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CowboyPoetry.com celebrates our Western heritage and today's working West, dedicated to preserving our important history and to promoting the Western arts that carry on those traditions.  It's a part of the non-profit Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry.

The Center was formed to serve a mostly rural and underserved 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.

Supporters make a difference. With individual support, the Center can continue its programs, expand some of those efforts, and take on new projects. Individual support helps show institutional funders the community interest in our Western arts. 

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.

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Thanks to our supporters throughout the U. S., Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Germany,  from:

Alaska ~ Alberta  ~ Arizona ~ Arkansas ~ Anzefahr ~ British Columbia ~ California ~ Colorado ~ Georgia ~ Hawaii
 Idaho ~ Illinois ~  Indiana ~ Iowa ~ Kansas ~ Merseyside ~ Michigan ~ Minnesota ~ Missouri ~ Montana
Nebraska  ~ Nevada ~ New Jersey  ~ New Mexico ~ New South Wales ~ New York ~ North Carolina 
North Dakota ~ Oklahoma ~ Oregon  ~ Queensland ~ South Dakota ~ Tennessee ~ Texas  
Utah ~ Washington ~ Virginia ~ Wyoming ~ Yukon


 


COWBOY POETRY WEEK FOUNDATION SUPPORT

Margaret T. Morris Foundation
Cowboy Poetry Week, 2013, 2014

The Sage Foundation
Cowboy Poetry Week, 2013, 2014
 

COWBOY POETRY WEEK SIGNIFICANT SUPPORT

Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield, Jr
Cowboy Poetry Week, 2013

Anonymous
Cowboy Poetry Week, 2013, 2014

Gary and Susan Crowe
Cowboy Poetry Week, 2014

 



(Founders, individuals and non-profit organizations / commercial sponsors)

Western Folklife Center
2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014

**Ken Cook
2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014

*National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo
2007-2007, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014

Clear Out West (C. O. W.)
2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011,
2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014

*Susan Parker
2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015

Saddle Up!
2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015 

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013. 2013-2014, 2014-2015

Monterey Cowboy Music and Poetry Festival
2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2012-2014 

The Western Way and the Western Music Association
2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 

Marci Broyhill
2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014
 

**Jay Snider
2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 

Juni Fisher
2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2013-2014 

Ranch Poetry by Vince Pedroia
2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 

*Tom Morgan Art
2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015 

*Will and Rhonda Stearns
2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 

***Yvonne Hollenbeck
2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 

*Live! with Jim Thompson
2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 

Heber City Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair
2012-2013
, 2013-2014 

*Diane Tribitt
2012-2013, 2013-2014 

***Lamesteer Publishing
2012-2013, 2013-2014 

Jane and Dick Morton
2012-2013, 2013-2014 

DW Groethe
2013-2014, 2014-2015 



***Jean Prescott

2013-2014 

***RANGE Magazine
2013-2014 

Cowboy Poets of Idaho
2013-2014 

Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering
2013-2014

Almeda Bradshaw and the M2B Ranch Bed & Breakfast
2014-2015


*multiple donations in 2011
**multiple donations in 2012
***multiple donations in 2013

find past sponsors listed here.
 


Anonymous in memory of Larry McWhorter

Ken Cook in memory of Frank E. Buckles

Will and Rhonda Stearns in memory of Jean Petty, Clay Jenne, and Frank Paz

Jean and Gary Prescott in memory of Harry Hansen

Jean and Gary Prescott in memory of Billy Joe Foster

Jean and Gary Prescott in memory of David and Maci Harris

 


 



Stephen Vosseller ~ Omar West ~ Judy Valentine Pitcock 

Tom and Fran Morgan ~ Maxene Fernstrom

 

 

Stephen Vosseller ~ Maxene Fernstrom ~ Tom and Fran Morgan

Anonymous  ~ Trisha Pedroia ~ Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield, Jr ~

Susan Parker ~ Anonymous ~ Susan and Gary Crowe

 

Trisha Pedroia in memory of Vince Pedroia

Anonymous in memory of Francis & Violet Sedgwick, Billy & Evelyn Stearns,
Charlie Hunt, Ray Reed, Howard Parker, Dean Armstrong, and Ray Owens

Susan Parker in memory of Cort Parker

 


 

LaVonne Houlton ~ Jane and Pat Richardson ~ Cathy Garbers 

Scott Hill Bumgardner  ~  Cowboy Miner Productions

C. W. (Charles) Bell  

 

2010

Geff Dawson  ~ C. W. (Charles) Bell ~ Keith Ward ~ Kathy Brittain

2011

*Dale Page ~ C. W. (Charles) Bell ~ *Diane Tribitt—CowboyLegacy.org

*Keith Ward ~ *Bette Wolf Duncan ~ *Cindy Lou and Baxter Black—Coyote Cowboy Company

Tamara Adams—Emandal ~ *Don Hilmer ~ Tom Nichols ~ Daniel Bybee ~ *Jerry Brooks

*multiple donations in 2011

2012

Patrick Sullivan ~ Keith Ward ~ WebpageFX.com ~ CJ Pony Parts

Maxwell Systems ~ Marilyn and Greg Camp ~
C.W. (Charley) Bell
 

2013

Del Gustafson* ~ Mark KerrKeith Ward ~ Kathy Brittain ~ Marilyn and Greg Camp

Cindy and Kurt "Snoose" Argyle of SaddleStrings

2014

Del Gustafson ~ C.W. (Charley) Bell ~ Stuart Hooker*
 

*multiple donations in 2014

find Leaders from earlier years listed here
 

V. June Collins in memory of Sunny Hancock

  Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Rod Nichols

  Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Ray Owens 

Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Colen Sweeten

Sandi and Jay Snider in memory of Dale Taylor, AKA "Booger Red"

C. W. (Charles) Bell in memory of Lucille Preston Adolphson
 


 

Florence Katz ~ Teddie Daley ~ Ken Whitecotton ~ Jim Cardwell 

Andy Nelson ~ Rod Miller ~ Rod Nichols ~ Sandi and Jay Snider

  Jim Dalglish ~ Susan Parker ~ Michael Henley ~ Virginia Sieler 

William K Patterson ~ Thea Gavin  ~ Judy and Lloyd Shelby 

 Xcel Energy Foundation (Employer Matching Funds) ~ Sam A. Jackson  

Glen Enloe ~  Ed Myers ~ Mike Dunn ~  Barbara Kasmiroski

Tim Graham ~ Ann Blackford ~ Paul Kern ~ Byrl Keith Chadwell

Rick Pitt ~ Frank Pinney ~ Wayne Kelley

Steve Taylor, Terri Taylor, David Anderson STAMPEDE!

