image © 2015, Tyler Crow, “Makin’ a Break for It”
Find more about Cowboy Poetry Week here.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Find Cowboy Poetry Week events on the April calendar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washington poet and musician Lynn Kopelke received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Washington Governor Jay Inslee:
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 ksjd.org. Each show is also available on demand at Cowtrails with Western Belle.
Tennessee musician and poet Shane Queener obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam:
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.
Shane Queener is behind the First Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, April 21, 2017 in Lebanon, Tennessee, in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week, and hosted by American Heritage Trees (americanheritagetrees.com). Performers include Jeff Swanson, Ronie Powell, Troy Powell, Ray Doyle, and Woody Woodruff. Find more on Facebook and here at CowboyPoetry.com.
Oregon poet Tom Swearingen received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oregon Governor Kate Brown:
Oklahoma rancher, poet, and songwriter Jay Snider received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Also find the proclamation here on the Governor’s web site:
Oklahoma’s Hope Retreat Ranch in Choctaw, Oklahoma, invites all to its 2nd annual “Cowboyin’, Horses, and Friends” event, in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week. They comment, “This family fun event is on
Saturday, April 29 from 10am to 4pm. ” Postponed until June 3 due to weather. Jay Snider is among the performers.
From the organizers:
Hope Retreat Ranch is a 501(c)3 that provides FREE equine assisted therapeutic riding to children with disabilities and other functional and emotional issues. We are nestled on 37 acres in Choctaw, Oklahoma.
This is an annual fundraiser for our Ranch to help us raise money to build an indoor arena so that we may offer our services to these families year around. Please join us for the fun and festivities!
Find more on Facebook.
North Dakota radio host and poet Jarle Kvale obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum:
For the second year, Dove Schmidt has organized a Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Bristow, Oklahoma on Friday, April 21, 2017, in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week. She writes:
We want to invite all Cowboy Poets to our annual Cowboy Poetry Gatherin’ here in Bristow, Oklahoma, on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 3 pm to 6 pm, as we honor Cowboy Poetry Week.
We’ll be hosting this great event at the Bristow Library conference room, and hearing from great poets including Ryan Mileham, Ken Howry, Larry Hatfield, Elvin Anderson, and several others.
This year, we will be giving awards for the top poets, with a panel of judges keeping score sheets. It’ll be a fun time of getting together with great friends, and sharing some cowboy poetry poetry here in Oklahoma. There will be finger foods and the coffee pot will be on! If you would like to be in the line up of poets, just contact me either by private message or text or call me at 918-939-9085 and we’ll get you on the list!
Dawn sent a photos from last year, including one of the Bristow Mayor presenting a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation:
Colorado’s Cortez Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month on Friday, April 21 at 10am with an Open Mic showcasing poets in the area, school children, residents of nursing homes and anyone interested in joining our celebration, including Cowboy Poets. Find more from the library here.
The Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering presents a special movie preview Saturday, April 22, 2017. From their announcement:
EXCLUSIVE MOVIE SCREENING
Pre-theater release viewing
EVERYTHING IN THE SONG IS TRUE
SATURDAY, April 22 at 7:00 PM
Doors open at 6:00 PM
Tickets sold at the door
$20 (ages 17 & older)
$10 (ages 11-16)
$5 (ages 5-10)
NOTE– Facility is not ADA accessible, Restrooms are in basement, no elevator.
Maple Grove Grange
3130 Youngfield St. Wheat Ridge, CO
Celebrate National Cowboy Poetry Week!
Everything in the Song is True is a feature length documentary film about four iconic characters who define the American West:
* Gary McMahan – renowned cowboy singer-songwriter, poet & champion yodeler
* Brice Chapman – one of the world’s most talented trick ropers and horse trainers
* Yvonne Hollenbeck – fourth generation rancher & award-winning poet & quilter
* Jeff Nourse – rancher, singer-songwriter & iron sculptor
Spanning the wide-open spaces from Colorado to New Mexico to Texas and the Dakotas, filmmaker Douglas Morrione traveled alongside these characters for nearly two years to capture the sights and songs that are unique to the American West experience. For more information – www.coloradocowboygathering.com.
WATCH THE TRAILER — VIDEO
Hosted and Presented by Colorado Cowboy Gathering, Inc.
Fund raiser to support CCG.
Thanks again for your support and we will see you at the movie screening.
Cowboy Jubilee radio with Judy James has a special Cowboy Poetry Week show, Saturday, April 21, 2017, with special guest Terry Nash. The two-hour show is hosted live and on the internet every Saturday morning from 7:30- 9:30 AM. Listen at judyjamesradio.com.
