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The Will Rogers Medallion Awards are given annually.

Since 2008, the award has been administered by the Will Rogers Medallion Award organization. See the Will Rogers Medallion Award organization web site, www.willrogersmedallionaward.org, for complete information, including submission forms and guidelines.

Previously, the award was given by the Academy of Western Artists to cowboy poetry books that exemplified outstanding excellence in content and design. 

 


Below:

2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

2010 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

2009 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

2008 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

 

 

2007 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

2006 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

2005 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

2004 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

2003 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

2002 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

 

Our anthology, The Big Roundup, received the Will Rogers Medallion Award in 2002.

 

 

 


2012 Will Rogers Medallion Awards

The Will Rogers Medallion Award is presented annually for Outstanding Achievement in the Publishing of Western Literature

 

From the July, 2012 media release:

2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

The Will Rogers Medallion Award Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Publishing of Western Literature. The books, authors and publishers to be honored this year are:

Cowboy Poetry:

  Dakota, Author – Bette Wolf Duncan, Runnells, Iowa, Publisher - Xlibris, Bloomington, Indiana

  Horse Tracks Author - Henry Real Bird, Garryowen, Montana, Publisher - Lost Horse Press, Sandpoint, Idaho

 

Western Nonfiction:

Still Lovin' The Ride—The Janet McBride Story Authors - Janet McBride/Mary Schultz, Mesquite, Texas Publisher - Miles of Memories, Streetman, Texas

Will RogersA Political Life Author - Richard D. White, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Publisher - Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock Texas


Western Non-Fiction– Younger Readers:

Texas Tales IllustratedThe Revolution  Author - Mike Kearby, Illustrator - Mack White, Publisher - TCU Press, Ft. Worth, Texas


Western Fiction:

Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming Author – Miralee Ferrell, Washington, Publisher - Summerside Press, Bloomington, Minnesota

The Cougar's Prey Author – Larry Sweazy, Noblesville, Indiana, Publisher – Berkley Books, New York, New York

Unbridled Author - Tammy Hinton, Canadian, Oklahoma, Publisher - Roots and Branches, Denton Texas

They Rode Good Horses Author - Dale B. Jackson, California, Publisher - Goldmines Publishing, Tennessee

Captive Trail Author - Susan Page Davis, Dexter, Kansas, Publisher - River North (Moody Pub.),
Chicago, Illinois


Western Fiction– Younger Readers

The Year We Were Famous Author - Carole Estby Dagg, Everett, Washington, Publisher - Clarion (HMH), New York, New York


Western Cookbooks

Bar E Ranch Chuckwagon Cookbook Author - Tom Elliot, Clinton, Arkansas, Publisher - G&R Publishing, Waverly, Iowa
 

“We are pleased to honor two outstanding poetry books this year,” said Charles Williams, Executive Director of the Will Rogers Medallion Committee. “The Medallion Award was started to honor cowboy poetry books, and this year we have two examples of the best in cowboy poetry. Dakota, by Bette Wolf Duncan, is traditional, well-crafted rhyming poetry which honors the history of the great land of Dakota. Henry Real Bird's Horse Tracks is opposite extreme—the poetry of images and the Indian view of the land. Both are engrossing reading.

"The fiction this year is very diverse, from traditional Western storytelling in The Cougar's Pray and They Rode Good Horses to a fictionalized account of a true life journey across the United States at the turn of the last century (The Year We Were Famous) to many entrants who have inspired the addition of a new Category, Western Christian Fiction.

"We are also proud to honor an outstanding new biography of Will Rogers (Will RogersA Political Life) Once more, the winners represent a truly outstanding selection of Western literature of all types for many interests and ages. These authors and publishers are examples of the variety and quality that make Western books and films so popular.”

