Cowboy Poetry Week News 2019


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Find more about Cowboy Poetry Week here.



Find Cowboy Poetry Week events on the April calendar.


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Nancy Flagg
of “Cowboy Tracks” celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week with an almost all-poetry show on May 1, 2019. She highlights many tracks from the MASTERS and BAR-D Roundup series, and comments, “This episode will be a celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week. We’ll hear top cowboy poems, traditional and new, recited by the leading cowboy poets. The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry ( is the prime resource for all-things cowboy poetry-related and I drew upon their resources in preparing the show….” Listen to the show here.

The weekly “Cowboy Tracks” is on KDRT 95.7 FM from Davis California.  As the site explains, “She’s on a mission to preserve and promote the cowboy/western music heritage and to offer western music and cowboy poetry as a healing balm for today’s hectic world.”

Listen to current and past programs here and also find “Cowboy Tracks” on Facebook.



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Texas poet and regional historian Linda Kirkpatrick held a Cowboy Poetry Week giveaway on Facebook, for her Tales of the Frio Canyon book and her CD of cowboy poetry. The drawing was made by Elvis, the goat. Watch the video here.



Members of Montana’s Reedy family (Brigid, Johnny “Guitar,” and their father John; all talented performers) made a fun video for Cowboy Poetry Week.  All three are a part of MASTERS: VOLUME THREE, the poetry of Bruce Kiskaddon. Find the video on Facebook, here.



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Popular North Carolina poet Keith Ward displays the Cowboy Poetry Week poster every year at his Dutch Creek Trails business; he often treats his clients to cowboy poetry recitations.




Colorado poet Terry Nash and singer Peggy Malone celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week with the students at  Caprock Academy in Grand Junction on April 25, 2019, performing songs and poems for elementary students studying Western history.




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Texas poet and regional historian Linda Kirkpatrick received an eloquent Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Texas Governor Greg Abbott.



Oregon poet Tom Swearingen took Cowboy Poetry Week to an appreciative audience at the Juanita Pohl Community Center in Tualatin, Oregon.



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The Campfire Cafe
with Gary I. Holt and Bobbi Jean Bell (of OutWest) on radio celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week with poets Kathy Moss and Tom Swearingen on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Both poets have new CDs.

Listen to the archived broadcast here.

The popular weekly program is live at noon, CST and available at any time on the podcast at


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Jarle Kvale‘s Back at the Ranch weekly radio show features tracks from MASTERS: VOLUME THREE, the poetry of Bruce Kiskaddon, on his April 20 show. Find the show and archived shows here.


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From Sam DeLeeuw, who has organized Utah Cowboy Poetry in the Libraries (find event details on the April calendar).

First night of Cowboy Poetry in the Libraries is in the books! David Anderson with daughters Jenny and Amanda with grand kids, Riley and Cooper got a standing “O” for singing “You’ve Got a Friend!” Gordon Champneys, cowboy poet, brought grand kids Tib and Rainey to spin yarns and recite poetry. Great entertainment!


Sam, Bob Urry (poet extraordinaire) along with Snoose Argyle, Brian Arnold, Laurie Morgan and Cindy Argyle of the group SADDLE STRINGS! Third night of Cowboy Poetry in the Weber County Libraries! Another great evening of entertainment! 


Fourth night in the libraries with poet Gordon Champneys; Troy Ross and Kevin Higley, aka, Sawtooth Mtn. Boys, with special guest Venessa Carpenter, youth singer. It has been a great week!


Fifth and final day of Cowboy Poetry in the Libraries with David Anderson
and Thatch Elmer in Huntsville! I was honored to be the hostess for each
night of these five programs. Thank you all who participated in 2019! See
you next year!



On Thursday, April 25, 5-7 PM, “A Literary Western Versification,” an event organized by Karlene Gonzales-Martinez  of the Donnelly Library-Ray Drew Art Gallery at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, features Deanna Dickinson McCall; Randy Huston; and poems by Stewart Williamson performed by Duke Sundt.


