Cowboy Poetry Week News


image © 2015, Tyler Crow, “Makin’ a Break for It”


Find more about Cowboy Poetry Week here.




Find Cowboy Poetry Week events on the April calendar.

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Once again Stan Tixier has organized a number of events for Cowboy Poetry Week at Utah‘s Weber County libraries. Joining him will be poets and musicians Robin Arnold, Bob Urry, Saddle Strings, Sam DeLeeuw, and David Anderson. Find the events on the April calendar.

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Oregon poet Tom Swearingen always takes an active part in Cowboy Poetry Week and this year he’ll be making appearances at the Tigard Public Library and the Wilsonville Public Library. Find the events on the April calendar.

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Each year, David L. Carlton, seventh-generation Floridian raised in the cattle industry, works with Florida officials for a Cabinet resolution from the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida for Cowboy Poetry Week. Here’s this year’s proclamation:


Russ Westwood of the Nevada‘s Annual Mesquite Western Roundup has arranged programs at five Utah libraries: St. George Branch Library, Santa Clara Branch Library (St. George), Washington (Utah) Branch Library, and Hurricane Branch Library.Find the events on the April calendar.

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Nebraska Prairie Poet Marci Broyhill and her musician sister Teresa Kay Orr plan two appearances for Cowboy Poetry Week. They’ll present their program, Nebraska’s Outlaw Trail, HWY 12 “Songs and Tales Along the Trail” at the Sioux City, Iowa Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and The Betty Strong Encounter Center on April 9 and at the City Hall in Dakota City, Nebraska on April 23. Find the events on the April calendar.

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Washington poet and musician Lynn Kopelke received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Washington Governor Jay Inslee:wacpw

A part of the Rural Library Program, Hanna, Alberta, Canada‘s Municipal Library “…will have on display western  poetry as well as ranching material for children and youth.  It will be advertised on our social media outlets and website.”

A part of the Rural Library Program,  the Kerrville, Texas Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library “…will be doing a display for Cowboy Poetry Week…”

Cowtrails  radio will celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week with guests on April 16, 2017. Find the event on the April calendar.

Award-winning DJ Barbara Richhart (“Western Belle”) presents the CowTrails show on KSJD radio from Cortez, Colorado, each Sunday, noon-2:00 PM, Mountain. The show, inaugurated in 2002, is streamed live at Each show is also available on demand at Cowtrails with Western Belle.

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Tennessee musician and poet Shane Queener obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam:


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Arizona cowboy, packer, and poet Chris Isaacs obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Arizona Governor Douglas A. Ducey:


Wyoming’s Shoshoni Library holds its 5th annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week, on Friday, April 21, 2017, 4-6 PM.

Much more to come…



For Cowboy Poetry Week’s second year, in April 2003, the United States Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing our Cowboy Week celebration. In past years, twenty three states’ governors have officially proclaimed Cowboy Poetry Week and there are a growing number of activities across the West and beyond.

Last year (2016) poets and others who worked on Cowboy Poetry Week recognition from state officials, included: Chris Isaacs (Arizona), Rex Rideout (Colorado), David L. Carlton (Florida), Bobbie Hunter (Idaho), Geff Dawson (Kansas), Diane Tribitt (Minnesota), DW Groethe (Montana), Marci Broyhill (Nebraska), Hal Swift (Nevada), Totsie Slover (New Mexico), Keith Ward (North Carolina), Jarle Kvale (North Dakota), Jay Snider (Oklahoma), Heritage of the American West (South Dakota), Linda Kirkpatrick (Texas), Jerry Brooks (Utah), Lynn Kopelke (Washington), and Rhonda Stearns (Wyoming).

We’re interested in pursuing recognition in all states with ranching cultures and cowboy poetry activities. If you’d like to be involved, this year or in the future, please email us.

For 2017, the following states’ governors are being contacted, alphabetically by state. This list is updated frequently. Please let us know if you are contacting your governor, so that we can avoid duplicate efforts.

azlfag  Arizona-Chris Isaacs (received)

coloflgaj Colorado-Terry Nash

florida77  Florida-David Carlton  (received)

idahoflj Idaho-Cowboy Poets of Idaho

minnflag  Minnesota- Diane Tribitt Scott

montanaflg Montana-DW Groethe

nebraskaflag Nebraska-Marci Broyhill

nevadaflagj Nevada-Dan Bybee

nmflag New Mexico-Totsie Slover

ndflagj North Dakota-Jarle Kvale

okflag Oklahoma-Jay Snider

orflagj Oregon-Tom Swearingen

sdglag South Dakota-Heritage of the American West/Francie Ganje

tnflagy Tennessee-Shane Queener (received)

texasflag Texas-Linda Kirkpatrick

utstflagj Utah-Jerry Brooks

washstflg Washington-Lynn Kopelke  (received)

wyostflgj Wyoming- Leslie Keltner

Find more about Cowboy Poetry Week here.