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Vess_Quinlan-2018#5355-7x5,300photo © 2018, Kevin Martini-Fuller

by Vess Quinlan

The preacher picked us out of a stream
of National Western Stock Show enthusiasts
walking toward the entrance gates
on the icy sidewalk.
He approached spraying spittle,
pointed with a grimy hand,
and shouted loudly.
“Are you people of faith?
Do you believe Madam?”
Uh-oh, I thought,
nobody, but nobody shouts
at Grandma.

Later, over ice cream,
she said, “I’ve been thinking
about that sidewalk preacher
and what he said.
I should have stopped
and told him of our belief.
It is pure faith to turn bulls in with cows
and believe that, come spring, there will be
rambunctious white faced calves bucking
and bawling and butting heads.
When we bury tiny fragile seed
a quarter inch deep in dry soil
we believe a miracle of great lushness
will happen to feed us and our livestock.
Is that not faith?

“When hard times come,
we hang on like leeches
and believe that next year
it won’t hail out our wheat,
or rain on the alfalfa windrows.
Next year the cows will all twin
and we will be able to pay the bank.
Oh yes, I should have told him,
We believe and have great faith
because we are next year people.”

© Vess Quinlan
This poem should not be reprinted or reposted without permission

Vess Quinlan, respected poet and storyteller, rancher and truck driver, includes this poem in “Letters from Leo” (2014), a limited-edition chapbook of poems and stories.

He told us that the poem contains many direct quotes from his grandmother. The idea of “next year people” was an expression that sprang from the Great Depression; Ken Burns mentions it in his documentary, The Dust Bowl. Vess Quinlan has written other poems about and inspired by his grandmother.

In the landmark book, Between Earth and Sky (1995), author Anne Heath Widmark writes, “The history of Vess’s family, on both sides, reflects the hardships small ranchers have endured in the this century in the West—the subject of some of the poems in Vess’s book, The Trouble with Dreams. During a cowboy poetry gathering in Grand Junction, Colorado, Vess told me that in the 1930s his grandparents on his mother’s side were driven off their land near Pueblo when became overextended buying breeding stock in the good-times twenties…”

Later she quotes him, “Once you destroy a culture, you can never get it back…The sense of place, the sacred, is where a people have lived and worked. Go back to where you lived as a child. What’s happening there is what’s happening to the sacred all over the world.”

That book also contains some of Vess Quinlan’s poetry and excellent photographs by Kent Reeves.

He recites his poem, “Barn Cats,” in a 2019 video from the Western Folklife Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Find other recitations on their YouTube channel.

Last July Andy Hedges recorded an engaging interview with Vess Quinlan on his Cowboy Crossroads podcast.

Vess Quinlan has contributed over two dozen stories to RANGE magazine, where his work is featured frequently.

The above 2018 photograph of Vess Quinlan is by Kevin Martini-Fuller, who has photographed participants of the Western Folklife Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for over three decades. In 2019, an exhibit of his photographs was mounted at the gathering and throughout the town of Elko, Nevada, home of the gathering.

Now those portraits have been collected in a beautifully designed book, which includes four poems and more than 75 photographs, Portraits of the Gathering.

See the “Portraits of the Gathering” exhibit site, which also includes poetry by the included poets.

Find more of Kevin Martini-Fuller’s works at his site.

Thanks to Kevin Martin-Fuller for his generous permissions.

(Request permission for use of this poem or photograph.)

News Bits and Links

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

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

image, “Ranch Water,” © 2019, Teal Blake

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Most May, June, and July events are canceled or postponed.

For first time in 124 years, Cheyenne Frontier Days canceled,” by Mead Gruver, Associated Press, May 27, 2020

Team Roping Handicap,” by Baxter Black (in the latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  May 26, 2020

How to be grateful,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch blog, May 26, 2020

Cows were causing mysterious Google outages, according to a funny story shared by the company’s data center engineering mastermind Urs Hölzle,” by Julie Bort, Yahoo! News/Business Insider, May 26, 2020

Business is booming for many small, local meat processors and butchers, as massive slaughterhouses face COVID crises,” by Carson Vaughan, Business Insider, May 25, 2020,

2020 Spur Award Winners, Western Writers of America

Andy Hedges recites “The Bronco” by Captain Jack Crawford, the scout poet, YouTube, May 7, 2020


OHR Presents: Andy Hedges” (podcast), Ozark Highlands Radio, May 21, 2020

Summer concert series suspended in Douglas County,” kpic.com, May 21, 2020

Remembering Cy Scarborough: Durango icon leaves behind more than musical legacy,” by Katie Chicklinski-Cahill, Durango Herald, May 21, 2020

The Life of Modern-Day American Cowboys (podcast),” Alamo Pictures, May 21, 2020

Gunpowder to Oysters,” by Sherry Monahan, True West, June 2020

“‘Cows will need bred’: Coronavirus is hitting the meat industry all the way up to animal breeders,” by Alfred Miller, Louisville Courier Journal May 17, 2020


Behind Those Eyes,” by Baxter Black (in the latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  May 12, 2020

Western Horseman Presents 2020 Women of the West Award,” by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, May 12, 2020

Shopping links for National Cowboy Poetry Gathering poets and musicians, Western Folklife Center

Processing food in rural America practically non-existent,’ by Rodney Nelson, Farm & Ranch, May 12, 2020

People want beef. Ranchers have cows. Here’s what’s going wrong,” by Samanta Masunaga, Sara Parvini, Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2020


Dave Stamey Porch Music #8, “The Purgatory Cantina,YouTube, May 11, 2020

North America bulges with cattle as virus closes packers, leaving retailers hungry for beef,” by Rod Nickel and Martinne Geller, Reuters, May 7, 2020

Horses Recognize Pics of Their Keepers,” by Susanne Bard, Scientific American, May 5, 2020

