In Our Thoughts: Doug (Douglas Allen) Keller 1943-2020

We were sad to learn the news of Doug Keller from Jo Lynne Kirkwood. Doug died April 2, 2020 at his home in Johnson Canyon, Utah.

Many knew Doug from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, where he was long involved. This photo by Stella and Ol’ Jim Cathey was taken there in 2012.


From his obituary, “…For several years Doug owned a dude string near the Grand Canyon. He worked as Maintenance Supervisor at Parry Lodge for over 18 years. Doug always enjoyed writing and acting. He acted in many plays and has written, directed and produced several melodramas at the Old Barn Playhouse and Crescent Moon Theatre. He wrote Cowboy Poetry for over 40 years and was invited to perform all over the West. Doug compiled a book of his poems in 2012 called Songs of the Land – Poems of the West. Doug was a Silver Buckle winner at the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in 2005 and was also the Cowboy Poet Laureate of Kane County….

“…A graveside service [will be] held Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM in the Kanab Utah Cemetery, with military honors by American Legion Post 69. A livestream broadcast can be accessed at Doug Keller Graveside Service about 10 minutes before service time.”

Jo Lynne Kirkwood adds, “When the Paiutes have a death in the tribe they hold an all-night sing, which culminates with four songs at sunrise to sing the departed on (his) way over the Grand Canyon.  They will be at the graveside, and will sing the final four songs for Doug.  Kenny Hall will also be there to sing for Doug, and Dennis Judd will speak.  Penny plans to read one of Doug’s poems… Later, when we can gather, there will be more of a celebration for Doug.”

The broadcast will be archived at Mosdel Mortuary.

Doug Keller is survived by his wife Penny Savage and children from a previous marriage.

Read more here.

News Bits and Links

readingnews“Reading the News,” by Erwin E. Smith, c. 1908 from The Library of Congress

We receive and come across all sorts of interesting information from a wide range of sources. Below, we gather some quick links to news stories, web features, and other items of interest gathered from the web, social media, and from you, the most recent posted first.

Your suggestions for consideration of inclusion are welcome (as well as your comments). Email us.

image, “Ranch Water,” © 2019, Teal Blake

Cowboy Poetry Week



Subscribe to our occasional newsletter.

Most March and April events canceled or postponed.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Museum – Online resources and reading resources

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West parade 1902 film from The Library of Congress


In Our Thoughts: Doug (Douglas Allen) Keller 1943-2020


Andy Nelson’s YouTube Channel, with frequent stories

“Poetry & Practice” from the Poetry Foundation. Daily prompts and activities.

What is a Cowboy Anyway?,” by RW Hampton, Cowboys & Indians Magazine March 26, 2020

Rodeo Westerns Online,” by David Hofstede, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, March 21, 2020


Celebrating April: National Poetry Month  Bobbie Jean Bell / OutWest
“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.


Cowboy Poetry Week newsletter and Giveaway, Constant Contact, March 31, 2020

If Dr. Seuss Counted Cows at the Gate, Story Time with Andy,  by Andy Nelson, YouTube, March 30, 2020

5 things to know about working from home, with kids,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch blog, March 30, 2020


Entertainment in Sims area is varied and plentiful,” by Rodney Nelson, Farm & Ranch Guide, March 27, 2020

If the Morning Comes,” Dave Stamey’s Porch Music #3, YouTube, March 27, 2020

Brenn Hill and Andy Nelson live Facebook show  March 27, 2020



All American CowboyFest  (formerly the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium), October 8-11, 2020


History lesson on emergency food sources…” (humor) by Corb Lund,  Facebook, March 26, 2020

Ocean of Grass, Life on a Nebraska Sandhills Ranch (film)

Saddle Up and Dance; Historical Recreation,” by Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, Tri-State Livestock News, March 11, 2020

Happy 40th Andy Hedges!,” by various artists, YouTube, March 24, 2020


The Saddle,” Dave Stamey’s Porch Music #2, YouTube, March 23, 2020

Andy Hedges interviews Gail Steiger remembering Gail Gardner, Cowboy Crossroads, March 23, 2020

Equal Opportunity Cowboy,” by Baxter Black (in the latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column),,  March 23, 2020


Starting conversations with strangers is a fun way to travel,” by Rodney Nelson, Farm & Ranch Guide, March 18, 2020


New news and newer news,” by Rod Miller (blog), March 20, 2020

Fisher Poets of Astoria,” by Ari Blatt,  The Corvallis Advocate, March 19, 2020

2020 Womanhood Award recipient – Myrna Cox,” by Linsey Glover,  Southern Utah News, March 19, 2020

Coronavirus postpones poetry show,”, March 18, 2020

Leon Slichter, 71, Grangeville,” obituary, Idaho County Free News, March 18, 2020

Faith, Family, and the Feast,” by Ellise Pierce, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, March 14, 2020

Nominations Now Open for Governor’s Awards in the Arts,” by Harrison Berry, Boise Weekly, March 12, 2020

Activity Book for Horse-Loving Kids, American Quarter Horse Association (free download)

Activities and Resources for young people National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame


National Cowboy Poetry Gathering 2020 photographs by Jessica Lifland, March 17, 2020


The Corona Blues, by Dave Stamey, YouTube, March 16, 2020


2020 Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America  March 11, 2020

Boys Will Be Boys,” by Baxter Black (in the latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column),,  March 10, 2020

International Western Music Association (IWMA) Columbia Chapter Youth Poetry Contest for young people in Oregon, Washington,  Idaho, and British Columbia  Deadline September 1, 2020


Cobbler throwdown highlights sweet flavors of Western dessert,” by Hannah Maginot,, March 9, 2020

The Forgotten History of the Black American Cowboy,” by Rory Doyle, Outside Magazine, March 8, 2020

Listening to Horses,” by Rod Miller (blog), March 6, 2020

Cowboy music and poetry at Switchgrass artists co-op,” Great Bend Tribune, March 5, 2020

Cowboy Rendezvous coming this weekend,” by Charlie Schill,, March 5, 2020

Plan your trip now to Saskatchewan’s Historic Reesor Ranch,” by Jenn Sharp,, March 5, 2020

St. David students saddle up at Cowboy Poetry,” by Dana Cole, Benson News-Sun, March 3, 2020

Humboldt rancher co-host of ‘Best of America by Horseback’,” by Frank J. Buchman, FarmTalk,  March 3, 2020

Teal & Buckeye Blake, We Will Not Be Tamed, Texas Parks and Wildlife podcast (October 3, 2019)


The Top 10 reasons strange vehicles are in your neighborhood,” by Mark Parker, Farm Talk,  March 3, 2020

Humans domesticated horses – new tech could help archaeologists figure out where and when,” by William Taylor, Yahoo! News, March 2, 2020

The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion,” the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, February 8–May 17, 2020

Predator Hunting History; family stories by Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns,”


A Bad Sign,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column),,  March 2, 2020

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering announces new executive director,” Durango Herald, March 1, 2020


Cowboy Rendezvous set for next week,” Ashtyn Asay,, February 28, 2020

COW ‘TALES’,” by Teri Nehrenz,, February 27, 2020

Art Center partnership brings EquiFest events downtown,” Salina Post, February 27, 2020

Road trip: Revisiting Moapa Valley’s buried past,” by Chris Moran,, February 27, 2020

Cowboy Poets Tell Tall Tales In Mesquite,” by VRobison,, February 26, 2020

William Laird “Bill” Brooks 1945-2020, Alpine Avalanche, obituary

MVP Pitcher Madison Bumgarner Has A Secret Life — As A Champion Cattle-Roper,” by Laurel Wamsley, NPR, February 24, 2020


Authenticity key for FisherPoets,” The Astorian, February 25, 2020

Cowboy Poetry and Dinner Fundraiser in Gateway,” by Billy Jenkins,, February 24, 2020

Charlie Russell Revisited,” by Mark Bedor, Cowboys & Indians, February 17, 2020


Ballad Hunter,” video interviews with cowboy songwriters. First three: Doug “Farrier” Figgs, R.W. Hampton, and Andy Hedges


The week that was, Part Two,” by Rod Miller, blog,  February 24, 2020

Annual Folk and Heritage Festival returns to Glendale,” by, February 22, 2020

Eva Jane Ambrose Morton, November 13, 1931 – February 16, 2020,” obituary

Shoein’ Pigeye,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column),,  February 19, 2020


Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering this week,” Odessa American, February 21, 2020

Cowboy poetry is alive on the Palouse,” by Joel Kemegue, Daily Evergreen, February 20, 2020

Outside Circle,” by Jan Swan Wood, Tri-State Livestock News, February 20, 2020


Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering This Week in Alpine,”, February 18, 2020

Recent Elko gathering is another one for the books,” by Rodney Nelson,, February 18, 2020

