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COWBOY POETRY WEEK GIVEAWAY
Win a signed copy of either artist Teal Blake‘s Wrangler Award-winning J is for Jackalope book:
or chuckwagon cooks Kent and Shannon Rollins’ brand new Faith, Family, & the Feast cookbook:
Just make a web or social media post every day of Cowboy Poetry Week (April 19-25). Don’t use social media or have a web site or blog? Then email poems or links to friends every day.
Some ideas for your daily posts:
• post your own poems
• post favorite poems (get permission for poems not in the public domain; just giving credit is not enough)
• share our posts and others’ posts
• make and share videos
• do a book or cd giveaway of your own
• make the Cowboy Poetry Week poster your cover photo
• spread the word.
Just do it every day of Cowboy Poetry Week.
This giveaway has ended. Find the winners here.
Thanks to all who participated!
With the usual venues closed, including libraries, much of Cowboy Poetry Week was celebrated in a virtual way. And poets and others were up to the challenge.
A flurry of poems, music, photos, art, videos, and more were posted and shared in social media, mostly on Facebook but also on Instagram, beyond expectations. It is not possible to name all of the participants, but some included Linda Kirkpatrick, Ken Rodgers, Chuck
Learn, Tom Swearingen, Betty Rodgers, John and Brigid and Johnny “Guitar” Reedy, Jerry Brooks, Terry Nash, DW Groethe, Kent Reeves, Ron Secoy, Don Williams, Ol’ Jim Cathey, Karlene Gonzales, Ernie Sites, Smoke Wade, Rex Rideout, Teresa Burleson, Mark Munzert, Lynn Kopelke, Janice Gilbertson, Sally Bates, David Carlton, Andy Hedges, Doris
Daley, Jay Snider, Ken Cook, Allan Clark, Vess Quinlan, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Andy Nelson, Sandy Seaton Sallee, Cindy Stout Quigley, Bobbie Jean Bell, Gary Holt, Duane Nelson, Jessica Hedges, Woody Woodruff, Staunton Howe, Kathy Moss, The Cowpoke Fall Gathering, The Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, the Western Folklife Center, and countless others.
Those who posted every day could enter the Cowboy Poetry Week giveaway (and the winners were Kent Reeves and Ol’ Jim Cathey).
It was a great experience of inspiration and entertainment, of meeting new poets and friends, of and connecting with old friends.
Next year, we hope it will be even better!
Cowboy poet David Smith of Waxahachie, Texas, tells us: For the 2nd straight year I have offered class and explanation on riding cowboy poetry to the 7th grade classes of Waxahachie Independent School District. They submit their own poetry and our local Waxahachie Sun newspaper will choose and publish winners. With the stay in shelter this year I taught the classes through YouTube. It was great fun!”
Find some of David’s videos on YouTube.
Wyoming poet and writer Rhonda Stearns received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon.
The April, 23, 2020 Calling All Cowboys internet radio show on KPOV, Bend, Oregon, from Charley Engel (“Chuckaroo the Buckaroo”) celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week and more. Poets and reciters include Ken Cook, Red Steagall, Doris Daley, Susie Knight, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Sandy Seaton, Jay Snider, Baxter Black, Mark Gardner, Greg Flakus, Ross Knox, Keith Ward, J.B. Allen, Randy Rieman, Waddie Mitchell, and Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”). Listen here.
Listen to award-winning DJ Barbara Richhart, “Western Belle” Cow Trails‘ Cowboy Poetry Week show in her archive at cowtrails.com. Poets and reciters include Jerry Brooks, Larry McWhorter, Audrey Hankins, Sunny Hancock, Andy Wilkinson, Carol Heuchan, DW Groethe, Keith Ward, Harry Jackson, Jay Snider, Rex Rideout, Randy Rieman, Tom Sharp, Jack Sammon, Mag Mawhinney, Gary McMahan, Andy Nelson, and others.
Utah Writer and poet Rod Miller marked Cowboy Poetry Week in an April 18, 2020 blog post, “Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week,” which includes his poem, “Migrations.” Utah’s weekly Payson Chronicle included the blog and more in its April 22, 2020 issue.
Cowboy Jubilee with Judy James is celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week. She says,”It’s Cowboy Poetry Week and Cowboy Jubilee with Judy James is celebrating by playing many of our outstanding Cowboy Poets! During the April 18th show we played Waddie Mitchell, Tom Swearingen, Sam Deleeuw, and Teresa Burleson. This Saturday [April 25] we will play Deanna McCall, Floyd Beard, Waddie Mitchell, A.K. Moss, and Red Steagall. Tune in Saturday morning from 7:30 – 9:30 CDT for Cowboy Jubilee! It is heard on KMQX 88.5FM.