UTA LIBRARIES DIGITAL GALLERY BETA; Explore over 55,600 images from various collections located at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Free-roaming horse Jenny cheers up German lockdown,” by Michelle Fitzpatrick, Yahoo News, May 3, 2020

Compton’s Black Cowboys Ride To Reclaim Their Legacy,” by Cristina Kim and Tonya Mosley, Here & Now, April 30, 2020

Greatest Westerns of the 21st Century,” by Joe Leydon, Cowboys & Indians, April 28, 2020


Welcome Western Jubilee Recording Company to the Smithsonian Folkways Family,” Smithsonian Folkways, April 30, 2020

Tom Swearingen, Lake Oswego Public Library Author Series

Cattle producers bring Ft. Pierre packing plant back online,” by Codi Vallery-Mills, The Cattle Business, April 29, 2020

Virtual Cowboy Poetry Under the Stars, Western Heritage Classic, Facebook Live, May 7, 8PM Central

The Real Texas Rangers,” by Stuart Rosebrook, True West, May 2020

The musical eccentrics among us,” by Jason Cassidy, Chico News and Review, April 30, 2020

Beef prices are up, but ranchers are struggling,” MSN Money, April 24, 2020

I’d Like a Dog,” by Rodney Nelson, Farm & Ranch Guide, April 23, 2020


Dave Stamey Porch Music #7, “Wild Again,YouTube, April 27, 2020

Do What We Can Do,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch blog, April 27, 2020

Clear Out West (C.O.W.) Cowboy Poetry Week show, April 27, 2020

Computer cowboys,” by Lee Pitts, The Fence Post, April 24, 2020

Don’t Rope the Dog and Other Barn Rules,” by Jolyn Young, Western Horseman, April  21, 2020

Nature Films,” by Baxter Black (in the latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  April 21, 2020

Virtual Riding Lessons,” by Katie Frank, Western Horseman, April 7, 2020


A Piece of the Sky,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch blog, April 20, 2020

Dave Stamey Porch Music #6, Too Many Crows,” YouTube, April 20, 2020


Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week,” by Rod Miller (blog), April 18, 2020

Symphony in the Flint Hills cancels 2020 Signature Event due to COVID-19,” kwch.com, April 17, 2019


Author of ‘Hank the Cowdog’ series bringing stories to your home amid COVID-19,” by Vanessa Garcia, kcbd.com, April 16, 2020

Heritage Center museum prepares to go live for students, guests,” by Toni Hopper, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, April 16, 2020

Late cowboy poet’s ode to spring is ‘elegant simplicity’,” Boulder-Monitor, April 15, 2020

Maynard Dixon’s American West,” by Dana Joseph, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, April 12, 2020

Cowgirl Museum Story Time National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame


Cowboy Poet TINTYPE Portraits – 2020 by Kevin Martini-Fuller

John Leask Collett obituary, Elko Daily Free Press April 15, 2020

The Lone Pine,” by Baxter Black (in the latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  April 14 , 2020

Today’s Wild West; Montana’s Dryhead Ranch, Youtube, April 14, 2020

After nearly 60 years, the Henry Strater Theatre closes,” by Jonathan Romeo, The Journal, April 14, 202

Wyoming Arts Council grants for Wyoming artists affected by COVID-19

Rural Health Matters,” RFD-TV on Facebook, April 13, 2020

RFD-TV-Coronavirus coverage

Big, blue skies and baby calves—branding season in rural America,” by Liz Daehnke, Center for Rural Affairs, April 13, 2020

Small-Town Dispatches: Sleepy Marathon Quieter Than Ever During COVID-19,” by E. Dan Klepper, Texas Highways, April 7, 2020


A Safe Place to Land,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch blog, April 13, 2020

Dave Stamey Porch Music #5 “To Hear a Cowboy Song,” YouTube, April 13, 2020

Online group uses daily art and ideas to life spirits and spark creativity,” by Sarah Bonnette, nola.com, April 12, 2020

Expanding efforts to keep ‘cows over condos’ are protecting land across the West,” by Jennifr Oldham, Washington Post, April 11, 2020

Lone Star Listens: Andy Hedges, Cowboy Poet and Songster,” Lone Star Listens, April 5, 2020


Artist Shawn Cameron’s video tour of her studio, Facebook

A sense of normal: Reinholz family embraces spring with family at home,” by Kiley Carroll, The Sheridan Press, April 9, 2020

Teaching Poetry Online, The Poetry Foundation

Cowboy poetry workshop set via internet, ” by Rachel Jamieson, Havre Daily News, April 9, 2020


Dave Stamey Porch Music #4 The Truck Song, YouTube, April 4, 2020

A Horseman’s Guide to COVID-19,” by Western Horseman, April 2, 2020


34th Annual Trappings of Texas Online Exhibit & Sale of Contemporary Western Art & Custom Cowboy Gear, April 16-August 2, 2020 Museum of the Big Bend

His Father’s Son,” by Baxter Black (in the latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  April 7 , 2020

Cowgirl Up! Desert Caballeros Western Museum virtual tour

C&I for Kids,” by Jesse Hughey, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, April 3, 2020


Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Museum – Online resources and reading resources

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West parade 1902 film from The Library of Congress

In Our Thoughts: Doug (Douglas Allen) Keller 1943-2020


Andy Nelson’s YouTube Channel, with frequent stories

“Poetry & Practice” from the Poetry Foundation. Daily prompts and activities.

What is a Cowboy Anyway?,” by RW Hampton, Cowboys & Indians Magazine March 26, 2020

Rodeo Westerns Online,” by David Hofstede, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, March 21, 2020


Celebrating April: National Poetry Month  Bobbie Jean Bell / OutWest
“A Pinch of Poetry” and “A Dose of Imagination” every day beginning April 1st and continuing through April 30th as we celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week and National Poetry Month! At 2:00PM (MT) daily, we’re featuring a Western poet and author across our Facebook pages.


