline Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada,” by Travel Nevada, suncruisermedia.com, November 28, 2016

BC Cowboy Heritage Society/Kamloops Cowboy Festival newsletter

Ranching and Conservation go Hand in Hand on Triple P Ranch in Nephi,” by Katie England, Mesabi Daily News, November 27, 2016

Seemann portrays singing cowboys,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily Free Press, November 25, 2016

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Western Folklife Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Daily Schedule

My 10 Most Unforgettable Lifetime Experiences,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, November 28, 2016

Donating Rodeo Style,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, November 28, 2016

My Favorite Book: Part 4.” by Rod Miller, blog, November 25, 2016

Curly’s Cowboy Christmas coming Dec. 17,” vvdailypress.com, November 25, 2016

Renowned cowboy and saddle maker resides in Overland,” by Shawndrea Thomas, fox2now.com, November 23, 2016

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Free Advice,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, November 21, 2016

The Committee Meeting,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, November 21, 2016

The cow feeding ritual…,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (blog) November 21, 2016

Gila Valley Cowboy Poets celebrate 23rd year,” by David Sowders, eacourier.com, November 21, 2016

Cowboy poetry: Tugging at hearts,” by Tom Leyde, Monterey Herald, November 19, 2016

Bluegrass icon Peter Rowan tops Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival,” by Adam Joseph, Monterey County Weekly, November 17, 2016

Christmas with Brenn Hill, Andy Nelson…,” by the Allinger Community Theatre, Idaho State Journal, November 17, 2016

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Wild Cow Catchers,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, November 16, 2016

Poetic cowpokes wrangle rhymes at Loomis gathering,” by Steve Archer, auburnjournal.com, November 15, 2016

Ranch Raised Kids Photo Project

2016 WMA Awards of Excellence

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Interpreted Classified Ads,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, November 14, 2016

Acts for ‘A Cowboy Christmas’ Holiday Concert Set,” by Tom Agostino, prescottenews.com, November 13, 2016

Roaming Troubadour,” (Mike Beck) by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman

Vandygriff to headline CTHC’s second annual cowboy poetry event,” The Duncan Banner, November 12, 2016

Beef, bacon, and beans, hearty cowboy fare,” by Kim Jackson, Albany Democrat, November 11, 2016

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…Cowboy fare actually pretty healthy,” by Barbara Quinn, Monterey Herald, November 9, 2016

Georgie Sicking 1921-2016, obituary, November 8, 2016

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Part Indian,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, November 7, 2016

The Coyote,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, November 7, 2016

‘Devastating’: Historic drop in cattle prices leaves ranchers desperate for answers,”
by David Erickson, missoulian.com, November 5, 2016

Ranchers included in new sagebrush science plan,” by Adella Harding, Elko Daily Free Press, November 4, 2016

A pair to draw to,” by Rod Miller (blog),  November 4, 2016

Sheep lead Livestock and Heritage Parade,” by Daysa Corrington, suunews.com, November 3, 2016

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We Go to a Monastery in North Dakota,” deanandmindygotochurch.blogspot.com, November 3, 2016

ELKO 100: Waddie Mitchell,” by Toni R. Milano, Elko Daily Free Press, November 3, 2016

Cowpoke Fall Gathering, November 10-13 Loomis, CA,” by Amy Looney, Placer Sentinel, November 2, 2016

Long Day For Working Cowboys Competing In Two Ranch Rodeos,” by Frank J. Buchman, wibwnewsnow.com, November 2, 2016

Ben Crane entertains at museum Cowboy Christmas Concert,” wltribune.com,  November 2, 2016

Heber Valley celebrates ‘The Cowboy Way’ with Suzy Bogguss,” by Tony Toscano, gephardtdaily.com, November 1, 2016

Rudy’s 2nd Letter,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, October 31, 2016

Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering to celebrate 25 years,” by Derek Jordan, svhearld.com, October 31, 2016

Political Hot Air,” by Rodney Nelson, Farm & Ranch Guide, October 26, 2016

Cowboying on the Sagebrush Sea,” by Gina Teichert, Cowboys & Indians, October 25, 2016

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One Good Dog,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, October 31, 2016

Cowboy at heart and at home,” by Linda Provost, The Duncan Banner, October 20, 2016

Temple Grandin is paying it forward in spades,” by Joel Crews, meatpoultry.com, October 28, 2016

