News Bits and Links

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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.

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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




by Carole Jarvis

If there’s any of you women out there,
…..who are newly a cowboy’s wife.
And are still experiencing the honeymoon phase,
… prepared, there’s an afterlife!

The time will soon come you’ll be asked to help out,
…..So you probably ought to know,
That when he hands you a ripe, with a cow on the end,
…..You’re expected to never let go!

No matter he’s roped the old girl from the ground,
…..then dallied a big cedar post,
While explainin’ to you how bad sick she is,
…..almost ready to “give up the ghost.”

She’s standin’ there, tongue out, legs all a’spraddle,
…..her eyes bulging out of her head,
As the cowboy moves in to give her a shot,
…..for after all, the cow’s about dead.

Not quite! Just as the needle is jabbed in her rump,
…..that hind leg lets go with a whack.
And the cowboy’s shin receives direct hit,
… I’m tryin’ to take up my slack.

For the cow has leaped forward, shakin’ her head,
…..throwin’ slobber in every direction.
And with only that cedar post between us,
…..I’ve decided to use some discretion.

I dodge to the side, lettin’ go of the rope,
…..which had just burned the palms of both hands.
And that wild-eyed old cow’s horns barely miss
…..where I was, ’cause that’s where she lands.

“Keep a’hold of the rope!” comes a yell from behind
…..but by then this alliance is through!
One “near death” experience a day is enough
…..and I did all I could possibly do.

Or, at least it seemed, from my point of view,
…..(which was sure not the view I’d have chose)
But I handled the incident logically—
…..and that’s where the problem arose.

Logic wasn’t a choice—I aborted the mission!
…..left my post, in the midst of a battle!
So ladies beware, the honeymoon’s over,
…..when you and the cowboy work cattle.

© 2019, Carole Jarvis
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission

Award-winning poet Carole Jarvis met her cowboy while working in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and they were married for over 50 years before his death in 2010. She tells in her bio at

We’ve lived and cowboyed in Wyoming, Oregon and Arizona, and there’s been a lot of hard work, dusty trails, blisters, sunburns and broken bones along the way, but it’s the life I chose and the one Dan, my husband chose, and we wouldn’t trade it for any other.

“Mission Impossible” is included in Facing West: Voices of Western Women, Volume Two (2019). The book includes poems and stories from over 50 Western women, including Deanna Dickinson McCall, Amy Hale Steiger, Jessica Hedges, Andrea Waitley and daughter Abi McWhorter Reynolds, Betty McCarthy, Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”), and many others. Facing West was compiled by Sally Bates, who is pictured on the cover in a photo by Mary Abbott.


With proceeds from the first volume, Natalie G’Schwind was presented with the 2019 Facing West, Roni Harper Memorial Scholarship. Find more about both volumes of Facing West and other publications from Arizona Cowboy Connection at

Find more about Carole Jarvis at

The photograph is courtesy of Carole Jarvis from the Jarvis Ranch.

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SADDLIN’ UP TIME, by Andy Wilkinson



by Andy Wilkinson

I never looked forward to the end of the day;
Or to evening, drab and melancholy-gray,
Or to featureless shadows of purple-to-black,
Or to work finished-up or simply put back
While the business of living slowly unwinds;
I was always awaitin’ for saddlin’-up time.

I slept of necessity, not pleasure and not
For the comforts of night, when the bosom of God
Cradled mortality in immortal dark,
Nor for the shroud of cool starlight whose spark
Like the lamp of the firefly silently chimed;
I took my pleasure in saddlin’-up time.

And I worried the hectic commotion of morn,
The commerce of mercantile and courthouse lawn,
The meetings and greetings on sidewalk and street
Where horseback-opinions and auguring meet,
And I argued their rhythms, swore at their rhymes,
But was playful as a pup, come saddlin’-up time.

For ’twas then before ever light angled to fill
The round corners, we’d clamor like wolves at the kill
With horse-talk our yap, with our nip and our bite
Latigo leathers snapping cinchas down tight
In the summer’s wet dew or the winter’s sharp rime
As we readied our horses at saddlin’-up time.

When the morning night air was marble we breathed,
Heavy and smooth and as cold as the breeze
That skitters across the new snow-covered plains,
One hand on the horn and the other, the reins
We stepped aboard stirrups, young bucks in our prime,
Salty as the Pecos at saddlin’-up time.

