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The sixth annual Cowboy Poetry Week was celebrated April 15-21, 2007.

This is page 2 of Cowboy Poetry Week information, which lists some ideas for getting involved.

This page lists the 2007 activities of friends of Cowboy Poetry, poets, performers, radio disk jockeys, and others. Read about those below.

Elsewhere, there are Cowboy Poetry Week Wrap-ups; Reports on Activities and Event Reports: reports and photos from Cowboy Poetry Week Events.

See the description of Cowboy Poetry Week and more on Page 1.

Poets and friends of cowboy poetry: 

In 2008, get your schools, libraries, and community involved!  Perform your poetry, donate a book, share your knowledge.  

Write to your states' Representatives and Senators, and to your states' Art Council. Let them know about Cowboy Poetry Week and send a short poem. See more about that below.

Many poets and others will pursue Cowboy Poetry Week proclamations from Governors and Mayors. You can represent your state (see more about how to do that below).

Read about poets' and others' 2007 activities below.


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"At His Own Pace" by Tim Cox 

We were honored to have top Western artist Tim Cox' painting, "At His Own Pace," as the 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week poster art. Read more about that here. Posters are not sold. They are offered to libraries in our Rural Library Project and to supporters of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, which sponsors CowboyPoetry.com, Cowboy Poetry Week, the Rural Library project, and all of our programs. 

"At His Own Pace" was featured in our Art Spur project, an invitation to poets to let selections of contemporary Western art inspire their poetry. 

Read more about Tim Cox in our feature here and at his web site: www.TimCox.com.

   


  Cowboy Poetry Week News and Events

 

Below:

Cowboy Poetry Week News

Cowboy Poetry Week Events

Cowboy Poetry Week Wrap-ups; Reports on Activities  separate page

Event Reports: reports and photos from Cowboy Poetry Week Events  separate page


 

Get involved in Cowboy Poetry Week activities! We have ideas and information about how you can be a part of the celebration and involve your libraries, schools, and communities; get your governor and mayor involved; write to your states' representatives and senators; send information to your arts council; report to newspapers and radios; write a poem for Art Spur; and more. Read how you can be a part of Cowboy Poetry week below.

  For Cowboy Poetry Week's second year, in April 2003, the United States Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing our Cowboy Week celebration. For the 2006 celebration, sixteen states’ governors officially proclaimed Cowboy Poetry Week and there were activities across the West and beyond. In 2007, poets and others have contacted their governors and mayors:

Those involved include Hal Swift (Nevada), Paul Kern (Utah), Francie Ganje and Jim Thompson (South Dakota and Spearfish), Van Criddle (Oregon), Clark Crouch (Washington), Smoke Wade (Idaho), Rod Nichols (Texas), Glen Enloe (Missouri), Joe Baker  (New Mexico), Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns (Wyoming), Ann Blackford/Gila Valley Cowboy Poets (Arizona and Safford),  DW Groethe (Montana), Jay Snider (Oklahoma), Donna Hatton ( Colorado),  Doc Stovall (Georgia), Diane Tribitt (Minnesota), Jim Hawkins (North Carolina), and Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry (California).   

 


News for Cowboy Poetry Week 2007

 

  We've been posting reports from poets and others who were a part of Cowboy Poetry Week activities in a special Cowboy Poetry Week Wrap-up feature. Humorist, radio host, and Western Music Association Poet of the Year Andy Nelson brought poetry to the students of Pinedale, Wyoming's Elementary School during Cowboy Poetry Week in 2007 and he reports on his school visit. Andy Nelson wears many important hats during Cowboy Poetry Week, including that of co-producer of The Bar-D Roundup CDs. Read more along with his report here.

Posted 5/4


  Jo Lynne Kirkwood and Laurali Noteman have reports and photos from the First Annual Kane County Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Annual Cowboy Poets of Utah Dinner and Awards. Events, which also marked the celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week, were held in April in Kanab, Utah,

Two special awards were presented by the Cowboy Poets of Utah: Barbara Hall was the recipient of the Pioneer Heritage Award and  Sam Jackson was honored for his significant contribution to cowboy poetry in Utah with his National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo.

Among the many performers at the events were Kenny Hall, Jerry "Brooksie" Brooks, Marion Manwill, Michael Robinson, Don Kennington, Laurali Noteman, Latigo, Laurie Tye, Gordon Thomas, Curly Syndergaard, Paul Kern, Doug Keller, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Caib, Braden and Aubree Brian, Mike Noteman, Myrna Cox, Brad Exton, Brenn Hill, and others.

Read both reports here.

[Pictured: Arlene and Don Kennington]

Posted 5/2


  Poets and others who were a part of Cowboy Poetry Week activities offer reports and commentary about their efforts in a special Cowboy Poetry Week Wrap-up feature.  Included are articles by Francie Ganje, who reports on Rural Library Project efforts in South Dakota; Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, with commentary on Cowboy Poetry Week from her weekly "Over the Corral Fence" column; "Cowboy Poetry Week in the Rear View Mirror" by Smoke Wade; "Some Thoughts About Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week" by Hal Swift; and a link to Colorado's Woodland Park Middle School report.

Your reports and comments on Cowboy Poetry Week activities are welcome.  Email us.

Read all the wrap-up articles and find links to additional information here.

Posted 5/2


  Bobbie Hunter has a report with photos by Smoke Wade from the 20th Annual St. Anthony Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which was held in Idaho in April. Over 60 performers took part, including Sam DeLeeuw, Valerie White, Jamie Baker, John Westbrook, Gary "Ferg" Ferguson, Dave Tingey, Sam Mattise, Bobbie Hunter, Layle Bagley, Fall River BoysRand Hillman and Mark Seeley, Ken Wellard, Kevin Inman, Mike Burns, Doc Hayes, Mike Hurwitz, Bad Water Cattle Co.Gene and Sandy Jones, STAMPEDE!Steve and Terri Taylor, and David Anderson, Larry Gibson, Denise McRea Smoke Wade, Rees Butikofer, Phil Kennington, Wayne Nelson, Ellie Corrigan Johnson, Gordon Peterson, Linda Merrill and Carol Findlay, Bill Chiles, Vern Woodbury, Oral Elser, and Garde Bowman.