Margaret Houghton ~ Butch Howard ~ Tom and Cay Billingsley

 

2010

Dale Page  ~ Steve Conroy ~ Glenn W. Martin ~ Jim Thompson (South Dakota) ~ Anonymous 

Jane and Dick Morton ~ Pat Richardson  ~ Jim and Stella Cathey  ~ Bruce Roseland

Bette Wolf Duncan  ~ Hal Swift ~ Rodney Nelson ~ BC Cowboy Heritage Society ~ Jack Burdette ~ Jean Prescott

Kip Sorlie ~ Andy Nelson ~ DW Groethe ~ Florence Katz ~ Jerry Brooks  ~ Byrl Keith Chadwell

Tony Corbelletta ~ Marie and Bob Mann ~ Don Hilmer ~ Keven Inman ~ Bob Schild

Sam DeLeeuw ~ Del Gustafson ~ Tamara Adams ~ Daniel Bybee ~ Tom Nichols ~ Michael Whitaker

 Jim Cardwell  ~Steve and Marge Conroy  ~ Frank Pinney ~ Jerry Schleicher

Diane Tribitt - CowboyLegacy.org  ~ Cindy Lou and Baxter Black - Coyote Cowboy Company

Jim and Stella Cathey  ~ Jeri Dobrowski ~ Rod Miller ~ DW Groethe

Stephanie Davis - Recluse Records ~ Kay Kelley Nowell ~ Michael Havens ~ Patti Leininger


2011

**Jane and Dick Morton ~ Michael Henley ~ *Hal Swift ~ *Eugene and Sue Thomas ~ **Bette Wolf Duncan

*Stan Tixier ~ Cowboy Poets of Idaho, Inc. ~ Rodney Nelson ~ Keven Inman ~ Jim Thompson (South Dakota) ~

 *Frank Pinney ~ **Jo Lynne Kirkwood ~ *LaVerna B. Johnson ~ *Wendy Brown-Barry ~ **Del Gustafson

Jon Lorensen ~ Kip Sorlie ~ *Paul Zarzyski ~ *Teddie Daley ~ *Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering

Jack Burdette ~ *Andy Nelson ~ Bob and Marie Mann/ Big Hat Promotions House Concerts ~ Robert Dennis

*Rod Miller ~ Irene Stringfield ~ Antonio Corbelletta  ~ Michael Whitaker ~ Jim Cardwell

 Marsha Short ~ Stephanie Davis ~ Pat Richardson ~ Ted D. Valentiner ~ Steve and Marge Conroy

Patty Clayton ~ Al Mehl ~Jesse Colt ~ Jerry Schleicher ~ Jack Burdette ~ Bob Schild

Jim and Stella Cathey ~ Anonymous ~ Vinton Cowboy Poetry Show ~ *Anonymous
 

*multiple donations in 2011

2012

*Dale Page ~ Jim and Julie Nowell ~ *Hal Swift ~ Ken and Betty Rodgers ~ Rodney Nelson

Stephanie Davis ~ *Kay Kelley Nowell ~ *Bette Wolf Duncan ~ *Del Gustafson

Kip Sorlie ~ BC Cowboy Heritage Society—Kamloops Cowboy Festival ~ Don Hilmer

Pat Richardson ~ *Keith Ward ~ Jim Thompson (California) ~ Darin Brookman

Stuart Hooker ~ Andy Nelson ~ Stan Tixier ~ Saddlehorn Ministries

Deanna Dickinson McCall ~ Robert Dennis ~ Dick and Jane Morton ~ *Jim and Stella Cathey

Scofield's Cowboy Campfire ~ Sally Smith - Joelle Smith Western Art

*multiple donations in 2012

find 2012 Challenge supporters below
 

2013

Dale Page*~ Hal Swift ~ Patrick Sullivan ~ Rodney Nelson ~ Tony Corbelletta

Marjorie Parker ~ Jon Lorensen ~ Bill and Jane Ott

Cindy Lou and Baxter Black - Coyote Cowboy Company  ~ Bob Schild  ~ Stuart Hooker

Jo Lynne Kirkwood ~ Stephanie Davis ~ Betty and Ken Rodgers* ~ Yvonne Hollenbeck*

Jack Burdette ~ Shannon and Kent Rollins' Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon

Deanna Dickinson McCall ~ Kay Kelley ~ Pat Richardson*

Nika Nordbrock ~ Bj Smith ~ Andy Nelson ~ Linda and Bill Patterson ~ Deanna Nelson

Patricia Frolander ~ Jim and Stella Cathey ~ Beth Rand ~ Jim Thompson (California)

Chuck Learn* ~ Bob and Marie Mann ~ Rodney Nelson ~ Janice Gilbertson

Michael Henley ~ Tom Nichols ~ Rod Miller ~ Roberta Rothman ~ Kathie and Paul Kern

Paul Bliss ~ Lynn Kopelke ~ Sally Smith - Joelle Smith Western Art

*multiple donations in 2013

2014

Dale Page ~ Hal Swift* ~ Daniel Bybee ~ Stuart Hooker* ~ Geff Dawson

Shelley Macdonald and Rod Helvey ~ Kip Sorlie ~ Stan Tixier

Terry Nash ~ Dennis Russell ~ Frank Pinney ~ Don Hilmer ~ Marvin Del Chiaro

Betty and Ken Rodgers ~ Totsie Slover ~ Jerry Brooks


*multiple donations in 2014

find Partners from earlier years listed here


Eric and Amy Fettig in honor of Saddlehorn Ministries


Glen and Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Howard Parker

Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Sean Blackburn

Tex Tumbleweed in memory of Wild Bill Halbert

Charles Williams in memory of Larry McWhorter and Clay Lindley

Don Hilmer in memory of Charlie Hunt

Florence Katz in memory of Harold Katz

Verlin Pitt in memory of Verlin "Cotton" Pitt, Sr.

