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The eleventh annual Cowboy Poetry Week is celebrated April 15-21, 2012.

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

This page lists the 2012 activities of friends of cowboy poetry: poets, performers, radio disk jockeys, and others. 

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).

Poets' and others' 2012 activities are below.

 

   

 


Web reproduction permitted for Cowboy Poetry Week promotion with the credit line included:
"'Heads or Tails" © 2004, by R.S. Riddick, www.cowboyartistsofamerica.com;  Cowboy Poetry Week 2012, www.cowboypoetry.com"
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We're honored to have the work of noted Western artist R.S. Riddick and his painting, "Heads or Tails," featured as the eleventh annual Cowboy Poetry Week poster. "Heads or Tails" was painted at Colorado's Diamond Tail Ranch. The pictured cowboy is bringing in horses the traditional way, with one halter lead. The lead rope of one horse is tied to the tail of the horse in front of it, thus the painting's title, "Heads or Tails." Read more about the art and artist here.

Posters are not sold. They are offered to libraries in our Rural Library Program and to supporters of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, which sponsors CowboyPoetry.com, Cowboy Poetry Week, the Rural Library Program, 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

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Cowboy Poetry Week News and Events

 Email us your 2012 news and reports.

See the main Cowboy Poetry Week page here.

 


Cowboy Poetry Week News

Newest below
 

(Find earlier news on Page Two and
lists of Events and Radio and Internet shows on Page Three.)

California poet Wendy Brown-Barry and her popular partner Flash make a return appearance for a Cowboy Poetry Week event at the  Mariposa County Library on Saturday, April 21.

She writes:

I will be performing cowboy poetry at the Mariposa County Library on April 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM. My "poetry pard" Madison Seamans will be joining me again this year, and my dog Flash is invited back as well. My books will be available for a book signing and Madison will have his Western art on display. Not only is Madison an equine veterinary, he is a talented artist, and cowboy poet. We have been performing together for about ten years, and are both looking forward to promoting Cowboy Poetry Week...


photo by Linda Gast
Flash and Wendy Brown-Barry

Visit Wendy Brown-Barry's web site at wendybrown-barry.com for more about her and Flash.

Posted 4/4


Nebraska's Rushville Public Library, part of the Rural Library Program, shared a photo of their framed Cowboy Poetry Week poster. They write, "...it is hanging above the computers and is visible when you walk into the library."



 

Posted 4/9


  Radio host Totsie Slover has received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.

See the proclamation here.

Totsie Slover's Real West from the Old West weekly radio program will celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week on its April 18th program. The program regularly airs Western Swing, Western Music, and cowboy poetry, including tracks from The BAR-D Roundup.

Shows are available live and on-demand for one week.

See our feature about Real West from the Old West here and visit www.realwestoldwest.com and Totsie Slover's blog, realwestoldwest.wordpress.com.

Posted 4/9


Montana's Miles City, Montana library shared photos of their Cowboy Poetry Week display:

 

 

Posted 4/11


   Poet and reciter Dick Morton and poet and writer Jane Morton  have received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

See the proclamation here.

Updated 4/11


   Reciter Jerry Brooks has received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert.

See the proclamation here.

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

Updated 4/11


  Idaho's Hailey Public Library shared a photo of their Cowboy Poetry Week display:

Posted 4/11


From Old Town Clovis:

Old Town Clovis is having its first Black Pot Cook Off and Cowboy Poetry Reading on April 22nd! We are looking for Cowboy Poets to come out and read their poems, as well as cooks or teams of cooks for the Black Pot Cook Off.

PLEASE if you know of anyone who might be interested send them our way - (559) 298-5774 or info@oldtownclovis.org or www.oldtownclovis.org. Thank you!

April 22, 2012
Black Pot Cook Off and Cowboy Poetry Reading
  Clovis, California ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week
 

Posted 4/11


    Poet and songwriter Robert C. Atkin has received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

See the proclamation here.

Updated 4/12


   Texas writer and poet Linda Kirkpatrick sent a photo of an exhibit she prepared for the Real County Public Library in her hometown of Leakey, Texas:

Linda Kirkpatrick recorded the 2012 Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry Public Service Announcement that is on The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Seven. You can listen to it here.

She has also contacted Texas Governor Rick Perry with a request for a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation.