Will Rogers was a respected writer as well as cowboy entertainer. The Medallion Committee hopes and believes that the Will Rogers Medallion Awards will help to expand the heritage of literature which honors the traditions and values of the American Cowboy, which Will did so much to embody and demonstrate. Initially, the Medallion Award was created to encourage the continued upgrading of the quality of published books of cowboy poetry. The honored books continue the establishment of this tradition of presenting cowboy poetry and other types of Western literature and media to the general public in an appealing and accessible manner. High quality publications like the books above invite readership in competition with many other forms of literature. As with Will’s published words, we believe that Medallion books have that timeless quality which allows them to be enjoyed over and over again.

Outstanding books and films are the result of a collaborative effort between authors, editors, publishers and printers, and the award criterion emphasizes production values as well as artistic merit. The Will Rogers Medallion Award for Outstanding Merit/Excellence in Printing and Production is awarded annually to those publishing houses that contribute the high production values, commercial viability and prestige to volumes of Western literature and to high quality media presentations.


2011 Will Rogers Medallion Awards

The Will Rogers Medallion Award is presented annually for Outstanding Achievement in the Publishing of Western Literature

 

2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

The Will Rogers Medallion Award Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Publishing of Western Literature. The books, authors and publishers to be honored this year are:

Cowboy Poetry:

Cowboy Poetry: In This Land Of Little Rain Author – Jane Ambrose Morton, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Publisher- Cowboy Miner Productions, Phoenix, Arizona

Western Nonfiction:

  Cowboy's Lament Author - Frank Maynard/Jim Hoy; Publisher - Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, Texas

  Georgia Cowboy Poets  Author- David Fillingim, Rome, Georgia; Publisher - Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia


Western Fiction– Young Adult:

Love Finds You In Golden, New Mexico Author – Lena Nelson Dooley, Hurst, Texas; Publisher - Summerside Press, Bloomington, Minnesota


Western Fiction:

The Scorpion Trail Author – Larry Sweazy, Noblesville, Indiana; Publisher – Berkley Books, New York, New York

The General and Monaville, Texas Author - Joe Bax, Richards, Texas; Publisher - Greenleaf Book Group, Austin, Texas

100 Miles To Water Author - Mike Kearby, Lometa, Texas' Publisher - ReadWest/Goldmine Publishing, Missouri

The Chameleon Rancher Author - Pat Jacobs; Publisher - Glory Ann Kurtz, Boyd, Texas


Photographic Essays:

Humboldt Heartland Author - Andy Westfall, Ferndale, California; Publisher - Humboldt Heartland, Ferndale, California

Tell Me About That Horse Author - Vaughn Wilson, Petal, Mississippi; Publisher - Hawk Crest Publishing, Petal, Mississippi

It's All About The Buckle: Cooking With The C-C Authors - Sue Cunningham, Hartley, Texas and Jean Cates, Amarillo, Texas; Publisher - Cowbarn Cowboy Productions

Western Humor:

Just A Cowboy Author - Kenny Phipps, Ardmore, Oklahoma; Publisher - In-Cahoots Literary Inc, Allan, Texas

Hotter 'N Pecos Author - Bobby Weaver, Edmond, Oklahoma; Publisher - Texas Tech University Press

Western Cookbooks:

Cow Country Cooking Author - Kathy McCraine, Prescott, Arizona; Publisher - Cow Country Cooking, Arizona

“This is a very exciting year for Western Media.” said Charles Williams, Executive Director of the Will Rogers Medallion Committee. “It starts with two of the most spectacular Photographic Essays we've ever had, joined by a third which has the added pleasure of excellent recipes along with the great photos and water colors. Both Non-Fiction books are important contributions to scholarship of the West. The Fiction is well written and engrossing, particularly The General and Monavalle, Texas, which is sort of To Kill A Mockingbird set in reconstruction Texas. We are particularly excited about the addition of a new Category, Western Humor, and the two winners—who represent cowboy humor at its best. Once more, the winners represent a truly outstanding selection of Western Literature of all types for many interests and ages. These authors and publishers are examples of the variety and quality that make Western books and films so popular.”