Tex Tumbleweed in memory of Wild Bill Halbert

Sally Smith in memory of Joelle Smith

 Jane Ambrose Morton and Dick Morton in memory of Eva Ambrose and Bill Ambrose

Patty Clayton in memory of Ray Owens 

Florence Katz in memory of Harold Katz

Don Hilmer in memory of Charlie Hunt

Jeri Dobrowski in memory of  John M. Janssen

Totsie Slover in memory of Howard Staub

Martha and Katharine Brittain in memory of Lydia Hampton

Jeri Dobrowski in memory of  Cort Parker

Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of Ben Ellis Porcher, Jr.

Jean Prescott in memory of Ruth Hanson

Keven Inman in memory of Marie W. Smith

Steve and Marge Conroy in memory of Joe Baer

Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of Susie O'Connor

Jeri Dobrowski in memory of Trisha Pedroia

Steve and Marge Conroy in memory of Ken Graydon

Steve and Marge Conroy in memory of Locke Hamilton

Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering in memory of Ken Graydon

Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering in memory of Locke Hamilton

Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of Alice Samples

Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of Jodi Wise

Pamela Malnar and Rick Malnar in memory of Carol Malnar

Ken and Betty Rodgers in memory of Trisha and Vince Pedroia

Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of Howard Irvin Monks, Jr.

Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of  memory of Darrell Royal

Eileen Dirksen in memory of Steve Dirksen

Jeri Dobrowski in memory of Rusty McCall

Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of Mae Ola Coker

 


 


(June 2005 - June 2006)

Clark Crouch ~ Sally S. Baldus ~ Eddie O'Hara ~ Jo Lynne Kirkwood 

Lanny Joe Burnett ~ Michael Whitaker ~ Roberta Rothman ~ Jeri Dobrowski

Jane and Dick Morton  ~  Harvey Sampson  ~ Pam Mendelsohn

  Sandra and Steven Herl ~ Chris Isaacs ~  Sherrod and Sue Fielden 

 Doris Daley ~ Jerry A. Brooks ~ James and Marilyn John 

 William E. (Bill) Black, Jr. ~ Shelagh Wulff-Wisdom ~ Victoria Boyd

Deanna McCall ~ Frank T. Bye, Sr.  ~ Diane Thompson  ~ Allen Thompson

Larry Maurice ~ Janice Gilbertson ~ Nona Kelley Carver

  Tony Corbelletta ~ Phil Crawford  ~ Geff Dawson

Mike Moutoux ~ Sue Derksen ~ Ray Sandes ~ Gene O'Quinn

Judy Howser Echoes of the Trail ~ Carolyn Levine ~ Victor Kuhns

Orlo Espeland ~ Sam DeLeeuw ~ Audrey Hankins

Ed Nesselhuf  ~  Ray Owens  ~  Al Mehl  ~ Anonymous

Rolf Flake ~ Steve and Marge Conroy ~ Kent Stockton ~ Bruce Satta

W. Robert Stetter ~ John P. Gorham ~ Ken Moore

Dave P. Fisher ~ Van Criddle ~ Jody Fergerstrom ~ Jon Lorensen

Spencer Keralis ~ D. Gail Guenther-Mazer ~ Smoke Wade

Burton Santee ~ Dennis Donathan ~ Carol Warner ~ John Willard

Alf Bilton

 

 

2010

Bob Coker  ~ Sandy Seaton  ~ Al Mehl  ~ Fred Hargove ~ Sherrod and Sue Fielden ~ Betty and Ken Rodgers

Ed Nesselhuf ~ Barbara Richhart ~ Cindy Quigley ~ Shelley Pagliai/Prairie Moon Quilts ~ Susie Knight

Skylar Harwood ~ Lynn Kopelke  ~ Jon Lorensen ~ Sally Baldus ~ Paula Sisk ~ Smoke Wade

Thomas F. Hawk ~ Donna Dodds ~ Tony Argento ~ Roberta Rothman ~ Robert C. Atkin

John Pelham ~ Joyce Johnson ~ Norma Battenfield ~ Gary McMahan  ~ Denise Arvidson ~ Hal Cannon

2011

*Jim Thompson (California) ~ Sam Mattise ~ *Deanna McCall ~ Jerry A. Brooks ~ James W. Buffham

*Doris Daley ~ *Betty and Ken Rodgers ~  **Lynn Kopelke  ~ Kathy Graves ~Susie Knight ~ *Cindy Quigley

*Stuart Hooker ~ Michael Hogan ~ Slim McNaught ~ Susan Barron ~Sue and Sherrod Fielden

**Robert D. Furrow  ~ Al Mehl ~ *C.R. Wood ~ Scofield's Cowboy Campfire ~ Paula Sisk

Linda M. Hasselstrom ~ Carol Johnson ~ *Sandy Seaton Sallee ~ *Stan Howe ~ Jarle Kvale

Laughing Sun Photography  ~ Janice Gilbertson ~ Denise Arvidson ~ Sam DeLeeuw

Leslie Keltner / Runumuk Cowgirl Productions ~ Verlin Pitt ~ *Linda Kirkpatrick ~ Will McDaniel

Shelly Pagliai—Prairie Moon Quilts  ~ Patricia Sublette ~ Ron McDonald  ~ *Sally Baldus