Special awards were given, including the Silver Quill to Sam DeLeeuw; the Golden Note award to Sam Mattise; and Hall of Fame awards to Barbara Hall and John Howell.

The event also celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week.

Read the entire report here.

[pictured: Golden Note award winner Sam Mattise]

Posted 5/1


  From Agri-News editor Tami Jo Blake:

Readers from all across the nationPennsylvania to Tennessee, from Arizona to Montanarecently entered the Agri-News Cowboy Poetry Contest to help celebrate National Cowboy Poetry Week. Agri-News is a weekly general ag publication based in Billings, Montana. With 23,000 readers nationwide, it provides up-to-date ag news, great photos, interesting features and fun contests!

Forty-three adults entered the Agri-News poetry contest, with Dixie Lee Hammers of James Creek, Pennsylvania coming out on top with her poem "Cowgirl Child." Second place in the adult division went to "Made For This" by LeAnne Delaney of Grass Range, Montana, and third to "The Internet Cowboy" by Bob Lewis of Lusk, Wyoming. There were many wonderful poems to choose from in this division.

First place in the upper division youth contest went to 14-year-old Anne West of Jaroso, Colorado with her poem "A Cowboy... A Hero... My Grandpa." Four students aged 13 to 17 entered the contest.

First place in the lower division youth contest went to "Branding's the Business," by 10-year-old Rachel Parsons of Milesville, South Dakota. Rachel attends Mileville School, a K-8 country school with only 16 total students! Her teachers are Theresa Deuchar and Carmen One Skunk. Second place in this same division went to Joseph One Skunk of Philip, South Dakota, for his poem "Farming Is Fun." Joseph also attends Milesville School. Eight students aged eight to twelve entered the contest.

Winners in the contest won free Agri-News subscriptions and Agri-News ball caps. To learn more about Agri-News, visit www.cattleplus.com.

Posted 5/1


    Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has issued Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation, obtained by Diane Tribitt. See the proclamation here.

Posted 4/20


  Ken Overcast's popular, nationally syndicated radio program, The Cowboy Show, helped celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week  by including The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two and the 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week poster by Tim Cox in the show's monthly giveaway (along with other items). You can read more about the monthly giveaway and sign up here at Ken's site. See the schedule for The Cowboy Show and listen to archived broadcasts of the show here at The Cowboy Show site.

Posted 4/21


   Humorist, radio host, and Western Music Association Poet of the Year Andy Nelson  took part in the good-natured, decidedly tongue-in-cheek "Five Questions" column, which Ron Davis writes weekly in the Times-Tribune in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The column, titled, "I Reckon You Better Read This Column," celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week. Read it here.

Posted 4/21


  The Prairie Star (Great Falls, Montana) includes an article about Cowboy Poetry Week in the April 19, 2007, edition, "Cowboy poetry has positive affect on students," from a media release written by Rhonda Stearns. Read the article here and more about it below.

Posted 4/21


  Many web sites have announced this year's Cowboy Poetry Week celebration with links and more, including: Cowboy Poets of Utah, Cowboy Showcase, The Booth Western Art Museum; The British Columbia Cowboy Heritage Society, Rod Nichols' Cowboy Poetry Board, Rod Nichols, NC Horse News, Charlie Russell's Stagecoach, Merv Webster's Bush Poetry and Yarns, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Poetry Soup, Writers West, E. G. Fisher Public Library, and many others. (Email us if your site should be listed.)

Posted 4/21


  An April 13, 2007 article in the Shawnee News Star reports that Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry has issued a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation.

Posted 4/21


charlietommy.jpg (9828 bytes)  Idaho's Western Heritage Show on KRLC in Lewiston, Idaho with Toe Tappin' Tommy Tucker, Smoke Wade, and others, celebrated Cowboy Poetry Week with tracks from The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two on Friday, April 20.

Posted 4/21


    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued a letter of recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week, obtained by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry. The Governor writes:

Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry


It's a pleasure and honor to send my warmest greetings to all who are observing Cowboy Poetry Week.

Ever since the days of the "Old West," people around the world have been captivated by the life and times of the cowboy. Steeped in folklore, stories about cowboys are an indelible part of our nation's heritage. California also celebrates its own rich cowboy history, dating back to Spanish colonial times when skilled vaqueros rode across this land.

Much has been written about cowboys—both those who rode in frontier times and those who still ride and ranch today—and this week provides a special opportunity to enjoy and learn more about these unique works. I commend all those whose dedicated efforts not only help preserve these writings, but promote an ongoing artistic appreciation of cowboy culture.

On behalf of all Californians, please accept my gratitude for your contributions to the arts and my best wishes for an enjoyable observance.

View the letter here.

Posted 4/20


  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: http://new.wpsdk12.org
 

Posted 4/20


    Hal Swift received a Senatorial Declaration of Recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Nevada Senator John Ensign.  See the declaration here.

Posted 4/20



    North Carolina Governor Michael F. Easley has issued a letter of recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week, obtained by Jim Hawkins. See the letter here.

Posted 4/18


  A media release by Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns has a focus on Montana and cowboy poetry activities for young people at the Billings Educational Academy:

COWBOY POETRY IMPACTS STUDENTS POSITIVELY

Billings, Montana--April is National Poetry Month, and April 15 – 21 marks the sixth annual Cowboy Poetry Week. That recognition was implemented through a unanimous resolution passed in the United States Senate in April 2003, and is reaffirmed each year through gubernatorial proclamations and special activities across the West and beyond.