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame welcomes new members,” by Lindsie Hiatt,, February 18, 2020

Cowboy Poetry returns to Mesquite this weekend,” by VRobison,, February 18, 2020


Western Heritage Award Winners include Andy Hedges and Teal Blake, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, February 14, 2020

Rodney Nelson’s “Up Sims Creek” columns from Farm & Ranch online again at

Miles City Cowboy Poetry Gathering, March 1,” Ekalaka Eagle, February 14, 2020

Avery’s Lost Trails: Cowboy poet, historian and journalist – Arthur Chapman, December 6, 1935,” by Avery Martinez, Estes Park Trail Gazette, February 13. 2020


Rodeo romance: Finding love the cowboy way this Valentine’s Day,” by Gerald M. Gay and Cathalena E. Burch,,  February 12, 2020

Organizers Look Forward to Equifest in Salina,” by Todd Pittenger,, February 12, 2020


Andy Hedges interviews DW Groethe, Cowboy Crossroads, February 11, 2020


Verses from a Changing Frontier,” by Sonja Swanson,, February 10, 2020


To gather, and all the things that phrase means to a ranch woman,” by Jessie Veeder, Inforum, February 9, 2020

Anticipation building for Equifest 2020,” by Frank J. Buchman, The Salina Journal, February 9, 2020

Genoa Western Heritage Days returns in April,” The Record-Courier, February 8, 2020

Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival Celebrates Arizona Lore and Culture,” Glendale Daily Planet, February 7, 2020

Cowboy Poetry Returns to Mesquite in February, 2020,” Mesquite Local News, February 7, 2020

Black cowboys highlighted at Nevada annual poetry gathering,” The Hour, Friday, February 7, 2020

Cowboy Poets Give New Life to the Old West,” by Carson Vaughan, The National (Amtrak), February/March 2020

The Animals of Winter,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch blog, February 5, 2020

In Alpine, Cowboy Poetry Hangs on for Another Ride,” by Matt Joyce,, February 4, 2020

Managing Cattle To Mitigate Climate Change,” by Kathleen Masterson,, February 4, 2020

Dispatches from the West,” by Rod Miller (blog), February 4, 2020

Real cowboys write poems,” by Carson Vaughan, National Geographic, February 2, 2020

Cowboy poetry is a 150-year-old tradition. Will it survive in the 21st century?,” by Ryan T. Bell, National Geographic, February 1, 2020

Washoe County Parks hosts ‘Come in from the Cold’ music series at the Bartley Ranch,” News 4, February 1, 2020

Laughter rules at ‘The 70s Show’,” by Toni Milano, Elko Daily Free Press, February 1, 2020

Time travel with tintypes,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily Free Press, January 31, 2020

Colorado cowboy gathering and my new ‘FLY’,” by Victor T. Anderson,, January 31, 2020

Workshop was a ‘bonefied’ good time,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily Free Press, January 31, 2020


The Whistle Has Sounded,” (Bob Schild), by Rod Miller (blog) January 26, 2020

Columnist Jessie Veeder, several other North Dakotans invited to National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Forum News Service,  Grand Forks Herald, January 24, 2020

Veterans Oral History Project returns to the Poetry Gathering,” Elko Daily Free Press, January 24, 2020

Michael Martin Murphey and the Rio Grande Band to perform at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Western Folklife Center, Elko Daily Free Press, January 23, 2020

Buckaroo stories: Payette man heads to northern Nev. poetry gathering,” by Corey Evan, The Argus Observer, January 22, 2020

Film-tastic! Documentaries, short films peer into cowboy culture,” Elko Daily Free Press, January 22, 2020


Cowboy Poet Portraits in Tintype, a project by Kevin Martini-Fuller, Kickstarter

Bob Schild, 1931-2020

Cimarron Sounds,” a new regular feature by R.W. Hampton, Cowboys & Indians magazine, January, 2020


There’s a family feel here,” by Paul Albani-Burgio, Golden Transcript, January 21, 2020


Bucket List: National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Dana Joseph, Cowboys & Indians, January 21, 2020

One sitting each,” by Rod Miller (blog), January 20, 2020

Storytellers: The Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Bryan Wendland,, January 19, 2020


Plan to repopulate Scottish island of Ulva begins with … a herd of cattle,” by Kevin McKenna, The Guardian, January 19, 2020

Women-Led Rodeo Competition Returns to the Valley,” by Madison Rutherford, Phoenix Magazine, January 2020

Activities for youth, families at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” Western Folklife Center, Elko Daily Free Press, January 16, 2020

Comedies, multimedia, cowboy poetry to hit stages in Colorado Springs, Denver,” by Jennifer Mulson, The Gazette, January 16, 2020

Black cowboys a focus at the 2020 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, an interview with Dom Flemons,” by Will Houk, Nevada Capital News, January 16, 2020

Outside Circle” by Jan Swann Wood,, January 16, 2020

‘I Was Just A Cowboy Who Wrote Poetry’: Poet Reflects Ahead Of Gathering,” by Stephanie Daniel,, January 16, 2020

Cowboy Vegetarian Cookbook,” by Baxter Black (latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column),,  January 7, 2020

Reem’s recipes to be featured at Gathering,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily Free Press, January 15, 2020


To be a cowboy,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (blog), January 13, 2020

Meet Najiah Knight, the 13-Year-Old Girl Upending the World of Professional Bull Riding,” by Corey Seymour, Vogue, January 7, 2020


The Last of New York’s Black Cowboys,” By Sarah Maslin Nir, NY Times, January 10, 2020

Webcast with Jerry Brooks, Bill Jones, Vess Quinlan and more from the Library of Congress, November 2019 (transcript)

Folk & Heritage Festival back to take over Glendale,” Glendale Independent, January 9, 2020

Poetry, comedy, music and heaping helping of beans,” by Paul Albani-Burgio, Arvada Press, January 8, 2020

[Lone Star] Poetry Gathering features youth poetry contest,” Orange Leader, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Local cowboy singer, poet, and songwriter releases new book,” by Patty Hullett,, January 6, 2020

Cowboy Coffee with Kent Rollins and Jeff Goldblum, Youtube/Disney+,  January 3, 2020

Beulah Woman Named ‘Western Woman of the Year’,” by Renee Cooper,, January 2, 2020


Cowboy Poets of the New West,” by Meredith Lawrence, Alta, January 7, 2020

Cow Disturber,” by Baxter Black (latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column),,  January 7, 2020

A Day In The Life Of A Chuck Wagon Cook,” by Marshall Trimble, True West, December 18, 2019


Ding Dong,” by Rod Miller (blog), December 30, 2019

Reckoning, new from John Dofflemyer,


Oh Christmas Pug, Oh Christmas Pug…,” by Jessie Veeder, Back at the Ranch (blog), December 30, 2019

Great Falls Symphony Orchestra & Choir premiere Paul Zarzyski’s “Grace” (program and lyrics pdf)


Heather Hafleigh programs a special Cowboy Poetry and Music edition of The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2020,


Dennis Gaines, 1954-2019

Cleve Rice, 1936-2019,, December 27, 2019

Outside Circle,” by Jan Swan Wood, Tri-State Livestock News, December 26, 2019

‘It’s just something I crave’: a young Native American finds her home in rodeo,” by Eli Imadali,, December 25, 2019


Joe and Maria,” by Baxter Black, (on his Facebook page), December 23, 2019

Podcasts to Queue for Your 2020 Playlist,” by Hunter Hauk, Cowboys & Indians magazine, December 23, 2019


San Simon’s cowboy poets,” by Heather Lentz,, December 20, 2019


36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering celebrates black cowboys,” by the Western Folklife Center, Elko Daily Free Press, December 19, 2019

Testimony,” by Baxter Black, Tri-State Livestock News, December 19, 2019


Branding: Paregien Ranch 2019,” by John Dofflemyer,, December 19, 2019

Christmas for Axel,” by Bryce Angell, Teton Valley News, December 19, 2019

Santa Claus’ official veterinarian OK the reindeer for flight,” AGDAILY, December 17, 2019

Silent Night: Lindsay’s step away from Cowboy Christmas Gathering,” by Evan J. Pretzer, The Observer, December 13, 2019

Cowboy Christmas brings classic Dickens tale with a cowboy twist to Chilliwack Cultural Centre,”, December 8, 2019

Holiday on the Frontier,” by Jose R. Ralat, Cowboys & Indians, December 6, 2019


A Taste Of The Holidays, Cowboy-Style,” by Jim Kent, Weekend Edition Saturday/NPR, December 14, 2019

History in Focus: The New Tourism,” by James Neton, Craig Daily Press, December 12, 2019


Flick benefit concert to aid cowboy in crisis,” by Kurt Liedtke, Lake County Examiner, December 11, 2019

Wyoming deputies lasso deer that fell through iced-over pond,” Western Slope Now, December 11, 2019