Cowboy Poetry Week newsletter and Giveaway, Constant Contact, March 31, 2020

If Dr. Seuss Counted Cows at the Gate, Story Time with Andy,  by Andy Nelson, YouTube, March 30, 2020

5 things to know about working from home, with kids,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch blog, March 30, 2020


Entertainment in Sims area is varied and plentiful,” by Rodney Nelson, Farm & Ranch Guide, March 27, 2020

If the Morning Comes,” Dave Stamey’s Porch Music #3, YouTube, March 27, 2020

Brenn Hill and Andy Nelson live Facebook show  March 27, 2020


All American CowboyFest  (formerly the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium), October 8-11, 2020


History lesson on emergency food sources…” (humor) by Corb Lund,  Facebook, March 26, 2020

Ocean of Grass, Life on a Nebraska Sandhills Ranch (film)

Saddle Up and Dance; Historical Recreation,” by Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, Tri-State Livestock News, March 11, 2020

Happy 40th Andy Hedges!,” by various artists, YouTube, March 24, 2020


The Saddle,” Dave Stamey’s Porch Music #2, YouTube, March 23, 2020

Andy Hedges interviews Gail Steiger remembering Gail Gardner, Cowboy Crossroads, March 23, 2020

Equal Opportunity Cowboy,” by Baxter Black (in the latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  March 23, 2020


Starting conversations with strangers is a fun way to travel,” by Rodney Nelson, Farm & Ranch Guide, March 18, 2020


New news and newer news,” by Rod Miller (blog), March 20, 2020

Fisher Poets of Astoria,” by Ari Blatt,  The Corvallis Advocate, March 19, 2020

2020 Womanhood Award recipient – Myrna Cox,” by Linsey Glover,  Southern Utah News, March 19, 2020

Coronavirus postpones poetry show,” plumasnews.com, March 18, 2020

Leon Slichter, 71, Grangeville,” obituary, Idaho County Free News, March 18, 2020

Faith, Family, and the Feast,” by Ellise Pierce, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, March 14, 2020

Nominations Now Open for Governor’s Awards in the Arts,” by Harrison Berry, Boise Weekly, March 12, 2020

Activity Book for Horse-Loving Kids, American Quarter Horse Association (free download)

Activities and Resources for young people National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame


National Cowboy Poetry Gathering 2020 photographs by Jessica Lifland, March 17, 2020


The Corona Blues, by Dave Stamey, YouTube, March 16, 2020


2020 Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America  March 11, 2020

Boys Will Be Boys,” by Baxter Black (in the latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  March 10, 2020

International Western Music Association (IWMA) Columbia Chapter Youth Poetry Contest for young people in Oregon, Washington,  Idaho, and British Columbia  Deadline September 1, 2020


Cobbler throwdown highlights sweet flavors of Western dessert,” by Hannah Maginot, swoknews.com, March 9, 2020

The Forgotten History of the Black American Cowboy,” by Rory Doyle, Outside Magazine, March 8, 2020

Listening to Horses,” by Rod Miller (blog), March 6, 2020

Cowboy music and poetry at Switchgrass artists co-op,” Great Bend Tribune, March 5, 2020

Cowboy Rendezvous coming this weekend,” by Charlie Schill, cachevalleydaily.com, March 5, 2020

Plan your trip now to Saskatchewan’s Historic Reesor Ranch,” by Jenn Sharp, theprovince.com, March 5, 2020

St. David students saddle up at Cowboy Poetry,” by Dana Cole, Benson News-Sun, March 3, 2020

Humboldt rancher co-host of ‘Best of America by Horseback’,” by Frank J. Buchman, FarmTalk,  March 3, 2020

Teal & Buckeye Blake, We Will Not Be Tamed, Texas Parks and Wildlife podcast (October 3, 2019)


The Top 10 reasons strange vehicles are in your neighborhood,” by Mark Parker, Farm Talk,  March 3, 2020

Humans domesticated horses – new tech could help archaeologists figure out where and when,” by William Taylor, Yahoo! News, March 2, 2020

The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion,” the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, February 8–May 17, 2020

Predator Hunting History; family stories by Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns,” tsln.com


A Bad Sign,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  March 2, 2020

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering announces new executive director,” Durango Herald, March 1, 2020


Cowboy Rendezvous set for next week,” Ashtyn Asay, hjnews.com, February 28, 2020

COW ‘TALES’,” by Teri Nehrenz, mesquitelocalnews.com, February 27, 2020

Art Center partnership brings EquiFest events downtown,” Salina Post, February 27, 2020

Road trip: Revisiting Moapa Valley’s buried past,” by Chris Moran, thisisreno.com, February 27, 2020

Cowboy Poets Tell Tall Tales In Mesquite,” by VRobison, mvprogress.com, February 26, 2020

William Laird “Bill” Brooks 1945-2020, Alpine Avalanche, obituary

MVP Pitcher Madison Bumgarner Has A Secret Life — As A Champion Cattle-Roper,” by Laurel Wamsley, NPR, February 24, 2020


Authenticity key for FisherPoets,” The Astorian, February 25, 2020

Cowboy Poetry and Dinner Fundraiser in Gateway,” by Billy Jenkins, kool1079.com, February 24, 2020

Charlie Russell Revisited,” by Mark Bedor, Cowboys & Indians, February 17, 2020


Ballad Hunter,” video interviews with cowboy songwriters. First three: Doug “Farrier” Figgs, R.W. Hampton, and Andy Hedges


The week that was, Part Two,” by Rod Miller, blog,  February 24, 2020

Annual Folk and Heritage Festival returns to Glendale,” by ktar.com, February 22, 2020