My Favorite Book, Part 3.,” by Rod Miller (blog), October 26, 2016

Barn Raisers doc explores history of classic American buildings,” by Patrick Sisson, curbed.com, October 24, 2016

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Comstock Cowboy Poet Gathering,” sandhillsexpress.com, October 28, 2016

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Radio show features Cowboy artist, singer,” Deming Headlight, October 26, 2016

Wet Saddle Pads & Half-Top Trailers,” by Katie Frank, Western Horseman, October 26, 2016

Museum First Saturday Brunch features cowboy poetry,” Rapid City Journal, October 26, 2016

The Top 10 excuses heard by veterinarians,”by Mark Parker, farmtalknewspaper.com, October 25, 2016

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Where Country Meets Western: the History and Influence of Cowboy Poetry,” by Bobbie Jean Sawyer, Wide Open Country, October 24, 2016

Celebrate western heritage by enjoying Cedar Sheep Parade,” by Tom Wharton, sltrib.com, October 24, 2016

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Moderation,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, October 24, 2016

Cow Working Time in the Fall,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, October 24, 2016

Ross Hecox’ Western Horseman photo blog

Can The Arts Help Save Rural America?,” by Teresa Wiltz, Huffington Post, October 20, 2016

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Local Bloc Seeks to Counter Bid for Australian Cattle Empire,” by Rob Taylor, Wall Street Journal, October 20, 2016

Jens Lund And Cowboy Poetry…,” by Tom Williams, upr.org, October 18, 2016

Lies They Tell Writers, Part 33: The ‘Western’ is dead,” by Rod Miller (blog), October 13, 2016

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Bull Rider’s Limp,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, October 17, 2016

The Johnny Cash version of ‘Here by the Owl’,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, October 17, 2016

Artist William Matthews Keeps Western Tradition Alive with Martin’s 2016 LE Cowboy Acoustic Guitar,” by Anna Pulley, Acoustic Guitar, October 14, 2016

The Top 10 country crimes that ought to be jailable offenses,” by Mark Parker, Farm Talk Newspaper, October 11, 2016

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Young cattle ranchers work to find balance,” by  CBC Kamloops, CBC News, October 12, 2016

Curly’s Cowboy Christmas coming Dec. 17,” staff, Daily Press, October 12, 2016

Back in the saddle again,” by Jessica Weston, mtshastanews.com, October 11, 2016

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A Day on a Ranch Where Your Beef is Raised,” by Brandi Buzzard Frobose, Buzzard’s Beat blog, October 12, 2016

Almont’s parade was filled with horses this year,” by Rodney Nelson, Farm & Ranch Guide, September 29, 2016

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Hoot and a Holler,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, October 10, 2016

Runnin’ That Ol’ Cow One More Year,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, October 10, 2016

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A Rancher With a Passion for Animal Psychology,” by Bourree Lam, The Atlantic, October 5, 2016

Last of vaudeville cowboys plays honky-tonk tunes,” by Verda Mackay, chicoer.com, October 5, 2016

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The Royal Trailer Treatment: A rare look inside Roy Rogers’ de luxe trailer,” by Katie Frank, Western Horseman, October 4, 2016

Brown Ranches,” by Matt Brockman,” Western Horseman,  October 4, 2016

Montana rancher’s Highland cattle reach national businesses,” by Madison Dapcevich, Forum News Service/Prairie Business Magazine, October 3, 2016

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This is Dirt,” (poem) by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, October 3, 2016

Hedging Pullets,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, October 3, 2016

Cowboy Poetry Gathering delights visitors,” by Mary Shinn, Durango Herald, October 1, 2016

Old West Days and Nebraska Cowboy/Music Gathering, Badlands, Broncs & Bulls, WRCA finals,” by Jan Swan Wood, Tri-State Livestock News, September 29, 2016

Cowboy Poetry: Emandal Farm hosts down home music and food,” by Aura Whittaker, The Willits News, September 27, 2016

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A Lesson in the Livestock Business,” by Dave Stamey, Facebook, September 17, 2016

The Best Lesson,” by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, September 27, 2016

National Cowboy Museum hosts unique art sale and exhibition,” by Rhiannon Poolaw, kswo.com, September 27, 2016

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Cow Thoughts,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, September 26, 2016

Smooth Tongue Cows,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, September 26, 2016