Someone is gluing miniature cowboy hats on pigeons in Las Vegas,” by Deanna Paul, The Washington Post, December 10, 2019

Between the Bedroll Sheets: It’s Not What You Think,” by Jolyn Young, Western Horseman, November 20, 2019


Leroy and Tom,” by Baxter Black (latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column),,  December 9, 2019


Riding the Cowboy Poetry Trail,” by Bill Jones, RANGE, Winter 2020

Lake County [CA] is seeking its next poet laureate,” Lake County Record-Bee, December 7, 2019


Playing the Slots,” by Rod Miller (blog), December 6, 2019

Elko’s buckaroo roots on display at new Cowboy Arts, Gear Museum,” by Richard Moreno, Nevada Appeal, December 4, 2019

The Essential West,” by Bill Reynolds, Western Horseman, December 4, 2019


Kent Rollins, the King of Cowboy Cooking, is Carrying the Fire,” by Eddie Kim,, December 3, 2019


A conversation with cowboy songster Andy Hedges,” by Will Houk, Nevada Capital News, December 3, 2019

Kathy Moss wins international poetry award,” by Angel Carpenter, Blue Mountain Eagle, December 3, 2019

BC Cowboy Heritage Society Newsletter with Kamloops news December, 2019


Goddess of the Hunt,” by Baxter Black (latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column),,  December 2, 2019

Sedona Museum Presents: What’s In A Name?! with Michael Peach,” Sedona Times, December 2, 2019

Cowboy Poetry Contest announces winners,” by Toni Hopper,, November 30, 2019

Coyotes have expanded their range to 49 states—and show no signs of stopping,” by Christine Dell Amore, National Geographic, November 29, 2019

Young cowboy poets write about the Chisholm Trail and western life,” The Duncan Banner, November 28, 2019

Western Folklife Center seeks volunteers for Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” Elko Daily Free Press, November 28, 2019

Museum holds 2019 Student Cowboy Poetry Contest,” Wickenburg Sun, November 27, 2019


A Sheep Thanksgiving,” by Baxter Black (latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column),,  November 25, 2019

A Cowpuncher’s Night Before Christmas,” (with video) by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, November 22, 2019

29th annual Kingsville Ranch Hand weekend,” by Roland Rodriguez,, November 22, 2019

Community spirit takes flight with food bank concert,” by Stephen Tipper,, November 22, 2019

Veach Saddlery Turns 100 Years Old,” by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, November 21, 2019

Performers for first Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering Announced,” by Joe Hyde, San Angelo Live, November 20, 2019

Spur Award Contest Entries Sought,” Western Writers of America, November 10, 2019

Cowboy Artists Enjoy Move to Fort Worth,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, November 8, 2019


Horse Psychology,” by Baxter Black (latest “On the Edge of Common Sense” column),,  November 11, 2019


Country Christmas comes early to pioneer museum,” by Evan J, Pretzer,, November 14, 2019

Three cows vanished during Hurricane Dorian. Months later, they’ve been found chilling on an island miles from shore,” by Antonia Noori Farzan, Washington Post, November 14, 2019

Cows swept off island during Hurricane Dorian found after swimming for miles,” Edward Helmore for The Guardian, Yahoo News, November 13, 2019

36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering To Exhibit Artists & Films,”,  November 12, 2019

Quanah Parker Exhibit | One Man, Two Worlds (November 6-December 18, 2019)
National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum

Foal experiences snow for the first time,” ABC News Videos, November 13, 2019

Medical or Nutritional,” by Baxter Black (latest column),,  November 11, 2019

Time to gather,” Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch blog, November 11, 2019

Cutting a Pipe Collar off a Cow’s Leg,” by Lizzie Iwersen (video), Western Horseman, November 4, 2019

Ultimate free-range kids: Two boys, 6 and 10, rode horses to New York — from Oklahoma,” by Eliza McGraw, Washington Post, October 19, 2019


‘Climate Change’ Cowboy Logic,” by Baxter Black (latest column),,  November 6, 2019

The Cowboys: How 12 poets, singers and songwriters came together in Grand Junction,” by Dan West,, November 4, 2019

20 Mule Team reenactment visits Death Valley,” The Daily Independent, November 4, 2019

Bing Crosby’s Nevada get-away ranch on market for $7.28 million,” by WKRC/Local 12, November 2, 2019

Horse owners scramble to evacuate their animals ahead of California fire,” by Tom Kisken and Kathleen Wilson, Ventura County Star/Yahoo News/USA TODAY, October 30, 2019


Cowboy Poet Floyd Beard Performs ‘Canyons’,” Western Horseman (YouTube), October 29, 2019


A Hundred Years from Now,” by Baxter Black (latest column),,  October 30, 2019

California Vineyards and Ranchers at Risk as Wildfires Rage,” by Michael Hirtzer and Marvin G. Perez, Bloomberg/Yahoo News, October 30, 2019

Western Slope Cowboy Gathering,”, October 30, 2019

Pomegranate Arts and Crafts Festival This Weekend,” by Charlene Paul, Maopa Valley Progress, October 30, 2019

Wild Westerns: Five Classic “Twilight Zone” Episodes,” by Joe Leydon, Cowboys & Indians, October 23, 2019

Rural veterinarian shortage: Are you experiencing it?,” by Katie James, Drovers,
October 22, 2019


14th Annual Comstock Cowboy Poet Gathering Nov. 2-Nov. 3,” by Gavin Higgins,, October 28, 2019

Best Museum: Frisco Historic Park & Museum,” by Jefferson Geiger,, October 26, 2019


Cowboy Poet To Be Honored With Bronze Sculpture in Fort Worth Stockyards,” by Deborah Ferguson,, October 25, 2019

Outside Circle,” by Jan Swan Wood,, October 24, 2019

NFarm Animals in History,” by Baxter Black, latest column at, October 23, 2019

WRCA Announces Special Screening of ‘Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait,’, October 23, 2019

The Heber Valley Western Music & Cowboy Poetry Gathering Starts This Week,” by David Boyle,, October 22, 2019

A look into the future,” by Rod Miller (blog), October 22, 2019

Some old west fun: Cowboy poetry, music, dinner set for Nov. 1 and 2 at Seminary,” by Deb Nicklay, Austin Daily Herald, October 19, 2019

Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium to celebrate 17th year,” by Randy Parker, The Daily Tribune, October 19, 2019


Romancing the West comes to Lakeview,” by Margot Dodds, Lake County Examiner, October 16, 2019

Gamble, Steven R. (1959-2019), Bozeman Daily Chronicle, October 16, 2019

Five Reasons to Attend Grand Junction’s Upcoming Cowboy Poetry Gathering,”, October 15, 2019

14 reasons (minus 12) I write about the West,” by Rod Miller (blog), October 14, 2019

Antique Wagon On Heber’s Main Street Destroyed,” by David Boyle,, October 14, 2019

A Cowboy Theatre review,” by Lea Leggitt, The Independent, October 14, 2019

Branding Iron opens for business in Blackfoot,” by John Miller, Bingham County Chronicle, October 14, 2019

Drone view of 6666 ranch working cattle,” by Wyman Meinzer (video, Facebook), October 13, 2019

Painting Cows To Look Like Zebras Has A Surprising Benefit,” by Josephine Harvey,, October 9, 2019


Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering Set for February 2020 in Alpine,” by Joe Hyde, San Angelo LIVE, October 9, 2019

Yodeling Conrad cowboy inducted into MT Cowboy Hall of Fame,” Cut Bank Pioneer Press, October 9, 2019


Andy Hedges interviews Ian Tyson, Cowboy Crossroads, October 2019


Noah’s Dispersal Sale,” by Baxter Black, latest column at, October 9, 2019

Helen Bernice (Clark) Beard 1928-2019, Lewiston Tribune, October 9, 2019

Cowboy Poetry at Sunshine,” The New Era, October 9, 2019

Cowboy Parade draws hundreds,” by Bret Hauff, The Durango Herald, October 5, 2019 and video

Free concert of cowboy music and poetry offered at library,” Great Bend Tribune, October 4, 2019

Cowboy Poetry Gathering tickets on sale,” Elko Daily Free Press, October 3, 2019


Bruce Andrew Matley Memorial Service, The Leader, October 3, 2019

Back to Nature,” by Baxter Black, latest column at, October 2, 2019

Longmont Museum Brings New Excitement to Thursday Nights,”  by Sheila Conroy,, October 2, 2019

Cowboy Poetry in Rodeo,”, October 1, 2019

Cowboy poetry, music, dinner set for Nov. 1 and 2 at Seminary,” by Deb Nicklay, Mitchell County Press News, October 1, 2019

Historic Lakeview theater now belongs to the people,” by Kurt Liedtke, Herald and News, October 1, 2019