Totsie Slover, radio host of “Old West from the Real West, has received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez:
Poet and reciter Jerry Brooks received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert:
Colorado musician Rex Rideout appears in a Cowboy Poetry Week performance at Cody, Wyoming’s Park County Public Library, April 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM and another at Golden, Colorado’s Arthur Lakes Library at the Colorado School of Mines, April 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM.
North Dakota radio host and poet Jarle Kvale and poet Mark Kerr will appear at the Rolla Public Library in a Cowboy Poetry Week event on Thursday April 20, 2017 at 7 PM.
Prairie poet Marci Broyhill recieved a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts:
Western Jukebox from Bob O’Donnell plans a special Cowboy Poetry Week show on Saturday, April 22, 2017. He will feature each of the ten volumes of The BAR-D Roundup and MASTERS; 45 poems and 45 artists. He will also feature ten poems per podcast during Cowboy Poetry Week. Find more about the Western Jukebox on Facebook and find the podcasts here.
Nevada poet Dan Bybee received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval:
Oregon poet Tom Swearingen took the opportunity of introducing Cowboy Poetry Week at an event at the Rotary Club of Canby, Oregon, on March 31, 2017.
Photograph by Judi Hester Aus of Rotary Club of Canby
Tennessee’s Wilson Post has an April 12 feature article by Ken Beck, “Preserving Western Heritage in words and music,” about Shane Queener and the First Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, April 21, 2017 in Lebanon, Tennessee, held in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week, and hosted by American Heritage Trees. Find the article here and more about the event on Facebook and here at CowboyPoetry.com.
Award-winning DJ Barbara Richhart (“Western Belle”) of Cowtrails with Western Belle received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from the Cortez, Colorado city council:
(photo via Barbara Richhart , courtesy of Stephanie Alderton of the Cortez Journal)
Washington poet and publisher Clark Crouch writes, “Here at The Creekside Retirement home in Woodinville, we’re all set for a great Cowboy Poetry Week. A poetry group which I host here is featuring a western themed reading on the 19th and on the 22nd a featured entertainment will be the Notable Exceptions (with Judy Coder and Jennifer Epps, formerly with the Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band). Several times during the week the chef is going all out with western chow! It’s gonna be a fun week.”
Each year for Cowboy Poetry Week, Andy and Jim Nelson’s “Clear Out West” Radio Show has a special show that includes top cowboy poetry and songs that were originally poems or collaborations with poets. This year the cowboy poetry selections are from the new MASTERS CD from CowboyPoetry.com.
This year’s program airs April 17-23, 2017, and the following week it is available for listening on the COW web site, clearoutwest.com. The music and poetry selections are:
The Texas Trailhands, “West of Santa Rosa,” a collaboration with poet Les Buffham
J.B. Allen recites his poem, “Reasons for Stayin’,” from the MASTERS CD
Dave Stamey, “A Poet with Something to Say,” a collabroation with Waddie Mitchell
Ray Owens recites his poem, “Tracks that Won’t Blow Out,” from the MASTERS CD
Jean Prescott, “March Winds,” a collaboration with Yvonne Hollenbeck
Larry McWhorter recites his poem, “Advice to the Traveler,” from the MASTERS CD
Sunny Hancock recites his poem, “The Horse Trade,” from the MASTERS CD
Wylie and the Wild West, “Lasca,” with Paul Zarzyski, from the poem by Frank Desprez
Clear Out West is “…a weekly syndicated cowboy radio show dedicated to introducing the cowboy culture to new folks, and bringing back some great memories to some old cowboys. Join your hosts, Andy and Jim Nelson, every week for some great cowboy music, some awesome cowboy poetry and some serious goofing off!”
Find more at clearoutwest.com.
Utah’s Terri and Steve Taylor of Stampede! and poets Dan Korth and Bill Gubler celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week at the Herriman Library, 5380 W. Main, in Herriman, Utah, Monday, April 17 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM.
Washington’s Dayton Memorial Library, located in a small farming and ranching community, celebrates National Poetry Month with a cowboy poetry event, Thursday, April 27 at 6PM:
Wyoming’s Leslie Keltner, cowboy poet, Western songstress, and keeper of traditions received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Wyoming Governor Matthew H. Mead. Leslie is the CEO of Runumuk Cowgirl Productions, which for 7 years produced the Songs of the Cowboys in Cody, Wyoming. She tells us, “I am currently, blissfully engaged in the almost daily assistance of educating our our 6th generation American cowboy granddaughter [who, earlier this month, at age 2 1/2, competed in her first Western horsemanship competition] in the ways of her family legacy!”