Will Rogers was a respected writer as well as cowboy entertainer. The Medallion Committee hopes and believes that the Will Rogers Medallion Awards will help to expand the heritage of literature which honors the traditions and values of the American Cowboy, which Will did so much to embody and demonstrate. Initially, the Medallion Award was created to encourage the continued upgrading of the quality of published books of Cowboy Poetry. The honored books and films continue the establishment of this tradition of presenting Cowboy Poetry and other types of Western Literature and Media to the general public in an appealing and accessible manner. High quality publications like the books above invite readership in competition with many other forms of literature. As with Will’s published words, we believe that Medallion books have that timeless quality which allows them to be enjoyed over and over again.

Outstanding books and films are the result of a collaborative effort between authors, editors, publishers and printers, and the award criterion emphasizes production values as well as artistic merit. The Will Rogers Medallion Award for Outstanding Merit/Excellence in Printing and Production is awarded annually to those publishing houses that contribute the high production values, commercial viability and prestige to volumes of Western literature and to high quality media presentations.


 

2010 Will Rogers Medallion Awards

The Will Rogers Medallion Award is presented annually for Outstanding Achievement in the Publishing of Western Literature

From an August, 2010 media release:


2010 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners 

The Will Rogers Medallion Award Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 Will Rogers Medallion Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Publishing of Western Literature. The books, authors and publishers to be honored this year are: 

Cowboy Poetry

  Views From The Saddle
Author—Clark Crouch, Bothell, Washington
PublisherWestern Poetry Publications, Bothell, Washington
Loved it - Mr. Crouch grabbed me with "On The Other Side" and "Heaven Bound."

 
Western Nonfiction

  Outlaws, Outcasts and Second Chance Horses
AuthorPat Jacobs
PublisherGlory Ann Kurtz, Boyd, Texas
"As you turn the pages, you might see a lot of humor 'I didn't see as humorous at the time'
cutting horse legend and musician Pat Jacobs is also a legendary storyteller."
 

  Some Were Cowboys
AuthorPat Reagan, as told to Jean G. Schnitz
PublisherXlibris, Bloomington, Indiana

"I don't know if all the stories are true, but they sure make entertaining reading..."                

 

 

  Cowboy Park - Steer Roping Contests on the Border
AuthorJohn O. Baxter
PublisherTexas Tech University Press

"Impressive researchwell toldLoved the photographs...."

 Western FictionYoung Adult

  Hellie Jondoe
AuthorRandell Platt, Seattle, Washington                                               
PublisherTexas Tech University Press
Anne of Green Gables with an edge...

Western Fiction

  Texas Blood Feud
AuthorDusty Richards, Springdale, Arkansas
PublisherPinnacle Books, New York, NY
"A great Western storyteller and author at the peak of his form.."

“The continued inclusion of other types of Western literature along with cowboy poetry has been extremely gratifying,” said Charles Williams, Executive Director of the Will Rogers Medallion Committee.  “Two collections of stories from great natural storytellers highlight this year's books.  Pat Reagan, who passed away this spring, tells South Texas Ranch stories, and we are fortunate Jean Schnitz was there to collect them. Pat Jacobs, as anyone who listened to him for any length of time can tell you, is a gifted raconteur. The West still holds a great fascination for Americans and people around the world. The winners represent a truly outstanding selection of Western Literature of all types for many interests and ages. These authors and publishers are examples of the variety and quality that make Western books and films so popular.”

Will Rogers was a respected writer as well as cowboy entertainer.  The Medallion Committee hopes and believes that the Will Rogers Medallion Awards will help to expand the heritage of literature which honors the traditions and values of the American Cowboy, which Will did so much to embody and demonstrate. Initially, the Medallion Award was created to encourage the continued upgrading of the quality of published books of cowboy poetry. The honored books and films continue the establishment of this tradition of presenting cowboy poetry and other types of Western literature and media to the general public in an appealing and accessible manner. High quality publications like the books above invite readership in competition with many other forms of literature. As with Will’s published words, we believe that Medallion books have that timeless quality which allows them to be enjoyed over and over again. 

Outstanding books and films are the result of a collaborative effort between authors, editors, publishers and printers, and the award criteria emphasizes production values as well as artistic merit. The Will Rogers Medallion Award for Outstanding Merit/Excellence in Printing and Production is awarded annually to those publishing houses that contribute the high production values, commercial viability and prestige to volumes of Western literature and to high quality media presentations.