Eva Jane Ambrose Morton, November 13, 1931 – February 16, 2020,” obituary

Shoein’ Pigeye,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  February 19, 2020


Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering this week,” Odessa American, February 21, 2020

Cowboy poetry is alive on the Palouse,” by Joel Kemegue, Daily Evergreen, February 20, 2020

Outside Circle,” by Jan Swan Wood, Tri-State Livestock News, February 20, 2020


Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering This Week in Alpine,” freestonecountytimesonline.com, February 18, 2020

Recent Elko gathering is another one for the books,” by Rodney Nelson, journalstar.com, February 18, 2020

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame welcomes new members,” by Lindsie Hiatt,  krtv.com, February 18, 2020

Cowboy Poetry returns to Mesquite this weekend,” by VRobison, mvprogress.com, February 18, 2020


Western Heritage Award Winners include Andy Hedges and Teal Blake, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, February 14, 2020

Rodney Nelson’s “Up Sims Creek” columns from Farm & Ranch online again at agupdate.com

Miles City Cowboy Poetry Gathering, March 1,” Ekalaka Eagle, February 14, 2020

Avery’s Lost Trails: Cowboy poet, historian and journalist – Arthur Chapman, December 6, 1935,” by Avery Martinez, Estes Park Trail Gazette, February 13. 2020


Rodeo romance: Finding love the cowboy way this Valentine’s Day,” by Gerald M. Gay and Cathalena E. Burch, tucson.com,  February 12, 2020

Organizers Look Forward to Equifest in Salina,” by Todd Pittenger, ksal.com, February 12, 2020


Andy Hedges interviews DW Groethe, Cowboy Crossroads, February 11, 2020


Verses from a Changing Frontier,” by Sonja Swanson, knpr.org, February 10, 2020


To gather, and all the things that phrase means to a ranch woman,” by Jessie Veeder, Inforum, February 9, 2020

Anticipation building for Equifest 2020,” by Frank J. Buchman, The Salina Journal, February 9, 2020

Genoa Western Heritage Days returns in April,” The Record-Courier, February 8, 2020

Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival Celebrates Arizona Lore and Culture,” Glendale Daily Planet, February 7, 2020

Cowboy Poetry Returns to Mesquite in February, 2020,” Mesquite Local News, February 7, 2020

Black cowboys highlighted at Nevada annual poetry gathering,” The Hour, Friday, February 7, 2020

Cowboy Poets Give New Life to the Old West,” by Carson Vaughan, The National (Amtrak), February/March 2020

The Animals of Winter,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch blog, February 5, 2020

In Alpine, Cowboy Poetry Hangs on for Another Ride,” by Matt Joyce, texashighways.com, February 4, 2020

Managing Cattle To Mitigate Climate Change,” by Kathleen Masterson, kunr.org, February 4, 2020

Dispatches from the West,” by Rod Miller (blog), February 4, 2020

Real cowboys write poems,” by Carson Vaughan, National Geographic, February 2, 2020

Cowboy poetry is a 150-year-old tradition. Will it survive in the 21st century?,” by Ryan T. Bell, National Geographic, February 1, 2020

Washoe County Parks hosts ‘Come in from the Cold’ music series at the Bartley Ranch,” News 4, February 1, 2020

Laughter rules at ‘The 70s Show’,” by Toni Milano, Elko Daily Free Press, February 1, 2020

Time travel with tintypes,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily Free Press, January 31, 2020

Colorado cowboy gathering and my new ‘FLY’,” by Victor T. Anderson, eptrail.com, January 31, 2020

Workshop was a ‘bonefied’ good time,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily Free Press, January 31, 2020


The Whistle Has Sounded,” (Bob Schild), by Rod Miller (blog) January 26, 2020

Columnist Jessie Veeder, several other North Dakotans invited to National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Forum News Service,  Grand Forks Herald, January 24, 2020

Veterans Oral History Project returns to the Poetry Gathering,” Elko Daily Free Press, January 24, 2020

Michael Martin Murphey and the Rio Grande Band to perform at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Western Folklife Center, Elko Daily Free Press, January 23, 2020

Buckaroo stories: Payette man heads to northern Nev. poetry gathering,” by Corey Evan, The Argus Observer, January 22, 2020

Film-tastic! Documentaries, short films peer into cowboy culture,” Elko Daily Free Press, January 22, 2020


Cowboy Poet Portraits in Tintype, a project by Kevin Martini-Fuller, Kickstarter

Bob Schild, 1931-2020

Cimarron Sounds,” a new regular feature by R.W. Hampton, Cowboys & Indians magazine, January, 2020


There’s a family feel here,” by Paul Albani-Burgio, Golden Transcript, January 21, 2020


Bucket List: National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Dana Joseph, Cowboys & Indians, January 21, 2020

One sitting each,” by Rod Miller (blog), January 20, 2020

Storytellers: The Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Bryan Wendland, 9news.com, January 19, 2020


Plan to repopulate Scottish island of Ulva begins with … a herd of cattle,” by Kevin McKenna, The Guardian, January 19, 2020

Women-Led Rodeo Competition Returns to the Valley,” by Madison Rutherford, Phoenix Magazine, January 2020

Activities for youth, families at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” Western Folklife Center, Elko Daily Free Press, January 16, 2020

Comedies, multimedia, cowboy poetry to hit stages in Colorado Springs, Denver,” by Jennifer Mulson, The Gazette, January 16, 2020

Black cowboys a focus at the 2020 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, an interview with Dom Flemons,” by Will Houk, Nevada Capital News, January 16, 2020

Outside Circle” by Jan Swann Wood, tsln.com, January 16, 2020

‘I Was Just A Cowboy Who Wrote Poetry’: Poet Reflects Ahead Of Gathering,” by Stephanie Daniel, kunc.org, January 16, 2020

Cowboy Vegetarian Cookbook,” by Baxter Black (latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  January 7, 2020

