Randy Rieman, Cowboy Poet

Randy RiemanMaster reciter Randy Rieman has performed at every one of the Western Folklife Center's National Cowboy Poetry Gatherings since 1986 (the second gathering) and has served on the gathering's Steering Committee. He's been a featured performer at events across the West, including the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering in Prescott, Arizona; the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Alpine, Texas; California's Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, and many other gatherings. He provided the following information.

Randy has made his living as a working cowboy and a horse trainer for the last 30 years. He started his cowboy career in Montana, and then moved to Nevada and California, spending several years working in each state. In 1994, he went to work for the Parker Ranch on the big island of Hawaii and spent the next nine years there starting colts and training stock horses.

"Cowboy poetry literally changed my life. I have met some of my closest friends, traveled to places I would not have visited and had experiences that I would not have had if I hadn't been involved with cowboy poetry. For example, in 1995, I took part in a trip to the United Kingdom to do a fifteen-city tour of cowboy poetry in celebration of their "Year of Literature."

"I have been reciting cowboy poetry (in public) since the second gathering in Elko in 1986. I love the classics, and if I have a specialty, I guess it would be keeping those traditional, classic cowboy poems in front of today's audiences. I like lots of different styles of poetry—rhymed and metered or free verse, ancient or contemporary— and some of my favorite poems are from outside the "cowboy corral." I love lots of different literature, and my taste in music is as eclectic as my taste in the written word.

"Poetry is, I believe, the most personal form of written expression we humans have available to us. Whether we wrote the piece, or just found that we identify with the message a particular poem conveys, it becomes personal in a way that's unique to poetry."

Visit the Performer's Web Page: www.CowboyPoetry.com/RandyRieman.htm

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