Karlene Gonzales-Martinez also shared some photos of Cowboy Poetry Week exhibits at the Donnelly Library-Ray Drew Art Gallery at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico:





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Each year for Cowboy Poetry Week, Andy and Jim Nelson‘s popular Clear Out West (C.O.W.) radio show features cowboy poetry and songs that were created from poems.  Listen to the show here.

This year’s show, April 22-28, 2019, features poetry tracks from the new MASTERS: VOLUME THREE, poems of Bruce Kiskaddon 3-CD set from and other music that came from poems.

The lineup includes Stephanie Davis sings “Hittin’ the Trail Tonight,” from the poem by Bruce Kiskaddon; Gary McMahan recites Kiskaddon’s “The Creak of the Leather”; Prickly Pair sings “The Ranch Sale,” from the poem by Ivan Kershner; Trey Allen recites “Alone” by Bruce Kiskaddon; Andy Nelson recites “Then and Now” by Bruce Kiskaddon; Rex Allen puts Gail I. Gardner’s “The Sierry Petes” to music; Brenn Hill sings “Bristlecone Pine,” from a poem by Waddie Mitchell; Baxter Black recites Bruce Kiskaddon’s “They Can Take It”; Randy Reiman recites “An Old Western Town” by Bruce Kiskaddon; and Michael Martin Murphey sings “A Border Affair (Spanish is the Loving Tongue)” by Badger Clark.


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Colorado rancher delivered poems to the Colorado State Legislature on April 16, 2019 in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week. After performing one of his poems, he offered the James Barton Adams’ classic “Bill’s in Trouble.”


Floyd and Valerie Beard will perform  at the Mitchell Art Museum in Trinidad on  Friday, April 26, 2019. Find details on the April calendar.


Judy Johnston and others will have a program celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week at
the Library District #2 of Linn County in La Cygne, Kansas on Thursday, April 25, at noon for their Senior Lunch & Explore program.


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Montana ranch hand, poet, and picker DW Groethe received a Cowboy Poetry Week letter of recognition from Montana Governor Steve Bullock:



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Wendy Brown-Barry has a long involvement with Cowboy Poetry Week. She shared this media release about activities at California’s Mariposa Public Library in their “Write to Read” program, which is broadcast on KRYZ radio:


Cowboy Poetry Week is celebrated each year during April. April is National Poetry Month in the United States. This year the annual cowboy poetry celebration takes place from April 21-27.

Eighteen years ago initiated Cowboy Poetry Week. In April 2003 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution with unanimous approval, recognizing the Cowboy Poetry Week Celebration. sponsors the Bar-D Ranch web site. Their mission is to preserve and celebrate the arts and life of rural communities everywhere. An important component of Cowboy Poetry Week is the Rural Library Program. Our county library has participated in this program since 2009 with recitations, displays, and cowboy poetry writing workshops. This year local cowboy poet Wendy Brown-Barry has been invited by the library to participate in their new “Write To Read” program, a radio show where local people read what they write. It is hosted by the Mariposa Library Adult Literacy Program on KRYZ 98.5 FM, Mariposa’s Community Radio Station. Wendy’s show will air on Sunday, April 21st at 4:00 p.m., and Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. She will be talking about and sharing cowboy poetry along with a short story titled “Sometimes Our Animals Choose Us.” Another way to listen in is to go to on your computer.

Tune in and support this oral tradition of the working West, that spans three centuries. You can visit Wendy’s web site at:

wendybrownlib2019 Wendy Brown-Barry also shared a photo of a past Mariposa Library exhibit:



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As he does each year, David L. Carlton, seventh-generation Floridian raised in the cattle industry, worked with Florida officials for a Cabinet resolution from the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida for Cowboy Poetry Week:




Montana’s Miles City Public Library shared photos of their Cowboy Poetry Week exhibits:



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Oklahoma rancher, poet, and songwriter Jay Snider received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.



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From Nebraska storyteller and poet Marci Broyhill:

Teresa Kay Orr and Marci Broyhill had a great time at the South Sioux City
Library presenting their program, “Aprons, Skirts, Hats & Flirts: Women-Their Range of Status During the Western Movement.” The staff at the SSC Library was very helpful. The audience was wonderfully attentive and responsive.


