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June Announcement for the Utah Westerners






Rhymes will ricochet off the walls of the Alta Club as we enjoy an evening of a time-honored Western tradition: cowboy poetry. Utah Westerner Rod Miller will introduce the subject, with a brief rundown of the history, resurgence, and continuing popularity of cowboy poetry. Gibbs Smith, Westerner and respected publisher, will recount his involvement with cowboy poetry, including the publication of several anthologies that helped popularize the art.

Then the microphone will pass to two ofUtah’s finest and most acclaimed cowboy poets. Award-winning reciter Paul Bliss will favor us with recitations of classic poems from cowboy poetry’s distant and more recent past, and Brenda “Sam” DeLeeuw will entertain us with the humorous, entertaining, and downright outlandish poems that make her a popular performer around the West.

Rod Miller is author of the collection Things a Cowboy Sees and Other Poems and several other books. His poetry has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. A founding member and former officer of Cowboy Poets of Utah, he now serves on the Executive Board of Western Writers of America and is winner of that organization’s Spur Award for Poetry.

Long-time Utah Westerner Gibbs Smith is a pivotal figure in the resurgence and current popularity of cowboy poetry. His contribution to the art includes publication of numerous anthologies, including the ground-breaking Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering, Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin’ and Rhymin,’ and several others. A long-time supporter of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Western Folklife Center, he serves that organization as a member of the National Advisory Council.

A lifelong Utah cowboy, now living in Salem, Paul Bliss has driven livestock across the West from the saddle, a wagon, and the driver’s seat of a long-haul truck. One winter he rode horseback through the west desert to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. He has appeared on the main stage of that gathering; won championship buckles at the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, and has appeared at other cowboy poetry gatherings around the West. Paul is a respected reciter of original as well as classic cowboy poems. He served as both President and Chairman of the Board of Cowboy Poets of Utah.

Brenda “Sam” DeLeeuw grew up inIdaho where she competed in arena events and was a rodeo queen. Sam is widely recognized and honored for her poetry and has won numerous awards: twice named Female Poet of the Year by the Western Music Association, inducted into the Cowboy Poets of Idaho Hall of Fame, named Humorist of the Year and Will Rogers Award winner by the Academy of Western Artists, and National Cowboy Rodeo winner. A popular performer, Sam appears on stages all over the West. Past President of Cowboy Poets of Utah, she currently serves as president of the Wordsmiths Chapter of the Western Music Association.

This will be an unforgettable and entertaining evening that you won’t want to miss. In fact, you would do well to invite a guest to enjoy this unique event with you.


June 8, 2012 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

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