 

2009 Will Rogers Medallion Awards

The Will Rogers Medallion Award is presented annually for Outstanding Achievement in the Publishing of Western Literature

 

From an August, 2009 media release:

The Will Rogers Medallion Award Committee (www.willrogersmedallionaward.org) is proud to announce the winners of the 2009 Will Rogers Medallion Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Publishing of Western Literature.  The books, film, authors and publishers to be honored this year are:

 

Cowboy Poetry

  A Prairie Prayer                            
Author –
Bruce Roseland,  Seneca, SD

Publisher- North Dakota Institute For Regional Studies,Fargo, ND

The stories are real...Anyone with a farming or ranching background can relate to them...”

 

 

 

  Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out

Author - Ray Owens/Verna Owens, Artesia, NM

Publisher - Cowboy  Miner Publications, Phoenix, AZ

"So good I almost cried...This is one of the best cowboy poetry books of this or any other year..."

 

 

  Lost Trails
Author - Willard Hollopeter, Woodlake, NE 
Publisher - Pine Hill Press, Sioux Falls, SD

"A very well done book...Mr. Hollopeter sure has a sense of humor..."Rodeo" touched my heart..."

 

 

Western Nonfiction

Unbridled Cowboy            
Author -
Joseph B. Fussell/E.R. Fussell, LeRoy, NY

Publisher - Truman State University Press, Kirksville, MO

“Gripping - I couldn't put it down....A remarkably complete story about growing up in Texas."

 


Western Fiction– Young Adult

Beyond The Smoke
Author –
Terry Burns, Amarillo, TX
Publisher - BJU Press/Journeyforth Books, Greenville, SC

“A very readable book with a worthwhile message...Great for teens and young adults...”

 


Western Fiction

  Sittin' 'Round The Stove—Stories from the Real West       

Author – Ken Overcast,  Chinook, MT                                                                                 
Publisher – Bear Valley Press, Chinook, MT

“"This book was classified Fiction, although many of the stories are 100% true"..Ken is a storyteller in grand tradition of  Will Rogers, Jack Thorp, Will James and Ben K. Green...." 

 


Western Media -Film

On The Trail of Jack Thorp            
Director –
Susan Gervasi, Greenbelt, MD
Production Company – LazyG Films, Greenbelt, MD

Extremely well done story of a most interesting and important Westerner...great production values..."

 

 

“This is the second year we have included other types of Western Literature along with Cowboy Poetry, and the response has been exciting,” said Charles Williams, Executive Director of the Will Rogers Medallion Committee.  “We were especially excited to get an example of Western Media in the DVD about Jack Thorp.  It was also gratifying to see more Cowboy Poetry this year.  Humor was also well represented, and humor is what helps us get through the tough times. The West still holds a great fascination for Americans and people around the world. The winners represent a truly outstanding selection of Western Literature and Media of all types for many interests and ages. These authors and publishers are examples of the variety and quality that make Western books so popular.”             

                                                                  

Will Rogers was a respected writer as well as cowboy entertainer.  The Medallion Committee hopes and believes that the Will Rogers Medallion Awards will help to expand the heritage of literature which honors the traditions and values of the American Cowboy, which Will did so much to embody and demonstrate.  Initially, the Medallion Award was created to encourage the continued upgrading of the quality of published books of Cowboy Poetry.   The honored books and films continue the establishment of this tradition of presenting Cowboy Poetry and other types of Western Literature and Media to the general public in an appealing and accessible manner. High quality publications like the books above invite readership in competition with many other forms of literature.  As with Will’s published words, we believe that Medallion books have that timeless quality which allows them to be enjoyed over and over again. 

 

Outstanding books and films are the result of a collaborative effort between authors, editors, publishers and printers, and the award criterion emphasizes production values as well as artistic merit.  The Will Rogers Medallion Award for Outstanding Merit/Excellence in Printing and Production is awarded annually to those publishing houses that contribute the high production values, commercial viability and prestige to volumes of Western literature and to high quality media presentations.