In addition to schools, libraries across the West benefit through Cowboy Poetry Week.  The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry and the website www.cowboypoetry.com has a mission to serve rural communities as it works to preserve and promote cowboy poetry and Western heritage. 

“As a part of our outreach program, Rural Library Project, libraries are receiving the Cowboy Poetry Week poster and an invitation for a complimentary copy of The BAR-D Roundup: Volume II (2007),” they say. “In 2007, libraries in the following states and provinces are receiving posters: Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.”
This year Cowboy Poetry Week happily coincides with National Library Week, making the Rural Library Project especially timely.   The Cowboy Poetry Week poster given to participating libraries features a beautiful Tim Cox painting of a cowboy moving cattle, titled “At His Own Pace.”
 
Tim Cox comments on this painting: "This depicts a ranch hand on the T-4 Ranch near Tucumcari, New Mexico. This is during fall works and we were always taught that the fastest way to work cows is slow: at his own pace."

Cowboy Poetry Week posters are not sold. They are offered to libraries in the Rural Library Project and to supporters of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, which sponsors CowboyPoetry.com, Cowboy Poetry Week, the Rural Library project, and other great programs.

Read more about Tim Cox at his web site: www.TimCox.com; and about Cowboy Poetry Week and the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry at www.cowboypoetry.com.

Cowboy poets in most states are involved in programs at libraries and schools this week.  Watch your local media for times and places, or check out http://www.cowboypoetry.com/week2007.htm

Posted 4/18


    Hal Swift received a letter of recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from United States Senate Majority Leader, Nevada Senator Harry Reid. Senator Reid comments:

"...Cowboy Poetry is an important part of our Western heritage, and the efforts of many Cowboy poets, like you, help preserve this valuable tradition. I appreciate you informing me of Governor Gibbons' proclamation, and I will also work to honor this important tradition in the United States Senate...."

See the letter here.

Posted 4/17


    Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation, and visited the Booth Museum of Western Art on April 5, 2007. He was presented with a framed Cowboy Poetry Week poster and a custom-made cowboy hat. Doc Stovall obtained the proclamation, which you can view here.

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue issued a 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation and is pictured above with Dave Scrogum, Jerry Warren, and Doc Stovall of the Booth Museum of Western Art.

 

Updated 4/17


  An article in South Dakota's Lawrence County Journal, "Spearfish puts on 'The Best of the West' during Cowboy Poetry Week," describes the many area activities. Francie Ganje (pictured), director of the Heritage of the American West show, was the force behind the many events, including many library events throughout the northern Black Hills, 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. Read the article here.

Posted 4/17


  Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival Director Mick Vernon's popular Radio Ranch show featured every track of The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two, on his April 15, 2007 show, in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week. The show is sponsored by the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, and airs each Sunday from 5pm to 7pm on KNRY 1240 AM (and live on the web at www.knry.com). 

Read more about Mick Vernon in our feature here, and visit the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival web site.

[photo © 2005, Henry Benson]

Posted 4/16


   Texas Governor Rick Perry has issued a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation, obtained by Rod Nichols. See the proclamation here.

Posted 4/13


    Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano has issued a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation, obtained by Ann Blackford and the Gila Valley Cowboy Poets.

Safford Mayor Ronald M. Green issued a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation, also obtained by Ann Blackford and the Gila Valley Cowboy Poets. View the proclamation here.

The April 12, 2007 issue of the Eastern Arizona Courier includes an article about the Cowboy Poetry Week activities of the Gila Valley Cowboy Poets. Read the article here.

Updated 4/13



 

   Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal has issued a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation, obtained by Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns. See the proclamation here.

Posted 4/12


    Idaho Governor C. L. "Butch Otter has issued a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation, obtained by Smoke Wade.  See the proclamation here.

Posted 4/11


    Colorado Governor Bill Ritter has issued a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation, obtained by Donna Hatton. See the proclamation here.

Posted 4/10


    Missouri Governor Matt Blunt has issued a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation, obtained by Glen Enloe. See the proclamation here.

Posted 4/9


     Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has issued a statement of recognition of Cowboy Poetry Week, obtained by DW Groethe. See his letter here.

Updated 4/9


    South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds has issued a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation, obtained by Francie Ganje of the Heritage of the American West (Creative Broadcast Services). See the proclamation here.

Posted 4/5


  The Nevada Observer recognizes Cowboy Poetry Week with a front-page image announcing Hal Swift's April 17, 2007 program, Cowboy Poetry at the Sparks Library in Sparks, Nevada. The image is of the bookmarks Hal created for the event.  The event, free and open to the public, starts at 5:30 PM at the Sparks Library, 1125 12th Street, Sparks, NV 89431, 775-352-3203.

Posted 4/2


  As a part of our outreach program, Rural Library Project, libraries are receiving the Cowboy Poetry Week poster and an invitation for a complimentary copy of The BAR-D Roundup: Volume II (2007). In 2007, libraries in the following states and provinces are receiving posters: Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Posted 3/27


nlw2007.gif (23693 bytes) In 2007, National Library Week is celebrated the same week at Cowboy Poetry Week (April 15-21); an apt coincidence for our Rural Library Project. National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). Read more about National Library Week here at the ALA web site.

[Thanks to Hal Swift for the information about National Library Week]

Posted 3/26


    Van Criddle has received word that a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation will be issued by Oregon's governor.

Posted 3/23


minnflag.jpg (3792 bytes)  Diane Tribitt has received word that a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation will be issued by Minnesota's governor.

Updated 3/23


   Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire has issued a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation, obtained by Clark Crouch.  See the proclamation here.

Posted 3/19


  Hal Swift  is pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from the Mayor of Sparks, Nevada.

Posted 3/16


    Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons has issued a 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation, which is posted at the Governor's web site, here and at CowboyPoetry.com hereHal Swift obtained the proclamation.

Posted 3/7


UtahProclamation2007.jpg (80528 bytes)    Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. has issued a 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week declaration, obtained by Paul Kern. See the proclamation here

Posted 3/8


  Joe Baker has received confirmation that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will issue a 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation.

