Margo Metegrano, editor of CowboyPoetry.com, was the 2006 guest poetry editor for American Cowboy Magazine (she recommended poems, and the magazine made the final selections). Among the articles and poems printed in 2006:
Rod Miller's poem "The Second Book of Job," in a full-page presentation in the "End of the Trail" section. Rod, one of most-frequently published poets in American Cowboy (and other publications) is also the subject of an item in editor Jesse Mullins, Jr.'s "Dallies and Tallies" column in the November/December issue.
Elizabeth Ebert's poem, "Bringing Along a Spare."
Yvonne Hollenbeck's poem, "Leading a Spare."
The above poems are accompanied by Jeri Dobrowski's photo of South Dakota Rancher Robert Dennis, all selections from our Art Spur feature, in celebration of the National Day of the Cowboy.
Jerry "Brooksie" Brooks, R. W. Hampton, and others who received Will Rogers Awards from the Academy of Western Artists
John R. Erickson's report on the Western entertainers who rallied to raise money for the victims of this spring's Texas Panhandle wildfires, with photos and words from and about Don Edwards, Red Steagall, Baxter Black, Michael Martin Murphey, and others
Darin Brookman's poem "Instinct," in a full-page presentation in the "End of the Trail" section
Jane Morton's poem, "A Real Cowman"
Carole Jarvis' poem, "Water, Cows and Grass"
Vernell Hackett's feature story about Western music, "Western, Past, Present, and Future," with the work and words of R. W. Hampton, Brenn Hill, Michael Martin Murphey, Randy Huston, Joni Harms, Dan Roberts, and others.
DW Groethe's poem "This Old Post," in a full-page presentation in the "End of the Trail" section
Doris Daley's poem, "Bones"
Pat Richardson's poem, "Cowboy Banker"
A two-page feature about DW Groethe, "Down Tradition's Trail," with photos by Jeri Dobrowksi.
A story on Cowboy Poetry Week with a photo of the Cowboy Poets of Utah in the office of Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. as he signs a state proclamation recognizing Cowboy Poetry Week.
Virginia Bennett's poem, "Inheritance" in a full-page presentation in the "End of the Trail" section
Sam A. Jackson's poem, "Mornin' Songs"
Audrey Hankins' poem, "First Light"
Jo Lynne Kirkwood's poem, "A Cowboy Season -- Part 1, Spring in the Pastures" a full-page presentation in the "End of the Trail" section
Yvonne Hollenbeck's poem, "Ranch Wife in the Making"
DW Groethe's poem, "Generations"
Rod Nichols' poem, "Talent," a full-page presentation in the "End of the Trail" section
Chris Isaacs' poem, "The Cowboy Creation"
Georgie Sicking's poem, "To Be a Top Hand"
Jeri Dobrowski's article, "In the Poet's Corner" about Margo Metegrano and CowboyPoetry.com
American Cowboy magazine editor Jesse Mullins, Jr. was honored by the Will Rogers Memorial Museum with the Will Rogers Communicator Award, presented in July, 2006, on the occasion of the second annual National Day of the Cowboy, a campaign launched by the magazine. The museum stated that:
"Jessie Mullins Jr., 12-year editor of American Cowboy magazine, communicates his love of the American cowboy and great American West in the classic bi-monthly publication, which embodies the spirit of the great American West...Mullins’ way with words and his love of western and cowboy lore has provided leadership for American Cowboy to win the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association annual award for “Best Print in Journalism."
Read the entire article here at the museum's site.
photo courtesy of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, used with permission
Jesse Mullins Jr., editor of American Cowboy, Will Rogers Communicator Award winner, received the award from Joe Carter, retired Will Rogers Museums director.
The text of Communicator Award plaque reads:
By the Will Rogers Memorial Commission
Whereas, American Cowboy magazine has distinguished itself as a world leader in championing and chronicling “The Spirit of the West” and builds the positive image of the Nation through its worldwide circulation; and,
Whereas, American Cowboy headlined in exemplary fashion Will Rogers as “America’s Most Beloved Cowboy” and justly feted Will Rogers as one of the “Five Westerners Who Changed America”; and,
Whereas, American Cowboy magazine’s editor is the enlightened and gifted king of prose Jesse Mullins, Jr., a product of Oklahoma public schools with a master’s degree from the illustrious Oklahoma State University; and,
Whereas, American Cowboy is a dazzling publication that generates a vivid interest in the history of the West and the great pioneers and leaders who keep it rich;
Therefore, the Will Rogers Memorial Commission of Oklahoma hereby bestows upon American Cowboy and Editor Mullins
Oklahoma’s official and coveted “Will Rogers Communicator Award,” which first was presented to the late President Ronald Reagan, who shared the magazine’s selection as one of those five westerners who reshaped . America
Resolved this twenty-second day of April, 2006, in
, during the annual Will Rogers International Wild West Expo of 2006 by Will Rogers Memorial Commissioners: Jim Hartz, chair; Steve Turnbo, vice chair; Pat Crume, secretary; Kem Rogers, family member and grandson of Will Rogers; Paul Johnson, Esquire; Stephen R. Pazzo, Jr., Esquire; and Deacon Turner, Rhodes Scholar. Witnessed this date by Michelle Lebefvre-Carter, Executive Director of the Will Rogers Memorial Commission of Oklahoma Claremore, Oklahoma
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