❖ The Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering (CCPMG), a non-profit organization, preserves and perpetuates our cowboy legacy through its program every February when poets and musicians gather to celebrate this heritage.

❖ On Feb 3-5, 2017, we will be celebrating our 25th year. This year’s theme is Silver Screen Cowboys.

❖ The youth component of CCPMG is the Western Heritage Schools Outreach Program (WHSOP). The WHSOP would like to partner with schools and youth organizations to promote literacy and personal growth.

❖ The program is designed to encourage all students in grades 3rd through12th to learn western history and culture, write poetry, and enter their poem into our poetry contest.

❖ Youth Poetry contest open to all 3rd through 12th graders. Refer to: contest rules and entry form below






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BENEFITS to Schools and Youth Organizations:

❖ Western heritage teaching resources

❖ Poetry writing in compliance with Arizona education writing standards

❖ The opportunity to receive a professional visiting Cowboy poet, musician or story teller on February 2 or 3, 2017

❖ Adjunct instructor/ WHSOP volunteer to lead discussion/presentation


❖ The Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering will recognize six categories of winners: First Grand, Second Grand, First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention.

❖ The CCPMG may award up to five $1000 scholarships to seniors. The Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering has dedicated one of the five scholarships to Roy “Bud” Strom and will henceforth be known as the “Bud Strom Memorial Scholarship”.

❖ All student winners and their families will be invited to the annual Poetry Contest Winners’ Party – called the “Cowpie Party”.

❖ The First Grand, Second Grand, and 1st through 3rd Place winners may receive a small monetary prize contingent upon performing their poems from memory on stage at The Gathering.

❖ All winners will have their poems published in the Saddlebag of Poems and receive a complimentary copy.

❖ All student winners will have the opportunity to have their photograph taken by a professional photographer and have their picture included in the Saddlebag of Poems.

❖ All student winners and their parents will receive complimentary tickets to The Gathering when the student winner is performing.


❖ WHSOP volunteer is prepared to visit your school and make a poetry presentation on the day of your choosing between August 24 and October 28, 2016.

❖ We offer three levels of presentations depending on your needs and time constraints: “Just the Facts” (15 minutes), “The Facts plus Cowboy Life” (45 min) or “Let’s Talk about Cowboy Poetry” (45 min- 1hour).


❖ Poems entered into the contest will be due no later than November 15, 2016.

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