 Dick Warwick  ~ Amy Hale Auker ~ Thomas Dickens ~ Byrl Keith Chadwell ~ Bob Kinsey

Tom Moorman ~ George Bourbeau ~ Jeri L. Dobrowski ~ Barbara and Richard Ciesielski ~ Spencer Keralis  

 Judy James ~ Donna Lifland ~ Kristin Madden ~ Mike Dunn ~ Robert C. Atkin

John Waters ~ Louise Dillard ~ Thomas F. Hawk ~ Ray Doyle ~ Jodi Caudell ~ Joe Wells

Francie Ganje—Heritage of the American West ~ Roger Ringer  ~ *Sam Mattise ~ Verna Owens

 Jennifer S. Hayes ~ Terry Nash ~ Lia Adams ~ Jon Dean


*multiple donations in 2011
 

2012

 Google (Matching Gift) ~ Denise Arvidson ~ *Susie Knight ~ Waynetta Ausmus ~ Lynn Kopelke

Mike Dunn ~ Wylie Gustafson ~ Jon Dean ~ Paulette Nye ~ Friends of the Anandarko Community Library

Terry Nash ~ Kent Penter ~ Mike Watowa ~ Andy Hedges ~ Deanna Nelson

Jerry A. Brooks ~ Laverna B. Johnson ~ Cindy Quigley ~ John Waters ~ Sam Matisse

Marilyn L. Ball ~ Christine Kauffman
 

*multiple donations in 2012

find 2012 Challenge supporters below

 

2013

Jeff Campbell ~ Bob Miller ~ Chester catman Travirca III ~ George Rhoades*

Betty and Ken Rodgers* ~ Marvin Del Chiaro ~ Joyce Johnson ~ Marjorie Satterfield

Mike Watowa ~ Chris and Merv Webster  ~ Judy Such ~ Susie Knight ~ David Stanley

Denise Arvidson ~ Andria Kidd* ~ C.R. Wood ~ Marleen Bussma ~ Jerry Brooks*

P'let and Mike Tcherkassky ~ John Michael Reedy ~ Sally Baldus ~ David Stanley and Nan McEntire

 Tom Swearingen ~ Stan Howe ~ David Carlton ~ George Rhoades* ~ Denise Arvidson

Yvonne Gresnick ~ Linda Kirkpatrick ~ Cindy Quigley ~ Prudence and William Gustafson

Mark Munzert ~ Shelly Pagliai-Prairie Moon Quilts  ~ Tom Linenbrink ~ Jarle Kvale

Carol D. Warner ~ Leslie Keltner-Runumuk Cowgirl Productions ~ Susie Knight

Rex Rideout-Time Travel Music ~ Gary McMahan ~ Eileen Dirksen ~ Smoke Wade

Farmer Dave and Marti Fulfs ~ Mike Moutoux
 

*multiple donations in 2013

find Donors from earlier years listed here


2014

Gary "Doc" Lowe ~ Jon Dean ~ Denise Spielman ~ Susie Knight

Tom Swearingen ~ Sally Badus ~ Cyndie Sands ~ Allen Mollenkopf ~ Leigh Hanlon

Scofield's Cowboy Campfire
 

 

Mike and Wendy Messersmith in honor of Dr. Lloyd E. Messersmith

Bob Upchurch in honor of Waynetta Ausmus

Friends of the Anandarko Community Library in honor of Jay Snider

 

 

Linda Kirkpatrick in memory of Alton S. Kirkpatrick,  Lloyd B. Kirkpatrick, Audrey Tomberlin, and Ada Lee Wells

Diane Tribitt in loving memory of Randy Tribitt

Diana and Harold Roy Miller in memory of Sunny Hancock

Marion M. (Monty) Teel in memory of Marion Ray Teel

Rod Nichols in memory of Joan Mastel

Denise Arvidson in memory of Ross Christian Arvidson

Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Ray Owens 

Jeri Dobrowski in memory of  Colen Sweeten

Marci and Tony Agento, Jr. in memory of Sunny Hancock

Ken & Betty Rodgers in memory of Vince Pedroia

Slim McNaught in memory of Rod Nichols

Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Curly Musgrave

Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Wally Bazyn

Sam Matisse in memory of Gordon Peterson

William Hamilton in memory of Merle F. Miller

Linda M. Hasselstrom in memory of Josephine Hasselstrom

Jeri Dobrowski in memory of James R. Davis

Sam Matisse in memory of Bill Ramsey

Verna Owens in memory of Ray Owens

Gary "Doc" Lowe in memory of Ed Lewis

Nola Kirby in memory of "The Black Ace Yodellin' Hitchhiker"

Shelley Macdonald and Rod Helvey in memory of Trisha Pedroia

Marilyn L. Ball in memory of Darrell E. Lambert

Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Alice Hancock

Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Leon Flick

Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Rusty McCall

Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Guy Gillette

Eileen Dirksen in memory of Steve Dirksen

 


 


(June 2005 - June 2006)

Hal Swift  ~ Lincoln Rogers ~ Virginia Bennett ~ David L. Althouse

 Barbara Kopietz ~ Samuel Passamonte ~  Red Adair  

Dee Strickland Johnson ~ Ab D. Driediger ~ Terry Henderson

Pierrino Mascarino  ~ Karen Neurohr ~ Dick S. Moore

 

2010

Alan Mollenkopf   ~ Lewis Kearney  ~ Colleen Kohler ~ Heather Hafleigh  ~ Mark L. Gardner  ~ Buck Helton

Gary McMahan ~ Arden Gailey  ~ Bobbie Hunter ~ Linda Kirkpatrick  ~ Robert D Furrow  ~ Carla Nelson

Monte R. McDonald ~ Paulette and Michael Tcherkassky ~ Cimarron Sue and Nevada Slim

Michael Schilbach ~ John West ~ Raymond Layland  ~  Harvey Sampson  ~ Randy Williams

 

2011

Bobbie Hunter ~ *Marleen Bussma ~ Nona Kelley Carver ~ Lewis Kearney ~ Heather Hafleigh

*Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band ~  Dorothy Hepner ~ *Bob Coker ~ *Sandy Seaton Sallee ~ Harold Keith

Wilma Rich ~ Nora Jennings ~ Laurie Wood ~ Rose Wenstrom ~ Kathy Jerman ~ Donald Smith  ~ Bruce Burgan

*Dee Strickland Johnson ("Buckshot Dot") ~ Jean Haugen ~ Kathryn Kern ~ Anonymous

Cimarron Sue and Nevada Slim ~ John Reedy ~ Shawn Cameron ~ Patricia Willestoft

Chris Isaacs ~ Peggy Malone ~ Karen Thomas ~ Robin Hayes ~ Kevin D. Adams ~ M. Todd Hess

 Willie P. Smith ~ Colleen Kohler ~ David Althouse ~ Mike Moutoux
 

*multiple donations in 2011

2012

Terri Kirby Erickson ~ Bobbie Hunter ~ Heather Hafleigh ~ Tom Gilliland ~ Sandra Green Lane ~ Doris Daley

Katherine Derengowski ~ Sally Baldus ~ Marleen Bussma ~ Byrl Keith Chadwell

find 2012 Challenge supporters below

2013

 Jim Daniels ~ Harvey Sampson ~ Sandy Seaton Sallee ~ Chris Williams ~ Dee Strickland Johnson ("Buckshot Dot")

Black Hills Antique Parts  ~ Sue and Bruce Matley ("Cimarron Sue and Nevada Slim")

Bruss Horn ~ Jean Mathisen Haugen ~ Linda Nadon ~ Tyler Guy ~ Laurel Paulson-Pierce ~ Chris Isaacs

Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Valentine ~ Leland Parker ~ Jarolyn Crouse ~ Laurie Wood

Heather Hafleigh
 

find Additional Supporters from earlier years listed here

 

Slim McNaught in memory of Charlie Hunt

Juni Fisher in memory of C. Howard Fisher

Dee (Buckshot Dot) and John Johnson in memory of Ray Owens

Bobbie Hunter in memory of Ross Weekes 

Linda Kirkpatrick in memory of Lydia Hampton

Colleen Kohler in memory of Ken Romriell

Jeri Dobrowski in memory of Ruth Hanson

Bobbie Hunter in memory of Ben Clark

Dorothy Hepner in memory of Lyle Wilkinson

Jeri Dobrowski in memory of Steffie Davis

Jeri Dobrowski in memory of Barbara Jean Franks Nelson

Sandra Green Lane in memory of Steven Leonard Green

Jeri Dobrowski in memory of Harry Hanson

Stella and Jim Cathey in memory of those lost in the West, Texas disaster

Jean Mathisen Haugen in memory of Robert and Betty Mathisen

 


Urgent 2013 challenge...deadline December 31, 2013

Thanks to those who stepped up and met the goal...

Jo Lynne Kirkwood ~ Cowboy Poets of Idaho ~ Jerry Brooks ~ Hal Swift ~ Yvonne Hollenbeck ~ P'let and Mike Tcherkassky ~ Sandy Seaton Sallee ~ Sally Baldus ~ Stephanie Davis ~  John Michael Reedy ~ Harvey Sampson ~ Betty and Ken Rodgers ~ Dave Stanley and Nan McEntire ~ Keith Ward ~ Tom Swearingen ~ Jack Burdette ~ Dale Page ~ Stan Howe ~ Deanna Dickinson McCall ~ Shannon and Kent Rollins' Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon ~ David Carlton ~ Kay Kelley ~ Chris Williams ~
Nika Nordbrock ~ Denise Arvidson ~ Mark Kerr ~ Jeri Dobrowski-Lamesteer Publishing and Graphics ~ Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival ~ Dee Strickland Johnson ("Buckshot Dot") ~ Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns ~ Bj Smith ~ Linda Kirkpatrick ~ Andy Nelson ~ Yvonne Gresnick ~ Linda and Bill Patterson ~ Deanna Nelson ~ C.J. Hadley and RANGE ~ Black Hills Antique Parts ~ Bruss Horn ~ Patricia Frolander ~ Western Folklife Center ~ Jean Mathisen Haugen ~ Dick and Jane Morton ~ Susan and Bruce Matley ~ Jim and Stella Cathey ~ Beth Rand ~ Cindy Quigley ~ Del Gustafson ~ Jim Thompson (California) ~ Linda Nadon ~ Prudence and William Gustafson ~ Chuck Learn ~ Tyler Guy ~ Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering ~ Mark Munzert ~ Shelly Pagliai-Prairie Moon Quilts ~ Bob and Marie Mann ~ Tom Linenbrink ~ Jarle Kvale ~ Laurel Paulson-Pierce ~ Chris Isaacs ~ Carol D. Warner ~ Jay and Sandi Snider ~ Jean and Gary Prescott ~ Leslie Keltner-Runumuk Cowgirl Productions ~ Susie Knight ~ Rodney Nelson ~ Janice Gilbertson ~ Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Valentine ~ Leland Parker ~ Rex Rideout-Time Travel Music ~ Jarolyn Crouse ~ Michael Henley ~ Gary McMahan ~ Rod Miller ~ Roberta Rothman ~ Marci Broyhill ~ Smoke Wade ~ Eileen Dirksen in memory of Steve Dirksen ~ Gary Brown ~ Laurie Wood ~ Tom Nichols ~ Kathie and Paul Kern ~ Andrea Kidd ~
Cindy and Kurt "Snoose" Argyle of SaddleStrings ~ Marilyn and Greg Camp ~ Farmer Dave and Marti Fulfs ~ Kathy Brittain ~ Mike Moutoux ~ Paul Bliss ~ Lynn Kopelke ~ Heather Hafleigh ~ Sally Smith-Joelle Smith Western Art ~ Anonymous
 