Reem’s recipes to be featured at Gathering,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily Free Press, January 15, 2020


To be a cowboy,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (blog), January 13, 2020

Meet Najiah Knight, the 13-Year-Old Girl Upending the World of Professional Bull Riding,” by Corey Seymour, Vogue, January 7, 2020


The Last of New York’s Black Cowboys,” By Sarah Maslin Nir, NY Times, January 10, 2020

Webcast with Jerry Brooks, Bill Jones, Vess Quinlan and more from the Library of Congress, November 2019 (transcript)

Folk & Heritage Festival back to take over Glendale,” Glendale Independent, January 9, 2020

Poetry, comedy, music and heaping helping of beans,” by Paul Albani-Burgio, Arvada Press, January 8, 2020

[Lone Star] Poetry Gathering features youth poetry contest,” Orange Leader, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Local cowboy singer, poet, and songwriter releases new book,” by Patty Hullett, waxahachietx.com, January 6, 2020

Cowboy Coffee with Kent Rollins and Jeff Goldblum, Youtube/Disney+,  January 3, 2020

Beulah Woman Named ‘Western Woman of the Year’,” by Renee Cooper, kxnet.com, January 2, 2020


Cowboy Poets of the New West,” by Meredith Lawrence, Alta, January 7, 2020

Cow Disturber,” by Baxter Black (latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column), BaxterBlack.com,  January 7, 2020

A Day In The Life Of A Chuck Wagon Cook,” by Marshall Trimble, True West, December 18, 2019


Ding Dong,” by Rod Miller (blog), December 30, 2019

Reckoning, new from John Dofflemyer, dricrikjournal.com


Oh Christmas Pug, Oh Christmas Pug…,” by Jessie Veeder, Back at the Ranch (blog), December 30, 2019

Great Falls Symphony Orchestra & Choir premiere Paul Zarzyski’s “Grace” (program and lyrics pdf)


Heather Hafleigh programs a special Cowboy Poetry and Music edition of The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2020, kpfa.org


Dennis Gaines, 1954-2019

Cleve Rice, 1936-2019, postregister.com, December 27, 2019

Outside Circle,” by Jan Swan Wood, Tri-State Livestock News, December 26, 2019

‘It’s just something I crave’: a young Native American finds her home in rodeo,” by Eli Imadali, theguardian.com, December 25, 2019


Joe and Maria,” by Baxter Black, (on his Facebook page), December 23, 2019

Podcasts to Queue for Your 2020 Playlist,” by Hunter Hauk, Cowboys & Indians magazine, December 23, 2019


San Simon’s cowboy poets,” by Heather Lentz, willcoxrangenews.com, December 20, 2019


36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering celebrates black cowboys,” by the Western Folklife Center, Elko Daily Free Press, December 19, 2019

Testimony,” by Baxter Black, Tri-State Livestock News, December 19, 2019


Branding: Paregien Ranch 2019,” by John Dofflemyer, drycrikjournal.com, December 19, 2019

Christmas for Axel,” by Bryce Angell, Teton Valley News, December 19, 2019

Santa Claus’ official veterinarian OK the reindeer for flight,” AGDAILY, December 17, 2019

Silent Night: Lindsay’s step away from Cowboy Christmas Gathering,” by Evan J. Pretzer, The Observer, December 13, 2019

Cowboy Christmas brings classic Dickens tale with a cowboy twist to Chilliwack Cultural Centre,” bclocalnews.com, December 8, 2019

Holiday on the Frontier,” by Jose R. Ralat, Cowboys & Indians, December 6, 2019


A Taste Of The Holidays, Cowboy-Style,” by Jim Kent, Weekend Edition Saturday/NPR, December 14, 2019

History in Focus: The New Tourism,” by James Neton, Craig Daily Press, December 12, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


‘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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Andy Hedges interviews Ian Tyson, Cowboy Crossroads, October 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


‘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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


‘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


Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest two qualifying events and finals


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

2019 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering YouTube Channel 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


FEAST OR FAMINE by Baxter Black


by Baxter Black

In feast or famine, at least examine
the game we came to play ‘Cause win or lose,
it’s how we use the card that come our way…

“Just let’er rain,” the rancher said,
“We’ve built up quite a thirst.
I know the low road’s plum washed out,
the tank dam’s bound to burst.
We’ll have to plant the wheat again
and clean the water gaps,
But you won’t hear this fool complain
if it reaches to my chaps!

“The truth is, friends,
we’ve needed this.
we’ve been so dry so long.
I thought I’d have to sell the cows
and pay the piper’s song.
The winter grass just lay there, stiff,
for months it never changed.
I’d walk out through the craklin’ brown
that covered all my range,

“And watch the wind blow dust clouds
where the good grass shoulda been.
I’d count the bales in the stack
and calculate again.
The days of feedin’ I had left
before I’d have to face
The ultimate decision,
what I’d do to save the place.

“The weatherman was helpful,
‘cept he always told the truth!
Peddlin’ chance of ten percent
meant it just rained in Duluth!
That’s nice for Minnesota
but it don’t help me a bit,
I gave up chewin’ Red Man
so I wouldn’t have to spit!

“But he said last night,
‘a chance of rain.’
More than just a trace.
I washed the car and left the windows open
just in case
And sure enough this mornin’
big ol’ clouds came rollin’ in.
They parked above the driveway
and the thunder made a din

“That rattled all the winders
in the house where I sat still.
And at two it started rainin’.
I still ain’t got my fill.
It’s comin’ down in buckets
like its payin’ back a debt.
Me? I’m standin’ in the front yard,
in my shorts and soakin’ wet!

“When the sun comes out tomorrow
and sparkles all around
Off pools and puddles standin’
like big diamonds on the ground
I’ll remember feast or famine,
but when it comes to rain
Ya take the feast when offered,
if ya live out on the plain.”

