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Cowboy Poetry Week is celebrated each year during April, National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada.

For the celebration's second year, in April 2003, the United States Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing our Cowboy Week celebration. Nineteen states’ governors and other officials have recognized Cowboy Poetry Week and there have been many activities across the West and beyond. 

Below are some reports of poets and others about their 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week activities and general Cowboy Poetry Week stories. Elsewhere there are reports from gatherings that celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week. There's more 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week event news and general news posted here.



Francie Ganje reports on Rural Library Project efforts in South Dakota

Rhonda Stearns' commentary on Cowboy Poetry Week

"Cowboy Poetry Week in the Rear View Mirror" by Smoke Wade

"Some Thoughts About Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week" by Hal Swift

Andy Nelson's Pinedale, Wyoming Elementary School report

Colorado's Woodland Park Middle School report

Karen Neurohr's report on Okahama's Cowboy Poetry Week events


Cowboy Poetry Week Event Reports

More Cowboy Poetry Week News and Event Information

Cowboy Poetry Week main page

  Francie Ganje, director of the Heritage of the American West show, was the force behind the many Cowboy Poetry Week events, including  library events throughout the northern Black Hills; South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds' Cowboy Poetry Week Proclamation; a ceremony with Spearfish Mayor Jerry Krambeck for the presentation of a City Proclamation; the special Cowboy Poetry Week Heritage of the American West show, and more. She conceived the idea of state proclamations in 2005.

Francie Ganje contributed the following article and photos (some from the Heritage of the American West show) about her 2007 Rural Library Project efforts.


Local Libraries Respond To CWCP’s Rural Library Project

Spearfish, South DakotaIt began with an idea to see if local libraries would have an interest in the Rural Library Projectan initiative by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry to reawake and grow the general public’s awareness of cowboy poetry’s place in historical and contemporary literature.

Four public libraries in the Northern Black Hills of South Dakota signed on and at the end of Cowboy Poetry Week, when asked if they would consider being involved next year, there was a unanimous "Yes."

Considering that attendance ranged from full-to-moderate to a couple of people in the seats, there have to be other reasons (besides attendance) why librariesalways limited in time and resourceswould want to come back to this particular table.

And there are.

Only one of the four contacted had ever hosted a cowboy poetry program before (and that one without much success). Still, intrigued by the Rural Library Project material provided by the Center of Western and Cowboy Poetry, they were interested.  “Followed by our contact to them, asking them to host a program where we would assist in booking poets and developing promotional material, it was just enough for them to decide they would give it a try,” explains Francie Ganje, director of the Heritage of the American West, a monthly stage show that plays before a live audience while broadcasting live on radio and the web.

News releases for newspaper, radio and television were written, along with advertising placed in weekly newspapers in South Dakota and Wyoming and a daily publication with circulation in four states where the Heritage Show put a portion of its advertising availability toward the libraries participating in the Rural Library Project.

“With the exception of one library that reported not seeing or hearing any of the media released, the other three all were pleased with coverage they received,” says Ganje.

“Libraries considering a Cowboy Poetry program or any program want to know what kind of publicity support is behind it. So we came with everything we could.”   


Black Hills Cowboy Poetry vintage books including rarely viewed copies of "Jawbone" a periodical written by poet and western writer, Robert V. Carr while living in Whitewood, South Dakota, in the late 1800's-early 1900's.

In Whitewood, South Dakota, where the director is continually challenged by her Board of Directors to “get more information about the Library out in the media,” she describes their involvement with the Center’s Rural Library Project as having, “hitched our wagon to a star. When we do programs like this, we need to pick the right onesthose that will get us media exposure and those that produce a good program.  I can’t tell you what it meant to open up local newspapers and see huge headlines. The Rural Library Project and Cowboy Poetry Week was a winner for usall the way around,” says Reata Weyrich.

“And," she continues, "[it] served to remind me that we have a wonderful resource of writing and talentright here in this areathat we can showcase more than we have. Robert "Jinglebob" Dennis came with a wonderful performance to our library. He brought what it is to be a cowboywhat it is to be a ‘hand’to life in such an entertaining way.”