Though I’ve lived for this moment most all of my life,
Beginnings, not endings, put the edge on my knife;
And I’ve cursed too damn much and I’ve never prayed well
And it may be God figures to send me to Hell,
Riding drag for the Devil to pay for my crimes,
But I’m damned if I’ll go ‘fore saddlin’-up time.

© 1994, Andy Wilkinson
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission

This poem by respected poet, songwriter, singer, playwright, teacher, and editor Andy Wilkinson is a part of his Wrangler award-winning “Western folk opera of the dreams and visions of the legendary cowman, Charlie Goodnight” (who was his great-grandmother’s great-uncle). J.B. Allen recites “Saddlin’ Up Time” on the Charlie Goodnight album.

Charlie Goodnight: His Life In Poetry And Song

Andy Hedges has his own fine recitation on a “Cowboy Crossroads” podcast Episode 28, with an extended interview with Andy Wilkinson, filled with engaging history and thoughtful, interesting stories about Charlie Goodnight and his times.

Another outstanding recitation of this poem, by Jerry Brooks, appears on her Shoulder to Shoulder CD and on The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Seven.”

See Andy Wilkinson at the new Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine, Texas, February 21-22, 2020. The gathering has been created by an enthusiastic group of people who came together after the announcement of the end of the venerable Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering last year. The program’s outstanding lineup includes Mike Blakely, Dale Burson, Craig Carter, Allan Chapman & Rodeo Kate, Doug Figgs, Jack George, Pipp Gillette, Jeff Gore, Amy Hale Steiger, Andy Hedges, Randy Huston, Jim Jones, Jill Jones, Jarle Kvale, Deanna McCall, Terry Nash, Andy Nelson, Joel Nelson, Rodney Nelson, Gary Prescott, Jean Prescott, Mike Querner, Vess Quinlan, Brigid & Johnny Reedy, Randy Rieman, Jake Riley, Trinity Seely, R.P. Smith, Jay Snider, Red Steagall, Gail Steiger, Michael Stevens, Rod Taylor, The Cowboy Way (Jim Jones, Doug Figgs and Mariam Funke) Andy Wilkinson, and Jim Wilson.

Andy Wilkinson dazzled his audience with his keynote address at the 2017 Western Folklire Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. The presentation, which focused on the gathering’s theme of storytelling, was a celebration in brilliant poetry, with a few musical interludes. View a video to see why there was a clamoring for a printed version.

Now, the piece, Storyline, has been published by John Dofflemyer Dry Crik Journal. Find it , including Andy Wilkinson’s introduction and order information at

Find more about Andy Wilkinson at and at his web site,

This 1939 photo by Russell Lee (1903-1986) is titled, “Cowboy throwing saddle onto horse on cattle ranch near Spur, Texas.” It’s from the Farm Services Administration (FSA) collection at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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.

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

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We thank our supporters, who are listed below. They make an important difference to the community of Western writers, musicians, and artists as we work together to preserve Western heritage and support Western and Cowboy Poetry and its associated arts. Please join us.

The BAR-D supporters make all of the programs of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry possible: Cowboy Poetry Week, the Rural Library Program, and



RANGE Magazine (sponsor)
Linda Kirkpatrick
Almeda Bradshaw (sponsor)
Susan Matley
Marci Broyhill (sponsor)
Winnsboro Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering (sponsor)
Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering (sponsor)
Chuck and Cindy Learn (sponsors)

E.W. Littlefield Jr.,  2019-2020 significant program support
Margaret T. Morris Foundation,  2020 generous program support