Montana poet and picker DW Groethe obtained a letter of recognizion from Montana Governor Steve Bullock:
California poet and horsewoman Wendy Brown-Barry, always involved with Cowboy Poetry Week events, let her Facebook friends know:
Cowboy Poetry Week is April 16-22, 2017. The Mariposa County Library helps me and other cowboy poets celebrate this week every year. This year I am offering a Workshop for anyone interested in writing their own cowboy poem. Come share your story, and let’s keep the Spirit of the West alive! If you are interested, please sign up at the Mariposa County Library with your contact information in the next week or so, and we will schedule the workshop. And please visit my web site: www.wendybrown-barry.com.
Popular Alberta poet Doris Daley writes in her newsletter:
April is Poetry Month and April 16-22 is Cowboy Poetry Week. Read a poem, write a limerick, think up a rhyme with your grandkids, read an old classic from your school days, visit www.cowboypoetry.com. Poets and songwriters are fanning the embers of our stories. Let’s all make an effort this coming week to unplug from one type of reality, just for a few minutes or hours, put down our phones and ipads (on which you are probably reading this email) and be dazzled by another type of reality: one called Real Life. Beauty. Words. Poetry. Magic. Commotion. Sparkle. Memory. Let’s tune in to those during Poetry Month.
Coloradans poet Terry Nash, dj Barb Richhart, and musician Rex Rideout each had a hand in obtaining a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. All three are involved in many great events throughout the state that celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week and cowboy poetry and Western music in general, including the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Special thanks to Rex, who has obtained the Governor’s proclamation for many years.
Tune in Thursday, April 20, at noon Central, on Equestrian Legacy Radio for a Cowboy Poetry Week program with poet Jay Snider, with hosts Jennifer Denison and Gary I. Holt.
Cowboy poet Duane Nelson (above) and musician Joe Sartin appear Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at The Dalles-Wasco County Library in The Dalles, Oregon at 6:30 PM in a special Cowboy Poetry Week program.
Colorado’s Fort Morgan Public Library and Museum shared a photo of their Cowboy Poetry Week display:
The library has regular Brown Bag programs (poets Jane and Dick Morgan have been a part of them) and the May 9 program, at noon, will feature cowboy humorist and author Stu Campbell.
Nevada’s Spanish Springs Library shared a photo of their display:
Managing Librarian Julie Smyres Machado, a friend of the late poet Hal Swift, who always had an energetic involvement in Cowboy Poetry Week, notes of Cowboy Poetry Week and their display, “It is very popular, and sometimes even draws media attention!”
Oregon poet Tom Swearingen (above) shares photos of cowboy poet Duane Nelson and musician Joe Sartin from their Cowboy Poetry Week event at The Dalles-Wasco County Library in The Dalles, Oregon on April 20, 2017. They had Tom get up to do a few poems as well.
Poet Mark Munzert celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week at two events:
April 22, 2017 Stony Creek Ranch Resort, Stony Creek, New York
April 23, 2017 The Stagecoach West Irving, New York
Mark administers a Cowboy Poetry Group on Facebook.
Tennessee musician and poet Shane Queener commented on the First Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, April 21, 2017 in Lebanon, Tennessee, held in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week, and hosted by American Heritage Trees:
Well, compadres….we spoke, sang, preserved, and made history on this stage last night. It was a dream come true, and another step in a larger vision. We had a short time to put the event together, but apparently some things are meant to be. To everyone that took a chance on us and chose to be a part of it, we are honored. Thank you! To those of you that set aside time from your Friday night to show support by being in attendance, we have nothing but love for you. Thanks! Who’s ready for next year?!?!
Utah poet Stan Tixier, who organized three library events for Cowboy Poetry Week at Utah‘s Weber County libraries (and often organizes five, but two libraries were undergoing renovation, reported:
Howdy! We just completed a very successful Cowboy Poetry Week in Weber County Libraries. Although programs were limited to just 3 of the 5 libraries this year, attendance was up significantly. There were 171 fans in attendance at the SW Branch in Roy on Monday to hear Robin Arnold and Bob Urry (the library staff just kept setting up more chairs!) On Wednesday in the Pleasant Valley Branch on South Adams Ave. we counted 147 enthusiastic folks listening to Saddle Strings and Sam DeLeeuw. Then on Thursday at the Ogden Valley Branch in Huntsville 65 loyal fans showed up to hear Dave Anderson and his daughter Jenny along with Stan Tixier. The entertainment was great all around and the listeners were well-satisfied.