“It was a friendly and fun program,” says Whitewood resident and horse enthusiast/Paso Fino owner Debbie Shafto, whose daughter Cheyenne also attended. “I liked hearing the history of the vaqueros, especially since my horse has the Spanish influence and his breed was one of the first in the 'new world.' Very cool.”

In Belle Fourche, South Dakota, where audiences have not been responsive previously to cowboy poetry events at the Library, Director Pat Engebretson reports, “We had the best crowd we’ve ever had. It was a delightful evening. The media coverage we received was most appreciated and I’m sure a reason for the increased interest and participation.”  According to Ganje, “The local newspaper contacted us, to say thank you for sending the news.”

Bill Wood and Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns

In Spearfish, South Dakota, Library Director Sharon Henry saw something she’s never seen before. “Throughout the week, people were coming into the library asking about books on cowboy poetry, checking them out. Our midweek program, though lightly attended, was wonderful. Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns did a masterful jobespecially drawing on the works of early day cowboy poets…the genius of their work…how they made the ordinary seem luminous.”  Two newcomers to the area were in the audience and according to Henry, were “entranced by the program.”

As plans moved forward for this first local approach to the Rural Library Project, the areas of publicity and poets placed were important factors. “There was some thought put into which cowboy poets would work best in a particular library setting,” says Ganje.  “We didn’t just put them in willy-nilly. I felt that in addition to a certain level of talent that needed to be there, we also needed to work with poets who could step up to any room full or empty and walk out having left an impression.”

And that’s what emerged. Each of the locations were impressed with the talent, content and presentation of the cowboy poets.  Even  those programs where there were two people in the audience, the performers Bill Wood and Jan Swan Wood spent time visiting and doing a couple of numbers.

Bill Wood, Bob Petermann, and Jan Swan Wood at the Cowboy Poetry Week Heritage of the American West show

“What resulted from that,” reports Ganje, “is that the Deadwood Public Library has committed for next year. Not only that, they are asking about the availability of cowboy poets and programs for an annual Book Festival they do in the fall."

“It’s that class of performer,” says Ganje,  “who can turn a circumstance such as that into what we ended up witha library not daunted at all by the first time out with cowboy poetryin fact, a library that has already thought of what can be done differently in its presentation of next year’s Rural Library Project and one that wants to include cowboy poetry in other program and event offerings they do throughout the year.

“By any measure,” observes Ganje, “that is a success story.”

Notes have been taken, follow-up’s done and commitments made for next year’s Rural Library Project here in the Black Hills. “Each of the libraries shared their suggestions for next year. We can put many of those in place,” says Ganje.  “This story didn’t end when the chairs were put away, the coffee pot unplugged, the Library lights were turned off and the performers went home. 

“This story is just beginning.”

Will Stearns and Kay Petermann at the Cowboy Poetry Week Heritage of the American West show


© 2007, Francie Ganje, All rights reserved


See more here at the Heritage of the American West site.



  As mentioned above in Francie Ganje's article, Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns played an important part in Cowboy Poetry Week activities in the Northern Black Hills area. Rhonda writes a weekly column, "Over the Corral Fence" in the Tri-State Livestock News, and kindly gave permission for us to include the excerpts below from her April 14, 2007 and April 21, 2007 columns that refer to Cowboy Poetry Week.

Rhonda appeared at a 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week program at the Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish, South Dakota and she obtained a  2007 Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Wyoming Governor Dave Fruedenthal.

Ranch-reared in northeastern Wyoming, Rhonda has spent most of her life in the ranching industry. She was inducted as a Cowgirl Honoree to the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1977 and received the All-Around Cowboy Culture Award at the 2000 National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration in Lubbock, Texas, the first woman to receive that prestigious award. She was named Female Poet of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists in 2003.

[Photo of Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, 2007, by Jeri L. Dobrowski used with permission]


April 14, 2007

I reckon horses have provided subject matter for as many cowboy poems as anything else, so maybe it’s OK if we take a portion of this week’s column to salute the sixth annual Cowboy Poetry Week, which is bein’ celebrated April 15 – 21, 2007, across the United States and Canada. 

