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Cowboy Poetry Under the Stars

Date: May 06, 2021

In the spirit of our western heritage, we invite you to an intimate evening of Cowboy poetry. A sometimes forgotten art form that has been carried on, mostly in the oral tradition, for over a century, cowboy poetry has stood the test of time as a vital part of our western, ranching and cowboy heritage. Four of the countries best and most awarded contemporary cowboy poets will entertain and enlighten us with poems both classic and contemporary, some serious and some funny, it will be an event you will not soon forget. Refreshments will be served.

Jeff Gore


Jeff Gore has been performing since he was 4 years old. He has spent the last 30 years traveling and singing Cowboy and Gospel music all over the US and abroad. He is the recipient of the Male Vocalist of the Year award in Cowboy Music from the Academy of Western Artists (1997), and a lifetime achievement award winner for Western Music by the American Cowboy Culture Association (2005, the youngest ever to receive this award). Gore has also produced and acted on television, appeared in film, and is currently producing, directing, and starring in a film based on his 2010 novel, Jingle In The Horses. Jeff also serves on the Executive Committee for the Western Heritage Classic. Along with these and other accomplishments, he is proudest when asked to ride out with a crew of cowboys on the wagon to ranches from Texas to Idaho. He and his wife Donna (of over 30 years), have two married daughters who live in Abilene, Texas with their husbands. They also have four grandsons.

Chris Isaacs

Chris Isaacs

Cowboy by profession, Entertainer by accident

A lifetime horseback

Been in 4 major motion pictures (but it's been a while)

Explosive Generation

Harms Way


McKinnas Gold

On community stage plays over the years

Active as a Humorist and Poet for the last 22 years

Teresa Burleson

Teresa Burleson is an award winning poet whose poems are inspired by her personal experiences and the Western way of life. She has an appreciation for the agricultural industries and the people who dedicate their lives to it and make a living from it. Teresa's zest for life is evident in her poetry as well as her ability to make people laugh and touch their lives.

With a clear, soft Texas drawl and a voice that Waddie Mitchell once declared was "like silk”, her poetry is beautiful, soulful and aimed straight for the western heart or the funny bone.

Her passion for Western Heritage is also her number one source of income. Her position as Director of the Stockyards Museum, in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, allows her the opportunity to promote and perpetuate the local history and the archive of the cattle drives that passed through Fort Worth.

Teresa and her husband Bobby live in the rural area of Parker County, Texas. They raise quarter horses and Bobby makes his living building custom bits and spurs.

She was honored to be named the 2017 Female Poet of the Year and her CD, The Calf Book, received the 2017 Poetry CD of the Year, by the International Western Music Association. In 2010 she was awarded the Cowgirl Poet of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.

Jay Snider

Jay Snider was born into a ranching and rodeo family in southwest Oklahoma. Today, he makes his home in Cyril with his wife, Sandi. His dad was a top roper and rodeo cowboy; his granddad was a brand inspector for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Jay rodeoed during his early years. He now stays busy raising cattle and ranch horses and team roping.

Writing and reciting cowboy stories in verse since 1996, Jay says he's not sure his English teacher would consider it poetry. Explaining the reason behind the pursuit, he says: "I've been researching the cowboy way of life for nearly 60 years. I felt a need to preserve some of the stories I heard from the old timers, and I wanted to try to relive some of my own experiences. Fortunately, cowboy poetry seems to appeal to most people. I thank God for the greatest super-hero of all times: the American Cowboy."

Jay has appeared at many of the major cowboy gatherings: the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine; Cal Farley's Youth Poetry Gathering near Amarillo, Texas; National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock, Texas; Arizona Cowboy Poets' Gathering in Prescott; Kamloops Cowboy Festival in Kamloops, British Columbia; and four appearances at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko, Nevada. He also appeared on Country Music Television’s Christmas in Cowboy Country, hosted by Clint Black.

2005 Best of the Best at National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Kanab, Utah

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