We want to thank everyone who helped make the week a success. First of all we appreciate http://www.cowboypoetry.com for sponsoring Cowboy Poetry Week in rural libraries and sending out the beautiful posters. We thank Megan and the Weber County Library System for hosting us so enthusiastically. A special thanks to a growing number of fans who show up to support us and even buy some of our CDs. Thanks to the Standard-Examiner and the Ogden Valley News as well as other web sites and bulletins who help get out the word about this special event each April. And finally a big thank you to the entertainers, poets and musicians, who donate their time and talent to make it all possible. It’s a joy and a pleasure to work with all of you! – Stan.
Poet Diane Tribitt Scott received a proclamation for Cowboy Poetry Week from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (and an apology for its delay):
It’s a great 16th annual Cowboy Poetry Week, and behind it are the people who make it and the Rural Library Program and everything else possible at the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry: the generous supporters.
Thanks to those who donated April 2016-2017:
Bryce Angell, Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering (Sponsor), Denise Arvidson, Sally Baldus, Valerie and Floyd Beard, C.W. Bell, Almeda Bradshaw (Sponsor), Jerry Brooks, Paul R. Brown III, Marci Broyhill (Sponsor), Marleen Bussma, Daniel Bybee, Greg Camp, David Carlson, Andy Carr, Stella and Jim Cathey, Christopher Chambers, Bob Coker, Ken Cook (Sponsor), Cowboy Poets of Idaho (Sponsor), John Dean, Robert Dennis, Devin Dingler, Jeri Dobrowski (Sponsor), Ray Doyle, Cameron La Follette, Pat Frolander, Janice Gilbertson, Joanne Grinage, DW Groethe, Del Gustafson, Doug Gustafson, Jean Mathisen Haugen, Yvonne Hollenbeck (Sponsor), Thomas F. Hawk, Heber Valley Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering (Sponsor), Judy James, Dee Johnson (Buckshot Dot), LaVerna B. Johnson, Mark Kerr, Andria Kidd, Robert Kinsey, Linda Kirkpatrick, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Susie Knight, Colleen Kohler, Lynn Kopelke, Jarle Kvale, KC La Course, Chuck and Cindy Learn (Sponsor), Deanna Dickinson McCall, Gary McMahan, Slim McNaught, Susan Matley, Al “Doc” Mehl, Robert Miller, Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival (Sponsor), Howard Moon, Paul Moon, Tom Morgan (Sponsor), Jane and Dick Morton, Mike Moutoux, Linda Nadon, Terry Nash, National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (Sponsor), Andy Nelson (Sponsor), Rodney Nelson, Nika Nordbrock, Kay Kelley Nowell, Bill Ott, Dale Page, Susan Parker, Kent Penter, Jean Prescott (Sponsor), Cindy Quigley, Paul Quinton, Beth Rand, RANGE Magazine (Sponsor), George Rhoades, Kent Reeves, Barbara Richhart, Betty and Ken Rodgers, Roberta Rothman, Claud Roundtree, Sandy Seaton Sallee, Marjorie Satterfield, Scofield’s Cowboy Camprfire, Ron Secoy, Totsie Slover, Joelle Smith Art, Jay Snider (Sponsor), Marilyn and Kip Sorlie, Spalding Labs (Sponsor), Melissa and Dave Stamey, Dave Stanley, Rocky Sullivan, Tom Swearingen, Hal Swift, P’let and Mike Tcherkassky, Jim Thompson (California), Stan Tixier, Smoke Wade, Keith Ward, John Waters, Western Folklife Center (Sponsor), Daniel Wilson, and Rosemary Yull.
Thanks also to Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield, Jr. for substantial program support and the Margaret T. Morris Foundation for Cowboy Poetry Week program support.
Be a part of it all! Join this great community of people helping to preserve and promote the arts and life of the real working West: https://blog.cowboypoetry.com/joinus.
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.
Arizona-Chris Isaacs (received)
Colorado-Terry Nash, Barb Richhart, Rex Rideout (received)
Florida-David Carlton (received)
Idaho-Cowboy Poets of Idaho
Minnesota- Diane Tribitt Scott (received)
Montana-DW Groethe (received)
Nebraska-Marci Broyhill (received)
Nevada-Dan Bybee (received)
New Mexico-Totsie Slover (received)
North Dakota-Jarle Kvale (received)
Oklahoma-Jay Snider (received)
Oregon-Tom Swearingen (received)
South Dakota-Heritage of the American West/Francie Ganje
Tennessee-Shane Queener (received)
Utah-Jerry Brooks (received)
Washington-Lynn Kopelke (received)
Wyoming- Leslie Keltner (received)
Find more about Cowboy Poetry Week here.