Guests hear original poetry and songs at annual Cowboy Poetry fundraiser,” By Aura Whittaker, Willits News, September 30, 2019


Betty Strong Encounter Center hosts outlaw poetry,”, September 30, 2019

Cowboy Poetry in Rodeo,”, September 27, 2019

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: Barrel races, Alzada poetry, music and art, roughstock school, iron cowgirl,” by Jan Swan Wood,, September 26, 2019

True West Magazine Archives Back To 1953

Western way of life,” by Ron Warnick,, September 25, 2019

Angelo’s Leather & Saddle Shop in Dexter | a step back in time,” by Doug Marrin,,  September 23, 2019

BC Cowboy Heritage Society Newsletter (Kamloops) September 23, 2019

Cowboy poetry honours Wild West history,” by Hanna Kost, CBC News, September 22, 2019

Annual Alzada Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art Show,” by Chris Maupin, Fallon County Times, September 20, 2019

For These Black Women in Texas, Rodeo Is a Way of Life,” by Walter Thompson-Hernández, nytimes, September 20, 2019

Mighty MC,” by Kathy Moss, YouTube, September 20, 2019

Restoring Black Cowboys to the Range,” by Sarah Maslin Nir,, September 14, 2019


Trolling for Buffalo,” by Baxter Black, latest column at, September 4, 2019

Lady Buckaroo,” by Kathy Moss, YouTube, September 2, 2019

Karen Kuhlman reviews this year’s Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Rendezvous,” Robert Pfund,, September 2, 2019

Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering starts Sept. 20,” Times-News, September 4, 2019

Cowgirl photographer Barbara Van Cleve,” by David Rothman, CBS News, August 25, 2019


Robert “Bob” Ross (1921-2019), Bozeman Daily Chronicle, August 28, 2019

Nothing’s Forever,” by Jesse Veeder, Back at the Ranch (blog),  August 28, 2019

Sir Loin,” by Baxter Black, latest column at, August 27, 2019

The Top 10 product names for fake meats,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, Aug 27, 2019

Wine tasting, Cowboy Poetry make lively events for Craig crowds at Luttrell Barn,” by Barry Steadman and Andy Bockelman, Craig Press, August 26, 2019

Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering sees surge in attendance,” by Evan J. Pretzer,
The Stony Plain Reporter, August 23, 2019

Conservationist helps Hawaii cattle ranchers tell their story,” by Jim George,, August 20, 2019


Cowboy Tracks radio from the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, August 16, 2019


Cowboys gather in Yountville Sept. 7 for music and poetry,” Napa Valley Register, August 21, 2019

‘Not one crusty old guy at that sale that didn’t have tears in his eyes’: Auction features steer raised by boy who died in accident,” by Laurie Welch,, August 21, 2019

Western Heritage Day at Mueller State Park to celebrate the ‘Old West’,” by Sonja Oliver, Pikes Peak Courier, August 21, 2019

The Lost Chicken,” by Baxter Black, latest column at, August 20, 2019

National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo 2019,” Salina Post, August 20, 2019

What Do Livestock Do For Your Mental Health?,” by Matt Brechwald,, August 20, 2019

Temple Grandin is Our Hero,” by Gene Johnston,, August 12, 2019


Mike Logan 1938-2019, Independent Record, August 17, 2019


The Feedlot Hand,” by Baxter Black, a poem latest column at, August 13, 2019

Monterey Cowboy Festival (announcing no event in 2019), August 14, 2019

34th Annual Cowboy Poetry and Western Music Gathering ready to celebrate,” by Robert Pfund,,  August 14, 2019

Clark County Fair this week,”,  August 14, 2019

Plastic bags are killing horses and cows across the state. What’s Texas to do?,” by Lara Korte, Texas Tribune, August 14, 2019

Featured Artists of the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Western Folklife Center, August 13, 2019

‘We Can’t Live in Fear’: Two Weeks After Shooting, Gilroy Celebrates Its Annual Rodeo,” by Sonja Hutson,, August 11, 2019

Billboard’s decision to nix ‘Old Town Road’ from country charts borders on un-American,” by Julian Smith,, August 11, 2019


Elko Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering Comes To Napa Valley,” by Broadway World, August 7, 2019

American History, as told through beef,” by Bryce Oates, Daily Yonder,  August 7, 2019

The Anti-Smoking Device,” by Baxter Black, latest column at, August 6, 2019

Community Agriculture Alliance: Back roads and best friends — 104th annual Routt County Fair,” by Michele Meyer, Steamboat Pilot & Today, August 6, 2019

Word rodeo,” by Jean Bowers, Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, August 5, 2019

Glade Park’s Cowboy & Music Poetry Festival,, August 2, 2019

Poets to gather in Prescott, celebrate culture of the American cowboy,” by Jason Wheeler,  Prescott Daily Courier, August 1, 2019


Cowboy poetry, music show to return to Craig,” Craig Daily Press, July 30, 2019

National Day of the Cowboy,” American Quarter Horse Foundation (AQHF), July 30, 2019


Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering organizes,” by Jim Street, The Big Bend Sentinel, July 24, 2019

Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering, February 21-22, 2020, Alpine, Texas


Talking Dirty,” by Baxter Black,, July 30, 2019

Cowboy Up,” by Jamie A. Hunt, Porterville Recorder, July 29, 2019

Newport Folk Festival 2019: 10 Best Things We Saw” [includes Andy Hedges], by Jonathan Bernstein and Suzy Esposito, Rolling Stone, July 29, 2019

Pioneer Bluffs preserves and presents history of ranching with National Day of the Cowboy activities…“, by Tagan Trahoon,, July 27, 2019

Hitting the trail: Friends make 175 mile trek with horse and mules to promote local rodeo,” by Carrie Stadheim,, July 24, 2019


Saddle up: National Day of the Cowboy rounds up art exhibits, film series, Wild West shows and more,” by Brandy McDonnell,, July 26, 2019

International Western Music Association National Day of the Cowboy on Facebook

Doris Daley and Al “Doc” Mehl on Equestrian Legacy Radio July 25, 2019

Bring chairs for D.W. Groethe…,” by Sharon Cox, The Jamestown Sun, July 25, 2019

You’re invited to The National Day of the Cowboy this weekend,” by Vanessa Garcia, KFDA Amarillo, July 25, 2019

An evening of poetry by two greats,” Taos News, July 25, 2019

Benefit concert to kick off the Dakota Western Heritage Festival,” by John D. Taylor, Capital Journal, July 24, 2019

Community concert tips hat to cowboys July 27,” by Angel Carpenter, Blue Mountain Eagle, July 23, 2019

Porterville to celebrate Day of the Cowboy,” by Charles Whisnand,, July 23, 2019

Celebrating the bison: Buffalo Days starts July 25,” by Alexander Taylor, The Jamestown Sun, July 23, 2019


A new dispatch,” by Rod Miller, blog, July 19, 2019

Riverbend Live has Cowboy Poetry/Western Music,” by Kyle Bailey,, July 19, 2019

Best of the West,” by Rod Miller, Saddlebag Dispatches (page 156), Summer, 2019

Cowboy Poetry gets ready for a big weekend in August,” by Robert Pfund,, July 18, 2019

These Programs Will Pay Kansas Farmers For Crops They Won’t Harvest,” by Corrine Boyer, Harvest Public Media, July 18, 2019

Suzi And Tuff as Flip,” The Saratoga Sun, July 17, 2019

Buckshot Dot (Dee Strickland Johnson) interview on Blogtalk Radio, July 17, 2019

The Royal Russells,” by Michele Powers Glaze, Cowboys & Indians, July 12, 2019


Man travels across Montana, US on vintage tractor, raising funds for veterans,” by Juliana Sukut, Billings Gazette, July 13, 2019

Butterfield’s hosts first Day of the Cowboy celebration,” Duncan Banner, July 13, 2019

Nine-year-old girl to trick ride at Last Chance Stampede,” by Linda Pierson,,  July 12, 2019

Good Dawg,” by Baxter Black,, July 12, 2019

Three cowboys being inducted into Utah’s western-themed hall of fame,” by Mark Saal,  Standard-Examiner, July 12, 2019

Country music singer reveals the heart of the west to those who listen,”, July 10, 2019

Saluting the Flag,” by Rod Miller, blog,  July 9, 2019


It’s ‘frog walker’ time,” by Jerry Welch, Agrinews,  July 8, 2019


Ol’ Rookie,” by Baxter Black,,  July 8, 2019

The Culture of Cowboy Art presented at Willits Center for the Arts,” by Alyson Bailey, Willits News, July 4, 2019

Bob Petermann to Perform at the MonDak Heritage Center As Part of Confluence of Creativity Invitational Art Exhibit, July 14, Sidney,”, July 3, 2019

Cowboy singers, artists and poets at the Payson Book Festival,” by Linda Wescott, Payson Roundup, July 2, 2019