 


 

2008 Will Rogers Medallion Awards

The Will Rogers Medallion Award is presented annually for Outstanding Merit/Excellence in Printing and Publication

 

2008 Will Rogers Medallion Award Winners

The Will Rogers Medallion Award Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2008 Will Rogers Medallion Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Publishing of Western Literature. The books, authors and publishers to be honored this year are:

Cowboy Poetry

Western Images Author – Clark Crouch, Bothell, WA
Publisher- Western Poetry Publications, Bothell, WA
 

Photographic Essays

Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. Author – Lisa Norman, Keystone, NE
Publisher – Trabon Publishing, Kansas City, MO

Lonesome Dove Author - Bill Wittliff, Austin, TX
Publisher – University of Texas Press, Austin, TX

Western Nonfiction

Rope to Win Author - Gail Hughbanks Woerner
Publisher - Eakin Press, Austin, TX

Clear Fork Kinship Author – Annie Nicholson Drake, Dallas, TX
Publisher – A. N. Drake Publishing, Dallas, TX

Western Fiction

Bronc Buster Author – Dave P. Fisher, Sparks, NV
Publisher - Double Diamond Books, Sparks, NV

Western Fiction – Young Adult

Toquop – Warrior Stallion Author – Mike Prince, Alamo, NV
Publisher – Cowboy Miner Productions, Phoenix, AZ

Western Fiction - Elementary

Longhorn Lullabies Author – Joanne K. Rhoads, Raymond, CA
Publisher – Flat Hat Publishing, Raymond, CA

Western/Chuckwagon Cookbooks

Chuckwagon Recipes & Others, V 1, 2 & 3
Authors – Sue Cunningham, Hartley, TX and Jean Cates, Amarillo, TX
Publisher – Cookbook Publishers, Lenexa, KN

Texas Cowboy Cookbook Author – Robb Walsh, Houston, TX
Publisher – Broadway Books, New York, NY

“This is the first year we have included other types of Western Literature along with Cowboy Poetry, and the response has been exciting,” said Charles Williams, Executive Director of the Will Rogers Medallion Committee. “The West still holds a great fascination for Americans and people around the world. The winners represent a truly outstanding selection of Western Literature of all types for many interests and ages. These authors and publishers are examples of the variety and quality that make Western books so popular.”

Will Rogers was a respected writer as well as cowboy entertainer. The Medallion Committee hopes and believes that the Will Rogers Medallion Awards will help to expand the heritage of literature which honors the traditions and values of the American Cowboy, which Will did so much to embody and demonstrate. Initially, the Medallion Award was created to encourage the continued upgrading of the quality of published books of Cowboy Poetry. The honored books continue the establishment of this tradition of presenting Cowboy Poetry and other types of Western Literature to the general public in an appealing and accessible manner. High quality publications like the books above invite readership in competition with many other forms of literature. As with Will’s published words, we believe that Medallion books have that timeless quality which allows them to be enjoyed over and over again.

Outstanding books are the result of a collaborative effort between authors, publishers and printers, and the award criterion emphasizes production values as well as artistic merit. The Will Rogers Medallion Award for Outstanding Merit/Excellence in Printing and Publication is awarded annually to those publishing houses that contribute the high production values, commercial viability and prestige to volumes of Western literature.


 

 

 

A November, 2007 media release:

The Will Rogers Medallion Award To Expand

The Will Rogers Medallion Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Publishing of Cowboy Poetry is being expanded to include other forms of Western literature. The new categories include Western Fiction, Western Non-fiction, Photographic Essays, Western Fiction for Children, Western Non-fiction for Children, Western Cookbooks and Documentary/Short Subject Films. The initial awards in the new categories will be presented in 2008 for works published in 2007.  The deadline for submissions is February 1st

Will Rogers was a respected writer as well as cowboy entertainer. The Medallion Committee hopes and believes that the Will Rogers Medallion Awards will help to expand the heritage of literature which honors the traditions and values of the American Cowboy, which Will did so much to embody and demonstrate. The Medallion Award was created to encourage the continued upgrading of the quality of published books of Cowboy Poetry. The goal for expanding the honoring Western Literature continues to be the recognizing of this tradition of presenting the American Cowboy and the American West to the general public in an appealing and accessible manner.