South Dakota poet and rancher Robert Dennis received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.
Marci Broyhill received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts:
Karlene Gonzales-Martinez of the Donnelly Library-Ray Drew Art Gallery at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, observes Cowboy Poetry Week. Last year she had a great event and exhibit and an impressive poster. This year there were plans for an art show reception with cowboy poetry and music entertainment, in conjunction with the Big Read project. But those plans were derailed by cancellations and closings.
Marci Broyhill shows off her poster and Nebraska Governor Ricketts’ (2019) proclamation, along with her new book, Nebraska’s Outlaw Trails: Fact, Fiction and Lore. Find her Sisters From the Outlaw Trail Facebook page for more information.
Chuck Wagon Wanda’s Corral plans to post poems, links, video and more daily on their Facebook page.
Texas poet and regional historian Linda Kirkpatrick is received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Texas proclamations are often eloquent, as is this one, which reads:
There are few places in the American West where the mystique of the cowboy has greater influence than Texas. From Texas’ independent spirit to our rich history, the rough but noble lives of cowboys have helped to shape this great state.
The inspiring history of Texas’ growth and the cultivation of our unique culture has been well kept by the beautiful art of cowboy poetry. There are no limits to the joy cowboy poetry brings us, as Texans young and old are able to peek into the past, when the bounty of Texas first offered boundless opportunities to all who are willing to work hard to seize them. This literary tradition also pays homage to the men and women who carry on the ranching tradition and preserve the inherent values it holds in the modern age.
The Lone Star State is a place where the traditions of faith, freedom, and self-sufficiency have always been cherished. The stories and poems of cowboy poetry, whether they are written or spoken, humorous or heart-rending, help to keep these beloved values alive in the hearts of Texans. As we continue to support cowboy poetry and help this art form develop, there is no doubt our next generation will grow up with the same determination and spark for adventure as those before them.
During this special week of education and celebration, I encourage all Texans to participate in exploring the western culture that is illustrated by cowboy poetry. By investing in this literary tradition that cultivates a love of reading and storytelling, we will build a better future for our state while learning about our past.
Therefore, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim April 19-25, 2020, to be Cowboy Poetry Week.
Ken and Berry Rodgers are the creators of the award-winning film, Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor about the men of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines during the 1968 siege at Khe Sanh in the Republic of Vietnam, in which Ken served. Stream it at amazon.com.
Their latest project, I Married the War, tells the stories of the lives of combat veteran spouses, from WWII through today. It is in final editing stages.
Montana ranch hand, poet, and picker DW Groethe will be posting new and unpublished poems daily on his Instagram.
Kent Reeves, Cowboy Conservationist, photographer, and packer is celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week on his Instagram and Facebook pages. This is the 25th anniversary of the landmark book Between Earth and Sky: Poets of the Cowboy West, by Anne Heath Widmark, with his photographs. He’ll be highlighting poems and photographs from the book.
Nonagenarian poet and reciter Dick Morton is doing a Cowboy Poetry Week program on April 28, 2020 at Melody Living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he resides. The program will include a popular poem, “Yo-Hoo,”by his much-missed wife, the late Jane Morton; his own, first poem, “City Kid”; Rod Nichols’ “Yep”; Henry Herbert Knibbs’ “The Shallows of the Ford”; S. Omar Barker’s “One Way of Proposin'” and “Trail Dust”; Bruce Kiskaddon’s “Ghost Canyon Trail” and “The Old Cow Pony”; and Badger Clark’s “A Cowboy’s Prayer” with the story of how he recited that poem for St. Francis Hospital patients when he himself was bring treated for cancer.
Nancy Flagg of Cowboy Tracks is unable to celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week on her show as she did last year, since the station is closed during this shutdown. She says she’ll do a special poetry show as soon as she can.
The weekly Cowboy Tracks show 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.”
From Oklahoma’s Ron Secoy:
From Two Wolves Ranch, Ron and his pard and fellow cowboy poet Don Williams plan on doing a Facebook Live post for Cowboy Poetry Week at 10 a.m. Central, Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
The program was originally scheduled for the Duncan (OK) Public Library.
Watch live from his Red River Cowboys Facebook page.
Ron added information about a giveaway:
For all you buckaroos and those who would like to be. Claim your free copy of my two books Cowboy Psalms and Cowboy at Heart. Send me a message with your address via Facebook Messenger or by email. Happy Trails and God Bless.
