(Find this year's activities below, examples of last year's activities here .)

 2013, Jason Rich, www.jasonrichstudios.com




2007 poster image by Tim Cox  2006 poster image from Joelle Smith's "Heading Home"

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The fourteenth annual Cowboy Poetry Week is celebrated April 19-25, 2015.

This is page 2 of Cowboy Poetry Week activities. See page 1 here.

This page lists the 2015 activities of friends of cowboy poetry: poets, performers, radio disk jockeys, and others. It is added to continually.

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




Kansas artist Don Dane's painting, "Cowboy True, Thru and Thru" is selected as the 2015 Cowboy Poetry Week poster image:

Web reproduction permitted for Cowboy Poetry Week promotion with the credit line included:
"Cowboy True, Thru and Thru" 2014, Don Dane, www.dondane.com,  Cowboy Poetry Week 2015, CowboyPoetry.com"
 Publications, email us for high resolution print reproduction information.

"Cowboy True, Thru and Thru"


The painting depicts Kansas cowboy, ranch manager, and poet Jack "Trey" Allen, from a reference photograph by Carol Barlau.

Posters are never sold. They are sent to participants in Cowboy Poetry Week's Rural Library Program and sent to Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry supporters as a thank you gift.

 2013, Jason Rich, www.jasonrichstudios.com  

  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


Cowboy Poetry Week News and Events, page two

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See the main Cowboy Poetry Week page here.


Cowboy Poetry Week News

(Find examples of last year's activities and events here)

See the Events calendar for all event listings.

Events and activities below; latest here (continued from page one)





    Poet Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. See it here.

 Live with Jim Thompson!, now known as The Country Cafe of the Airwaves, celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week every day during Cowboy Poetry Week. The hour-long show, broadcast live on the web (and on the radio to a wide number of stations and later archived for listening on demand) will have call-in guests and poetry every afternoon. Listen in for poets
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, Ken Cook, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Andy Nelson, and Slim McNaught.  

See our feature about the show here.



  Lubbock, Texas Public Library's Mahon Branch sent us a photo of their April poetry display. They will be sharing information and images on their Facebook page and on Twitter (@LubbockLibrary). They tell us, "Our patrons are big Cowboy Poetry fans."



  The Real County Public Library in Leakey, Texas (hometown of poet Linda Kirkpatrick) shared a photo of their Cowboy Poetry Week display. Find them on Facebook.



Cody, Wyoming's Park County Library celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week. From their media release:

Free cowboy songs concert at the library

The Cody library will host a free concert with authentic western musicians, Liz Masterson, Mike Hurwitz, Rex Rideout and Pop Wagner.
Saddle Pals Reunion: A Roundup of Cowboy Songs and Music will be in Grizzly Hall at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25.

Masterson and Rideout have previously performed at the library. All four musicians are regulars at the local cowboy poetry and songs gathering.

Masterson is a Denver native. Since 1982, she has been known for her wit, yodeling, western and swing tunes. She teaches the traditional art forms of yodeling, swing and western music. Masterson was awarded 1998 Western Music Female Performer of the Year and also received the Patsy Montana Cowgirl Award in 2000.

Hurwitz was influenced by the country and cowboy music he heard growing up in rural Wyoming. His mother turned him on to the Southern country blues and jazz from her Mississippi home. He plays his vintage Gibsons, Martins and Nationals in a number of classic guitar styles accompanied by his rich baritone voice.

Rideout is a student of the music and songs of the 19th-century American west and has performed at regional historic sites and museums. He plays fiddle, banjo, mandolin and other instruments. Rideout is the proprietor of Time Travel Music and lives with his family in Conifer, Colorado. When he is not performing poems and songs of the first cowboys, Rideout works in research for renewable energy in the REMRSEC labs for the Colorado School of Mines.

Wagner grew up listening to Woody Guthrie, Spike Jones and Calypso. Hes a singer, picker, fiddler, poet and story teller who plays fiddle, harmonica and shingo. Wagner has performed his cowboy anthems on Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion. His circuit has encompassed 44 states and ten countries.

The library system has recordings by Masterson, Rideout and Hurwitz and his band, The Aimless Drifters.
All four performers have web sites. Follow the links at parkcountylibrary.org/upcoming-events-at-the-cody-library.

Find them on Facebook and at parkcountylibrary.org.



  Utah's Ogden Valley Library
sent photos of their displays. Find links to their event on their event calendar and on their Facebook page.


The Ogden Valley Branch is one of the five Weber County Libraries with Cowboy Poetry events. They say, "The poetry readings always attract a large number of visitors from our community."

Stan Tixier has organized those events:

Monday, April 20, 2015
Main Library Ogden, Utah
7 PM Music - Saddle Strings; Poetry - Steve Spencer

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
North Ogden Branch Library North Ogden, Utah
7 PM. Music - Coyotee Moon; Poetry - Sam DeLeeuw

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Southwest Branch Library Roy, Utah
7 PM Music - The Drifter and Miss Judy; Poetry - Bob Urry

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Ogden Valley Branch Library Huntsville, Utah
7 PM Music - Dave Anderson; Poetry - Steve Spencer and Stan Tixier

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Pleasant Valley Branch Washington Terrace, Utah
2 PM Music - Robin Arnold; Poetry - Stan Tixier



   Texas writer and poet Linda Kirkpatrick received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Texas Governor Greg Abbott. See it here.



  Nevada poet and writer Hal Swift  received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. See it here and on the governor's web site.



Find the Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur poems here.

Cowboy True, Thru and Thru by Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns of Wyoming
The Secret Life of Horses by Glen Enloe of Missouri
Looking for Sunshine by Marleen Bussma of Utah
One to Ride the River With by Tom Swearingen of Oregon

Dreams and Hope by Stuart Hooker of New Mexico
Another Dry Year by Susan Matley of Washington
The Boss's Hand by Jim Cathey of Texas
Turpentine and the Tobiano by Dan Wilson of Arizona

Mesquite Cowboy by Michelle Turner of Iowa
Cowboy Reflection on a Spring Morning by C.W. (Charles) Bell of Utah
Feedlot Cowboy by Lynn Kopelke of Washington
A Dandy Cowgirl by Jean Mathisen Haugen of Wyoming


More to come ...





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