Our US Senate passed a unanimous resolution in April of 2003 to recognize a Cowboy Week celebration, and the governors of 16 states officially proclaimed Cowboy Poetry Week last year.  These celebrations and proclamations tie in with National Poetry Month.

Cowboy poets and enthusiasts of the genre have requested gubernatorial proclamations in 17 states nationwide for 2007, and to date eight Governors have complied.  That includes most of Tri-State Country, since official recognition has been made in Montana, South Dakota and Colorado at this writing.  I also heard from the Wyoming Governor’s office a few days ago that the Cowboy State proclamation was awaiting Governor Fruedenthal’s signature, and would soon be posted on the Governor’s website.

This year, Cowboy Poetry Week conveniently coincides with National Library Week, sponsored by the American Library Association.  This creates an ideal link to the Rural Library Project, supported by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry and; an excellent outreach activity, aiming to serve a mostly underserved community of rural westerners.

Rural libraries fortunate to be included receive the just-released second annual compilation of top classic and contemporary cowboy poetry, The Bar-D Roundup: Volume Two plus a 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week Poster featuring a colorful pastoral scene by acclaimed cowboy artist Tim Cox of Arizona.

Tri-State Country is fully involved in this, with rural libraries in Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Colorado, North and South Dakota and Wyoming benefiting; along with others in Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington.

I’m privileged to have a small part in this outreach by presenting a “Learning at Lunch” program on Cowboy Poetry at the Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish, South Dakota over the noon hour on Wednesday, April 18th.  Later that afternoon my cowboy and I will bring cowboy poems, songs and stories to the residents of Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Spearfish.

We plan to really make a day of it by attending the Heritage of the American West, program at High Plains Heritage Center just out of Spearfish that evening, where cowboy poet, singer/songwriter performer Bob Petermann of Wibaux, Montana will be featured.  Festivities there begin at 6 pm.

The CBSI press release offers further information on the evening: “Held in the Bruce Miller Theater at the High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish, SD, the pre-show exhibit and reception that begins at 6:00 p.m. will present historical pictures and works of two well known Black Hills area cowboy poets, Robert V. Carr and Soldier Green.  The exhibit encompasses the work of Deadwood, SD historian and researcher Jerry Bryant whose collection includes rarely seen journals published by Robert V. Carr, titled “The Jawbone,” produced by Carr in the early 1900’s while living in Whitewood, South Dakota

“In addition, the life story of Wyoming cowboy poet Georgie Sicking will be playing on the big screen as will a documentary on South Dakota cowboy poet Badger Clark.”

Truly a “don’t miss” event, in my book!

Actually kicking off Cowboy Poetry Week in the Black Hills is a Tuesday April 17th, event at the Belle Fourche Public Library, starting at 7 pm.  Georgene Conley, Onalee Hoffman and others will be featured, with the invitation extended to anyone who wishes to bring a favorite cowboy poem to read.

Further saturating the Black Hills region in fine cowboy poetry is the 7 pm program at the Deadwood Library on Thursday, April 19th, featuring talented, acclaimed cowgirl poet, artist and cartoonist Jan Swan Wood of Newell, South Dakota. 

I’ve also heard Robert "Jinglebob" Dennis of Red Owl, South Dakota, saddlemaker, yarn-spinner and cowboy poet, will hold forth at the Whitewood Library sometime during Cowboy Poetry Week.  Call the library for time and date if you live in that area, or get full info on the CBSI website at   If you can get to any of these performances my recommendation is they’ll definitely be worth takin’ in!

© 2007, Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, reprinted with permission; excerpted from Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns' April 14, 2007 "Over the Corral Fence" column, which appears in the Tri-State Livestock News


April 21, 2007

....We were privileged to attend the great “Cowboy To The End” program by Wibaux, Montana cowboy Bob Petermann at the Heritage of the American West Show at High Plains Heritage Center at Spearfish the 18th.

