Cowboy Poetry Week: April 19-25, 2020

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About Cowboy Poetry Week
Get Involved
Rural Library Program
Poster by Teal Blake
MASTERS: VOLUME FOUR, the poetry and song of Badger Clark
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 Cowboy Poetry Week News



by Jane Morton (1931-2020)

The round-ups, the brandings,
the calvings are done,
as ranchers sell out
and move on one by one.

We must tell the stories,
so memories live on,
past time when the tellers
themselves are long gone.

© 2004, Jane Morton

Cowboy Poetry Week is celebrated each year during April, National Poetry Month in the United States.

In 2020, Cowboy Poetry Week—the nineteenth annual—takes place April 19-25, 2020.

In 2020 it is made possible by generous support from Edmund Wattis Littlefield, a grant from the Margaret T. Morris Foundation, super donor Jean A. Emmons, and all of the individuals and organizations who support the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry. initiated Cowboy Poetry Week, and for the celebration’s second year, in April 2003, the United States Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing our Cowboy Poetry Week celebration. Twenty-three states’ governors and other officials have recognized Cowboy Poetry Week since, and many activities take place in communities across the West and beyond.

See the 2020 events as they are announced on the calendar here.



Get your schools, libraries, and community involved! Perform your poetry, donate a book or CD, share your knowledge. In recent years, poets and others have created special social media posts and events for Cowboy Poetry Week. Share the poster!

We have beautiful handout cards for gatherings and other locations. Contact us if you’d like a supply.

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Find more ideas about how to get involved here.



The Rural Library Program is an important Cowboy Poetry Week outreach activity, a part of our mission to serve a mostly under-served community of rural Westerners. Each year, a new compilation CD of top classic and contemporary cowboy poetry is offered, along with Cowboy Poetry Week posters, to hundreds of rural libraries across the West. The CD is also available for purchase.



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Teal Blake paints honest, realistic portrayals of  the real working West. A life of cowboying and rodeo experience informs his talent. We’re honored to have his stunning painting, “Ranch Water,” as the image for the 2020 Cowboy Poetry Week poster:

About Teal Blake, from his web site:


Teal Blake grew up in Montana, on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by ranching country. Growing up in his father’s studio looking at C.M. Russell paintings and reading Will James books inspired him to pick up a pencil and start capturing his own visions of cowboys and the American West.

Teal has been painting professionally since 2005, he was predestined to become, a western artist. Teal has always liked to show what makes the traditional West: cowboys not always clean shaven, shirts not always creased, and their horses’ manes not always long.

Teal’s love for the tradition of ranching and cowboying is unparalleled. Up before dawn gathering the cavvy, camping out on the wagon for weeks on end and playing cards with the crew during a rainstorm. Blake’s portrayal of ranch life and the handful of people keeping it alive is an authentic one. No models, no costumes, simply being fortunate enough to work and ride alongside his friends and muses; he is able to capture his material and inspiration first-hand.

In 2014 Teal’s labor, talent and accomplishments earned him an invitation into the renowned Cowboy Artists of America organization. He has also been honored with several awards, including the Joe Beeler CAA Foundation Award and 1st Place Watercolor at the Phippen Museum and has been featured in such magazines as Western Horseman, Western Art & Architecture, Southwest Art, Ranch & Reata and The Cowboy Way.

In 2011 Teal created “We Pointed Them North,” an art show held in Fort Worth, celebrating the memoirs of Teddy “Blue” Abbott. Teal’s work appeared on the cover of Big Bend Saddlery catalogue in 2012 and 2013. His painting “Morning Gather” was used for the cover of Some Horses by Thomas McGuane.

Teal and his son Luca currently reside in Fort Worth, Texas.

Find more about Teal Blake here in this blog, where there are additional links, and at

Posters are never sold. They are sent to participants in Cowboy Poetry Week’s Rural Library Program and sent to Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry supporters (at the $50 USD level and higher) as thank you gifts.


MASTERS: VOLUME FOUR, the poetry and song of Badger Clark

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Each year, we produce a compilation CD project. These CDs are offered at no cost to rural libraries each year in our Rural Library Program, a part of Cowboy Poetry Week. They are also a premium for our supporters and are sold, with all proceeds going toward the next year’s project.

There are ten volumes of The BAR-D Roundup and we’re at work on the fourth volume in the MASTERS series.

MASTERS: VOLUME FOUR, the poetry and songs of Charles Badger Clark, Jr. originally scheduled for released in June, 2020 but currently postponed, will include recitations by today’s cowboy poets as well as recitations in Clark’s own voice. For the first time, a few select songs created from Badger Clark’s works will be included.

Greg Scott, author of Cowboy Poetry, Classic Poems & Prose by Badger Clark, describes Clark:

Badger Clark (1883-1957) parlayed four years of cowboy life on an Arizona ranch into a forty-year career as America’s most successful cowboy poet. Best known for his collection of cowboy poems, Sun and Saddle Leather, first published in 1915 and still in print today, Clark also enjoyed a decades-long career as a public speaker.

A life-long resident of South Dakota, mostly in the Black Hills, Badger Clark was named Poet Laureate of that state in 1936, a title he retained for the remainder of his life. Clark lived to see many of his poems become better known as folk songs. Among his most widely recited and sung verses are “A Cowboy’s Prayer” and “A Border Affair.”

Greg Scott will contribute an introduction to MASTERS: VOLUME FOUR, the poetry and songs of Charles Badger Clark, Jr. and a recitation of one of Clark’s poems.

Stay tuned for more details on the double CD.

Find more about Badger Clark at

CDs are sent to libraries in Cowboy Poetry Week’s associated Rural Library Program, given to supporters (at the $50 USD level and higher) as thank you gifts, and available to the public.

Find information about the previous MASTERS CDs here, and about the BAR-D Roundup series, at




Cowboy Poetry Week and its associated Rural Library Program are made possible by a generous and engaged community.

See all of the generous supporters to the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry and find how to be a part of it all here.

Receive the 2020 poster and MASTERS CD with a donation of $50 or more.


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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