Return to Calgary: Charles M. Russell and the 1919 Victory Stampede  exhibit June 7 through September 29, 2019 at the C.M. Russell Museum


Come rain or shine or rain or wind or heat or hail…,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, back at the ranch (blog), July 2, 2019

‘J is for Jackalope’ Features Fort Worth Artist’s Western Charm,”by Matt Payne, Fort Worth Magazine, July 1, 2019

On newsstands now,” by Rod Miller (blog), July 1, 2019

Red Steagall Honored with Statue,” Fort Worth Business, June 28, 2019


Poetry Friday: Cowboy Poetry,” by Gillian Ferris and Tom Weathers,, June 28, 2019

Ontario’s Tradition Keepers Folklife Festival is Saturday, earns state award,” By Pat Caldwell, The Enterprise, June 28, 2019


‘Aloha Rodeo’ Offers Alternative To The Cowboy Cliché,” by Carson Vaughn, NPR, June 27, 2019

Four Rivers Cultural Center’s festival keeps up with tradition,” by Griffin Hewitt, The Argus Observer,  June 27, 2019

Piehl retrospective at Arts Center,” by Kathy Steiner, The Jamestown Sun, June 27, 2019

Ranchero Days to Be Celebrated at Hagemann Ranch,” The Independent, June 27, 2019

Bit-Making Showcase and Sale,” by Jennifer Denison, Western Horseman, June 26, 2019

Barbwire Dispatch from Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association (pdf) June, 2019

Celebrating a century: Belle Fourche’s Black Hills Roundup will honor those who rode before,” by Kaycee Moonens, Tri-State Livestock News, June 26, 2019

The Top 10 judgment calls you guessed wrong on,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, June 25, 2019

The traditionally horsemen culture of Maremma, Italy, yields to ‘horsewomen’ as a result of new training course,” by Gabrielle Saveri, Washington Post, June 24, 2019

4-H in my memories, by Jessie Veder,” Meanwhile, back at the ranch (blog), June 24, 2019

The Cost of Recycling,” by Baxter Black,,  June 24, 2019


Spend Sunday at the Tower,” The Sundance Times, June 19, 2019


Alabama longhorn sets Guinness World Record,”, June 17, 2019

Utah Arts Festival 2019: Thatch Elmer, 15, heralds new generation of cowboy poetry,” by Les Roka, The Utah Review, June 17, 2019

No hitches, small crowd at museum’s Rodeo Day,” by Nickolas Seibel, Silver City Press, June 17, 2019

Elim Church to host cowboy poet,” by Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont Tribune, June 16, 2019

Over 37,000 cattle lost during brutal 2018 winter in Montana,”  The Associated Press, June 16, 2019

Dozens saddle up for Kansas Cowboy Poetry contest,” by Reina Garcia,, June 15, 2019

S.D. ranchers raise 33K to fix broken U.S. cattle markets,”,  June 14, 2019

Pop Wagner, cinch maker and folksinger,” The Fence Post,  June 14, 2019

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering to host the barn dance and picnic,” Durango Herald,
June 13, 2019

Capturing the Vibrant Culture Of Black Cowboys,” by F Jones,, June 10, 2019

Dams Could Protect Ranchers From Climate Change’s Drought…But Could They Also Contribute To It?,” by Melodie Edwards, Wyoming Public Media, June 7, 2019


A Cowboy Parade,” by Baxter Black,,  June 10, 2019

Feet to the Fire,” by Amy M. Hale, Contra Viento Journal, Spring, 2019

One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado,” by Sarah Tory, High Country News, June 7, 2019

Moody Siblings Push Each Other to Excel in Rodeo,” by Lura Roti, Tri-State Livestock News, June 7, 2019

Ranching’s Image Gets a Reboot,”, June 4, 2019

As New Beef Campaign Launches, Some Groups seek ‘Transparency, Accountability,” by Bryce Oates,, June 4, 2019

2019 Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering Returns to Prescott, Arizona, for 32nd Year,” Prescott Living Magazine, June 3, 2019


Central Texas Cowboy Gathering this weekend at Stagecoach Station Venues,” by Derrick Stuckly, Brownwood Bulletin, June 6, 2019

Utah Arts Festival 2019: What’s the new vibe for the 43rd edition? Many new faces, events at all venues,” by Les Roka, The Utah Review, June 6, 2019

Poet Olivia Romo sings to the acequias,” by Teresa Dovalpage, The Taos News, June 6, 2019

Flooding Leads to Cattle Rescues Around the Country,” by Wyatt Bechtel,,
June 5, 2019


Training New Neighbors,” by Baxter Black,,  June 5, 2019


Celebrating Art,” by Rod Miller (blog), June 3, 2019

Buffalo Commons continues to set the bar high,” McCook Gazette, June 3, 2019

Get the gate,” by Jessie Veeder, Inforum, June 2, 2019

Warner Chappell Music Acquires Gene Autry Music Group,”, May 30, 2019


Ranchers Play Key Role In Saving Greater Yellowstone’s Wildlife Pathways,” by Lesli Allison, Mountain Journal, May 29, 2019

USDA ready to help Kansas farmers and ranchers recover from recent flooding, tornadoes,” High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal, May 29, 2019

‘American Soil’ Is Increasingly Becoming Foreign-Owned,” by Renee Wilde, Harvest Public Media, May 29, 2019

Group Of Oklahoma Cowboys Come Together To Rescue Livestock From Floods,” by Sawyer Buccy,, May 28, 2019


A Sea Of Sagebrush Disappears, Making Way For Fire-Prone Cheatgrass,” Ashley Ahearn,, May 30, 2019

Losing Ground,” John Dofflemyer, Dry Crik Journal, May 29, 2019

Losing Ground” (2019) – Urban Sprawl Film, Angus TV,  (YouTube) May 27, 2019

Hear Texan Andy Hedges at OKC’s Blue Door,” by Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman, May 29, 2019


Riverbend Live Announces 2019 Lineup,” by Kyle Bailey,,
May 29, 2019

Mule Days awards scholarships,” by Ellen Morris Bishop, Wallowa County
Chieftain, May 29, 2019

Foreign Language,” by Baxter Black,,  May 28, 2019

‘Aloha Rodeo’ Book Illuminates The History Of Hawaiian Cowboys,” by Peter O’Dowd,, May 27, 2019

Telford selected for scholarship,” Times-News, May 26, 2019

Agnes and Alice,” by Gwen Petersen, The Fence Post, May 24, 2019

Governor signs bill for National Day of the Cowboy,” by Karen Ricketts,, May 20, 2019


It’s What I Do,” by Baxter Black,,  May 20, 2019

Cowboy poetry to be featured at gathering in Medora,”, May 20, 2019

It’s a Cowboy I Will Be,” “The Cowboy Way” Scotland documentary film project

Not on days like today,” by Jessie Veeder, Inforum, May 19, 2019

Bard of the Southern Sierra: John Dofflemyer, fifth-generation California cattleman,” by Carolyn Dufurrena, RANGE, Summer 2019

Leon Rausch, The Voice of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys, Has Died,”, May 14, 2019


In Texas, cattle rustling evolves into sophisticated multimillion-dollar crimes,” by Brandon Mulder,, May 12, 2019

The legacy of a rancher: cows and family,” by Jager Robinson, Rapid City Journal, May 12, 2019

Whoop It Up! Celebrating 100 Years of the Cody Stampede June 7, 2019 – March 31, 2020  Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming

Dakota cowboy poetry gathering to be held in Medora,” by Owen Piehl, Bismarck Tribune, May 10, 2019

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society newsletter May, 2019


33rd annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering set for May 25-26,” by Emma Vatnsdal,, May 7, 2019


Inheriting the Family Farm,” by Baxter Black,,  May 6, 2019

Wagon train traces historic rail route for 5 days for Gold Spike 150th,” by Matilyn Mortensen, The Herald Journal, May 6, 2019

If a rancher invented cussing, a rancher’s wife invented the walkaway mic drop,” by Jessie Veeder, Inforum, May 5, 2019

The Outside Circle Show,” by Bill Reynolds, Western Horseman, May 2, 2019


Senate OKs Day of Cowboy resolution,” by Phil Drake, Great Falls Tribune, April 25, 2019

Genoa Heritage Days get underway Friday in Carson Valley,” Tahoe Daily Tribune, April 25, 2019

Rural Towns Across The Midwest Struggle To Overcome Damage From Flooding,” by Frank Morris, KCUR, April 25, 2019

Walmart creates Angus beef supply chain, cutting out meat processors,” by Tom Polansek, Reuters, April 24, 2019

Kids invited to submit original poems for Santa Maria library’s Cowboy Poetry Contest,”
KSBY, April 23, 2019

Qualifying contests for Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest set,”, April 23, 2019