That shrieking southeast wind was aimed directly at the front doors as the crowd arrived, threatening to either rip the doors off their hinges or slam people to the floor as they tried to enter. That sure didn’t dampen the cowboy spirit inside, though, as cowboys and fans of cowboy culture mixed and mingled with the usual camaraderie of the range.

Francie Ganje did her normal smashing job of emceeing and hosting the performance. Bob and his music and poetry were also at their best – making it a stellar evening, and a perfect representation of National Cowboy Poetry Week.

© 2007, Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, reprinted with permission; excerpted from Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns' April 21, 2007 "Over the Corral Fence" column, which appears in the Tri-State Livestock News


  Smoke Wade of Lewiston, Idaho and Mesquite, Nevada, is a  cowboy poet, reciter, storyteller, emcee, and gathering organizer. He was born and raised on a Snake River cattle ranch in Hells Canyon, Oregon, where he rode horseback 6 miles to a one-room school house through the 6th grade. He is a fourth generation Wallowa County, Oregon, cowboy and range land manager.

Smoke Wade is a regular contributor of gathering reports to Rope Burns, Cowboy Troubadour,, and and he writes cowboy poetry CD reviews for those publications and web sites and others. Additionally, he reviews CDs and features poets on the weekly Western Heritage Show with Toe Tappin' Tommy Tucker on KRLC 1350 AM in Lewiston, Idaho.

Smoke obtained a 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Idaho Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter.

He shares a look back at his Cowboy Poetry Week activities:


Cowboy Poetry Week in the Rearview Mirror

Cowboy poetry appears to be a phenomenon that has been sweeping the west. No less significant is the phenomenon known as Cowboy Poetry Week recently celebrated April 15 - 21, 2007.

The success of Cowboy Poetry Week has been largely due to the efforts of, a project of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry. With encouragement from the Center, cowboy poets and others have organized nationwide to create special events for the week as well as ask their respective governors to proclaim the week as Cowboy Poetry Week in their home states. Y

I decided this year to see just how much involvement a person might have with cowboy poetry while celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week. Would it be possible to celebrate each day of the week by being involved in cowboy poetry in some manner? Can one experience too much cowboy poetry? Here is glance at Cowboy Poetry Week in the rearview mirror.

Sunday, April 15, I joined with many other poets in Kennewick, Washington, for the 4th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering. On that first day of the week, we recorded a two-hour radio program to be distributed at a later date on the syndicated, Legend Of Country radio program hosted by Ed Dailey.

The second day, Monday, was spent writing articles about cowboy poetry events for publication in Rope Burns, Cowboy Troubadour, and

Tuesday night was poetry book night. I read from Rhymes & Damn Lies by Mike Puhallo, West River Waltz by DW Groethe, and Rodeo Country by Bette Wolf Duncan.

The fourth day of Cowboy Poetry Week was spent with fellow poets, Howard Norskog, Idaho, and David Nordquist, Washington, presenting a Cowboy Poetry Hoe Down in Pullman, Washington. Fellow cowboy musicians, Bodie Dominguez and Eric Larson, both of Washington, and Shiloh Sharrard, Idaho, joined in the program with us.

Thursday night was cowboy poetry CD night. That evening I enjoyed new productions such as Full Nelson Shoeing by Andy Nelson, What Would Martha Do, by Yvonne Hollenbeck, and Dad, We’ll Rope Today by Ken Cook.

Friday was a travel day to spend the final two days of Cowboy Poetry Week at the 20th Annual St. Anthony Cowboy Poetry Gathering in St. Anthony, Idaho. While on the road, Friday, I enjoyed listening to the Western Heritage Show, KRLC 1350AM, Lewiston, Idaho, hosted by Toe Tappin’ Tommy Tucker. Featured on the program were tracks from The Bar-D Roundup: Volume Two. I was able to keep the cowboy program tuned in while crossing the Lolo Pass into Montana. From there on, it was time for the CD player and a chance to finish listening to this wonderful CD – a poetry CD that probably will be the best produced cowboy poetry CD of 2007.