© 2013, Baxter Black

Baxter Black, top cowboy poet and sometime philosopher, hardly needs an introduction.

Watch and listen to him read this poem in an excellent 2015 short video from Arizona Illustrated at Arizona Public Media, . The poem is at about 5:20, but you’ll probably want to watch the whole video.

“Feast or Famine” is included in his 2013 Poems Worth Saving book, where he writes in the introduction, “It would be fair to say that I didn’t find cowboy poetry, it found me. I was a busy, contented, hard-workin’ large animal veterinarian when cowboy poetry hijacked my career….” He ends by saying, “I have been blessed by the good Lord to live in the company of folks I admire and care about. People of the land, I give you my hand, you’re the salt of the Earth, Amen.”

Baxter Black recites Badger Clark’s “Cowboy and Coyote” on our forthcoming MASTERS  VOLUME FOUR CD. That poem is found in Greg Scott’s 2005 book, Classic Poems & Prose by Badger Clark. Greg Scott recorded an introduction to Clark and his work for MASTERS: VOLUME FOUR.

Recently, Baxter Black asked us to relay this message, a policy announcement: “Since Baxter Black is no longer doing live performances, there are inquiries about others using his material in their performances. His policy is that anyone is welcome use his material in appropriate occasions, including non-profit or paid-for performances. He requests that the poems or stories be performed the way they are written, allowing for editing of length if needed. Please give the author credit.”

His office adds that no one, for any reason, has permission to include his work “on cds, books, or dvds…or to try to sell it in any manner, including online.”

Find more about Baxter Black at cowboypoetry.com and find much more, including info about his books and recordings and a regular column, at BaxterBlack.com.

The photo above is courtesy of Baxter Black.

(Please respect copyright. You can share this poem with this post, but request permission for any other use—except recitation.)

MICHAEL BIA by Chris Isaacs

Vietnam Memorial on Memorial Dayphoto by Carol Highsmith


by Chris Isaacs

You spent your childhood wild and free,
And none of us could then foresee
How you’d touch our lives, or to what degree.
We never knew you, Michael Bia.

You life was in the land and sky;
Vermillion cliffs and mesas high.
These were yours to occupy.
You were of Diné, Michael Bia.

You rode the bulls and rode them well,
But you wouldn’t leave the reservation’s Citadel
Though it was known you could excel.
Ah, you could ride ’em Michael Bia.

The White House called; you left your land,
And off you went to Viet Nam,
To a war you did not understand.
You did your duty, Michael Bia.

You fought with honor and with pride,
But before the fighting could subside
In that far off land, you died.
You gave the ultimate, Michael Bia.

At Window Rock in sixty-eight
They turned a bull out of the gate,
And his bell rang loud to reiterate
Our thank you, Michael Bia.

Diné, and white men, too
Stood and shed a tear for you;
And though your time on earth is through
May God keep you, Michael Bia.

Now often when I think of the past
Or cross that reservation vast,
Or see Old Glory at half-mast,
I think of Michael Bia.

Ya’at’eeh, Hastiin! (Ya-ta-hey, Has-teen!)

© 2001, Chris Isaacs, used with permission

(Chris notes: Diné is what the Navajos call themselves; it means “The People.”)

Chris Isaacs’ poem has become a Memorial Day Tradition for the BAR-D. See him recite this poem in a video from the 2017 Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering.

He writes about this poem in his award-winning book, Rhymes, Reasons and Pack Saddle Proverbs:

There are things that happen in our lives that we have absolutely no control over, which become a part of us forever. Such was the case with the poem about Michael Bia.

I got out of the U. S. Marine Corps in January of 1967 just as things were really starting to heat up in Vietnam. Michael Bia was leading the bull riding standings for the AIRCA when he was drafted and sent to Viet Nam just about the time I was discharged. He never came home.

In 1968 my wife Helena and I were at the Fourth of July rodeo in Window Rock, Arizona, where I was entered when something happened that haunted me for years. The Navajo tribe paid tribute to Michael Bia at that rodeo by taking his chaps and spurs and attaching them to a bull with Michael’s bull rope and then turning the bull loose in the arena during a moment of silence. Nothing has ever affected me quite like that short moment of tribute to a fellow cowboy/comrade-in-arms, and I have thought of it many, many times over the years…

The first time that I tried to recite it, I broke down and cried, which kept me from trying it again for quite a while. Then in 1997 at the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering I was on the Veterans’ Session with Joel Nelson, Rod McQueary, and some others, and managed to get through the entire thing…I have had many Vets thank me for the poem, which means a great deal to me…I did a show near Washington, D. C. a few years ago, and made it to the Wall (the Vietnam Memorial) where I found Michael’s name…”

See a post with photos of Michael Bia on Chris Isaacs’ Facebook page.

Find Chris at the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering August 6-8, 2020 in Prescott. The lineup includes Mary Abbott, Anderson’s, Sally Bates, Floyd Beard, Colt Blankman, Broken Chair Band, Dale Burson, Lola Chiantaretto, Dean Cook, Sam Deleeuw, Mike Dunn, Don Fernwalt, Linda Lee Filener, Rolf Flake, Belinda Gail, Jack George, Amy M. Hale, Audrey Hankins, Joni Harms, Randy Huston, Chris Isaacs, Gary Kirkman, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Steve Lindsey, Mary Matli, Maxwell’s, Dave McCall, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Mark Munzert, Miska Paget, Abby Payne, Mike Prince, Rusty Pistols Reloaded, Makenzie Slade, Jay Snider, Dave Stamey, Gail Starr, Gail Steiger, Tom Swearingen, Duke Vance, Tom Weathers, and Ashley Westcott.

Find more about Chris Isaacs at cowboypoetry.com, and visit chrisisaacs.com for his books, cds, and complete schedule.