RANGE Magazine (sponsor)
Marci Broyhill (sponsor)
Jim Thompson (Sacramento, CA)
Mark Munzert
Marilyn and Kip Sorlie
Shelly Pagliai-Prairie Moon Quilts
LaVerna B. Johnson
Almeda Bradshaw (sponsor)
Georganna Kresl
Susie Knight
Jeff Campbell
Betty and Ken Rodgers
Linda Nadon in memory of Georgie Sicking and Elizabeth Ebert
Al “Doc” Mehl and Doris Daley
Paul R. Brown III
Jeri Dobrowski
Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”)
Rodney Nelson
Kay Kelley Nowell
Sally Baldus
Dave Stanley
Dale Page
Alan Mollenkopf
James Stanley
Ginger Manley
Jo Kirkwood
Susan Parker (sponsor)
Roshana Floyd
Denise Arvidson in memory of Ross Christian Arvidson
Scott and Diana Overcash
Fred Haines
Patricia Frolander
Wendy Brown
DW Groethe
Stella and Ol’ Jim Cathey in memory of Charles (Charlie) Prentiss
and Loretta Kay (Flake) Kanavel
KC LaCourse
Valerie and Floyd Beard
Ray Hopper
Nancy Flagg
Richard R. Hall
Hugh Cooke
Stan Howe
Karen Bartholoma
K L Fischer
Betty Burlingham
Ken Cook (sponsor)
Keith Ward
George Rhoades
Jeffrey Johnson
Tom Hawk
Dick May
David Stanley
Marleen Bussma
Yvonne Hollenbeck (sponsor)
Jerry Brooks
Heber Valley Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering (sponsor)
Terry Nash
Gary McMahan
Stella and Ol’ Jim Cathey in memory of Col. Ralph Hodge
Daniel Bybee
Sandy Seaton Sallee
Jarle Kvale
Shane Queener
John Waters
Tom and Carla Swearingen
David Sudbury
Cindy and Chuck Learn (sponsors)
Ramblin’ Rangers
Eileen Dirksen, in memory of Steve “California Steve” Dirksen
Mark Munzert
Deanna Dickinson McCall
David Carlton
Rod Miller
Jean Mathisen Haugen
Keith Ward
Marilyn Ball
P’let and Michael Tcherkassky
Marilyn and Kip Sorlie
Jim Thompson (California)
Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”)
Roberta Rothman
Ginger Manley
The Cowboy’s Workshop
Jay and Sandi Snider (sponsors)
Andrea Kidd
Smoke Wade
Lynn Kopelke

E.W. Littlefield Jr.,  2019-2020 significant program support
Margaret T. Morris Foundation,  2019 and 2020 generous program support
Jean A. Emmons, super donor


John Waters
Paul R. Brown III
Almeda Bradshaw (sponsor)
Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of Louise M. Fritts
Marci Broyhill (sponsor)
Buzz Helfert
Al “Doc” Mehl and Doris Daley
Susan Matley in memory of Liz Masterson
Charmaine Ganson
Susan Parker
Marvin and Elaine Del Chiaro
Thomas F. Hawk
Terry Nash
Rodney Nelson
Patrick Sullivan
Jerry A. Brooks
Cindy Quigley
Lawrence Smith
Diana Rice
Susan Shuma
Susie Knight
David Carlton
Russ Westwood
Scott and Diana Overcash in memory of Debi Koppang
M. Todd Hess
David Sudbury
Janet Prezia
Georganna Kresl
L.L. “Lucky Lindy” Segall in memory of Carlos Ashley
Hugh Cooke
Linda Nadon in memory of Georgie Sicking
Don Hilmer
Yvonne Hollenbeck (sponsor)
Yvonne and Glen Hollenbeck
in memory of Liz Masterson, Kenny Krogman, Elizabeth Ebert
Jeff Thomas
Martha Singer
Ken Howry—Sunshine Prairie Farm
Jeri Dobrowski
Ron Secoy
Michael Henley
Jane and Dick Morton
Karen Bartholomew
Stella Callentine
Mark Munzert
Bryce Angell
Maryanne Patterson
Betty Burlingham
Denise Arvidson in memory of Ross Christian Arvidson
C.W. (Charley) Bell
Chuck and Cindy Learn (sponsor)
Kay Kelley Nowell
Charles A. St. Lucas
George Rhodes
Nick Bales
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns (sponsor)
Bill Siems
Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of Sammie Green
Andy Nelson-Clear Out West (sponsor)
Jean Prescott (sponsor)
Marleen Bussma
Tom Swearingen
Gary McMahan
The Cowboy’s Workshop
Tom Linenbrink
Robert Dennis
Totsie Slover
Michael Henley
Richard Hall
Joseph C and Robin B Thomas
Daniel Wilson
John Walker
Jarle Kvale
Dale Page
Sally Smith-Joelle Smith Western Art
Daniel Bybee
Spalding Labs Flying SL Ranch Radio Show (sponsor)
Jerry A. Brooks
Terry Nash
Ron Secoy
Andria Kidd
Western Folklife Center (sponsor)
Sandy Seaton Sallee
Jean A. Haugen
Brian Sullivan
Smoke Wade
P’let and Mike Tcherkassky
Janice Gilbertson
Jeff Thomas
Mary Beth Piatt
Lynn Kopelke
Teresa Burleson
Deanna Dickinson McCall
Jay Snider (sponsor)
Roberta Rothman
The Cowpoke Fall Gathering (sponsor)
Sherrie Swanson
Linda Kirkpatrick
Rod Miller
Greg Camp

