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The tenth annual Cowboy Poetry Week was celebrated April 17-23, 2011.

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

This page lists the 2011 activities of friends of cowboy poetry: poets, performers, radio disk jockeys, and others. Read about those below, with the newest posts here.

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

Poets and friends of cowboy poetry: 

Get your schools, libraries, and community involved!  Perform your poetry, donate a book, share your knowledge.  Read about ways to get involved below.

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).

See our 2011 media release, below.

Read about poets' and others' 2011 activities below.

 

   

 


Web reproduction permitted for Cowboy Poetry Week promotion with the credit line included:
"'Pilgrim' © 2005, by Duward Cambell, duwardc@yahoo.com; Cowboy Poetry Week 2011, www.cowboypoetry.com"

 Publications, email us for high resolution print reproduction information.
 

 

We're honored to have the work of noted Texas artist Duward Campbell and his painting, "Pilgrim," featured as the tenth annual Cowboy Poetry Week poster. "Pilgrim" depicts cowboy and poet J.B. Allen (1938-2005) and his horse, Pilgrim. Read more about the art and artist 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.

 


2007 poster image by Tim Cox 2006 poster image from Joelle Smith's "Heading Home" 2004 image by Julie Rogers 2003 image by Bill Anton 2005 image by Kent Rollins
 

  Cowboy Poetry Week News and Events

Below:

Cowboy Poetry Week News

Radio Shows Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

Some Events Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

 Email us your 2011 news and reports.

See the main Cowboy Poetry Week page here.

(Latest news here below)

 



   Popular duo Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue (www.nevadaslim.com) are enthusiastic and tireless participants in Cowboy Poetry Week activities. They organize events and have engaged their Columbia Chapter of the Western Music Association in the celebration. Other Columbia Chapter members Lynn Kopelke and Ned Bodie are also planners and advisors.

We'll be posting information about their activities as it is received.

Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue have have already held a pre-Cowboy Poetry Week event at their library in Prescott, Washington, with a  "What is Cowboy Poetry" theme.

More to come...

Posted 2/17
 


  Francie Ganje, broadcaster and producer and host of the Heritage of the American West Performance Series in Spearfish, South Dakota, is a prime mover in Cowboy Poetry Week activities in her region. She was the first person, in 2006, to obtain her governor's proclamation. She also obtained a proclamation from the Spearfish mayor, and has done so each year.

She is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and from Spearfish Mayor Jerry Krambeck.

Francie Ganje has organized library programs and in addition to her special Cowboy Poetry Week show, and does much to promote Cowboy Poetry Week on the radio and in the area communities, including Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota.

This year's Cowboy Poetry Week show, "Cowboy Culture," will feature popular poet, writer, emcee, humorist, and radio host Andy Nelson, Thursday, April 21 at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish. She writes, "Also featured will be the legendary Croft Saddlery in preshow exhibits and programs, including a Riata Roundup."

Posted 2/17


     Utah poet Stan Tixier is another hard-working organizer of Cowboy Poetry Week events at area libraries each year. Each year he has added scope and widened participation.

For 2011, he has set up these events:

April 18, 2011
Cowboy Poetry Week at the Weber County Main Library  Ogden, Utah  ~
Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

Monday, 4/18/11 7 PM, Main Library, 2464 Jefferson Ave, Ogden, UT 84401

Steve Spencer, poet; Dave Anderson, singer.
 

April 19, 2011
Cowboy Poetry Week at the Weber County North Branch Library  North Ogden, Utah  ~ Celebrating
Cowboy Poetry Week

Tuesday, 4/19 7 PM, North Branch, 475 E 2600 N, North Ogden, UT 84404

Matt and Bob Urry, poets; Judy and Jan Erickson (Drifter and Miss Judy)

April 20, 2011
Cowboy Poetry Week at the Weber County Southwest Branch Library  Roy, Utah 
~ Celebrating
Cowboy Poetry Week

Wednesday 4/20 7 PM, Southwest Branch, 1950 W 4800 S, Roy, UT 84067

Sam DeLeeuw, poet; Robin Arnold, singer

April 21, 2011
Cowboy Poetry Week at the Ogden Valley Branch Library  Huntsville, Utah  ~
Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

Thursday, 4/21 7 PM, Ogden Valley Branch, 131 S 7400 E, Huntsville, UT 84317

Stan Tixier, poet; Brian Arnold, singer.