updated 12/31


2012 Challenge donors:

Jim Cathey* ~ Dale Page ~ John Michael Reedy ~ Lee Stevens ~ Kathy Brittain ~ Del Gustafson ~ Joe Arnold ~ Cindy Quigley ~ Jan Fredericks ~ Sally Baldus ~ Stan Howe ~ Hans-Joachim Gutbrod ~ Jon Dean ~ Paddy Grinstein ~ Daniel Bybee ~ Stephanie Davis ~ Kay Kelley Nowell ~ Elaine Del Chiaro ~ John Waters ~ Sandy Seaton Sallee ~ Pat Richardson ~ Scofield's Cowboy Campfire ~ Jim Thompson (California) ~ Cowboy Culture South Dakota Style (Robert Dennis, Ken Cook, and Paul Larson) ~ Keith Ward ~ Frank Pinney ~ Stan Tixier ~ Marilyn Ball ~ Sam Mattise  ~ Yvonne Hollebeck ~ Lynne Kopelke ~ Cindi Gibson ~ Doris Daley ~ Shawn Cameron ~ Andy Nelson ~ Linda Kirkpatrick  ~ Susan Parker ~ Jean Haugen ~ Cyndie Sands ~ Deanna Nelson ~ Marci Broyhill ~ Roberta Rothman ~ Dee Strickland Johnson ~ The White Foundation ~ Bob Coker ~ Darin and Jeanette Brookman ~ Denise Arvidson ~ Gary "Doc" Lowe ~ Bruce and Susan Matley (Nevada Slim & Cimarron Sue)  ~ Van Criddle ~ Mike Moutoux ~ Hal Swift* ~ Slim McNaught ~ Ken and Betty Rodgers ~ Rod Miller ~ Alberta Cowboy Poets Association ~ Yvonne Hollenbeck* ~ Sandi and Jay Snider ~
Thomas Hawk ~ Robert Odonnell ~ Nola Kirby ~ Judy James ~ John West ~
Jo Lynne Kirkwood ~ Jane and Dick Morton ~ David Stanley ~ Totsie Slover ~
Kip Sorlie ~ Gail Mazer ~ James Davis ~ Jeri Dobrowski ~ Shelly Pagliai—Prairie Moon Quilts ~ Chuck Learn ~ Michael Whitaker ~ Tony Corbelletta ~ Bodie Dominguez ~ Irene F. Stringfield ~ Davic Carlton ~ Tom Morgan ~ Heather Hafleigh ~ Patricia Frolander ~ Sherrod and Sue Fielden ~ Terry Nash ~ Patricia Work ~ Rhonda and Will Stearns ~ Shelley Macdonald and Rod Helvey ~ C.W. (Charles) Bell ~ Eileen Dirksen ~ Smoke Wade ~ Gary E. Brown
 

*multiple challenge donations in 2012

Some of these were memorial donations. Find those notices above.

 



 2011 Challenge, offered by Tom Morgan; find the list of generous supporters here.


 

Thanks to the following for major donations of books, recordings, and other materials

Totsie Slover  ~ Darrell Arnold ~ Charles Williams
Virginia Bennett ~ C.W. (Charles) Bell



Find additional past donor information on page two.

 


Our Founders

Following are the generous donors, our Founders, whose early support was vital in the Center's first year (June 2005 - June 2006) and our generous Legacy Patrons, whose support is essential to the Center. These people created and sustain the foundation of support that was needed to maintain CowboyPoetry.com and continue Cowboy Poetry Week, and the funding that made possible the launching of the Rural Library Project, the first edition of The BAR-D Roundup CD, and the first Western art Cowboy Poetry Week poster.

Red Adair
David L. Althouse
Sally Baldus
C. W. (Charles) Bell
Virginia Bennett
Tom and Cay Billingsley
Alf Bilton
William E. Black Jr.
Ann Blackford
Victoria Boyd
Jerry A. Brooks
Scott Bumgardner
Lanny Joe Burnet
Frank T. Bye, Sr.   
Jim Cardwell          
Nona Kelley Carver
Keith Chadwell
V. June Collins
Marge and Steve Conroy
Ken Cook
Tony Corbelletta
Cowboy Miner Productions
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© 2013, Jason Rich Studios; jasonrichstudios.com
Web reproduction permitted for Cowboy Poetry Week promotion with the credit line included:
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Reproduction prohibited without express written permission
"Heads or Tails" © 2004, by R.S. Riddick; Cowboy Poetry Week 2012

 


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"'Born to This Land' © 1992, by Bill Owen, www.BillOwenCA.com; Cowboy Poetry Week 2010
 


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"The Horse Wrangler Gather’d The Morning Mounts: 'One That Had’n Lived The Life ... Couldn’t Paint a Picture ...To Please The Eye, of One That Had!'"
© 2008, Bob Coronato, courtesy The Greenwich Workshop, Inc. www.greenwichworkshop.com; Cowboy Poetry Week 2009
 


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"Waxed Jacket" © 2006, William Matthews, www.williammatthewsgallery.com
2008 Cowboy Poetry Week poster


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"At His Own Pace," © Tim Cox, www.timcox.com
2007 Cowboy Poetry Week Poster

 


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"Heading Home" © Joelle Smith (1958-2005), www.JoelleSmith.com
2006 Cowboy Poetry Week Poster; no longer available


 


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Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry Founder and Legacy Patron pin, 1"

 


Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry BAR-D lapel pin, 3/4"

 


CowboyPoetry.com tenth anniversary BAR-D lapel pin, 3/4"

 

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CowboyPoetry.com provides thousands of cowboy poets with a "medium" in which to share an honest verse with those who may or may not understand the true context in which it is intended but love it just the  same...Very few things move me to the point of "donation," but the things that do are just, right and good ... Wishing continued success in your just cause.   
     Andy Nelson, co-host of Clear Out West, emcee, poet, Harvey's Moon, Pinedale, Wyoming

