Help keep it real. Your support makes a difference.


We work to keep it real at the BAR-D.

Your help is needed to maintain the programs of the non-profit Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, including, and to create the 2018 MASTERS CD and the 2018 Cowboy Poetry Week poster, both of which are offered to hundreds of libraries across the West in Cowboy Poetry Week’s Rural Library Program.

The 2018 programs cannot go forward without your involvement. Please renew your support or make a first-time donation.

Give what you can: $20, $40, $100. Every donation is valued. At the $40 level and above, you’ll receive the 2018 CD and Cowboy Poetry Week poster. And, you’ll be helping to keep it real, to preserve and celebrate the vibrant life and art of the cowboying and ranching world. Next year is the BAR-D’s 19th anniversary. Please help keep the words and the work alive.

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

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


Thanks to those who have supported the BAR-D in 2017:

Bryce Angell, ARIZONA COWBOY POETS GATHERING (sponsor), Armovaz, Denise Arvidson in memory of Ross Christian Arvidson, Sally Baldus, Michael Babiarz-KVMR, Stephen Barnard, Norma Battenfield, Valerie and Floyd Beard, ALMEDA BRADSHAW (sponsor), Bert and Carol Braun-The Cowpoke Foundation in memory of Pat Richardson, Paul R. Brown III, Wendy Brown-Barry, Marci BROYHILL (sponsor), Marleen Bussma, Daniel Bybee, Ron Cagle, Greg Camp, Jeff Campbell, Maurice Carter, Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of Joan Taylor and Garland Haak, Christopher Chambers, Steve and Marge Conroy in memory of Allen “Hook” Hill, KEN COOK (sponsor), Hugh Cooke, Teddie Daley, Eileen Dirksen in memory of “California” Steve Dirksen, JERI DOBROWSKI (sponsor), Patricia Frolander, Janice Gilbertson, Joanne Grinage, DW Groethe, Del Gustafson, Jean Mathisen Haugen, Thomas F. Hawk, HEBER VALLEY WESTERN MUSIC & COWBOY POETRY GATHERING (sponsor), Sarah Hendricks, YVONNE AND GLEN HOLLENBECK (sponsor), Eldon Housley, Judy James, Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”), Laverna B. Johnson, Andria Kidd, Robert Kinsey, Linda Kirkpatrick, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Susie Knight, Colleen Kohler, Lynn Kopelke, Georganna Kresl, Jarle Kvale, CHUCK AND CINDY LEARN (sponsor), Deanna Dickinson McCall, Gary McMahan-HorseApple Entertainment, Susan Matley, Howard Moon, TOM MORGAN (sponsor), Dick Morton, Mike Moutoux, NATIONAL COWBOY POETRY RODEO (sponsor), ANDY NELSON-CLEAR OUT WEST (sponsor), Rodney Nelson, Nika Nordbrock, Kay Kelley Nowell, Dale Page, Shelly Pagiliai-Prairie Moon Quilts, Susan Parker, Maryanne Patterson, Linda and Bill Patterson, JEAN AND GARY PRESCOTT (sponsor), Shane Queener, Paul Quinton, RANGE (sponsor), George Rhoades, Barbara Richhart (Western Belle)-Cowtrails, Betty and Ken Rodgers in memory of Trisha Pedroia, Roberta Rothman, Claud Roundtree, Sandy Seaton Sallee, Marjorie Satterfield, Mary Seago, Ron Secoy, Totsie Slover, Sally Smith-Joelle Smith Western Art, SANDI AND JAY SNIDER (sponsor), Marilyn and Kip Sorlie, SPALDING LABS’ FLYING SL RADIO RANCH SHOW (sponsor), Dave Stamey, David Stanley, Rocky Sullivan, Sunshine Prairie Farm, Tom Swearingen, P’let and Mike Tcherkassky, Jim Thompson (California), Smoke Wade, Keith Ward, John Waters, WESTERN FOLKLIFE CENTER (sponsor), WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION (sponsor), Jim White, and Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield Jr. for Significant 2017 and 2018 program support and the Margaret T. Morris Foundation for Cowboy Poetry Week 2017 and 2018 Foundation support.

Thanks for helping to keep it real.

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Special thanks to Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield Jr. for significant 2017 and 2018 program support and to the Margaret T. Morris Foundation for Cowboy Poetry Week 2017 Foundation support.

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

The Center was formed to serve a mostly rural and underserved community of Western writers, musicians, and artists; to help preserve Western and Cowboy Poetry and its associated arts; to offer a central resource for poets, libraries, schools, and the public; and to educate the public about the history and value of Western and Cowboy Poetry and its associated arts.

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