Cowboy Poetry Week News and Events
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.
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]
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.
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 Boys—Rand 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]
From Agri-News editor Tami Jo Blake:
Readers from all across the nation—Pennsylvania to Tennessee, from Arizona to Montana—recently 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.
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has issued Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation, obtained by Diane Tribitt. See the proclamation here.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
An April 13, 2007 article in the Shawnee News Star reports that Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry has issued a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation.
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.
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.
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.
Hal Swiftreceived a Senatorial Declaration of Recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Nevada Senator John Ensign. See the declaration here.
North Carolina Governor Michael F. Easley has issued a letter of recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week, obtained by Jim Hawkins. See the letter here.