CowboyPoetry.com provides visibility for the art, as well as for individuals -- the site, professionally designed and edited and regularly updated lends class to the genre. It goes beyond poems for browsing by providing news, essays, reports, Q&A, special events and projects... it presents cowboy poetry seriously as literature and a part of the greater world of poetry... it has become a resource for tracking down information about and the work of current and classic cowboy poets... How could I not support such valuable work with a donation?
     Rod Miller, author and poet, Sandy, Utah

Cowboypoetry.com has meant that all of us who share a love for cowboy poetry, art and music have a place where we can meet and share our interests across the world. This would not be possible on a one-to-one basis. I cannot tell you how many ways I have personally benefited by meeting new friends...Donating what I could was the right thing to do. The cowboy way.
     Rod Nichols, poet, A Little Bit of Texas, Missouri City, Texas

CowboyPoetry.com accepted poems I'd written, made me feel welcome, and encouraged me to keep on writing more. What moved me to make a donation?  I want to do something good for an outfit that's been so good to me.
     LaVonne Houlton, horsewoman, writer and poet, Modesto, California

Because of CowboyPoetry.com, I've made friends with many other poets who connected with me initially by email in response to a poem posted on the site. I've been invited to perform in many places, and it's not uncommon for people in the audience in a town far from Sigurd, Utah, to come up and tell me I'm a favorite poet -- and they've found me through CowboyPoetry.com."
     Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Cowboy Poets of Utah, Sevier Valley Roundup

CowboyPoetry.com is an excellent source for everything a person wants to know about Cowboy Poetry. You can keep current on activities surrounding the business of cowboy poetry and western entertainment; on the news about everyone involved whether it be a poet or a fan; and it is as well as a source for cowboy poetry from the past to the present. It is not biased in any form... I check it every day and enjoy every minute spent with the site. It is also very professionally done and easy to navigate. Words cannot describe all the benefits I have derived from this  website.

I feel it is a very important website to everyone involved with cowboy poetry, whether they be poets or fans. I know the expense of hosting such a site as well as the massive amount of time involved with keeping it current. The donation I made was in memory of Howard Parker, a great cowboy poet and western entertainer, and I know of no better place to leave a memorial in his honor as it represents what he loved...the world of cowboy poetry.   
     Yvonne Hollenbeck, poet, From My Window and other poems

It's such a pleasure to be able to read the wonderful poetry at CowboyPoetry.com...the high standard encourages a reader... I was moved to donate because CowboyPoetry.com does a marvelous job promoting the poetry and the poets... I'm sure glad I found CowboyPoetry.com.
     Eddie O'Hara, poet, New South Wales, Australia

What I value most about CowboyPoetry.com isn't one thing, but many.  I feel proud in being recognized by people whose opinions I value, and who maintain high standards for me, and for themselves...I value preserving the heritage of the American West, and the telling of the stories of the unique men, women, and children who lived here in the past.    
     Hal Swift, poet, Cowboy Poems and Outright Lies

I "discovered" CowboyPoetry.com three years ago when I started seriously writing cowboy and western poetry. The site has provided inspiration and information as my new poetic career has advanced. I especially enjoy and appreciate the authenticity of the material accepted for publication and the "high bar" set for the western and cowboy poetry submissions. Also, the sheer volume of material on the site is impressive...there's days of good reading there as well as the extensive calendar of events, the recurring challenges of the Art Spur program, and the appreciation of classical poets such as my 1940's acquaintance, Badger Clark... I made a donation because I just wanted to feel a part of such an exceptional western program.
     Clark Crouch, poet, Where Horses Rein

I value the calendars of events, and a chance to see the poetry some of my friends are doing, some of whom I only see once a year. Also, links to other publications and contests are helpful. I appreciate the work involved and realize it's not for free.
    Jim Cardwell, poet, Oroville, California

I value a spot on the world-wide-web where I can put up my boots, stay awhile, and relax among folks of like mind and ideals. To share something with others as important as a love of the West and what it stands for seems to be a rare commodity in these troublesome times... The Spirit of the Cowboy and the West is something CowboyPoetry.com works hard to keep alive, and I'm humbled and honored to be considered "a part of it all."
     Lincoln Rogers, poet, journalist, writer and photographer, Parker, Colorado

CowboyPoetry.com is a place where I can explore other poets, read their poetry and even get to know them a bit... CowboyPoetry.com has created a way to keep the tradition alive. Thanks!
     Michael Whitaker, Cowboy Poetry: The Gathering

Cowboypoetry.com is the most professionally presented cowboy poetry site on the web, and it's an honor to be a part of this great organization.  I'm glad to help this successful effort become more successful with a donation in memory of my loved ones -- the cowboys and ranchers of my own family, the people who inspire my poetry.  I hope everyone will want to be a part of keeping the cowboy way alive by making a donation.
     Linda Kirkpatrick, Somewhere in the West and Beneath a Western Sky  (donation in memory of 
    Alton S. Kirkpatrick, Lloyd B. Kirkpatrick, Audrey Tomberlin, and Ada Lee Wells)

The talent that exists in this field today is amazing and the site has done a magnificent job of collecting and displaying it for us all.
     Michael Henley, poet, Jacksonville, Arkansas                 

CowboyPoetry.com is tireless efforts in its efforts to make the best cowboy poetry available to the public. We realize that it costs money to build and maintain such a site and to carry on all of the other projects.
      Jane Richardson and Pat Richardson, Pat Richardson, Unhobbled

We value CowboyPoetry.com as a center for the preservation of the poems and stories of our cowboy and ranching history. It is a resource for us, and a place to share our stories with others.  It inspires us to keep learning more about our heritage and to keep writing and learning new poems. We so believe in the website that we wanted to contribute to help continue the work.
     Dick Morton and Jane Morton, Cowboy Poetry: Turning To Face The Wind

I start each day with a visit to the Bar-D Ranch; if I went online tomorrow and CowboyPoetry.com wasn't there, I would be deeply saddened. I find CowboyPoetry.com provides the most timely information available on new releases. Whether recordings, books or magazines, it has an ear to the ground with news of poets and entertainers, with an immediacy unmatched by any other source. If I want to refer someone to a performer, CD or a book, chances are there is a link to it. When friends ask me if I can locate an old classic cowboy poem, more than likely, I can find it at CowboyPoetry.com. What a service that is!  I'm sending a contribution to keep news from the world of cowboy poetry comin'.
     Jeri Dobrowski, photographer and journalist, Cowboy Jam Session

I love to visit CowboyPoetry.com as often as possible to read the poetry of people who love the history and culture of the great American cowboy. I draw from each person's experiences and I get a glimpse of their place in that greatest of all places on earth -- the American  West. Creativity abounds at CowboyPoetry.com, and I can't get enough of  it!