2019 program support:
Edmund Wattis Littlefield Jr.
Margaret T. Morris Foundation



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Carol Heuchan: Three poems


photo by Pauline Fredericks



The Magic of the Horse
Curly, Larry, and …Just a Mo
The Dude Ranch Horse


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Carol Heuchan

Have you ever owned a creature that could thrill you to the bone?
One once distant and defiant, yet whose soul becomes your own?

Felt the power of the panther and the lightness of a bird.
Known a silent, secret language more effective than a word?

Felt the drift of acquiescence at the flexing of a muscle.
Known the pleasure of a lifestyle free from city rush and bustle.

Or the thrills of reckless riding ‘cross a country wild and free,
with a kindred spirit’s pounding heart, right there beneath your knee.

Have you criticised or cursed some deed or action that’s been shown?
Then been humbled by the knowledge that the fault was all your own.

Have you tasted satisfaction of successes, large or small?
Then you must have done the hard yards to deserve them one and all.

Has your livelihood depended on a daunting job to do?
And thanked God for His creation of a partner tried and true?

Have you heard a gentle nicker, had him nuzzle through your hair?
Have you felt as if you’re flying, up where eagles only dare?

Known the fear and found the courage, known you had to see it through.
Learned life’s lessons from a being with a different point of view?

Had a friend who keeps on listening when you never say a word—
never grudges, never judges, just as if he hasn’t heard.

If you’ve never tasted freedom, rode the range or cleared the course,
put your hand on living velvet and had comfort from its source,

Then you’ve never known the magic of the horse…

© 2016, Carol Heuchan
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by Carol Heuchan

The three of us were always close.
We stuck like super glue.
We were saddle tramps and rovers.
We were cowboys, through and through.

We’d lived this way for fifty years,
No changes were we wishing
Then Mo announced (God help him),
he’d decided to go…fishing.

Fishing!! But we’re Bushies, mate!
You can’t live on the coast!
No Campdrafts and no Rodeos?
You’ll soon give up the ghost.

And sure enough, that’s what he did.
He upped and blooming carked it!
And he left us his directions
to dispense with plot and casket.

No burial, no cemetery,
no farewell drinking bashes—
just one big urn and we two mates
were named to cast the ashes.

And if that wasn’t bad enough,
he’d made a stern decree
for us to take his last remains
and scatter them…at sea!!!

Now me and Curly stood transfixed,
could not believe our ears.
This thing that Mo had asked of us,
beyond our wildest fears.

We’d ridden feral bucking bulls,
been stomped and broke and battered
and done it time and time again
just like it never mattered.

We’d faced horses that’d kill you
if given half a chance,
and we’d laid our swag with spiders, snakes
and fearsome, bighting ants.

Wild boars we’d taken lightly
and we’d bashed up bikie gangs
and we’d sometimes picked up women
who looked like orang-utans.

I reckon we would still be cool
with tigers what’s in Burma,
so long as all the while we had
our feet on Terra Firma.

We don’t do lake; we don’t do sea.
We’re not too keen on rivers.
Hell! A bathtub is enough to give
the pair of us the shivers.

See, we’re country. We’re the Outback.
We’ll handle what we oughta.
But as sure as God made apples,
we will draw the line at water.

So complying with our mate’s request
to put him in the sea,
caused at least some consternation
for the likes of Curl and me.

A fishing fella’s little boat
was offered for the job.
He’d row us out a mile or two
to give the urn a lob.

Not on your blooming Nelly,
was the look our faces said.
Get in a boat with Tanglefoot?
We’d rather we were dead.