This 2006 photo of the Vietnam Memorial is by contemporary photographer, author, and publisher Carol M. Highsmith and included in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive at The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. The accompanying note tells, “Deliberately setting aside the controversies of the war, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served when their Nation called upon them. The designer, Maya Lin, felt that the politics had eclipsed the veterans, their service and their lives. She kept the design elegantly simple to allow everyone to respond and remember.”

The Highsmith Archive  notes that, “Highsmith, a distinguished and richly-published American photographer, has donated her work to the Library of Congress since 1992. Starting in 2002, Highsmith provided scans or photographs she shot digitally with new donations to allow rapid online access throughout the world. Her generosity in dedicating the rights to the American people for copyright free access also makes this Archive a very special visual resource.”

Find more about Carol Highsmith and her work at carolhighsmith.com and on Facebook at Carol M. Highsmith’s America.

Find a selection of Memorial Day poems at CowboyPoetry.com.

(Request permission for use of this poem; the photo has no restrictions on its use.)


Here’s a double-header:

wallypaul2018jblxphoto © 2018, Jessica Lifland

by Paul Zarzyski

A boy thrilled with his first horse,
I climbed aboard my father hunkering in hip boots
below the graveled road berm, Cominski Crick
funneling to a rusty culvert. Hooking
an arm behind one of my knees, he lifted
with a grunt and laugh, his creel harness creaking,
split shot clattering in our bait boxes.

I dreamed a Robin Hood-Paladin-Sinbad life
from those shoulders. His jugular pulse rumbled
into the riffle of my pulse, my thin wrists
against his Adam’s apple—a whiskered knuckle
prickly as cucumbers in our garden
where I picked nightcrawlers, wet and moonlit,
glistening between vines across the black soil.

Eye-level with an array of flies, every crayon
color fastened to the silk band
of his tattered fedora, the hat my mother vowed
a thousand times to burn, I learned to love
the sound of words in the woods—Jock Scott,
Silver Doctor, Mickey Finn, Quill Gordon, Gray
Ghost booming in his voice through the spruce.

At five, my life rhymed with first flights
bursting into birdsong. I loved
the piquant smell of fiddleheads and trilliums,
hickory and maple leaf humus, the petite
bouquets of arbutus we picked for Mom.

I loved the power of my father’s stride
thigh-deep against the surge of dark swirls.

Perched offshore on boulder—safe from wanderlust
but not from currents coiling below—
I prayed to the apostles for a ten-pounder
to test the steel of my telescopic pole,
while Dad, working the water upstream and down,
stayed always in earshot—alert and calling to me
after each beaver splash between us.

I still go home to relearn my first love for words
echoing through those woods: I caught one!
Dad! I caught one! Dad! Dad!
skipping like thin flat stones down the crick—
and him galloping through popples, split shot ticking,
to find me leaping for a fingerling, my first
brookie twirling from a willow like a jewel.

© 1998, Paul Zarzyski
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission
(Originally printed in Blue-Collar Light (1998) and Wolf Tracks On The Welcome Mat (2003)


by Wallace McRae

Critics claim we write doggerel. To them that’s a curse
As we whittle our ditties in tired meter and
Rhyming’s old fashioned—we’re stuck in the past.
Gotta strike for new heights to make our craft


How many rhymes can you unearth for “horse”?
We must find fresh pathways—carve out a new
Forego out worn metaphors—retire tired cliches
As unnumb cerebrums will uncover fresh

Of retelling the tales of our untrampled West
Like Vess, Paul, and Linda we’ll leave all the
In the dust of the drags in their quest of the muse
We’ll ride at the point and no longer

Those sound-alike words at the end of the line.
Our poems will sparkle, shimmer and
Ah! The critics will love us. We’ll be the rage
Academics will praise us as we mount a new

To convert the whole West to the joys of free verse
Oh, some will resist. They’ll grumble and
As they cling to tradition, bog down in the mire,
Get rimrocked, rough locked, or caught in the
——————————————-……Gallagher electric fence.

But it’s “Root hog or die,” as the old-timers said
As reps with credentials sort the quick from
——————————————-……those who gather celestial ranges
——————————————- and are now gone but not forgotten.
Yes! Convert! You wranglers who once tangled with rhyme
‘Cause rhyming ain’t worth a tin Roosevelt
——————————————-……social program.

© Wallace McRae
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission


Watch Paul Zarzyski recite his poem in a 2019 Western Folklife video.

When we asked Paul Zarzyski to share his poem, he suggested that we pair it with Wally McRae’s poem and he also shared this account:


Wallace McRae and I first read our work together in the Student Union Lounge at the University of Montana in 1986—perhaps one of the earliest close poetic encounters of the wild-west kind between traditional rhyme-n-meter and free verse, between the literati and the “lariati.” The event inspired English Professor
Bill Bevis to write the following in his introduction to the poetry section of The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology (1988):

“One of the best readings I’ve heard in years was in Missoula, with Paul Zarzyski, modern poet and bronc rider, and Wally McRae, cowboy poet and rancher, sharing the stage. But while both poets were excellent and the shared reading a success, I
was also aware of how difficult it is for the ear to move from cowboy poetry to modern poetry….”

“The rest,” as they say, “is history.” Wally and I became fast friends and have orchestrated our stage presentations at dozens of festivals and gatherings over the decades, our “Paully-Wally-Doodle-All-The-Day” duets often including a hearty dose of (cow)poking fun at one another over our very different approaches to the page. When I’d proclaim, for example, that my poems do, in fact, rhyme, but “in the middle of the lines, rather than out on the ends,” Wally would counter, via his hilarious delivery of “Let’s Free Up Our Verse,” how silly such might sound to the cowboy poet’s traditionally trained, and superior, ear.

“How do I even know it’s poetry if it doesn’t rhyme?” he’d inquire.