Posted 2/17


  Washington state's Lynn Kopelke, on behalf of the Columbia Chapter of the Western Music Association, has received a proclamation from Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, proclaiming Cowboy Poetry Week in Washington.

The Governor's proclamation states, in part, "Washington hosts major cowboy gatherings in Asotin, Colfax, Ellensburg, Kennewick, Pullman, and other locations throughout the state....I urge all citizens to join me in this special observance."

See the proclamation here.

Posted 2/17


  Poet Van Criddle is pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.

Posted 2/17


  April 15-16, 2010
13th Annual Missouri Cowboy Poets Association Festival  Mountain View, Missouri  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

From Jerry Schleicher:

Traditional cowboy and western music, cowboy poetry and tall tales are all on the agenda for the 13th annual Missouri Cowboy Poetry Festival, scheduled April 15 - 16, 2011, at the Mountain View Community Center in Mountain View, Missouri. The event will be held in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week, which celebrates this American folk art nationally.

One of the Midwest's largest gatherings of cowboy musicians and recording artists, cowboy poets, storytellers, humorists, chuckwagon cooks and rope spinners, the event attracts performers from across Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. The 2011 festival kicks off Friday afternoon, April 15, with a special performance for Mountain View Elementary students. At 5:00 that evening, guests are invited to attend a 'Supper with the Cowboys' dinner and show at the Mountain View Community Center. The evening's performers will include the winners of the Mountain View Elementary 5th grade cowboy poetry competition. Dinner/show tickets will be sold at the door for $12 per person, or show tickets only for $6.

On Saturday morning, poets and musicians will perform for residents at the Mountain View Health Care Center. That afternoon, new and returning poets and musicians will perform in "round robin" fashion at the Community Center. The show is free to the public, and new poets are encouraged to sign up for an open mic spot.

At 6:30 that evening, all performers will present a "Grand Finale" cowboy music and poetry show at the Community Center. Tickets will be available at the door for $6 per person. The festival concludes Sunday morning with Cowboy Church at the Community Center

Mountain View is located in south-central Missouri, about 100 miles east of Springfield. The Missouri Cowboy Poetry Festival is organized by Jennie Cummings and Eulalia Polk of the Mountain View Arts Council. Financial support is provided by a grant from the Missouri Arts Council, and contributions from area businesses and individuals.

For more information, email Jennie Cummings at cowboypoet50@centurytel.net or call 417-934-2213.

Posted 2/17


   Poet and reciter Dick Morton and poet and writer Jane Morton are pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

Posted 2/17


  Texas writer and poet Linda Kirkpatrick has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Texas Governor Rick Perry.

[photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.]

Posted 2/17


  Montana poet, songwriter, and ranch hand DW Groethe has requested a letter of recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.

[photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.]

Posted 2/17


   Radio broadcaster Jarle Kvale of KEYA Public Radio is pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple.

Posted 2/17


  Poet and writer Hal Swift is pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

Posted 2/17


     Songwriter, singer, and poet Doc Stovall of the Booth Western Art Museum, organizer of the Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

[photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here]

Posted 2/17


  Radio host Joe Baker will pursue a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from New Mexico Susana Martinez.

Posted 2/17


    Rancher, poet, and songwriter Jay Snider is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.

Posted 2/17


Posted 2/17


   Idaho poet Bobbie Hunter  is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Idaho Governor Butch Otter.