Down Ballot: Oklahoma measure may alter life of cowboys,” by Douglas Kennedy, video.foxnews.com, September 26, 2016

Friends of Rockhound: ‘Enchanting Cowboy’ returns,” Deming Headlight, September 26, 2016

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Clara: In the Post Office,” by Linda Hasselstrom, The Writer’s Almanac, September 23, 2016

Benefit concert to raise awareness on ranching industry,” by Jacqueline Devine, Alamogordo Daily News, September 22, 2016

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Sept. 29-Oct. 2,” pagasosun.com, September 22, 2016

The Rawhide Artist,” by Andy Rieber, Craftsmanship.net, September 21, 2016

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Cowboys Turn to High-Tech Ear Tags to Monitor Animal Health,” by Jacob Bunge, Wall Street Journal, September 20, 2016

Benny Had a Good Life,” by Kurt Karlberg, Feedyard Foodie blog, September 20, 2016

5th Annual Dakota Western Heritage Festival 2016 Offered History and Fun For All,” by Dorene Foster, DRGnews.com, September 20, 2016

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Be Deliberate,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, September 21, 2016

Secrets of Sourdough,” by Kent Rollins (Facebook video), September 20, 2016

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society newsletter, September 2016

Western Art Collector magazine

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Hiring a Cowboy,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, September 19, 2016

Cowboy Poetry gathering schedule announced,” Durango Herald, September 19, 2016

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The Latest Chapter in the Cowboy Poetry Photo Project: A Photographic Adventure with Amy and Gail Steiger,” by Jessica Brandi Lifland,  Jessica Brandi Lifland’s Photo Blog, September 16, 2016

Cowboy Poetry Project,” by Jessica Brandi Lifland

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…Corb Lund’s Moving Hymn for the Modern Rancher, ‘S Lazy H’,”
By Matt Alpert, wideopencounty.com, September 15, 2016

Harvest, Cowboy Festival returns to Silver Dollar City,” by Joshua Clark, bransontrilakesnews.com, September 13, 2016

The Big Drive,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, September 13, 2016

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County Fair Buyout,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, September 12, 2016

Free to Protest,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, September 12, 2016

BLM experiments with targeted grazing, using cattle to ‘mow’ fire breaks in the Owyhee Front,” by Steve Stuebner, magicvalley.com, September 12, 2016

Annual Alzada gathering will be Oct. 2,” Rapid City Journal, September 11, 2016

Ranch Diaries: Two years into Triangle P Cattle, we’re coming into our own,” by Laura Jean Schneider, High Country News, September 6, 2016

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Poetry Gathering to celebrate storytelling,” Elko Daily Free Press, September 8, 2016

The Epic Effort to Map the West,” by Tyler Green, Zocalo, August 22, 2016

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The Cowboy Image,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, September 5, 2016

Zealots,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, September 5, 2016

Trappings of the American West celebrates its 25th anniversary of cowboy art,” Arizona Daily Sun, by Seth Muller, September 5, 2016

Poet Laureate” by Joe Lenartiene, wqcs.org, September 5, 2016

Local band honors South Dakota poet,” by Robert Grant, blackhillsfox.com, September 4, 2016

Cowboy Codes,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman

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The adventure of bringing home another old truck,” by Rodney Nelson, Farm & Ranch Guide, September 1, 2016

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Cowboy Capital ‘Celebrates Bandera’ for 15 years,” Bandera County Courier, September 1, 2016

Branded,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, August 31, 2016

Ranching Truth and on Facebook

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The law of the land and other gruesome truths…,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch blog, August 30, 2016

Lost N Lava: Trail ride kicks off poet gathering,” by Tetona Dunlap, magicvalley.com, August 30, 2016

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Public Signs,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, August 29, 2016

Living off a land that both gives and takes: Cattle culture in Outback Australia,”
by May-Ying Lam, Washington Post, August 26, 2016

Arizona’s four corners: In the southeast, where ghosts still ride in the sky,” by Shaun McKinnon, The Republic/azcentral.com, August 26, 2016

Ranch Horse News, new publication from Western Horseman

Ranching and Wetlands Can Go Together,” by Kathy Voth, On Pasture, August 22, 2016

Selling Horses,” by Angela Kelly, HorseGirl blog, July 7, 2016

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Sitting in judgment,” by Rod Miller (blog), August 26, 2016

Warner Valley: Cowboys and Ranchers,” by Andy Rieber (video)