The special events of the week wound down in St, Anthony with the presentation of the Cowboy Poets of Idaho annual awards. Poets John Howell, Idaho, and Barbara Hall, Utah, were inducted in the CPI Hall of Fame. The Golden Note award was presented to poet and musician, Sam Mattise from Idaho. And the grand finale, the Silver Quill award went to Brenda "Sam" DeLeeuw of Utah.

Along the way during Cowboy Poetry Week, I saw 1500 miles of cowboy country at 75 miles per hour. I spent early morning hours catching up on the week’s events posted daily on Along the way I read the proclamations from the governors of Washington and Idaho, and along the way, I visited with perhaps scores of cowboy poets.

It would seem that perhaps a week like this is a bit too much cowboy poetry for some folks. Yet, as I watch Cowboy Poetry Week 2007 slide out of site in my rear view mirror, I know that across America, scores of other cowboy poets experienced a similar week.

Can there be too much cowboy poetry in one week? Never!

© 2007, Smoke Wade, All rights reserved



  Nevada poet Hal Swift is an energetic force. He who obtained official recognition in 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week from Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, from Senate Majority Leader and Nevada Senator Harry Reid, and from Nevada Senator John Ensign. He presented a program at his local library, and sent news out to media.

He shares his thoughts and suggestions:


Some Thoughts About Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

When planning an event to help celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week, be sure to begin early. Mark April 20-26 on your 2008 calendar now. Then, make a notation on your January 2008 calendar to get your act together—literally. Print publications often want notification three months before an event takes place. Radio and television stations typically require approximately two weeks notice prior to an event. If you want radio and television news crews to visit your event, a month ahead of it isn’t too soon.

While you’re at it, you might pray for a slow news day/week for when your event is scheduled. My program at our local library was scheduled for April 17, 2007. It was on April 16, that the mass murders at Virginia Tech took place. Needless to say, there wasn’t a whole lot of media interest in an old man reading cowboy poetry.

Now, don’t be upset if unforeseen happenstances should occur. Just minutes before my program was to start this year, one of northern Nevada’s famous spring blizzards came in over the Sierras and pounded us. I had the impression that some folks in my audience were there in order to get in out of the storm. To put it kindly, people stayed away in droves.

And, this’ll probably never happen again. I hope.

You might want to try to get government and other public figures involved in acknowledging Cowboy Poetry Week, and your event, as well.

It’s easier to gain acknowledgement of your event, or program, if you’re staging it for a larger purpose than just trying to get people to come and admire you and your cowboy poetry. In 2007, Cowboy Poetry Week coincided with National Library Week. It was a “natural” to stage my poetry reading at our neighborhood library.


Ifalong with your ability with wordsyou have some artistic ability, volunteer to help your program host to prepare signs and posters. For the library, I made “Free, Take One” bookmarks that advertised my program. The library put the bookmarks on their checkout counters two weeks before our program date.

For the event, itself, I designed and printed a simple brochure that told about me and about my poetry. Also, it included information about my book, Cowboy Poems and Outright Lies and my CD, Holiday Poems by Hal Swift.

With the optimism of several years of supporting me in such endeavors, my wife, Carol, obligingly and pleasantly took care of selling books and CDs at a special table set up in the back of the auditorium. Incidentally, I’ve found it works best to set up a merchandising table of this sort in an area away from the room’s main entrance/exit. People who want to shop don’t like to feel as though they’re blocking someone’s way, and those who want to enter or leave don’t like to have to work their way through the throngs gathered to buy things.

With the help of the programs and youth services librarian, I created a display board at the library where I posted: Senate Resolution 108 from Senate website, Proclamation from Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, letter from Nevada Senator Harry Reid, and a certificate from Nevada Senator John Ensign.

I created and printed some posters, and was able to get some local businesses to hang them where customers could see them.

Following a program of this sort, I consider it important to let those who help publicize the event know how it went, and to write them thank-you notes. Mule mail is okay, but for many, an email is just fine.