Each category will be judged by a blind jury of knowledgeable persons to rigorous criteria.  The details of the criteria may be found at www.willrogersmedallionaward.org.

The actual award will continue to be the highly prized plaques produced by The Old West Cedarmill of Yukon, Oklahoma. Time and date for the presentation will be announced.

Forms for submissions are on the website: www.willrogersmedallionaward.org.

 Questions may be directed to:

                                    Charles Williams, Executive Director
                                    Will Rogers Medallion Award
                                    6245 Chesley Lane
                                    Dallas, Texas 75214
                                    cewcbpo8@sbcglobal.net

 


2007 Will Rogers Medallion Award
for Cowboy Poetry Books

The Will Rogers Medallion Award is presented annually to select Cowboy Poetry books of outstanding excellence in content and design, volumes of enduring quality that preserve and celebrate the history and spirit of the West.

 

 

  West River Waltz, by DW Groethe (Cowboy Miner Productions)

  Arizona WomenWeird, Wild and Wonderful, by Dee Strickland Johnson (Cowboy Miner Productions)

  The Campfire Ain't Quite Out, by Kent Stockton (Cowboy Miner Productions)

  Rhymes & Damn Lies, by Mike Puhallo (Hancock House)

  Rodeo Country, by Bette Wolf Duncan

 


 

2006 Will Rogers Medallion Award
for Cowboy Poetry Books

The Will Rogers Medallion Award is presented annually to select Cowboy Poetry books of outstanding excellence in content and design, volumes of enduring quality that preserve and celebrate the history and spirit of the West.

 

From My Window
by Yvonne Hollenbeck
published by Pine Hill Press
ISBN: 1-57579-321-0
30549 291st Street
Clearfield, South Dakota 57580
605/557-3559
email

Sixty five new poems (including "What Would Martha Do?") together with pioneer stories and vintage photos never before published along with holiday poetry and poems about quilts and quilters.

 

 

       

Buck Ramsey's Grass
edited by Bette Ramsey and Scott Braucher published by Texas Tech
University Press
800.832.4042
ISBN -0-89672-569-3


Buck Ramsey's prose and poetry, Walt LaRue's original drawings, commentary from poets, folklorists, and friends, rare photos; images of historic Texas brands; with an accompanying CD of Buck Ramsey reciting his epic poem.


 

 2005 Will Rogers Medallion Award
for Cowboy Poetry Books

 

The Will Rogers Medallion Award is presented annually to select Cowboy Poetry books of outstanding excellence in content and design, volumes of enduring quality that preserve and celebrate the history and spirit of the West.

 

Where Sagebrush Grows
by Darin Brookman
illustrated by Brian Asher
published by Pair'a Spurs Press
ISBN: 09749518-03
Pair'a Spurs Press
Rt. 2 Box 20
Hollis, OK 73550
www.silvercreekcowboy.com



Exceptional poetry and art bring the world of cowboys, cattle and horses to life on the page. 

 

 

       

Short Poems & Tall Cowboys
by Jesse Colt
illustrated by Val Moker
published by Friesens Business Machines,  ISBN: 0-9734619-0-x
100 McKee Crescent
Regina Saskatchewan, Canada
S4S 5N6
www.valmoker.com



A poetic tribute to the cowboy, "the man who is true to himself," accompanied by impressive illustrations.  

Cowboy Poetry: Cloud Watchers
by Rolf Flake
published by Cowboy Miner Productions
ISBN 1-931725-06-3
Cowboy Miner Productions
P. O. Box 9674
Phoenix, Arizona 85068
www.cowboyminer.com

 

A half century of cowboying and ranching experience informs the stories and poems of a respected Arizona writer.