In ‘Shadow of a Cowboy,’ Lubbock Songster Andy Hedges Explores Cowboy Tunes Old and New,” by Matt Joyce, Texas Highways, April 24, 2019

Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  an interview with Colter Wall, Cowboy Crossroads, April 23, 2019


80-year-old cowboy finds a way to get back in the saddle,” by Sean Giggy,, April 23, 2019

Backwoods Wisdom,” by Baxter Black,,  April 22, 2019

Riding with the gauchos of Argentina: a photo essay,” by Amanda Barnes, photography by Greg Funnell, The Guardian, April 19, 2019


Marmarth’s Mystic Theatre,” by Jack Dura, Prairie Public, April 22, 2019

Mankind,” by Paul Zarzyski, for Earth Day, (blog), April 22, 2019

Guys with Guitars,” by Rod Miller, (blog), April 20, 2019

The yodeler who sued Yahoo,” by Zachary Crockett, The Hustle, April 20, 2019

The Top 10 photos farmers post on social media,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, April 16, 2019


Two Jumps,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest column),,  April 17, 2019

Creative expressions: verses by local poets,” Lake County Record-Bee, April 17, 2019

A Star-Studded 2019 Western Heritage Awards,” by Dana Joseph, Cowboys & Indians magazine, April 16, 2019

House to consider Day of Cowboy one more time,” by Phil Drake, Great Falls Tribune, April 16, 2019

Cowboy poetry a family affair as young Zirnhelt carries on grandfather’s legacy,” Williams Lake Tribune, April 14, 2019


An Evening of Cowboy Poetry,” The Bungalower, April 12, 2019

House tells Day of Cowboy proposal to hit the trail,” by Phil Drake, Great Falls Tribune, April 10, 2019

The Romantic Cowboy,” by Baxter Black (latest column),,  April 9, 2019

The 2019 Cowboy Festival visitor’s guide,” The Signal, April 7, 2019

26th annual Cowboy Festival to offer entertainment, history, food and drinks,” by Caleb Lunetta, The Signal, April 5, 2019


When Poetry Matters: Cattleman, Artist & Poet Sean Sexton Invites Us Onto His Ranch,” by Tania Ortega-Cowan,, April 4, 2019

The Top 10 things the Extension guys don’t fully appreciate about your cows,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, April 2, 2019

The Idaho Art Lab is searching for community artwork,” by Victoria Varnedoe,, April 2, 2019

Stories of Hope Flood Out of Nebraska,” by Clinton Griffiths, Drovers, March 29, 2019

Art Beat: Cowboy Artists of America Bring Their Big Show to Fort Worth, Texas,” by Dana Joseph, Cowboys & Indians, March 27, 2019


Barbwire Dispatch, newsletter of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association (pdf)

Never go rhyming with a cowboy poet!,” by William Thomas, Niagara This Week, March 29, 2019

40 Feet High and Rising,” by Richard Oswald, Daily Yonder, March 27, 2019


‘Shadow of a Cowboy’ Strikes a Chord in Western Music,” by Jennifer Denison,
Western Horseman, March 28, 2019

Saskatchewan cow gives birth to live quadruplets,” by Sharon Gerein, CBC News, March 29, 2019

Women of the West: Monique Miller,” by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, March 27, 2019

The Gift,” by Baxter Black (latest column),,  March 25, 2019

More floods loom as high river waters recede in Midwest,” by Karen Dillon, Reuters, March 25, 2019

From Cow Camp to House Keys,” by Jolyn Young, Western Horseman, March 22, 2019


Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest two qualifying events and finals


More floods loom as high river waters recede in Midwest,” by Karen Dillon, Reuters, March 25, 2019

Rural America and a Tale of Two Columnists,” by Tim Marema, Daily Yonder, March 25, 2019

Introducing ‘Can-Do Cowkids’ for young readers,” by Amanda Radke,  Agweek,  March 24, 2019

Bernadette Ducharme voted the 2019 Keeper of the West,” by Patrick Davies, Williams Lake Tribune, March 22, 2019

Song Premiere: Andy Hedges’ ‘Shadow of a Cowboy’,” by Hunter Hauk, Cowboys & Indians, March 21, 2019

Gettin’ Deep & Wide with Andy Wilkinson: Live on High Plains Morning,” by Jenny Inzerillo,, March  21, 2019

Floodwaters threaten millions in crop and livestock losses,” by David Pitt and Margery Beck, AP, March 20, 2019

The Rookie DVM,” by Baxter Black (latest column),,  March 19, 2019

BLM Will Pay You $1,000 To Adopt A Wild Horse,” by Amanda Peacher, Wyoming Public Media, March 13, 2019

Kevin Martini-Fuller: Portraits of The Gathering at Webster University


Wit and Wisdom at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Sean McCoy, LA Review of Books, March 17, 2019

Kamloops Cowboy Festival celebrates the western way of life,” by Jill Sperling,, March 15, 2019

Where cowboys still roam, from Tombstone to Deadwood,” by Sara Cagle, L.A. Times, March 15, 2019

Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival celebrates 30 Years,” by Bette Sharpe,, March 15, 2019

It will be a long process for Nebraska farmers and ranchers to recover from snow and flooding,” by Rachel Gabel,  The Fence Post, March 15, 2019

Palo Duro Canyon,” by Christine Hamilton, Western Horseman, March 14, 2019


Singing for Spurs,” by Rod Miller, blog, March 13, 2019

Focusing on history of Virgin Valley Settlement,” by VRobison, Moapa Valley Progress, March 13, 2019

Events Celebrate M.V. Days,” by VRobison, Moapa Valley Progress, March 13, 2019

Born Again Cowboy on the Steppe,” with Ryan T. Bell, 22.33 Podcast, March 11, 2019

Caprock Chronicles: The King of the Cowboys: Roy Rogers’ Hungry Life on the
Llano Estacado,” by Chuck Lanehart,, March 9, 2019

The capital of the Western art world in late March is Great Falls, Montana,” by Mark Bedor, Cowboys & Indians, March 1, 2019


The Hunter’s Son,” a poem by Baxter Black (latest column),,  March 11, 2019

Kamloops Cowboy Festival about to celebrate 23 years,” by Jill Hayward, barrierestarjournal, March 8, 2019


Work Songs of the Cowboy Poets,” photographs by Aubrey Trinnaman, text by Jared Stanley, produced by Eve Lyons, New York Times, March 9, 2019

International Women’s Day: Women in ag defying stereotypes,” (video), AgDaily, March 8, 2018


Dom Flemons reclaims his western heritage with Black Cowboys,” by Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald, March 6, 2019

Pull My Finger,” by Baxter Black (latest column),,  March 5, 2019

The Book of the Horse: Horses in Art,” by Susan Morrison, Western Horseman, March 5, 2019

Western Writers of America Spur Awards winners  March 5, 2019

The Top 10 cold-as-heck symptoms,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, March 5, 2019


I didn’t want a 70th birthday party. I wanted poetry and cowboys in the desert,” by Isabel Healy, The Irish Times, March 1, 2019

Barbwire Dispatch (pdf)  Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association, February, 2019

Cowboy lifestyle on stage at this years Rendezvous,” by Rod Boam,, February 28, 2019

Grafting Calves,” by Baxter Black (latest column),,  February 26, 2019

Cultural connection: Cowboy Rendezvous gears up with school outreach,” by Irma Mora,, Febrary 26, 2019


Loma rancher honored for cowboy prose,” by Erin McIntyre, The Daily Sentinel, February 24, 2019

Terry Nash Cowboy Poetry,” (video) by Chancey Bush, The Daily Sentinel, February 24, 2019

Texas Music Revolution & Rodeo 2019,” by Jeff Campbell, Plano Magazine, February 25, 2019


Yodel-ay-hee-hoo! It’s Wylie!,” by David Rogers, Yakima Herald-Republic, February 20, 2019

The Top 10 observations on winter weather,” by Mark Parker, FarmTalk, February 19, 2019

Australian cattle survived years of drought. Then came the deadly floods.” by  Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post, February 14, 2019

Art Gallery: Bill Anton, by Chuck Thompson,” Cowboys & Indians, February 14, 2019


What happens when you put cowboys in a room to talk politics?,” by Carson Vaughan, The Guardian, February 19, 2019


Cowboy Cartoonists,” by Baxter Black (latest column),,  February 18, 2019

Ranch Horse News (e-zine), Western Horseman, Spring 2019

A Cowboy and His Poem,” by Jay Nordlinger, National Review, February 18, 2019

Celebrating cowboy culture in Nevada,” by Liz Beddall, cangeotravel, February 14, 2019

How This Trailblazing Navajo Cowboy Made Professional Rodeo History,” Vice, February 12 2019

Ross and Lynne Knox return to Arizona to manage a historic ranch on the border of Arizona” (video), Western Horseman, January 29, 2019