Marci and Teri also had a presentation on Monday, April 15, 2019 7:00 PM at the John A. Stahl Library in West Point, Nebraska.

Sisters Teresa Kay Orr and Marci Broyhill have two programs through Humanities Nebraska: Aprons, Skirts, Hats & Flirts: Women-Their Range of Status During the Western Movement and Sisters From the Outlaw Trail: History through Poetry and Music.  Marci Broyhill also has her own Humanities program: Nebraska’s Outlaw Trail, Highway 12.

Marci Broyhill has received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts:

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South Dakota poet and rancher Robert Dennis has been visiting rural schools with Shelane Graham, the traveling librarian for all six rural schools in Meade County.

Robert Dennis received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem:



602866_601568729871791_179439946_n  Cowboy Poetry Week will be celebrated at Utah’s Draper Library on April 23, 2019 Don Korth, STAMPEDE! (Terri and Steve Taylor, pictured), and poet and author Laurie Tye. Find details on the April calendar.


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Horseman, poet, and radio host Jarle Kvale received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.




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Washington poet, musician, and artist Lynn Kopelke received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Washington Governor Jay Inslee.




Jo Lynne Kirwood, Greg Harwood, and Kenny Hall, members of the Cowboy Poets of Utah celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week in an event on April 12, 2019 at 7 PM at the North Sevier High School Library in Salina, Utah:


 The Cowboy Poets of Utah have a long-time involvement with Cowboy Poetry Week.  Their March newsletter includes a brief history of the event, information about the Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur, events, and more.


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Musician and poet Shane Queener received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee:



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Colorado ranchers Valerie and Floyd Beard have two Cowboy Poetry Week events scheduled:  They will perform  at the Mitchell Art Museum in Trinidad on  Friday, April 26th and  Floyd will deliver a few poems to the Colorado State Legislature on April 16th. Find details on the April calendar.



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Oregon poet Tom Swearingen received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oregon Governor Kate Brown:



Judy James, four-time WMA DJ of the year will celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week on Cowboy Jubilee her show with many poems. Tune in to the show from Weatherford, Texas, on Saturday mornings, 7:30-9:30 am via


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Colorado musician Red Rideout has a Cowboy Poetry Week event on April 8, 2019 in Evergreen, Colorado. Find the event on the April calendar.


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Great friend of the BAR-D Chuck Learn will celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week reciting  at the 26th annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, April 11-14, 2019 in Historic Old Town Newhall, California. He’ll be at OutWest Stage, run by Jim and Bobbi Jean Bell of OutWest Shop; they host the popular Buckaroo Book Shop and the OutWest Stage at the festival.


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Nevada poet Dan Bybee obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak:



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Russ Westwood of Mesquite, Nevada, has organized a number of events at nearby Utah libraries for the Cowboy Poetry Group of Mesquite. At Enterprise, Marleen Bussma, Mark Kerr, Mike Prince, and Jim Parsons will take part. Find all of the events on the April calendar.


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Cowboy, packer, poet and humorist Chris Isaacs received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Arizona Governor Douglas Ducey.



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Utah poet Sam DeLeeuw has  has organized a number of events for Cowboy Poetry Week at Utah‘s Weber County libraries. Joining her will be poets and musicians Robin Arnold, Thatch Elmer, Saddle Strings, Gordon Champneys (and two of his grandchildren), Amanda Hoesel, and Jenny 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 Museum of the Oregon Territory in Oregon City, Oregon and at the Juanita Pohl Community Center in Tualatin, Oregon. Find the events on the April calendar.


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Colorado musician Red Rideout is seeking a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Colorado Governor Jared Polis.


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Poet and rancher Diane Tribitt Scott is seeking a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.


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Award-winning DJ Totsie Slover of The Real West from the Old West show is seeking  a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from New Mexico Governor Michelle Lynn Lujan Grisham.


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Much more to come…