Cowboy Poetry: The Reunion
edited by Virginia Bennett
illustrations by Walt La Rue
published by Gibbs Smith, Publisher
ISBN: 1-58685-349x
Gibbs Smith, Publisher
PO Box 667
Layton, UT 84041
www.gibbs-smith.com


A definitive collection of modern and classic poets, released in conjunction with the 20th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.


 

2004 Will Rogers Medallion Award
for Cowboy Poetry Books

 

Arizona Herstory: Tales from Her Storied Past
by Dee Strickland Johnson (Buckshot Dot)
published by Cowboy Miner Productions
ISBN: 1931725055
Buckshot Dot Enterprises
HC 3 Box 593-F
Payson, Arizona  85541 
(928) 474-8305
www.buckshotdot.com

This impressive collection celebrates the history of the author's beloved
native state with careful scholarship, captivating tales, and no small
amount of humor. Native people, vaqueros, soldiers, cowboys, outlaws,
sheriffs, mule skinners, chuckwagon cooks, and settlers populate the poetry
and stories, and a panoramic view of the history and the settlement of the
West results.  

 

       

Born to This Land
by Red Steagall and Skeeter Hagler
published by Texas Tech
University Press

ISBN: 0896724921
Red Steagall's Cowboy Favorites
P.O. Box 136639
Fort Worth, TX 76136 
800-457-7966 http://www.redsteagall.com

This stunning book combines the acclaimed poetry of Red Steagall, The Official Cowboy Poet of Texas, and the Pulitzer Prize winning photos of Skeeter Hagler. They examine the traditions  passed from generation to generation,  while exploring the impact of cowboying on those who choose it as a way of life.

 

Ground Tied
by Lyn Messersmith
published by
EZ Rein Publishing
printed by Pine Hill Press
ISBN: 1575792567
Lyn Messersmith
HC 75 Box 13
Seneca, NE 69161
email

Acclaimed poet and third-generation rancher Lyn Messersmith best describes
her excellent volume "These poems and I were born of the land, and we don't
stray very far from it."  The book is thoughtful illustrated by Bobbi
DeNaeyer Owens, a Montana rancher and the author's daughter. 

 

Pat Richardson Unhobbled
by Pat Richardson
published by Pine Hill Press
ISBN: 1575792729
Pat Richardson
562 Breeze Avenue
Merced, California 95348
209/722-4612
email

AWA Cowboy Poet of the Year Pat Richardson draws on his rodeo days --literally and figuratively; his own fine drawings are included--his dangerous imagination, and many rich experiences in his unique observations that result in his carefully written, hilarious poetry. 

 

Time Not Measured by a Clock
by Carole Jarvis
published by Cowboy Miner Productions
ISBN: 1931725071
Carole Jarvis
43909 West Highway 60
Wickenburg, Arizona 85390
www.CowboyShowcase.com/cowboypoetry4.htm 

Years of cowboying and ranching across the West inform Carole Jarvis's
impressive prose and poetry. From humorous ranch-wife stories to well
crafted poetry, her knowledge and honesty lay a firm foundation for her
engaging work. The sensitive illustrations by Larry Bute unfailingly match
the spirit of the writing. 

 

Turning to Face the Wind
by Jane Ambrose Morton
published by Cowboy Miner Productions
ISBN: 193172508x
Jane Morton, 12710 Abert Way, Colorado
Springs, CO 80908
email


The poems, stories, and vintage photos of this much published writer
chronicle her family's Colorado ranching history. Morton's clear and candid
writing brings these sturdy people to life in these warm and honest tales of
hardships and rewards from the family's pioneering beginnings to the
challenges it and all ranching families face today. 

 



2003 Will Rogers Medallion Award

 

A Little Bit of Texas
by Rod Nichols
published by: Passage Publishing
ISBN: 0-9715926-9-1
P.O. Box 215,6140 Hwy. 6
Missouri City, TX 77459
web site


This proud son of Texas captures the heart and humor of Cowboy and Western
life in a collection of nearly 100 poems with a wide range of styles and subjects. Rod Nichols' work has been featured in numerous publications and in books such as Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day
O'Connor's recent biography about growing up on the Lazy B Ranch.

