Calling all cowboy poets

<p>Barbara Nelson of Pendleton is among the featured performers celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week Saturday at Pendleton Center for the Arts.</p>

A pair of weekend events will help people kick up their heels in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week.

Lonnie Shurtleff, The Eclectic Cowboy, will present a cowboy poetry workshop Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the Pendleton Public Library, 501 S.W. Emigrant Ave. The cowboy fun continues in the evening with a program of poetry and music organized by Shurtleff beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. Sponsored by Pendleton Friends of the Library, both events are free.

Shurtleff grew up running wild horses in the Owyhee Desert and cattle ranching in Eastern Oregon’s Blue Mountains. The singer, poet and storyteller is a member of the Western Music Association and won the Cowboy Poets of Idaho’s 2011 Golden Note Award.

The three-hour workshop includes an introduction to cowboy poetry, its history and hands-on guidance in creating poetry. Participants also will practice presenting poetry.

The evening program will open with a flag ceremony and acknowledgment of military personnel. Also, some of the workshop participants will present their material.

The entertainment lineup includes Pendleton’s Barbara Nelson. In February, she received the Will Rogers award from the Academy of Western Artists in the Western Female Music category.

Since joining the Western Music Association, Nelson has made the rounds, singing at cowboy events, rodeos and poetry gatherings.

She has six albums including her latest, “Crazy Western Swing,” which includes Pendleton musicians Dan Emert and Alan Feves.

Others who will take the stage include Bobbie Hunter, poet and president of Cowboy Poets of Idaho; J.B. Barber, representing the Palouse Country Cowboy Poets Association; and Allan and Corean Romriell, also of the Idaho poets.

Although not required, people can pre-register for the workshop by calling the library at 541-966-0380.

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