Posted 3/7


  The Rural Library Project, an outreach program to libraries, is an important part of Cowboy Poetry Week. Most rural libraries—important community centers—are under-funded and in some areas, they are endangered. Read a March 4, 2007 article by Meredith May in the San Francisco Chronicle, "Largest library closure in U.S. looms; Federal funding dries up, leaving 15 branches in Oregon county on brink" for a look at what is happening in Oregon's Jackson County.

Ted Stark, the county's interim library director, is quoted, "Libraries are so much more than just libraries in rural areas. This is where all the town meetings are held, where all the kids come after school, where everything—everything—happens." 

The Rural Library Project offers our Cowboy Poetry poster and The BAR-D Roundup to libraries across the West. All of our projects are made possible by supporters of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, which sponsors CowboyPoetry.com, Cowboy Poetry Week, the Rural Library project, and all of our programs.

Posted 3/5




2007 Events

See our complete Events Calendar here.

Below:

April 4-24, Woodland Hills, Colorado
April 14, Yreka, California
April 14-15, Rochester, Minnesota
April 16, Spearfish, South Dakota
April 17, Clearfield, South Dakota
April 17, Belle Fourche, South Dakota
April 17, Sparks, Nevada
April 18, Spearfish, South Dakota
April 19, Stillwater, Oklahoma
April 19, Sulphur Springs, Texas
April 19, Whitewood, South Dakota
April 19, Deadwood, South Dakota
April 20, Pinedale, Wyoming
April 20, Rogers, Minnesota
April 20, Conifer, Colorado
April 20-21, St. Anthony, Idaho
April 20-21, Kanab, Utah
April 20-21, Safford, Arizona
April 21, Pima, Arizona
April 21, Brainerd, Minnesota
April 23, Colorado Springs, Colorado
April 28, Fairbanks, Alaska

Radio and other programs celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week, available on the internet:

Clear Out West (C. O. W.)
Live! With Jim Thompson
Heritage of the American West
Radio Ranch (April 15)
Around the Campfire
Al Gustin radio         

Email us your event info.



 

  Texas poet Monty Teel appears on Enola Gay's KSST radio program on Thursday, April 19, 2007, at 7:00 AM, talking about Cowboy Poetry Week. Visit Monty Teel's web site for more about him, his poetry, and recordings.
 

Posted 4/18


   Humorist, radio host, and Western Music Association Poet of the Year Andy Nelson will bring cowboy poetry to students at the Pinedale, Wyoming elementary school on Friday, April 20, in a special Cowboy Poetry Week celebration. Andy Nelson recorded the Public Service Announcement (PSA) for The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two (2007), and has co-produced both the 2007 and 2006 CDs. 

Posted 4/17


  Francie Ganje—director of the Heritage of the American West show, produced by Creative Broadcast Services (CBSI)—has made impressive efforts in programming events for Cowboy Poetry Week in South Dakota.

Events include the Heritage of the American West show's own April 18, 2007 program, "Cowboy to the End," starring Bob Petermann and including special exhibits, along with films about Georgie Sicking and Badger Clark; a number of South Dakota library events with regional cowboy poets and more at Spearfish, Deadwood, Belle Fourche, and Whitewood; and a special signing of a City of Spearfish Cowboy Poetry Week Proclamation by Mayor Jerry Krambeck. In 2005, Francie Ganje obtained the first Cowboy Poetry Week proclamations, from her state's governor and the city's mayor. That effort grew to sixteen Western states' governors recognizing Cowboy Poetry Week the following year.

You can read more about the South Dakota activities below and at two attractive, informative pages at the CBSI web site here (pdf) (and you can view those pages here at the BAR-D).

Among the activities planned in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week:

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 ~ 7:00 p. m. Mountain
   
The Heritage of the American West show takes place before a live audience at the High Plains Western Heritage
   Center in Spearfish, South Dakota. The special Cowboy Poetry Week show, "Cowboy to the End," stars Bob Petermann
   and includes special exhibits, along with films about Georgie Sicking and Badger Clark
You can listen live on the web,
   and past shows are archived for listening.

        Monday, April 16 ~  7:00 p.m.
               Mayor Jerry Krambeck of the City of Spearfish will sign and present a Cowboy Poetry Week Proclamation in the Council
            Chambers.

South Dakota Libraries will host the following programs:

Tuesday, April 17th ~ 7:00 p.m.
     Belle Fourche Public Library
          Featuring Georgene Conley and Onalee Hoffman

Wednesday, April 18th ~ Noon-1:00 p.m.
     Grace Ballock Memorial Library  (Spearfish)
          Featuring Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns

Thursday, April 19th ~ 6:30-7:30 p.m.
     Whitewood Public Library
          Featuring Robert "Jinglebob" Dennis

Thursday, April 19th ~ 6:00 -7:00 p.m.
     Deadwood Public Library
          Featuring Bill Wood & Jan Swan Wood

 

Following is a media release from CBSI:

The Heritage of the American Wes Performance Series is proud to announce its lineup of events in recognition of Cowboy Poetry Week, April 15 – 21, 2007.

Showcasing official proclamations from the United States Senate, the Governor of South Dakota and the City of Spearfish, the live stage show also broadcast on radio and the web, will feature Montana rancher, poet and singer/songwriter Bob Petermann.  “For this show, we wanted to present as close to the traditional cowboy poet entertainer as we could get,” says director Francie Ganje.  “Bob’s work and presentation certainly represents that.”

Held in the Bruce Miller Theater at the High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish, S. D., 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, SD. 

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.

As part of its efforts in supporting Cowboy Poetry Week and the music, poetry and song of the Great American Cowboy, the Heritage of the American West and other supporters of cowboy poetry, have assisted in expanding the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry’s Rural Library Project into northern Black Hills libraries.