When CowboyPoetry.com said they're seeking donations, I couldn't resist. Now, I can take pride that I made a contribution whenever I visit one of  my favorite places on the web. The fine product of CowboyPoetry.com is the result of a lot of hard work on the part of its  personnel and contributors. A financial contribution was the least I could do. I hope to see CowboyPoetry.com around for many years to come.
     David Althouse, Yukon, Oklahoma

CowboyPoetry.com is one of the few places in the world where we can find cowboy poetry done like the old cowboys (our ancestors) did it. Although it is being eroded with modern styles and terms like everything else in America, we can still find some pieces and poets that satisfy the old cowboy in us, still telling the story of the everyday working cowboy's problems and pleasures. Some of us still enjoy cowboy poetry the way it was done by the old timers, some who could not read or write, so passed poetry on by rhyming it so they could memorize it and then putting a bunch of it to music to further preserve the content and style. I feel very proud that my Irish ancestors had a part in that process.  The Bar-D makes a place in their pages for us oldsters who are having a bit of a problem with the modern trend in what is today referred to as "cowboy poetry". Thanks for a place we can come and relate to our kind.

One of the things I value most about CowboyPoetry.com is the wide range of participants and ideas on the site. I don't agree with all of them, but I really enjoy being able to take their viewpoints and compare them with mine. It gives me a chance to broaden my knowledge of what is going on in the world of cowboy poetry.

My donation in memory of Charlie Hunt was prompted by the years that I held this man in high esteem. It makes good sense to support an organization that furthers what Charlie Hunt was all about. Charlie never met a stranger and I was proud to call him friend.
     Slim McNaught, custom leather artist, poet, and writer, New Underwood, South Dakota  (donation in
     memory of Charlie Hunt)

CowboyPoetry.com is the welcome, familiar place to go, that feels like a visit home, where many others also speak the same language that I communicate with. My kindred soul is steeped in ranch life and others' familiar happenings and experiences are warmly felt by this reader. I plan to do my share of grease to the wheels, to make the mare go.  Like an old friend, Sunny Hancock was a special treasure. He's truly missed... We have seen a number of good poets cross over to other side...You've made it possible for us to continue to enjoy their talents.
     V. June Collins, poet, Yreka, California (donation in memory of Sunny Hancock)

The BAR-D Ranch at www.cowboypoetry.com has become the "grange hall" of the cyber-cowboy poetry community. This site allows poets to have a professional link to share with presenters and media, all free of charge. It assists many people in finding rare or obsolete poems, lines of which have often been carried around in their memories since their grandparents recited the verse to them forty years earlier.  The BAR-D is of invaluable help in spreading the word about upcoming events, fundraisers and cowboy obituaries. During the vast western forest fires two years ago, the website served as a sort of "bush phone," where people could report the status of the fire and needs for survivors.

...the BAR-D D has set itself above all the rest. It is much more than a simple website containing cowboy poetry. As a result of the editor's love for the genre and commitment to excellence, the BAR-D Ranch has become something on which we all rely and is a shining example of the good that can come from this technology."
     Virginia Bennett, editor, writer, and poet, In the Company of Horses

I value CowboyPoetry.com for the appreciation of the art form and the fact new and "unknown" poets are given a chance to have their work included.
     Samuel Passamonte, poet, Randolph, New York 

. . .I like cowboy poetry and CowboyPoetry.com helps me enjoy it more with so many poems to read, so much information on artists, events, publications, so many web links . . . and I haven't even begun to "scratch the surface" of all that's available on the site.  When I was doing research for a grad school paper on the literary aspects of cowboy poetry/western verse, the site was a great resource . . . I thank you and wish you the best as you continue this valuable endeavor that has struck a poetic nerve in America.
     Thea Gavin, writer, Assistant Professor of English, Concordia University

CowboyPoetry.com has been a source of information and inspiration to me as I ride what is rather a lonely range at times. It has provided leads and trail markings. It has provided introductions to the work of forefather poets I would not have found on my own. It has introduced me to other poets now writing and working in this field...it is difficult to find another poetry forum with such a robust focus for preserving and expanding the form.

Those of us coming from a rural heritage find on the site a reflection and a record of that which we held dear. It reflects a form of folk story  passing that is unique...CowboyPoetry.com has provided a ready base for both the tradition and discussions of the tradition for those of us who still participate in it.  This same capability allows those unaware of it a single source for a comprehensive introduction... It is a common ground for writers, performers and  audiences. It is an electronic front porch on which we can gather, catch  up on what's happening and pass on some of our latest work. In many ways, it  is one of the few porches left.

... I applaud the creation of the Center and wish to be at least a small part of  its founding. Perhaps what we do now will plant the seeds of support for those who follow-- when we are "no longer in the game" (to quote an old friend from outside the cowboy world).
     William (Bill) Black, Jr., writer, performer, poet, Arizona

The Cowboy Poetry Rodeo and CowboyPoetry.com share similar goals: documenting history that might otherwise be forgotten and improving the genre of Western and Cowboy poetry along the way.  Funds are required for most worthwhile ventures, and supporting the Center seems the right thing to do.
     Sam A. Jackson, poet, Wild and Woolly Western Verse and other Sagebrush Yarns
     originator and director of the world's only