 

       

Where Prairie Flowers Bloom
by
Yvonne Hollenbeck
ISBN: 1-57579-242-7
30549 291st Street
Clearfield, South Dakota 57580
605/557-3559
email

This collection of poetry, stories, and photos tells the tales of western
prairie settlers and their modern day ranch family counterparts.  South
Dakota rancher Yvonne Hollenbeck descends from many generations of ranchers and cowboys. She is a featured performer at Elko and other gatherings.

Horse Tracks Through the Sage
by Sunny Hancock and Jesse Smith
published by Cowboy Miner Productions
ISBN: 1-931725-02-0
P. O. Box 9674
Phoenix, AZ 85068
602-944-3763
www.cowboyminer.com

Two of today's top Cowboy Poets team up in a volume of over 50 of their
most-requested poems in this modern classic.  Sunny Hancock and Jesse Smith
use their extensive cowboying experiences and great imaginations to create
memorable in poems that range from inspirational to hilarious. The book has
forewords by Baxter Black and Chris Isaacs and an introduction by the late
Larry McWhorter.

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Somewhere Between Earth and Heaven
by Mike Dunn
Linda's Letters & Publications
3045 North Lemon
Mesa, Arizona   85215
408-641-7175
ldunn2@cox.net

This collection is a showcase for Arizonan Mike Dunn's versatility. Its
humorous, serious, and inspirational poems capture the past and present of
cowboy and ranching life. Dunn is recognized for his impressive delivery of his own work and the classics at gatherings across the West.



 

2002 
Will Rogers Medallion Award

 

The Fence That Me and Shorty Built 
by Red Steagall
published by Bunkhouse Press
ISBN: 0967761018
P.O. Box 136639
Fort Worth, TX 76136
800-457-7966
www.redsteagall.com

The latest inspirational book penned by world famous entertainer, singer,
songwriter and poet Red Steagall contains all of his poetry and music written since his first book, "Ride For the Brand."  The book contains musical lead sheets, personal photos, and Red Steagall's commentary regarding the inspirations for many of his works.  (Introduction by
President George W. Bush)



       

The Big Roundup
edited by Margo Metegrano
published by New West Library,
ISBN: 0971255032
P. O. Box 33044
San Francisco, CA 94133  
800-345-6665
www.cowboypoetry.com

An anthology of over 140 classic and contemporary  poems, with a "Best of
the West" appendix with international entries for the best Cowboy gatherings
and events, organizations, and museums; and a full author, title and first line index. (Foreword by Professor Tom Mayo, Dallas Morning News poetry
reviewer)



Rhymes, Reasons, and Pack Saddle Proverbs
by Chris Isaacs
published by Cowboy Miner Productions
ISBN: 0966209168
P. O. Box 9674
Phoenix, AZ 85068
602-944-3763
 www.cowboyminer.com

This outstanding book is a collection of poetry, observations, and illustrations by Chris Isaacs, who has been a rodeo cowboy, working cowboy, guest ranch manager, horseshoer, and packer.  (Introduction by Larry McWhorter)


 

Piled Higher and Deeper
by Mike Puhallo
with illustrations by Wendy Liddle published by Hancock House
ISBN: 088839487X
1431 Harrison Avenue,
Blaine, WA 98230
800-938-1114  www.hancockhouse.com

This collection of 45 poems by Mike Puhallo range from silly to serious.
Mike Puhallo has been a working cowboy, a saddle bronc rider, a packer, and horse trainer. This is the fifth book created in collaboration with
award-winning cartoonist Wendy Liddle; every poem  is illustrated with her trademark wit and humor.


 

Rainman
by Lloyd Shelby
published by Painted Word Studios
P.O. Box 1606
Crosby, TX 77532
888-313-0334 

Texas poet and storyteller Lloyd Shelby's book is a compilation of his acclaimed epic poetry, illustrated with original art. Lloyd Shelby worked his way through school shoeing horses and working with cutting horses. Today he performs at schools, libraries and other organizations and appears at
gatherings and events throughout the West.

 


 

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