Clear Out West (C.O.W.) radio celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week on its April 20, 2020 show with Badger Clark poems and songs, including some tracks from the forthcoming MASTERS: VOLUME FOUR the poetry and song of Charles Badger Clark, Jr.
Included are Don Edwards singing “Ridin’”; DW Groethe reciting “The Night Herder”; Wylie & the Wild West singing “To Her”; Gail Steiger reciting “Horseback Men”; Susie Knight reciting “Others”; Johnny Cash singing and reciting “A Cowboy’s Prayer/Bury Me Not”; Gary McMahan reciting “Red’s Saloon”; Baxter Black reciting “Cowboy and Coyote”;
Waddie Mitchell reciting “Bad Half Hour:; and Michael Martin Murphey singing “Border Affair (Spanish is the Loving Tongue).”
Oregon poet Tom Swearingen will be doing daily Facebook posts during Cowboy Poetry Week, including videos featuring the 2020 Cowboy Poetry Week poster with Blake Teal’s painting and a new poem it inspired; his recitation of a poem by the late Oregon poet Leon Flick; a free download offer from his Language of the Land album; an invitation to discover and support the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry; and an introduction to the International Western Music Association and its Western Way Magazine. He’ll also post regarding the IWMA Columbia Chapter’s Youth Poetry Contest call for entries and a message from Governor Kate Brown of Oregon expressing best wishes for Oregon’s celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week.
Horseman and poet Jarle Kvale‘s Apriil 18, 2020 Back at the Ranch radio will have its annual celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week with songs from classic poems, a thank you to North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum for proclaiming Cowboy Poetry Week, and more. Listen to the show and past shows at keyaranch.podomatic.com.
Colorado rancher and poet Floyd Beard received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Colorado Governor Jared Polis:
Oregon poet Tom Swearingen requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oregon Governor Kate Brown. They wrote that in these “unprecedented times,” while they “are not able to produce a proclamation this year, please accept the Governor’s best wishes for a successful and memorable observance.”
Montana ranch hand, poet, and picker DW Groethe received a Cowboy Poetry Week letter of recognition from Montana Governor Steve Bullock.
Colorado musician Rex Rideout had several programs planned for Cowboy Poetry Week, all canceled now because of the virus. He plans to celebrate on social media, in part with a focus on Jack Thorp. Rex and Mark Gardner are the authors of Jack Thorp’s Songs of the Cowboys (2005) and he has a current article on Thorp in The Western Way from the International Western Music Association. Find him on Facebook and at his site, timetravelmusic.com.
“A Pinch of Poetry” and “A Dose of Imagination” every day beginning April 1st and continuing through April 30th as we celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week and National Poetry Month! At 2:00PM (MT) daily, we’re featuring a Western poet and author across our Facebook pages.
Find the daily posts at Rendezvous with a Writer Outwest.
Equestrian Legacy Radio with Gary I. Holt and Bobbie Jean Bell celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week on Thursday April 23, 2020 at Noon, CST at Equestrianlegacy.net. Their weekly programs are archived on available on demand.
Cowboy, packer, poet and humorist Chris Isaacs received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Arizona Governor Douglas Ducey:
Award-winning DJ Barbara Richhart, “Western Belle” of Cow Trails plans a special Cowboy Poetry Week show for Sunday, April 19. Tune in to Colorado’s KSJD Sunday at noon to listen live or catch Western Belle’s show weekly in the podcast archive.
Tennessee musician and poet Shane Queener has received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee:
Award-winning DJ Totsie Slover‘s Real West from the Old West radio show for April 22, 2020 celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week with additional poetry in the always-good playlist. Real West from the Old West heard Wednesday mornings on Deming, New Mexico’s AM 1230 KOTS from 10 a.m. until noon and archives are available.
Oklahoma rancher, poet, and songwriter Jay Snider has received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt:
Each year for Cowboy Poetry Week, Andy and Jim Nelson‘s popular weekly syndicated Clear Out West (C.O.W.) radio show celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week. This year’s show will feature the works of Badger Clark, along with some previews of tracks that will be included on the forthcoming MASTERS: VOLUME FOUR, the poetry and song of Charles Badger Clark, Jr.
Listen to the show and find archives here.
The El Progreso Library in Uvalde, Texas always observes Cowboy Poetry Week. The library, like so many, is mostly closed to the public, but there are borrowing services and many online activities. Before the closure, they including this in their newsletter:
April 19 – 25 is Cowboy Poetry Week, celebrated during National Poetry Month. It will be noted by a poster by Teal Blake of Texas and items in the foyer display case. It helps educate on history and value as it preserves Western and cowboy poetry. Cowboy poetry CDs and books are available to check out from library resource collections. Facebook: cowboypoetryandmore
The El Progreso Library remains active online, with frequent posts on their Facebook page.