“We’ll be right, thanks all the same.
We’ll do our duty here.”
and to each other whispered
“We’ll just find the nearest pier.”

But nearly two hours later
and miles along the shore,
there was not one possibility.
Just water—nothing more.

“Back a ways, I saw a shelf—
a rock shelf—that will do.
We’ll roll up duds and wade a bit,
then toss and tooteloo.

Our legs were skinny, white and stark,
and manly hairs? Oh, no.
From years of rubbing leather,
not a single hair would grow.

But we shed our boots and socks and rolled
our jeans above our knees
and gingerly, on tippy toes,
set out to brave the seas.

Now, every inch that we crept forward,
every inch got deeper, too.
“That’s far enough!” (in unison)
“It’s gonna have to do.”

We said some words, uncapped the urn,
prepared to beat the rumour.
But alas, we hadn’t factored on
King Neptune’s sense of humour.

Precisely when we tipped the lot,
in action brave and bold,
he raised a little tidal wave
and sent it back tenfold.

Well Mo was now all over us!
And covered head to toe.
There simply wasn’t part of us
that wasn’t part of Mo!

We coughed and squawked and choked and spat
and high-tailed back to shore
a’muttering words we reckoned that
we’d never said before.

Those ashes found their way up into
every nook and cranny
and places where they were not stuck,
I’m sure there were not any.

We tried to wash him off one leg—
he flew onto the other.
We looked like two great lamingtons,
home made by someone’s mother.

Our mincing gait along the beach
had onlookers in stitches
and left them not in slightest doubt,
we’d also wet our britches.

Right then and there, we made a pact.
BE BURIED! Somehow, sorta!
And never, ever, ever go
not even close….to water.

© 2019, Carol Heuchan
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission



by Carol Heuchan

There’s stories told of horses bold and brave and smart and strong
and legends of the rodeo in tale and verse and song.
Each wondrous feat that’s never beat, a million times before
you’ve listened to in rapture and they’ve held you all in awe.

It’s guaranteed some single deed has earned your admiration
and that has grown and had them known and gained a reputation.
They’ve stood the test ’cause they’re the best and singers sing their song.
I’m here today to have my say and tell you—it’s all wrong!

Now someone ought to write a song or poem just for me
’cause I’m the unsung hero. I’m a Dude Ranch Horse, that’s me.

You’ve heard, I’m sure, of ‘Man o’ War’, the speedster of the track.
I’m slow, I know, when setting out but wait till I turn back!
Then place your dough and watch me go (and listen to the screams).
‘Seabiscuit’ and that ‘Pharlap’, well they’re only in your dreams.

You all have seen on silver screen those scenes that make me bristle –
heroes brag as faithful nag comes runnin’ to a whistle.
They’re puppets! Dopey muppets! Yeah, and I can beat ’em all,
’cause I’m the one that’s really smart. I don’t come when they call!

Now I might look as if I took some chloroform, it’s true.
That’s my disguise ’cause I’m real wise at foolin’ folks like you.
‘Doc’s Spinifex’ and ‘Peppy San’, well neither one could match me
’cause I ignite like dynamite if someone tries to catch me.

Now someone ought to write a song or poem just for me
’cause I’m the unsung hero. I’m a Dude Ranch Horse, that’s me.

I’ve got lop ears and great big feet and head like cardboard box
but it contains a heap of brains. Yeah I’ll outfox a fox.
You all endorse a circus horse for doin’ clever tricks—
I’m way ahead. Yeah I play dead. I do it just for kicks.

And Rodeo, well that’s the go for outlaws tried and true.
Eight seconds they turn inside out to get a bloke askew.
I want a rider off my back, well I can take the crown.
I simply find a sandy patch and then I just…lie down.

I hide my mirth and puff my girth in sheer one-upmanship
and in a while, I start to smile and feel the saddle slip.
Now nothin’ you could ever do could make me work real hard.
If you can’t ride, then step aside. I’ve got a Union Card.

Now someone ought to write a song or poem just for me
’cause I’m the unsung hero. I’m a Dude Ranch Horse, that’s me.

I will go ’neath branches low and squeeze through gateways thin
and take a short cut through the scrub where no man’s ever bin.
Olympic horses? Nah, they’d find my feats beyond compare,
for I can jump a great big stump that isn’t even there!