This doesn’t cover everything, but it’s a good start toward staging a successful event.

And, don’t forget to speak your word for good weather and a slow news day.

© 2007, Hal Swift, All rights reserved


   Humorist, radio host, and Western Music Association Poet of the Year Andy Nelson's official bio tells that he "grew up in the small town of Oakley, Idaho, where he spent most of his formative years learning to shoe horses at the hand of his father, Jim. Traveling all over southern Idaho, northern Nevada, and northern Utah plying the farrier trade with his father, allowed Andy the best education possible in the cowboy school of hard knocks! Now living in Pinedale, Wyoming with his wife Jaclyn and their children, he no longer makes his living as a farrier, but the cowboy way of life is forever branded on his hide."

Andy Nelson wears many important hats during Cowboy Poetry Week. Among the many things he does, he is the co-producer of The Bar-D Roundup CDs; he devotes a program on his award-winning, weekly Clear Out West (C.O.W) radio show to to Cowboy Poetry Week (listen to the 2007 show here); he obtained a 2006 Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Wyoming Governor Dave Fruedenthal; he took part in the good-natured, decidedly tongue-in-cheek "Five Questions" column with a Cowboy Poetry Week theme; and he brought poetry to the students of Pinedale, Wyoming's Elementary School during Cowboy Poetry Week in 2007. He reports on his school visit:

Cowboy poetry rode through Pinedale (Wyoming) Elementary School (Grades K-5) during Cowboy Poetry Week. I was told that every class in the school participated, which brought the tally of new cowboy poetry fans to somewhere between 250 and 300 students. Among the pertinent questions asked during the performances where these show stoppers, “How old are you?”, “What’s your dog’s name?” and “Why do you rope things?” A great time was had by all.



(Andy comments, "notice the fake wiener dog, cuz every cowboy has to “get a long little doggie.”)




  John Nicklas teaches language arts at Woodland Park Middle School in Colorado, and for the past two years, his students have participated in a cowboy poetry workshop during the month of April. Tom and Donna Hatton have been involved with the workshop. See a description and photos on the school district's website:


  Karen Neurohr, Associate Professor and Assessment Librarian at Oklahoma State University Library in Stillwater along with Cathryn Christensen, OSU HES, Financial Coordinator, Office of Research & Graduate Studies, and Secretary for the OSU Rodeo Association Booster Club and Oklahoma rancher and poet Jay Snider organized Cowboy Poetry Week events in 2007, for a second year. The 2nd Annual Oklahoma Cowboy Poetry and Songs event was held Thursday, April 19, 2007 at Oklahoma State University Library, Stillwater, and open to all.

The event was was issued a State of Oklahoma Citation signed by Oklahoma Governor C. Brad Henry, Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins, and Oklahoma State House Representative Joe Dorman (view the citation here) and was recognized by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission as an Official Oklahoma Centennial Project (see the official recognition and letter here).

Karen Neurohr reports:

The event was co-sponsored by the OSU Library, Friends of the OSU Library, the OSU Rodeo Association, and the OSU Rodeo Association Booster Club

Performers were Robert Beene, Brad Clayton, Kevin Davis, Dr. L.G. Moses, Lyle Newman, Tom Smith, and Jay Snider.

2007 Audience Favorites:

Student Performer: Brad Clayton
Poetry: Jay Snider
Songs: Kevin Davis
Best All Around: Kevin Davis


In 2006, the Library partnered with the OSU Rodeo Team and OSU Rodeo Boosters Club to offer a Cowboy Poetry and Songs event during Cowboy Poetry Week. The event included student performers and regional performers. Over fifty people, including high school students, attended the event, which was open to the community.

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry's 2006 Cowboy Poetry Week Proclamation was given to the OSU Library Special Collections and University Archives.

In the spring of 2007, Karen Neurohr also gave two presentations to librarians at the Oklahoma Library Association Annual Conference and at the Wichita State University Libraries’ Wheatshocker Professional Development Seminar in Wichita, Kansas. She presented information about the Rural Library Project and about hosting a cowboy poetry event.



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