Posted 2/17


   Poet Glen Enloe is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Posted 2/17


  Arkansas poet, songwriter, and cowboy Paul Harris is pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe.

Posted 2/17


    Poet, writer, and cowgirl Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns is pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Wyoming Governor Matt Mead.

[photo of Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.]

Posted 2/21


    Marci Broyhill (www.marcibroyhill.com) is pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman.

Posted 2/21


   Popular duo Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue (www.nevadaslim.com) are enthusiastic and tireless participants in Cowboy Poetry Week activities. They organize events and have engaged their Columbia Chapter of the Western Music Association in the celebration. Other Columbia Chapter members Lynn Kopelke and Ned Bodie are also planners and advisors.

This is one of the events they have planned:

April 18, 2011
Cowboy Poetry Week at the Weller Public Library  Waitsburg, Washington  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week


From Susan Matley:

Monday April 18, 5 PM, Cowboy poetry and music celebration, Weller Library,  Waitsburg, WA., 212 Main Street, Waitsburg, WA 99361 509/337-8149.

Posted 2/21


   Poet C.R. Wood is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from from Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert.

Posted 2/24


  Dianetribitt2007.jpg (18039 bytes)  Rancher, writer, and poet Diane Tribitt is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.

Posted 2/24


   Poet and reciter Dick Morton and poet and writer Jane Morton are pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

Posted 2/24


  South Dakota poet Slim McNaught (pictured) is working with Francie Ganje, broadcaster and producer and host of the Heritage of the American West Performance Series in Spearfish, South Dakota, to coordinate proclamations from their five-state area's governors and some local officials. In 2010, the area proclamations were displayed at the special Cowboy Poetry Week Heritage of the American West show.

Popular poet, emcee, and radio host Andy Nelson is featured at the April, 2011, Cowboy Poetry Week Heritage of the American West show.  

[photo of Slim McNaught by Jen Dobrowski; proclamation photos courtesty of Francie Ganje.]

Posted 3/7


  Poet and writer Hal Swift has received recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

Posted 3/7

See the proclamation here.


  North Carolina poet Keith Ward received recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue.

See the letter here.

Posted 3/8


    North Dakota radio broadcaster Al Gustin, known widely throughout the region as the "dean" of farm broadcasting, celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week on his shows on KBMR and KFYR, which are heard throughout the day.

He writes, "Again this year, I will be observing Cowboy Poetry Week by featuring some regional poets on both KFYR AM 550 and KBMR AM 1130. My farm programming is streamed on-line and archived on our websites www.kfyr.com  nd www.kbmr.com ... so people can catch it on the internet if not on the air."

Al Gustin also assists North Dakota's Morton Mandan Library with their annual Cowboy Poetry Week display.

His Cowboy Poetry Week broadcasts in previous years have featured DW Groethe, Rodney Nelson, Elizabeth Ebert, Ken Overcast, and others.

Read more about Al Gustin here at KFYR.

Posted 3/14


  Montana poet, songwriter, and ranch hand DW Groethe has received a letter of recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.

See the letter here.

[photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.]

Posted 3/15


  April 23, 2011
Cowboy Poetry and Music  Entiat, Washington ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

From Esther Dalgas:

The Friends of the Entiat Public Library and Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center will be bringing to the community an evening of Cowboy Poetry and Western Music.

The event will happen at the Fire Interpretive Center’s amphitheater stage on Saturday, April 23, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Longtime wrangler and cowboy poet, Fred Duzan, will entertain with well- known cowboy recitations, including those of Baxter Black. He will be joined by Entiat native guitarist and vocalist, Chelsey Craven. Chelsey graduated from Entiat High School in 2001, and was featured in several high school musicals. She earned Bachelor degrees in Music and Spanish at Central Washington University. She has recently performed at local venues such as Café Mela, and the Der Hinteroff at the Leavenworth Oktoberfest. She was also a finalist for the “Icicle Prize in Songwriting” for the Icicle Arts Festival. She plays a blend of Americana, bluegrass, folk and original music.