“Hell, it’s jagged on the right, ain’t it?” I’d fire back, and then emphasize how I, at least, had never succumbed, as had he, to what I’ve dubbed “The Mister Ed syndrome”— rhyming “horse” with “of course.”

And so evolved—thanks to the Western Folklife Center and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada—this symbiotic friendship fueled by our mutual love for recounting our narratives via musical words rendered into lines and stanzas, both rhymed-n-metered, and otherwise.

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

In a conversation with him last year, he mentioned that he thought this poem was one of his best poems. He’s probably best known for his own least-favorite poem, “Reincarnation.”

This poem, “Let’s Free Up Our Verse,” appears in The Anthology; Celebrating 30 Years of Wrangling Words from the Western Folklife Center, edited by Charlie Seemann, published in 2014 in celebration of the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Find more about Wally McRae at cowboypoetry.com.

The inimitable Paul Zarzyski defies description. Visit paulzarzyski.com for his bio, blog, and more.

This photograph of Paul Zarzyski and Wallace McRae is by respected photojournalist Jessica Lifland (Instagram), taken at the Western Folklife Center’s 2018 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, where she is one of the official photographers. See her recently-posted 2020 Gathering highlights.

The subjects she has photographed for her Cowboy Poetry Project work-in-progress include Wally McRae, the late Elizabeth Ebert, Sean Sexton, Andy Hedges, Jerry Brooks, Waddie Mitchell, Amy Hale and Gail Steiger, Rodney Nelson, Henry Real Bird, DW Groethe, Doris Daley, Bimbo Cheney, the late Jack Walther, and others.

(Request permission for any use of these poems or photograph.)

BE YOURSELF by Georgie Sicking, 1921-2016


by Georgie Sicking, 1921-2016

When I was young and foolish,
The women said to me,
“Take off those spurs and comb your hair
If a lady you will be.

“Forget about those cowboy ways
come and sit a while,
We will try to clue you in
On women’s ways and wiles.

“Take off that Levi jumper
Put up those bat wing chaps.
Put on a little makeup and
We can get a date for you, ‘perhaps.’

“Forget about that roping.
That will make calluses on your hands.
And you know it takes soft fingers
If you want to catch a man!

“Do away with that Stetson hat
For it will crush your curls.
And even a homely cowboy wouldn’t
Date a straight-haired girl.”

Now being young and foolish,
I went my merry way.
I guess I never wore a dress
Until my wedding day.

Now I tell my children,
No matter what you do,
stand up straight and tall,
Be you, and only you.

For if the Lord had meant us, all to be alike,
And the same rules to keep,
He would have bonded us all together,
Just like a band of sheep.

© Georgie Sicking
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission.

Much-loved cowboy and Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame inductee Georgie Sicking would have been 99 on this day. Greatly missed, her life and work continue to inspire poets and cowboys. This autobiographical poem is just one her many popular verses.

Find an interview with Georgie Sicking and her recitation of this poem here.

In the impressive book, Tough by Nature, by Lynda Lanker, Georgie Sicking tells that she was the only woman who ever drew pay on Arizona’s Oro Ranch, where she worked during World War Two. She preferred to be called a “cowboy,” not “cowgirl.”

She is quoted in Tough by Nature, “Some people had the idea that all you had to do to be a cowgirl was put on a pretty dress and a pair of boots and a big hat and get a faraway look in your eyes…and you’re a cowgirl. They’ve been kind of hard to educate.”

An excellent award-winning documentary about Georgie Sicking, “Ridin’ & Rhymin’,” was made by Greg Snider and Dawn Smallman of Far Away Films. DVDs are available.

This photo of Georgie Sicking graces the cover of The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Five from CowboyPoetry.com. The circa 1940 photo was taken at a carnival on her first date with the man who became her husband (photo courtesy of Georgie Sicking and Dawn Smallman).

Find more of Georgie Sicking’s poetry and more about her at cowboypoetry.com.

(Request permission for use of this poem or photo.)





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

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

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

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.



RANGE Magazine (sponsor)
Linda Kirkpatrick
Almeda Bradshaw (sponsor)
Susan Matley
Marci Broyhill (sponsor)
Winnsboro Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering (sponsor)
Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering (sponsor)
Chuck and Cindy Learn (sponsors)
Robert Anderson
Jim Cardwell
David Carlton
Doris Daley and Al Mehl
Sally Baldus
Susie Knight
Richard R. Hall
Patrick Sullivan
Shelagh Wuff Wisdom
Suzy Knisley
Jo Kirkwood
DW Groethe
Teresa Burleson
Rodney Nelson
Shelly Pagliai—Prairie Moon Quilts
Tom Hawk
Kelly Van Patten
KT Sparks
Georganna Kresl
Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Jane Morton
Wendy Brown
John Dofflemyer
Bruce Roseland
Valerie and Floyd Beard
Ramblin’ Rangers
Tom Swearingen
Terry Nash
Cindy Quigley
Susan Matley
Nancy Flagg—Cowboy Tracks
Cole Morris
Robert Kinsey
Amber Breazeale
Deanna Dickinson McCall
Denise Arvidson in memory of Ross Christian Arvidson
Corona Trail Alpacas
Daniel Bybee
Ken Cook (sponsor)
Patricia Frolander
Dick Morton and the late Jane Morton
George Rhoades

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


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
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
P’let and Michael Tcherkassky
Marilyn and Kip Sorlie
Jim Thompson (California)
Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”)
Roberta Rothman
Ginger Manley
The Cowboy’s Workshop
Jay and Sandi Snider (sponsors)
Andria Kidd
Smoke Wade
Lynn Kopelke

E.W. Littlefield Jr.,  2019-2020 significant program support
Margaret T. Morris Foundation,  2019 and 2020 generous program support
Jean A. Emmons, super donor


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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