“Initially, we had hoped to secure a single sum of funding that would allow us to present poets in a variety of locations, including libraries,” notes Ganje.  “We were disappointed when that didn’t materialize.  It was Margo Metegrano, managing editor of CowboyPoetry.com who gave us the idea of another approach to take.  And that one did work.”

Contacting libraries directly where there was some funding available in some locations put wheels under the idea of presenting cowboy poetry in a number of locations throughout Cowboy Poetry Week.  “And the help of private individuals.  Without that cash infusion, we would not have been as successful as we were in placing cowboy poetry performances in four area libraries,” says Ganje.

“I am so proud of the efforts that have been made to enhance the Center’s Rural Library Project – from librarians who were open to the idea to the exceptional poets who will be appearing.  And a special thanks is extended to Will and Rhonda Stearns of Newcastle, Wyo., who played an important role in making this first year effort such a successful one.”

See more information on the Heritage of the American West show, Cowboy Poetry Week, Cowboy Poetry Week in South Dakota, the City of Spearfish Proclamation and the lineup of performances for the Rural Library Project at Creative Broadcast Services (CBSI).

Posted 4/12

 


   North Dakota radio broadcaster Al Gustin, known widely throughout the region as the "dean" of farm broadcasting, will celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week in his broadcasts on  KBMR and KFYR shows, which are heard throughout the day. Al Gustin writes, "Again this year, I'll be featuring some cowboy poets on my radio programming during this special week. One of them is Fran Armstrong from Beulah, North Dakota. Fran is the widow of the late Dean Armstrong, many times bronc and bull riding champion. Fran was North Dakota Teacher of the Year in 1999; and is also a published author. Her book, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, is a book of anecdotal narrative and cowboy poetry."  Read more about Fran Armstrong at her web site.

In 2006, Al Gustin's Cowboy Poetry Week broadcasts featured  DW Groethe, Ken Overcast and others. In 2005, poetry from Rodney Nelson, Elizabeth Ebert, Ken Overcast, and others was featured during Cowboy Poetry Week.

Read more about Al Gustin here and here.

Posted 4/11


  Patty Clayton will have a CD release concert at the College Coffee House in Fairbanks, Alaska on April 28, 2007, and, she adds, adds, "in honor of Cowboy Poetry Week and Ray Owens, I will be reading a couple of his poems, along with a Badger Clark poem and another classic poem."

Patty's new, well received CD is Astraddle a Saddle. See Rick Huff's recent review here and read more at her web site: www.PattyClayton.com

Posted 4/11
 


  Tom and Donna Hatton are involved in Cowboy Poetry Week activities in Colorado:

April 5-24, 2007
Woodland Park, Colorado Middle school is once again helping to promote Cowboy poetry through a Poetry Unit that has gained the notice of the Colorado Convention of the International Reading Association. John Nicklas, a seventh Grade teacher introduces his students to cowboy poetry and music over several weeks culminating with around the campfire readings and poetry contest during Cowboy Poetry Week. From Les Buffham to Maggie Mae Sharpe, the students meet a wide variety of cowboy poetry and have the opportunity to meet local poets Tom and Donna Hatton. The Hatton's share the different aspects of performing and writing as well as coaching the students in presentation of their own work. During the Hatton's recent visit to the Poetry Unit, the students listened to several selections of the Hatton's original poetry and then performed their poetry as well. Donna invited a number of students to join her in yodeling and as the students broke for their next class the "Little ole Lady Who" could be heard echoing through out the halls

April 23, 2007
The Pinion Canon Elementary School of Colorado Springs, Colorado, will host Pioneer Days by inviting local ranchers and cowboy artists Tom and Donna Hatton. It is the tenth year that the Hatton's have been invited to share their stories, music and poetry around the campfire. The children participate in daylong activities dressing as the pioneers and westerners of the 1860's. Teaching dances and music, The Hatton's involve the students as they participate in the stories with the Hatton's journeying by covered wagon, crossing the trail of cattle drovers, meeting Indians and sharing a meal along the Trail to Colorado. Tom Hatton tells of the perils along the cattle trails explaining the uses of a cowboy kerchief, his hat, chaps, rope and spurs. Donna shares the hardships of making bread, thick with the ever- present flies, offering the students a sample of "fly bread" to have with their homemade butter! At the conclusion of the story the Hatton's reveal that this is a true event in the history of their family and the continuation of their family legacy in ranching and the cowboy way of life.

Photo © Lori Faith Merritt, www.PhotographyByFaith.com

Posted 4/11


 

  Rex Rideout presents a program in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week on April 20, 2007 at 6 PM at Mountain Books in Conifer, Colorado (25797 Conifer Rd., 303/838-4096). Rex will recite some early cowboy poetry and play early cowboy songs.

Rex is a long-time student of the music and songs of the 19th-century American West and of the trades and skills of the 19th century  As the proprietor of Time Travel Music, he has performed at countless historic sites and museums across the West. He is featured on the CD that accompanies the recent, award-winning Jack Thorp's Songs of the Cowboys. Read more about Rex Rideout in our feature here and at his web site.

Mountain Books is at 25797 Conifer Rd. in Conifer, 303/838-4096.

[photo by Mark Gardner]

Posted 4/9


  Texas poet Monty Teel presents a program celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week on April 19, 2007 at the Hopkins County Genealogical Society in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  The program, "History, Heritage, and Humor," is from his forthcoming CD, A Country Kid Looks Back.  Visit Monty Teel's web site for more about him, his poetry, and recordings.

Posted 4/9


   Yvonne Hollenbeck sent information about a special program, April 17, 2007 in Clearfield, South Dakota, in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week. The event, which will take place at the Clearfield Hall, features Pop Wagner, with cowboy poetry by area cowboy poets, including Yvonne Hollenbeck, Willard Hollopeter, Bonnie Krogman, and others. This event is also special fundraiser for the local youth ball diamond. The program begins at 7:30 p.m., and will include door prizes and lunch by the Clearfield Hall Auxiliary following the program. Admission is a free-will offering. 