Cowboy Poetry Week is celebrated each year during April, National Poetry Month, in the United States and Canada.
In 2011, Cowboy Poetry Week—the tenth annual—will be celebrated April 17-23, 2011. CowboyPoetry.com initiated Cowboy Poetry Week. In April 2003, the United States Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing the Cowboy Poetry Week celebration.

This event will be a special fundraiser for the Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 at the gate. Parking is available. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own seating, such as folding chairs, and blankets. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held under the new covered area at the Fire Interpretive Center.

Posted 3/15


  April 15-16, 2011
Forrest Fest; Beats and Boots  Lamesa, Texas  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

From Connie Williams:

Forrest Fest, an international poetry festival, is celebrating its eleventh year in 2011.

Our event is scheduled for April 15 & 16, our theme this year is Beats and Boots. We are a cross-cultural gathering and have workshops on cowboy poetry and cowboy poets on our featured artists program.

We have cowboy/folk musicians Zach Harmon, Steve Brooks, and Rick Scott on our program this year. Thom the World Poet is our MC of international acclaim. The Circuit Riders Chuck Wagon Gang will also be providing our BBQ this year.

Posted 3/15
 


  Poet Van Criddle has received a proclamation from Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, proclaiming Cowboy Poetry Week in Oregon.

See the proclamation here.

Posted 3/17


 Texas writer and poet Linda Kirkpatrick has received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Texas Governor Rick Perry.

See the proclamation here.

[photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.]

Posted 3/23


  April 5, 2011
Night @ the Library  Drummond, Montana ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week
 

From Jodi Oberweiser, Drummond School Community Library:

Our library is hosting a program featuring local cowboy poets at our Night @ the Library on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 7pm.

We encourage people to attend the event that has been organized by Janalee Martin, a local poet and friend to our library. Attendees enjoy listening to local ranchers and cowboys recite their poetry...It has become an event that people look forward to and request as early as our June planning meeting.

Posted 3/24


   Fort St. John, British Columbia's Northeast News features nine-year-old Jayden Stafford, the winner of the Kamloops Cowboy Festival's Rising Star Showcase in an article, "The little cowboy with the big voice wins in Kamloops."

The article also includes the 2011 Cowboy Poetry Week poster by Duward Campbell and information about Cowboy Poetry Week.

Find more about the Kamloops Cowboy Festival at the British Columbia Cowboy Heritage Society (BCCHS) web site.

Find the article on the web site's front page until March 30, 2011, and then archived here.

Posted 3/24


   Additional libraries who have let us know that they are planning events and exhibits for Cowboy Poetry Week include:

Event at Olive Warner Memorial Library in Hooker, Oklahoma on April 15.
Event at
Goldendale Community Library in Goldendale, Washington on April 19.
Exhibit at Gordon City Library in Gordon, Nebraska

We'll have more details as they are received.

  North Carolina poet Keith Ward is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue.

Among the first comments received from libraries receiving the Cowboy Poetry Week poster and The BAR-D Roundup this year:

Attendees enjoy listening to local ranchers and cowboys recite their poetry...It has become an event that people look forward to and request as early as our June planning meeting (Montana)

The Rural Library Project has helped bring community members, particularly those from a ranching heritage... to hear poetry that interests them. This has broadened our outreach to the community...There are members of the community that we only see once a year....Thank you to the Rural Library Project for supporting our programs over the years. (Colorado)

Thank you for the poster. I am excited to display that... (Washington)

[The CD will] help us promote cowboy poetry in our community... (Idaho)

Our copies for previous years always circulate, and we appreciate the free material. (Colorado)

Thank you very much for providing this...(Nebraska)

The BAR-D Roundup would be a welcome addition to our collection. We are a cowboy town... (Washington)

