Cowboy Poetry Week News 2020

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Find more about Cowboy Poetry Week here.

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COWBOY POETRY WEEK GIVEAWAY

Win a signed copy  of either artist Teal Blake‘s Wrangler Award-winning J is for Jackalope book:

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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.

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EVENTS

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.

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NOTE TO LIBRARIES AND OTHERS

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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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.

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Equestrian Legacy Radio with Gary I. Holt and Bobbie Jean Bell celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week on Thursday April 23, 2020 at Noon, CST at Equestrianlegacy.net. Their weekly programs are archived on available on demand.

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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 yahoo.com 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.

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Much more to come!