Updated 4/2


Dianetribitt2007.jpg (18039 bytes)  Minnesota rancher and poet Diane Tribitt has a number of performances planned for Cowboy Poetry Week:

April 14-15  Rochester Horse Expo  Rochester, Minnesota
              11 AM - noon each day, and the Cowboy Church Service on the 15th at 8:30 AM

April 20      Pleasant Hills Saddle Shop Pleasant Hills Saddle Shop, Rogers, Minnesota
                noon-5 PM

April 21      J & B Western Store in Brainerd, Minnesota
                11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Posted 3/22


  The April 18, 2007 Heritage of the American West show in Spearfish, South Dakota will feature Bob Petermann in a show celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week.

Popular broadcaster Jim Thompson and Creative Broadcast Services present Heritage of the American West, with "music and poetry of the great American Cowboy" on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM (MT). Produced and hosted by Francie Ganje, the show brings top talent from across the West to an appreciative audience. The show takes place before a live audience at the High Plains Heritage Center in Spearfish, South Dakota and is broadcast simultaneously on the web (archived web broadcasts are available).

Visit the Heritage of the American West web site See our feature about the Heritage of the American West here.

[Bob Petermann photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski]

Posted 3/21


  On Tuesday, April 17, 2007, Hal Swift will present Cowboy Poetry at the Sparks Library at 5:30 PM, in an event celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week. The Sparks Library is located at 1125 12th Street, Sparks, NV 89431, 775-352-3203.

Posted 3/21


  From Ann Blackford:

Gila Valley Cowboy Poets, Inc. will be celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week 2007 in a big way. Once again the Safford City Graham County Library at 808 7th Ave., will sponsor an Open House event on Friday April 20 from 10am till 4pm. Cowboy Poets will be providing hourly entertainment with song, stories and verse. Among those expected to participate are the Desert Sons Reunion, Jon Messenger, Roughstring, Suzi Killman, Bunny Dryden, Skelly Boyd and student poets, along with a number of additional local entertainers. The public is encouraged to drop by for an hour or the entire day. The Library will be showcasing their services and will provide refreshments.

Bright and early on Saturday April 21, some of the Gila Valley Cowboy Poets performers will entertain the Pima Heritage Days pancake breakfast at the Eastern AZ Museum at 2 N. Main St. in Pima.

Chili Cook-off contestants will cowboy up at the Graham County Fairgrounds Ag Building on Hwy 191 to prepare their award winning chili recipes. Wes Bryce will be on hand with his big old pot of cowboy coffee. In addition to a "People's Choice" winner, local dignitaries will judge the entries, with cash awards presented to the winners. Entries for the Chili Cook-off are open until April 20th.  Contest chili and side dishes will be served for lunch. 

Cowboy musicians, poets and tellers of tall tales will perform between 9:30am and noon. Concert time is 1:30 pm. Headlined by The Desert Sons Reunion, the concert will preview the Fall Gathering "Tales From the Trail." Roughstring, Suzi Killman, Sabrina Doshier, Jon Messenger, Bunny Dryden, Hook Hill, Skelly Boyd, Frank Hughes, Ron Green and a multitude of other local performers will present a great afternoon of family entertainment. During intermission a local long time rancher will be honored with the Heritage Award, recognizing life long dedication to the cowboy life in the Gila Valley.

Tickets are available at the Safford Chamber of Commerce or at the door, $12 for adults, and $6 for students. Your admittance ticket covers a full day of family entertainment—chili lunch, morning entertainment and the afternoon
concert event.

For more information email gilavalleycowboypoets@yahoo.com or call Jerry Blackford 928 348-7663.

Posted 3/19


  From Bobbie Hunter:

April 20-21 2007
Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week and the St. Anthony Cowboy Poets of Idaho Gathering

Cowboy Poetry Week originally came into being in 2002, thanks to CowboyPoetry.com.  Since then it has flourished and is now celebrating its sixth anniversary the week of April 15-21, 2007. Dear to the hearts of all those who enjoy the Western heritage, Cowboy Poetry Week is highlighted by various activities and events ranging from official proclamations to colorful gatherings held throughout the entire United States.

One such event is the St. Anthony Cowboy Poets of Idaho (CPI) Gathering. The third weekend in April features a variety of entertainers setting up shop for the Friday and Saturday shows (April 20 and 21) which will take place in the small Eastern Idaho community of St. Anthony. If last year was any indication of things to come, both music and poetry will delight the hearts and comfort the souls of all who attend.

The Roxy Theater, a rustic bit of Americana in itself, hosts poets and musicians who travel from many of the Western states and Canada to perform in what is arguably one of the most entertaining gatherings of its kind. This year the Cowboy Poetry Week and the St. Anthony Gathering have overlapping dates—especially meaningful since it also marks the twentieth anniversary for the St. Anthony Gathering.

According to Layle Bagley, a committee representative, "St. Anthony is a 'true' gathering, one of the original, where everyone who comes gets a couple of turns at the mic, member of CPI or not."

Mark your calendar for April—a time to revel in poetry and music, a time to celebrate anniversaries, and a time to gather in the little theater in St. Anthony. I'll save you a seat at the Roxy!

The Friday and Saturday day performances begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue to 5:30 p.m. The Friday and Saturday night shows begin at 6:30 and continue to approximately 10:00 p.m. All performances will be in the Roxy Theater. To obtain additional information regarding the St. Anthony Gathering, please contact:

Layle Bagley
111 E. 3000 N.
Rexburg, Idaho
208-356-3524

Posted 3/19


   Clear Out West (C. O. W.) radio, hosted by Jim and Andy Nelson, plans to feature tracks from the 2007 edition of The BAR-D Roundup in a special Cowboy Poetry Week celebration on their program. Andy Nelson recorded the Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the 2007 CD, and has co-produced both CDs. 