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

Posted 4/12


    Poet and storyteller Marci Broyhill (www.marcibroyhill.com) received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, in person, on April 11, 2012:

 

See the proclamation here.

updated 4/12


   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 will observe Cowboy Poetry Week by featuring some regional poets on both KFYR AM 550 and KBMR AM 1130. He's told us, "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.

This year, so far, his schedule includes cowboy poets Dale Nystrom of New Rockford, North Dakota on Monday, April 16; Jonathan Marohl of St. Anthony, North Dakota on Wednesday, April 18; and another poet to be announced, for Friday, April 20.

Past years' Cowboy Poetry Week broadcasts featured DW Groethe, Rodney Nelson, Elizabeth Ebert, Ken Overcast, and others.

Read more about Al Gustin here at KFYR.

Posted 4/12


  The 4th annual Songs of the Cowboys in Cody, Wyoming, celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week at their event, April 20-22, 2012.  

April 20-22, 2012
4th Annual Songs of the Cowboys Cody, Wyoming ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

From Leslie Keltner

Runumuk Cowgirl Productions is proud to present the 4th annual "Songs of the Cowboys" festival in Cody, Wy April 20-22. Twenty-five musicians from 7 states will gather in the Bandana Room of the Holiday Inn to perform traditional cowboy music and poetry in three concerts, day sessions, and a Sunday morning gospel session. tickets are only $10.00 per concert,
$10.00 for the day sessions.

Late night jam sessions will be held at the Irma Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights.

Join a community wide celebration of cowboy music, poetry, and tradition. For info, call 307-587-1558 Leslie or e-mail cowpoet@vcn.com.

We are funded in part by the Wyoming Arts Council, the Park County Travel Council, and the Dude Ranchers Association.

Performers include: Larry Thompson, Glenn Ohrlin & the Bunkhouse Corral, Otto Rosfeld, Bob Lantis, John Shreve, Joe Bain, Rex Rideout, Pop Wagner, Gwen Petersen, Mike Hurwitz, John Sidle, Bruce South, Yampa Valley Boys, Jim Garry, Susan Park, Vic Anderson, Ike Hall, Leslie Keltner, Blue Prairie, Ken Ackerson, Norrine Linderman, and Larry Thompson Family.

Updated 4/12
 


  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.

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, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

This year's Cowboy Poetry Week show takes place Thursday, April 19 at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, with Yvonne Hollenbeck:

April 19, 2012
Heritage of the American West Performance Series Spearfish, South Dakota ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week  

An evening with the most awarded cowboy poet in the country is the centerpiece for the Heritage of the American West Performance Series celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week, April 15 - 21, 2012. An officially designated recognition by Congress and many states and communities (including South Dakota and Spearfish) the event marks the legacy of the oral tradition of the cowboy; storytellers in rhyme of generations of western history and contemporary country living.

Yvonne Hollenbeck, a two-time Will Rogers Medallion Award winner and the best among cowboy poets from the Western Music Association, Academy of Western Artists and multiple invitations to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, will perform on the Heritage Stage, Thursday, April 19th at the High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish, SD. "From laughter to tears, you will find yourself connecting your own experiences with Yvonne's story telling—whether you were/are ranch raised or not," says Francie Ganje with the Heritage Series. "An authentic voice is capable of reaching across age and lifestyle boundaries to connect with all people. That bests describes an evening with Yvonne Hollenbeck."

The event opens at 6:00pm with the exhibit "Cowboy Song Tradition", an exhibit from the George B. German Music Archives in Mitchell, SD. It portrays the rich tradition of the cowboy song in a series of panels which include photographs, sheet music, and historical accounts of the lives and music of Charles Badger Clark, Tex Fletcher, George B. German, Rusty Holman, Lloyd Prichard, and Ben Stoller. The exhibit includes the recently restored video-documentary, Ride Around Cowboy, created by the Music Archives in 1980.

Also on display will be official proclamations noting Cowboy Poetry Week from Governor's in five states, the official U.S. Congressional Resolution autographed by its sponsors, the proclamation from the City of Spearfish, and historical cowboy poetry books on loan from private collectors.

Show time is at 7pm with the talent of
Emily Jerde on the 1913 M. Schulz Upright Grand Piano in the Theatre. A country girl from Reva, SD., she is a classically trained pianist and violinist currently studying songwriting and music production at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. She will open the performance with vintage Western music.