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Chisholm Trail celebrates 150 years,” by Ron Wilson, Cattle Business Weekly, August 24, 2016

Photo blog by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman editor

Taylor’s Gary Kirkman wins state award,” by Barbara Bruce, The Independent, August 24, 2016

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The Cowboy Way” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, August 15, 2016

Bear 101: How To Avoid Getting Mauled By A Grizzly In Yellowstone,” by Peter O’Dowd, Here & Now, August 22, 2016

National Cowboy Symposium coming to Lubbock in September,” oaoa.com, August 22, 2016

South Florida’s Seminole Cowboys: Cattle Is ‘In Our DNA,'” by Jacki Lyden, All Things Considered, August 21, 2016

Flying SL Radio Ranch Show from Spalding Labs

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Sean Sexton named Indian River County’s first poet laureate,” by Janet Begley, tcpalm.com, August 17, 2016

Charley Engel’s “Calling All Cowboys” radio (weekly)

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Two-gaited horses,” by Rod Miller (blog), August 18, 2016

Cowboy musicians, poets turn out for night of Western fun,” OrovilleMR, August 17, 2016

Cowboy poetry, Edwards Plateau highlight fort’s speaker series topics,” gosanangelo.com, August 17, 2016

National Cowboy Symposium presents Wild West Day for students,” ktre.com, August 15, 2016

“Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges celebrate the ‘cowboy poetry’ of modern western ‘Hell or High Water,’” by Mark Olsen, latimes.com, August 15, 2016

The Real West from the Old West” radio with Totsie Slover

Barnyard Dust Offers a Clue to Stopping Asthma in Children,” by Gina Kolata, New York Times, August 3, 2016

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Black rodeo aims to educate, entertain and find new fans,” by Emily Jones, marketplace.org, August 16, 2016

81 Years Old And Still Capturing Photos From The Back Of A Galloping Horse,”
by Cherie Newman, mtpr.org, August 15, 2016

Horse Psychology,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, August 15, 2016

Historic Winecup Gamble ranch for sale,” by Adella Harding, Elko Daily Free Press, August 13, 2016

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Rodeo Kids” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, August 15, 2016

Andy and Jim Nelson’s “Clear Out West (C.O.W.) radio” (weekly)

Faith and family give ranch manager strength to fight cancer,” by Rachel Spencer, AgDaily, August 11, 2016

The 19th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo,” RFD-TV, August 10, 2016

2016 Western Music Association Award Nominees

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Jarle Kvale’s “Back at the Ranch” cowboy poetry and music podcast (weekly)

Jessica Hedges recites “The Code” by Leon Flick,  (video) August 9, 2016

La Escalera Ranch (“Herding Cattle with a Drone”) (video)

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New National Cowboy Poetry Gathering website and Western Folklife Center website

Viewfinder: Todd Klassy,” by Shawn Ponyter, Daily Yonder, August 10, 2016

Cowboy Poets Gathering kicks off Thursday,” by Nanci Huston, Daily Courier, August 9, 2015

Posing for Photos…,” by Rodney Nelson, Farm & Ranch Guide, August 5, 2016

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The tallest cowboy: the story of Ralph ‘Tex’ Madsen,” by Wolfgang Wild, Retronaut

One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts,” by  Peter Byck, Vimeo

The Fair Board,” by Baxter Black (audio), Western Horseman, August 8, 2016

Movin’ Cows,” by Baxter Black (latest column), BaxterBlack.com, August 8, 2016

Ed Nesselhuf, 1944-2016,” Vermillon Plain Talk,  July 28, 20166

ON FINDING SOMEONE by Joel Nelson

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ON FINDING SOMEONE
by Joel Nelson

If on some better than average day
I should be riding along
Observing—not expecting—well maybe
And should see just as hoof swept by
One flawless arrow point—
If on that shining morning
I should step down to lift this point
Turning it delicately—feeling its smoothness
Beneath my fingertips
I would marvel at its perfection
At the way some ancient one
Had tempered and crafted such beauty
And how it came to lie there
All these centuries—covered—uncovered
Re-hidden—re-exposed
Until it came to me
To happen by this place
On this day made now more perfect.
And I would ponder such things
As coincidence and circles and synchronicity,
And I would pocket this treasure near my heart,
And riding on I would recall
Having seen such treasure as this elsewhere
But not this one—not this one.
And for one brief moment I would stiffen with fear
At how one quick glance in another direction
Could have lost this to me forever,
And I would touch my shirt over my heart
Just to make sure.