I’m tough and rough and good at bluff and they can’t hold a candle.
I’m brilliant at a ton of things no other horse can handle.
In my defence, there ain’t a fence can keep me in my place.
But I’ll be back at suppertime and smilin’ in your face.

I can raid the feed shed, even when the door is shut,
and eat real quick and not get sick. I got a cast iron gut.
The things I do for folks like you are cunning if not kind.
I’ve often grinned as I’ve passed wind when people walk behind.

Now someone ought to write a song or poem just for me
’cause I’m the unsung hero. I’m a Dude Ranch Horse, that’s me.

Yes, history pales in telling tales; it’s time to get it right.
Those poets and those lyricists, they really ain’t too bright.
I’m telling you that I can do what famous nags can do
and do it even better and it’s on the quiet, too.

I’ve dealt more blows and squashed more toes than you could ever count
and coped with more stupidity than any other mount.
So stop regaling horses that are not a patch on me
and fix the wrong and write a song about a horse…like me.

Yeah, someone ought to write a song or poem just for me
’cause I’m the unsung hero. I’m a Dude Ranch Horse, that’s me.

© 2010, Carol Heuchan
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission


Both SIdes CD front 400w

Both Sides of Carol Heuchan (2019) includes 24 tracks of Bush and cowboy poetry with music by  Ernie Martinez. Cover photo by Pauline Fredericks.


Friends and fans love Australian horsewoman and poet Carol Heuchan, a popular participant in U.S. gatherings. And she loves them back. She told us:

On a personal level, I cannot tell you what the connection to cowboy poetry and coming over to gatherings means to me. Aside from the fact that I am deeply a part of “the land” and horses in Australia, the iconic American Cowboy scenario has always held me in its awe and to be even a small part of that is so amazing. Of course performing is my work now. But perhaps even more valued is the incredible camaraderie and support I have received in the U.S. It is something I have not encountered in Australia (or anywhere in the world) and it is more heart-warming to me than you could imagine.

Her bio (below) tells that she “spent the best years of her life on a sheep and cattle property in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales.”

Carol is featured at the Western Folklife Center’s 36th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, January 27 – February 1, 2020.

From Elko, she’ll head to the 28th annual Cochise Cowboy Gathering in Sierra Vista, Arizona, February 7-8, 2020.

The photo above of the eye of a beautiful young Australian Stock horse was taken by Carol at a friend’s place just a week or so ago.

Find more about Carol on Facebook  and visit her site,
(Album cover photo by Pauline Fredericks.)

Official bio, provided January, 2020:

Carol Heuchan, twice Australian Bush Poetry Champion and nine times Laureate winner and winner of the richest prize in poetry history—a Case JX55, thirty four thousand dollar tractor!

She has fifteen professional performance tours of U.S. and Canada under her belt, (including Kamloops, B.C., Canada’s National Cowboy Gathering and Elko, Nevada, U.S. National Cowboy Gathering) and has been nominated as amongst the top five poets in U.S.—yet she lives in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia!

Carol is a fair dinkum Aussie horsewoman, International horse judge, horse events commentator and acknowledged as the cream of Australian Bush Poetry.

She spent the best years of her life on a sheep and cattle property in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales.

Five books and six CDs—the newest is an exciting double album of Cowboy Poetry and Australian Bush Poetry with musical touches by IWMA’s Instrumentalist of the Year, Ernie Martinez.

Carol’s writing runs the gamut—from side splittingly hilarious to utterly gut wrenching! Not to be missed.

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Events: January

Find links to all months here.

•   January 16-19, 2020
31st Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Golden, Colorado

•   January 18, 2020
Cowboy Poets of Utah Symposium Payson, Utah

•   January 18-26, 2020
75th annual Montana Winter Fair Lewiston, Montana

• January 20, 2020
Cowboys of Color Rodeo Fort Worth, Texas

• January 22-26, 2020
International Folk Alliance Conference New Orleans, Louisiana

•   January 25, 2020
Youth Showcase and 7th Annual “A Night of Western Music & Cowboy Poetry” Tooele, Utah

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• January 27-February 1, 2020
The 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Elko, Nevada


Visit our Sponsor supporters: The Western Folklife Center

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•   Dates not yet received for 2020
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