Winter Whimpers,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, January 29, 2019


The black cowboys of Mississippi – in pictures,” by Sarah Gilbert, The Guardian, February 15, 2009

Miles City Cowboy Poetry Gathering 2019,”, February 15, 2019

Ninepipes Art Group Fundraiser Fills Leon Hall,” by Carolyn Hidy, Lake County Leader,
February 14, 2019

Tall Tales Told At The Mesquite Western Roundup,” by V. Robison, Catherine Ellerton,, February 13, 2019

BC Cowboy Heritage Society Newsletter,” (Kamloops info)   February, 2019

Western faces,” by Josie Glassberg,, February 12, 2019


Ian Tyson Tribute (updated video) Western Folklife Center, February 14, 2019

These Honored Dead,” by Rod Miller, blog, February 14, 2019


Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  tribute to S. Omar Barker with Georgia Snead and Waddie Mitchell, Cowboy Crossroads, February 12, 2019


Cow Attack,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest column),,  February 13, 2019

‘Tinder for cows’ matches livestock in the mood for love,” by Matthew Stock, Reuters, February 13, 2019

High Lonesome: A Dispatch from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Michael Ursell,, February 13, 2019


Ramblin’ Jack – Beyond the Music” film trailer

Hirsch’s Meat Market,” by Jeff Campbell, Plano Magazine, February 11, 2019

Meet The Grammy-Nominated Singer Reclaiming Folk Music’s Black History,” by Ja’han Jones,, February 10, 2019

4Eagle Ranch presents romance of Western music and cowboy poetry,” by Pam Boyd,, February 9, 2019


Bringing News Back from the Dead,” by Dave Skinner,, February 6, 2019

Lies They Tell Writers, Part 48: The only way to learn to write is to write,” by Rod Miller (blog), February 5, 2019

Friends honor Ian Tyson at cowboy poetry gathering,” by Toni R. Milano, Elko Daily, February 5, 2019


Bentley, The Born Again Bull,” by Baxter Black (the latest column),,  February 4, 2019

New Cowboy Poet Pays Homage To History,” by Holly Hutchings,, February 3, 2019


2019 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Ian Tyson Tribute (YouTube)

2019 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering YouTube Channel 

Winter Whimpers,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, January 29, 2019


R.W. Hampton arrives in Elko for Ian Tyson show,” by Toni R. Milano, Elko Daily, February 1, 2019

Comic art comes to life at cowboy poetry gathering,” by Toni R. Milano, Elko Daily, February 1, 2019

Regional cowboy poetry gathering, Feb. 24,” Ekalaka Eagle, February 1, 2019

Poetry, peering into the mirror,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily, February 1, 2019

Keynote address personifies Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Suzanne Featherston,  Elko Daily, January 31, 2019

Cowboy Poetry Hits The Right Notes Once Again,” by Bob Fenske,, January 31, 2019

A Gathering of Cowboy Poets,” by Bill Reynolds, Western Horseman, January 29, 2019


Poems on the range: the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering wrangles writers from all over, including Canada,” by Vanessa Greco, CBC Radio, January 28, 2019

Film festival kicks off during Gathering,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily,  January 28, 2019

CPU Pioneer Heritage Award,” (Rod Miller), by Rod Miller (blog), January 27, 2019


Cowboy Poet Honored” (Terry Nash), by Colette Bordelon, Western Slope Now, January 28, 2019


Portraits of the Gathering  photography by Kevin Martin-Fuller and audio poems from the Western Folklife Center’s 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering


I Found Myself in Elko,” by John Dofflymyer, Dry Crik Journal (blog), January 28, 2019

Cowboy’s Grace,” by Baxter Black (a poem in the latest column),,  January 28, 2019

Gathering Magic: 35 Years of Cowboy Poetry,” by Suzanne Featherston, Elko Daily, January 25, 2019

Workshop gathers veterans to write, work through pasts,” by Toni R. Milano, Elko Daily,  January 25, 2019

Ranching families on Cheyenne River Reservation face a choice…” by Kenneth Dickerman, Emily Schiffer, Dawnee LeBeau and Sylvia Picotte, Washington Post, January 25, 2019

Arts commission wants to up fellowship odds for folk artists,” by Keith Ridler, Associated Press, January 25, 2019

Cowboy Poetry events at GBC,” Elko Daily Free Press, January 24, 2019

Riverdale poet will read his work on stage at National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada,” by Rich Brown, Hub, January 24, 2019


National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Thea Prieto, Poets & Writers, January/February 2019


Ol’ Roanie,” by Baxter Black in the latest column,,  January 22, 2019

A home, home on the range in Golden for Wild West artistry,” by Christina Steadman, Arvada Press, January 21, 2019

As Colorado urbanizes, rural ranch life celebrated at annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” by Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, January 21, 2019

The way my grandpa sees the world,” by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (blog), January 21, 2019

Video Exclusive: A Red Steagall Poem for Justin Boots,” by Kristin Brown, Cowboys & Indians, January, 2019

Made in the U.S.A.,” by Bill Reynolds, Western Horseman, January 2, 2019


Prejudice,” by Baxter Black in the latest column,,  January 15, 2019

Rodeo Alaska cow evades capture wandering Anchorage trails,” apnews, January 15,

Song Writer’s Notebook with Andy Hedges (video), by Rik Palieri, January 13, 2019

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,” The Hans India, January 13, 2019

Museums of Western Colorado brings history, science, adventure to its outings,” by Ann Wright, Grand Junction Sentinel, January 12, 2019

Windows into the past,” by Cynthia Delaney, Elko Daily Free Press, January 12, 2019

Female Ranchers Are Reclaiming the American West,” by Amy Chozick, New York Times, January 11, 2019

Bartley Ranch Regional Park kicks off 2019 music series,”, January 9, 2019

Cowboy Poetry to return to Mesquite in February,” by V. Robison,, January 9, 2019

Riding Sloppy,” by Kelli Neubert, Western Horseman, January 8, 2019

Walk Ride Rodeo,” by Dana Joseph, Cowboys & Indians, January 8, 2019


Cowboy Crossroads with Andy Hedges,”  with Corb Lund, Cowboy Crossroads, January 8, 2019

The Make-Up Of Ice,” by Paul Zarzyski, blog, January 8, 2019

It takes a ranch…,”by Dawn Wink, Dewdrops blog, January 7, 2019

How to Make a Bucking Bull: Good Breeding and, Just Maybe, a Cow’s Love,” by James Gorman, New York Times, January 5, 2019

Things to do in Butte,” Montana Standard, January 4, 2019

Temple Grandin reveals her two greatest fears to Georgia 4-H members,” by Sadie
Lackey,, January 4, 2019


The Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Is Celebrating Its 30th Anniversary,” by Madeline Taub, 5280, January 2019


That Time of Year,” by John Dofflemyer, Dry Crik  Journal blog, January 2, 2019





In a lobby of a big hotel in New York town one day,
Sat a bunch of fellows telling yarns to pass the time away.
They told of places where they’d been and all the sights they’d seen,
And some of them praised Chicago town and others New Orleans.

I can see the cattle grazing o’er the hills at early morn;
I can see the camp-fires smoking at the breaking of the dawn,
I can hear the broncos neighing I can hear the cowboys sing;
Oh I’d like to be in Texas for the round-up in the spring.

In a corner in an old arm chair sat a man whose hair was gray,
He had listened to them longingly, to what they had to say.
They asked him where he’d like to be and his clear old voice did ring:
“I’d like to be in Texas for the round-up in the spring.

They all sat still and listened to each word he had to say;
They knew the old man sitting there had once been young and gay.
They asked him for a story of his life out on the plains,
He slowly then removed his hat and quietly began:

“Oh, I’ve seen them stampede o’er the hills,
when you’d think they`d never stop,
I’ve seen them run for miles and miles until their leader dropped,
I was foreman on a cow ranch—that’s the calling of a king;
I’d like to be in Texas for the round-up in the spring.”

There’s a grave in sunny Texas where Molly Deming sleeps,
‘Mid a grove of mossy live oaks a constant vigil keeps.
In my heart’s a recollection of a long, long bygone day
When we rode the range together like truant kids astray.

Her gentle spirit calls me in the watches of the night
And I hear her laughter freshening the dew of early light.
Yes I was foreman of a cow ranch–the callin’ of a king,
And I’d like to be in Texas for the roundup in the spring.

I’d like to sleep my last long sleep with Mother Earth for bed
And my saddle for a pillow, and the bright stars overhead.
Then I could hear the last stampedes, the songs the rivers sing
Way back down in Texas when they roundup in the spring.