© 1998, Joel Nelson, used with permission.

It’s often said that anything a cowboy sings is a cowboy song, and that holds true for any poem a cowboy writes being cowboy poetry.

Respected Texas horseman, rancher, poet, reciter, and National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow Joel Nelson’s writing and reciting are masterful—he captures readers and listeners alike with his craft. His The Breaker in the Pen album is the only cowboy poetry recording ever nominated for a Grammy Award. Baxter Black has commented that the recording “…raised the bar for cowboy poetry for 1000 years.”

Watch Joel Nelson recite this poem in a Blanton Museum of Art performance in 2012.

Sylvia and Joel Nelson ranch near Alpine, Texas. This great photo of them was taken by top cowboy photographer Walter Workman and was used inside The BAR-D Roundup: Volume 10 from CowboyPoetry.com.

Songster and respected cowboy music and poetry interpreter Andy Hedges liked this poem so much that he recorded it, along with other classics, modern and otherwise, on his latest project, Cowboy Recitations.

Find more about Joel Nelson, including this poem and others along with information about his CD, at CowboyPoetry.com.

Find more about Walter Workman on Facebook and at walterworkman.com, where there are impressive photo galleries.

Find more poems for Valentine’s Day at CowboyPoetry.com.

THE CUTTIN’ CHUTE by Linda Kirkpatrick

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THE CUTTIN’ CHUTE
by Linda Kirkpatrick

As the cowboy works the cuttin’ gate
There’s a few things he’s gotta know.
The first and foremost of these things
Is what must stay and what must go.

Now take that ole cow over there
The black with mottled face,
Why she ain’t calved in more than a year;
She’s got no business on this place.

So I’ll just cut her to the left
When she hits the cuttin’ gate,
So far of all the cows to go,
She’ll be number eight.

But when it comes to friends I know
And life is kinda in a tight
There is one thing fer darn sure,
I’ll cut you to the right.

© 2002, Linda Kirkpatrick, used with permission
This poem should not be printed or posted without the author’s permission

Ranch-raised in Texas Hill Country, Linda Kirkpatrick is known for her poetry, recitations, writings about regional history, and chuckwagon cooking.

She wrote this poem for her friends Ginger and W. B. Patterson, who, like Linda, are from long-time Texas ranching families.

Linda Kirkpatrick is headed to the 31st annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering (February 24-25, 1017). A stellar lineup includes Doris Daley, Pipp Gillette, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Jim Jones, Luke Reed, Gail Steiger, Dale Burson, Mikki Daniel, Kevin Davis, and Randy Rieman. There are special concerts by Trinity Seely and Kristyn Harris and by Red Steagall and Dan Roberts and other performers include Mary Abbott, Apache Adams, Gary Allegretto, Amy Hale Auker, Sally Bates, “Straw” Berry, Mike Blakely, Almeda Bradshaw, Don Cadden, Bob Campbell, Craig Carter, Allan Chapman & Rodeo Kate, John Davis, Doug Figgs, Ray Fitzgerald, Rolf Flake, Ryan Fritz, Jeff Gore, Audrey Hankins, Andy Hedges, Don Hedgpeth, Randy Huston, Chris Issacs, Jill Jones & Three Hands High, Suzi Killman & Cyndi Austin, Linda Kirkpatrick, Daron Little, Deanna McCall, Pat Meade, Chuck Milner, Glenn Moreland, Joel Nelson, Sam Noble, Kay Nowell, Jean Prescott, Gary Prescott, Mike Querner, Heather Watson & Nathan Schmidt, Jay Snider, Caitlyn Taussig, Rod Taylor, Floyd Traynor, Keith Ward, and Jim Wilson.

This year’s Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering poster is by Tyler Crow, the newest and youngest member of the Cowboy Artists of America. (The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry/CowboyPoetry.com is also pleased to have Tyler Crow art for this year’s Cowboy Poetry Week poster.)

Find more about the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering on Facebook and at texascowboypoetry.com.

Find more about Tyler Crow on Facebook,  and at tylercrow.com.

Find more about Linda Kirkpatrick, including her books and recordings, at CowboyPoetry.com, http://www.cowboypoetry.com/lk.htm, and find her “Somewhere in the West” column in The Hill Country Herald.