Thank you for the wonderful poster (Nevada)

Thank you for your generous contributions over the years... (Texas)

Thank you for the attractive poster for Cowboy Poetry Week... (Montana)

Thank you for the beautiful poster. (Nevada)

We look forward to helping spread the word about our rural Western writers, musicians and artists! (Texas)

We will use the poster in our annual display celebrating cowboy poetry... (Colorado)

Posted 3/24


  April 23, 2011
Cowboy Poetry Week at the Gunnison Library and Leslie J. Savage Library  Gunnison, Colorado 
                                                                                                                             ~ Celebrating
Cowboy Poetry Week

 

From Nancy Gauss:

An Evening of Cowboy Poetry and Song
With Rex Rideout and John Nelson

Saturday, April 23, 7:00 pm

Gunnison Public Library
307 N. Wisconsin
Gunnison, CO 81230


An exhibit will be on display at the Leslie J. Savage Library, Western State College, Gunnison, CO.

Posted 3/28


  April 19, 2011
Cowboy Poetry at the Goldendale Library  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week  Goldendale, Washington

From Naomi Fisher:

Cowboy Poetry Open Mike with special guest Ned Bodie

Tuesday April 19th

5:00 to 7:00pm

at the Goldendale Community Library
131 W Burgen
Goldendale, WA 

(509) 773-4487 for more information

Posted 3/30


  April 19, 2011
Fourth annual Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Prescott Library  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week  Prescott, Washington

From Josh Westbrook:

Our event will be Tuesday, April 19th at 7 pm at the Prescott Lions Hall.  There will be entertainment from Cimarron Sue and Robin Dale, an open mic to share cowboy poetry, and the winners of the poetry contest and the tall tale contest will be announced. 

A coloring contest, with art by local resident Don Hollenbaugh, will be judged by the audience that night.  The Friends of the Prescott Library will be providing food and help with setting up and taking down the event.  The library district will provide free books for children attending the event as well.

Here's a gallery of our 2010 event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcwestbrook/sets/72157623799755803/

Posted 3/30


  Musician, singer, songwriter, and reciter Rex Rideout (www.timetravelmusic.com) organizes and participates in many Cowboy Poetry Week activities. In 2011, those include the Cowboy Poetry Week at the Gunnison Library and Leslie J. Savage Library  in Gunnison, Colorado  (details above), the 3rd annual Songs of the Cowboys in Cody, Wyoming (details below) and:
 

  April 15, 2011
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Park County Library  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week   Cody, Wyoming

Pop Wagner, Otto Rossfeld and Rex Rideout offer the history, songs and poems of the cowboy at the Park County Public Library, Cody, Wyoming on Friday, April 15, 2:00 to 5:00.

 

  April 20, 2011
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Old Rock Library
 ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week   Crested Butte, Colorado

John Nelson and Rex Rideout offer cowboy poetry and music Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 PM, at the Old Rick Library, Crested Butte, Colorado.

 

  April 21, 2011
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Montrose Library ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week  Montrose, Colorado

John Nelson and Rex Rideout offer cowboy poetry and music Thursday, April 21, 7:00 PM at the Montrose Library, Montrose, Colorado.

  April 29, 2011
Cowboy Poetry at the Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines 
                                                                 
~ Celebrating
Cowboy Poetry Week
 Golden, Colorado

Rex Rideout wraps up National Poetry Month and Cowboy Poetry Week with a cowboy poetry session at the Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines, Golden Colorado. April 29, 12:00.
 

Posted 3/30


  Poet Ron Wilson is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

Posted 3/30


  April 23, 2011
Around the Campfire on the Great Western Trail  Menard, Texas  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

From Tina Hodge:

This year's Around the Campfire on the Great Western Cattle Trail will be April 23rd 3-9 p.m.

Chuckwagon meal at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Tina Hodge at the Chamber office, 325-396-2365; www.menardchamber.com

Posted 4/4