Russ Westwood of Nevada’s Mesquite Western Roundup let us know that he was organizing programs at these Utah libraries: St George Branch Library, Hurricane Branch Library, Washington Branch Library, Enterprise Branch Library and at the Mesquite Library in Mesquite, Nevada.
He tells us the Mesquite program has been cancelled and he expects the others may be as well.
We will post updated information as it is received.
Cowboy Poetry Week will be celebrated at Utah’s Holladay Library, 6:30-8:30 pm on April 20, 2020 by STAMPEDE! (Terri and Steve Taylor, pictured), poet Dan Korth, and others TBA.
North Carolina poet Keith Ward has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.
Tennessee musician and poet Shane Queener has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.
Nevada poet Dan Bybee has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak.
Teddie Daley of Idaho is seeking a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Idaho Governor Brad Little.
Poet and rancher Diane Tribitt Scott is seeking a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.
Award-winning DJ Totsie Slover of The Real West from the Old West radio show is seeking a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from New Mexico Governor Michelle Lynn Lujan Grisham.
Nebraska storyteller and poet Marci Broyhill has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.
Cowboy, packer, poet and humorist Chris Isaacs has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Arizona Governor Douglas Ducey.
Utah poet Sam DeLeeuw has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Utah Governor Gary Herbert.
South Dakota poet and rancher Robert Dennis has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.
Oregon poet Tom Swearingen has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oregon Governor Kate Brown.
Oklahoma rancher, poet, and songwriter Jay Snider has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.
Wyoming poet and writer Rhonda Stearns has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon.
April 20, 2020, Monday 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Main Library Ogden, Utah
with Robin Arnold and Thatch Elmer
April 21, 2020, Tuesday 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Pleasant Valley Branch Library Ogden, Utah
with Saddle Strings and Gordon Champneys
April 22, 2020, Wednesday, 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the North Branch Library Ogden, Utah
with the Sawtooth Mountain Boys and Sam DeLeeuw
April 23, 2020, Thursday 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Southwest Branch Library Ogden, Utah
with David Anderson and Bob Urry
April 25, 2020, Satuday 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Ogden Valley Branch Library, Huntsville, Utah
special YOUTH SESSION with Thatch Elmer as Emcee and featuring Tib and Rainey Champneys, Venessa Carpenter, Colt Blankman, and the Anderson Family.
Colorado rancher and poet Floyd Beard is requesting a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Colorado Governor Jared Polis.
Montana ranch hand, poet, and picker DW Groethe is requesting a Cowboy Poetry Week letter of recognition from Montana Governor Steve Bullock.
Washington State’s Dayton Memorial Library celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week Thursday, April 23, 2020. Their announcement:
Save the date of Thursday, April 23, 2020 for an evening of good “cowboy” food, original poems, awesome music and some sing-along, too. The evening starts at 6:00 pm. Performers will be Joe Sartin from Milton-Freewater, Lynn Kopelke from Enumclaw, and Marty Hall of Starbuck, Kraig Horlacher and Kavin Kuykendall of Waitsburg, Jimmye Turner of Lowden, and our own Heather Stearns, Tanya Patton, and Howard Beuhler of Dayton.
Washington poet, musician, and artist Lynn Kopelke is requesting a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
South Dakota poet and rancher Robert Dennis will again visit rural schools for Cowboy Poetry Week with Shelane Graham, the traveling librarian for all six rural schools in Meade County.
He is also seeking a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.
As he does each year, David L. Carlton, seventh-generation Floridian raised in the cattle industry, is working with Florida officials for a Cabinet resolution from the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida for Cowboy Poetry Week.
Dove Schmidt announces the annual Crossroads Cowboy Poetry Gatherin’, Cowboy Trade Days, and Ranch Rodeo, April 24-25, 2020:
Cowboy poets, mark your calendars! In conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week, we will be having our annual Crossroads Cowboy Poetry Gatherin’, with Cowboy Trade Days and Ranch Rodeo on April 24-25, 2020. This year the event will even have a day of music lessons, cowboy poetry workshop, and lots of time around the campfire all day that Friday at the ranch. The Cowboy Poetry competition, trade days and ranch rodeo will be held that Saturday at Corner Post Cowboy Church near Yale, Ok. Contact me for applications and info sheets on FB or text or call at 918-939-9085, or email me at dove.morgan AT yahoo.com We will have the coffee pot on and the campfire goin’.
Texas poet and regional historian Linda Kirkpatrick is requesting a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Much more to come!