…authorship uncertain

The authorship of “I’d Like to Be in Texas…” is uncertain. In the late Glenn Ohrlin’s The Hell-Bound Train, he writes, “Vernon Dalhart recorded ‘Roundup in the Spring’ on November 1, 1926… The song was first printed in sheet music copyrighted in 1927 by Lou Fishback (Fort Worth, Tex.); Carl Copeland and Jack Williams were listed as co-writers. The following year, the Texas Folklore Society printed an article by J. Frank Dobie, who claimed it was an old song he had obtained from Andy Adams.”

The Lomax’s include information from the Dobie article, writing that “…he found two lines in an unpublished play of Mr. Andy Adams. When he requested the full version, Mr. Adams sent him two stanzas and the chorus, which he had obtained fifteen years previously from W. E. Hawks, a ranchman now living in Burlington, Vt. However, he claimed to be responsible for most of the second stanza….”

Thanks to Stanton Howe who commented when we previously posted this piece, “Duane Dickinson sang the best version of this I ever heard. He included the last verse[s] which makes the song make much better sense.” The less frequently heard second- and third-to-last verses above are from “Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads” by John and
Alan Lomax. The final verse is more commonly heard. As with most folk songs, there are many variations.

Cowboy and poet JB Allen (1938-2005) recorded an outstanding recitation of this work at the Western Folklife Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. The recording is on The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Ten.

Top cowboy balladeer Don Edwards sings it in a video here and the great Buck Ramsey (1938-1998) sings the song here.

Find more about “I’d Like to Be in Texas” at

This 1929 photo by Russell Lee (1903-1986) is titled, “Cowboys roping horses at roundup near Marfa, Texas.” It is from The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs.

Russell Lee taught photography at the University of Texas, Austin, from 1965-1973, and is best known for his FSA photos. Find more about him at Texas State University’s Russell Lee Collection.

For some impressive photographs of Texas bluebonnets, check out Jason Weingart Photography,  where there is one dazzling photo that has been shared all over social media without attribution.

(This poem/song and posted photograph are in the public domain.)

Cowboy Poetry Week: April 19-25, 2020

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About Cowboy Poetry Week
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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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Cowboy Poetry Week News 2020

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Find more about Cowboy Poetry Week here.



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: fff

Just make a web or social media post every day of Cowboy Poetry Week (April 19-25).

Some ideas for your daily posts:

• post your own poems
• write an Art Spur poem
• 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.

Find more about how to enter here.



NOTE: Due to COVID-19, events are subject to cancellation. We attempt to update our calendar, but check with a venue for the latest information.

Find Cowboy Poetry Week events on the April calendar.



What we’ve been saying to libraries in the Rural Library Program:

While many libraries may be closed and events and exhibits may not be possible due to COVID-19, we hope you might celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week with us, virtually, April 19-25, 2020. If you are maintaining a web or social media presence, perhaps you will share our poster, our posts, or create your own content. If you do any of those things, please let us know and we’ll include that information in our Cowboy Poetry Week news.


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Celebrating April: National Poetry Month  From Bobbie Jean Bell at OutWest:

“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 Their weekly programs are archived on available on demand.


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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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Horseman, poet, and radio host Jarle Kvale of Back at the Ranch radio has received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum:



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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.


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


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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.

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



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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.


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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.


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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 have been derailed by cancellations and closings.


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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.


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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.


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North Carolina poet Keith Ward has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.


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Tennessee musician and poet Shane Queener has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.


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Nevada poet Dan Bybee has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak.


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Teddie Daley of Idaho is seeking a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Idaho Governor Brad Little.


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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 radio show is seeking  a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from New Mexico Governor Michelle Lynn Lujan Grisham.


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Nebraska storyteller and poet Marci Broyhill has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.


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


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Utah poet Sam DeLeeuw has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Utah Governor Gary Herbert.


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Horseman, poet, and radio host Jarle Kvale of Back at the Ranch radio has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.


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South Dakota poet and rancher Robert Dennis has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.


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Oregon poet Tom Swearingen has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oregon Governor Kate Brown.


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


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Wyoming poet and writer Rhonda Stearns has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon.


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Utah poet Sam DeLeeuw has once again organized Utah Cowboy Poetry in the Libraries (find the events on the April calendar). The entire week is being celebrated:

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.


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Colorado rancher and poet Floyd Beard is requesting a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Colorado Governor Jared Polis.


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Oregon poet Tom Swearingen performs in a Cowboy Poetry Week program April 18, 2020 at the Wilsonville Library at 1:00 pm.


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


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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.


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


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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.


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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.


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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 We will have the coffee pot on and the campfire goin’.


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Texas poet and regional historian Linda Kirkpatrick is requesting a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Texas Governor Greg Abbott.


Much more to come!


Cowboy Poetry Week 2020 Giveaway

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The 19th annual Cowboy Poetry Week is April 19-25, 2020.

Let’s celebrate together! We have the whole world of the internet and social media, and there are prizes for you.

Make a web or social media post every day of Cowboy Poetry Week (April 19-25) and be eligible for the giveaway: a drawing will choose two winners to receive 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:


Some ideas for your daily posts:

• post your own poems
• write an Art Spur poem
• 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
• post your photos of cowboy and ranching life
• make the Cowboy Poetry Week poster your cover photo
• spread the word.

Just do it every day of Cowboy Poetry Week.

On Saturday, April 25, the final day of Cowboy Poetry Week, email us and send a link to your page or site.  If you have a preference for either of the giveaway books, you can include that. We’ll draw winners on Monday, April 27.

Find more about Cowboy Poetry Week here and follow the news here.

TURN ‘EM LOOSE lyrics by Susie Knight


lyrics by Susie Knight

1) Rise ‘n shine. Coffee’s hot.

Homemade biscuits, steak ‘n’ eggs hit the spot!
In the corral, there’s yer cayuse.

Tack him up; you’re gonna ride, or we’ll turn him loose!

— Today we’re ridin’ north to gather mares.
They got colts so we’ll be trailin’ pairs.
If you wanna join us, don’t you snooze!
Make a hand! Ride that horse, or we’ll turn him loose!

Oo-oo-ooo, oo-oo-oo-ooo!

2) We’ll trail ‘em home to this corral.
Wean the colts we know for sure we’re gonna sell.
Work till dark; there’s no excuse.
If the job’s too tough, just nod. We’ll cut ya loose!

—But if you give your all and work all day,
You’ll prove you’ve got the sand you need to stay.
We save the best for last so we can choose
Who’ll open up that gate to turn ‘em loose!

Oo-oo-ooo, YIP! Oo-oo-oo-ooo!

Can’t ya see it in their eyes, kickin’ dust up to the skies.
Those horses want that gate to slip its noose!

3) So, here’s your chance to view the grand parade
As a hundred hooves thunder through the gate.
Ride up to the fence, you paid your dues.
It’s time to open up the gate ‘n’ turn ‘em loose!

…We’ve chosen YOU to run the gate…turn ‘em loose!
…Give ‘em room…their comin’ through!!! TURN ‘EM LOOSE!!!

© 2013, Susie Knight
These lyrics should not be reposted or reprinted without permission

Energetic Colorado poet, songwriter, musician, storyteller, and entertainer Susie Knight shares the title poem from her new CD. She told us, “In August of 2013, my husband, Dave, gave me a kiss good-bye as he left to go to work, and he said, ‘You know, you haven’t written a song in a long time.’ He was right. I was spending most of my time writing and rewriting my cowboy poetry. As he walked out, I focused my attention on my favorite print that hangs in our home. It’s entitled ‘Turn ’em Loose’ and created by Oregon artist, Dyrk Godby. I began to think about the scene…the herd of galloping horses fighting their way to escape out of the mighty corral gate.

“I’d seen this scene many times in ‘real life’ over the years when I lived on my family’s Circle M Ranch in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. So, I grabbed my guitar, and the scenario I remembered well unfolded into lyrics and song…

“Dyrk Godby was so kind to allow me permission to use his glorious work of art for the album’s cover. There’s so much more to tell about this work of art, it’s significance to my personal memories, and why it’s such a precious treasure on my wall, but I guess you’ll have to catch up to me down the road and ask for ‘the rest of the story.'”

Turn ’em Loose is filled with music as well as poems. She weaves a poem into the atmospheric “The Windmill Sound” and gives a moving recitation of Jeff Carson’s “Holdin’ the Reins.” A woman of wide talents, Susie Knight, also a retired professional clown, includes a song for kids “Lasso the Cowgirl.” She also performs for the elderly and that work gave way to “Out Toward the West.” The music, like Susie Knight, is often upbeat, and her liner notes point out the two-step and waltz songs. There are amusing themes and happy love songs such as “Cowboy, Ride on Over” and the more bittersweet “Just One O’ Them Days”; songs inspired by her time on South Dakota’s Circle M Ranch; and heartfelt spiritual music such as “Heaven and Horses,” inspired by the 2018 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering poster.

You can listen or download the entire album at

Find video and all of her CDs and more at

(Request permission to share these lyrics.)