Also joining the show are two award winning orators from Elm Springs Elementary Country School, in Meade County.
Jacob Linn and Carter Elshere, both 7th graders, will present cowboy poetry by world famous cowboy poet Badger Clark, who lived in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Their performance introduces "The Badger: Excellence In Cowboy Poetry," presented each year by the Heritage Series to the cowboy poet who best represents the art form in published works, audio and video programming and recording, public appearances and mentoring. This year's recipient is Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, SD.

Doors open at 6pm with $12 admission that includes the "The Cowboy Song Tradition" exhibit, the live stage performance, free admission to the Heritage Museum, and complimentary pie at Perkins Family Restaurant, Spearfish, SD. Contact the High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish, SD at 605-642-9378 for tickets.

Find more on the Heritage of the American West Facebook page.

Updated 4/12


  Dianetribitt2007.jpg (18039 bytes)  Poet and songwriter Diane Tribitt has received a proclamation for Cowboy Poetry Week from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.

See the proclamation here.

Updated 4/13


  In the news:

"Library Wrangles Cowboy Poetry Week," Standard-Examiner, April 15, 2012

  "'Voice of the West' heard on cowboy poems," by Debbie Croft, Merced Star, April 14, 2012

"Cowboy Poetry Week..." Pinedale Online, April 12, 2012

"Library Offers Workshop on Cowboy Poetry," by Mila Morgan, The Observer, April 11, 2012

Updated 4/16


    Top cowgirl poet, South Dakota ranch wife, and champion quilter Yvonne Hollenbeck will receive the Badger Award from the Heritage of the American West Performance Series on Thursday, April 19, 2012, during their annual Cowboy Poetry Week show.

From their announcement:

The Heritage of the American West Performance Series annually recognizes a cowboy poet from the High Plains region who best represents the traditional art form in published works in print, audio and video programming and recording, public appearances and mentoring. Based on the well known cowboy poet Badger Clark, who during his lifetime achieved recognition for his rich western poetry and earned the title of South Dakota's first Poet Laureate, “The Badger” honors those whose writings mirror his individualism and connection with the West.

Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, South Dakota, a two-time Will Rogers Medallion Award winner and the best among female poets from the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists is the recipient of the 2012 “The Badger: Excellence In Cowboy Poetry” Award.

A native of Gordon, Neb., Hollenbeck likes calling cattle country her home and feels very much a part of the history as the great-granddaughter of Ben Arnold, a well publicized old-time Dakota cowhand who came to the state with the Texas trail herds. Hollenbeck has published multiple, nationally awarded books and CD’s and is recognized as the top female poet performer in the country by the American Music Association and Academy of Western Artists and is highly regarded in the cowboy/western entertainment industry.

...Former Texas Poet Laureate Red Steagall calls hers a “special gift. The ability to project life scenes through poetry is very rewarding and Yvonne does that.” Academy of Western Artist’s Cowboy Poet of the Year Ken Cook, Martin, SD, refers to her work as “...poetic genius. Yvonne is a flawless composer with pen and paper. Her poetry corrals ranch life and delivers it brilliantly to the world.”

Presenting the award will be last year’s recipient of “The Badger,” Elizabeth Ebert, Thunder Hawk, SD, a nationally known and awarded poet in her own right. “Yvonne presents the best meter and rhyme of anyone I know. I admire her words that are so close to the land.”

Find more about the Heritage of the American West Performance Series here.

Find more about Yvonne Hollenbeck in our feature here and visit www.YvonneHollenbeck.com.

Posted 4/16


   Poet and humorist Jerry Schleicher received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

See the proclamation here.

Posted 4/16


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

See the proclamation here.

Posted 4/16


   Steve and Terri Taylor of STAMPEDE! (www.saddlepalmusic.com) appear at the South Jordan Library in Jordan, Utah, (10673 Redwood Road, So.) on April 17, at 7:PM in a Cowboy Poetry Week event:

April 17, 2012
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the South Jordan Library
  Jordan, Utah ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

Posted 4/16


  In the news:

  "Brownback proclaims 'Cowboy Poetry Week,' urges Kansans to celebrate accordingly," by the Associated Press, The Republic, April 17, 2012


Posted 4/17


   Radio broadcaster Jarle Kvale of KEYA Public Radio received a proclamation for Cowboy Poetry Week from North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple.

See the proclamation here.

Posted 4/17


  In celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week,

April 21, 2012
Cowboy Poetry at the Mariposa County Library 
Mariposa, California ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week