Posted 3/7


The 2nd Annual Oklahoma Cowboy Poetry and Songs event will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 7 PM in the Oklahoma State University Library in Stillwater, in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week. The event is open to all.  Read more here.

Associate Professor and Assessment Librarian Karen Neurohr, organizer of the event, will give a presentation based on last year's activities  at the Oklahoma Library Association Annual Conference, April 4, 2007. Her session, "Lasso an Audience with a Cowboy Poetry Poetry and Songs Event," will include Cowboy Poetry Week materials and references for poets and musicians that libraries can contact for programs in their communities.

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 2006 was given to the OSU Library Special Collections and University Archives.

Posted 3/5


  The First Annual Kane County Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held in Kanab, Utah, April 20-21, in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week and in conjunction with the Cowboy Poets of Utah.

In 2007, there will be a dinner honoring a long-time cowboy poet on Friday evening. During the day on Saturday there will be an open mic session for poets and musicians, with additional performances by young poets. The Saturday evening headliners include Brenn Hill, Don Kennington, Latigo, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Kenny Hall, Barbara Hall, and kid poets, with Sam A. Jackson and his sidekick Laurali Noteman as emcees. 

See more details here.

Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. met with members of the Cowboy Poets of Utah and signed a state Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation on April 7, 2006.  The Cowboy Poets of Utah helda "Tribute to Cowboy Poetry Week" on April 22, 2006, with dinner and a program, in Payson, Utah. The heart of that event was a surprise: the honoring of poet Colen Sweeten, an idea conceived by Jerry ("Brooksie") Brooks and carried through by many Cowboy Poets of Utah members and Colen's family and other friends. Colen was awarded the Cowboy Poets of Utah Pioneer Heritage Award, "for living the life, dreaming the dreams, and telling the stories of Utah's pioneer cowboys." Long-distance warm wishes were sent from across the West. Read Jo Lynne Kirkwood's report and see photos here.

Posted 3/5


  California poet V. June Blevins Collins will appear with California Poet Laureate Al Young and Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada on Saturday, April 14, at 7:00 PM at the the Yreka Community Theatre, in an event presented by the Siskiyou Arts Council & Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts, An Evening of Poetry in Yreka. Read more details here and visit the Siskiyou Arts Council web site and the Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts web site for additional information.

Posted 2/19

 

See our complete Events Calendar here.


Get Involved!

Everyone can be a part of Cowboy Poetry Week. Below are suggestions about how you can get involved.

Libraries, Schools, Communities

Proclamations from Governors and Mayors

States' Representatives and Senators

Arts Councils

Newspapers and Radio

Art Spur

Support CowboyPoetry.com


Libraries, Schools, and Communities

Get your schools, libraries, and communities involved! 

Cowboy Poetry Week continues to grow, and poets and others have been instrumental in having 19 states' governors and several cities' mayors and other officials recognize Cowboy Poetry Week with proclamations and declarations. Cowboy Poetry Week also inspires events and expands interest and activities. Just two examples:

Arizona's Gila Valley Cowboy Poets got their entire community involved, with performances and activities in museums, the library, shops, and restaurants. Group member Ann Blackford commented they were excited about Cowboy Poetry Week "and the avenue it opens for us to achieve some additional community awareness." 

The Cowboy Poets of Utah, after meeting with their Governor to receive the state proclamation, used the occasion to honor octogenarian poet Colen Sweeten for his lifetime of accomplishments at a gala event. 

You can encourage programs at libraries, schools, and community centers where you and others can recite cowboy poetry; suggest a display of materials about cowboy poetry and Western life; donate a book or CD to your schools and libraries; bring cowboy poetry to classrooms; and share your knowledge in other ways. Read about some activities from 2006 here.


Rural Library Project

Send us your library's address, and we'll add them to the Rural Library Project. The project is an important Cowboy Poetry Week activity, an important outreach program that helps fulfill our mission to serve a mostly underserved community of rural Westerners. In 2007, our second annual compilation CD of top classic and contemporary cowboy poetry, The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two, will be offered, along with Cowboy Poetry Week posters, to libraries across the West.  

The production of The BAR-D Roundup, the Cowboy Poetry Week poster, and other Cowboy Poetry Week activities are made possible by the generous funding support from the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry's sustaining donors

To suggest a library for inclusion, please email us the complete library address. We particularly like to add  libraries that serve ranching communities.

 


Contact your Governor and Mayor

 


Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. met with members of the Cowboy Poets of Utah and signed a state Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation on April 7, 2006.  In attendance were Phil Kennington, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Terri Taylor, Kathie Kern, Sam DeLeeuw, Paul Kern, Steve Taylor, Rod Miller, Val Carter, and Curly Syndergaard.  See more photos and the proclamation here.

 

In 2006, Paul Kern, who petitioned Governor Jon M. Hunstman Jr. of Utah to proclaim Cowboy Poetry Week, shared some background and information below about how to contact a state's governor. It is a simple process, and many governors have web sites where you can request the proclamation on line. Many poets and others have used this information, and to date, 19 states' governors, and some mayors, and other officials have issued proclamations and declarations. You can read about the 2007 efforts and see some examples above.

To avoid duplicate efforts, please email us if you are going to contact your governor. Those who worked on 2007 proclamations and declarations include:

  Hal Swift: Nevada
 
Paul Kern:  Utah
  Francie Ganje and Jim Thompson: South Dakota and Spearfish 
  Van Criddle:  Oregon
  Clark Crouch:  Washington  
  Smoke Wade: Idaho
  Rod Nichols:  Texas
  Glen Enloe:  Missouri  

  Joe Baker: New Mexico
  Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns: Wyoming
  Ann Blackford/Gila Valley Cowboy Poets:  Arizona and Safford
  DW Groethe: Montana
  Jay Snider: Oklahoma
  Donna Hatton: Colorado
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  Diane Tribitt: Minnesota
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  Doc Stovall: Georgia

  Jim Hawkins: North Carolina
  Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry:  California

What is a Proclamation?

 

1)  Proclamations (and /or Declarations) are issued by the Governor’s Office of a given state.

2)  A Proclamations Coordinator normally administers proclamations.

3)  Proclamations can be for anything noteworthy and can be issued on behalf of individuals or organizations.

4)  The Proclamation document can either be delivered via the U.S. mail or signed in person with an accompanying ceremony depending on the prior arrangements.

 

How to obtain a Proclamation for Cowboy Poetry Week

 

1)  Call the Governor’s Office front desk and ask for the Proclamations Coordinator.

2)  The Proclamations Coordinator will guide you through your state’s process to obtain a proclamation.

 

 

Sample Proclamation

 

1)  You will be requested to provide a proposed text for the proclamation.

2)  Below is the text we have submitted to the Governor’s Office of the State of Utah. It may be modified for use in other states.

3)  Good luck and have fun!

 

 

PROCLAMATION EXAMPLE

Designating the week of April 20 through April 26, 2008, as  

 

Cowboy Poetry Week in the State of Utah  

 

Whereas throughout the history of the American West and Utah in particular, cowboy and pioneer poets have played a large part in preserving western heritage and the culture of Utah through oral and written poetry;

 

Whereas the long tradition and endearing qualities of these old stories and poems demonstrate that cowboy poetry is a cherished Utah tradition;

 

Whereas Utah has produced several well-respected contemporary cowboy poets;

 

Whereas Utah hosts major cowboy poetry gatherings in Heber City, Richfield and Kanab;

 

Whereas recognizing the contributions of these poets dates as far back as cowboys themselves;

 

Whereas the celebrations and official designations and proclamations of a state should reflect the traditions and values of its people;

 

Whereas it is necessary to recognize the importance of cowboy poetry among the general public:

 

Now, therefore, be it proclaimed,

 

That Governor Jon M. Hunstman Jr. designates the week of April 20 through April 26, 2008, as

 

“Cowboy Poetry Week in the State of Utah

 

The people of the great  State of Utah are called upon to celebrate the week with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

 

Thanks to Paul Kern for the above information.

We've contacted California Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger, as the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry is a non-profit organization in the state of California.  This is our cover letter for 2007:

To Whom it May Concern:  

We respectfully request that Governor Schwarzenegger proclaim the week of April 15-21, as Cowboy Poetry Week in California.  

Inaugurated by CowboyPoetry.com in 2002, Cowboy Poetry Week has been officially recognized by unanimous resolution of the United States Senate (S. Res. 108, April 8, 2003).

The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, Inc., sponsor of Cowboy Poetry Week and of CowboyPoetry.com, is a California non-profit organization.

Cowboy poetry has a rich history in California, where "the West began," with the important influence of the early vaquero culture. The heritage and poetry and is celebrated at festivals throughout the state, notably in Monterey, Salinas, Visalia, Santa Clarita, and many other locations in California. To quote the U. S. Senate resolution, "...it is important to understand that cowboys live and breathe a unique culture which few may be exposed to."

We are grateful for the Governor's 2006 proclamation.

Enclosed is suggested text for the 2007 proclamation.

Thank you for your consideration.


It's easy to request a proclamation. In preparing our California request, we:

In some states, the request can be sent by email or even by a form on the Governor's web site.

There's also a list of current states' governors here at Wikipedia.


United States' Representatives and Senators

All states' Congressional Representatives and Senators have newsletters that include information for and about their constituents. Many seek content. 

Send a short piece to your Representative and your Senators about Cowboy Poetry Week (see our media release, or write your own message), let them know that your state's governor has recognized the celebration, and include one of your poems.

You can find contact information for all states' Representatives here at the House of Representatves' web site and for all states' Senators here at the Unite States Senate web site.

We welcome your news of any resulting articles. Email us.


Arts Councils

Let your local Art Council know about your interest and involvement in cowboy poetry, and about Cowboy Poetry Week. Tell them about our Rural Library Project. Many councils have newsletters; send a short piece about Cowboy Poetry Week (see our media release for content, or write your own message). 

You'll find a list of many Art Councils here at the National Assemby of Arts Agencies web site.


Newspapers and Radio

Newspapers and radio stations are always interested in stories of interest to the communities they serve. You can suggest a feature article or interview, write a letter to the editor, and offer your poetry. Let them know about events in your community.  Spread the word about Cowboy Poetry Week and pass along our media release.

We send The Bar-D Roundup CD of classic and contemporary cowboy poetry to Western radio stations for airplay. Have your station email us if they are interested in airing the CD.


Favorite Cowboy and Western Poems Project

We launched our Favorite Cowboy and Western Poems Project in conjunction with Cowboy and Western Poetry Week, which we celebrate the third week of April each year, during National Poetry Month.  

In part, the inspiration for this project came from The Favorite Poem Project by former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. In its first year, over 18,000 Americans responded.  A selection of those responses were recorded on audio and videotape.

Read about the poems our visitors have named as their favorites here.

We invite you to tell us about your favorite classic or contemporary Western or Cowboy poem.  

Simply send an email and tell us:

  • the name of your favorite Western or Cowboy poem

  • the author's name

  • why it's a favorite

  • your name


Art Spur

  It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words...we know many that are worthy of a poem.

In Art Spur, we invite poets to let selections of contemporary Western art inspire their poetry.

For Cowboy Poetry Week 2007, we had Tim Cox's painting, "At His Own Pace" to "spur" the imagination. The painting is the image on our 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week poster.

Read the resulting poems here.


Support CowboyPoetry.com

The production of The BAR-D Roundup, the Cowboy Poetry Week poster, and other Cowboy Poetry Week activities are made possible by the generous funding support from the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry's sustaining donors

If you appreciate our programs, please show your support.

 

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Read some of our supporters' comments here,  visit the Wall of Support, and donate!

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