This Saturday night in Irving, Texas, the Academy of Western Artists hosts a big soiree to pass out Will Rogers Awards in a variety of categories, as they have since 1996 to honor those who are “taking the contemporary cowboy and western movement to new and exciting heights.”
My friend Paul Bliss gets this year’s Male Cowboy Poet Award. Fellow Western Writers of America members and friends Chris Enss wins the Nonfiction Book Award for Object Matrimony, and Larry Sweazy wins the Fiction Book Award for The Coyote Tracker.
Things a Cowboy Sees and Other Poems by yours truly won the Buck Ramsey Award for Best Cowboy Poetry Book.
Since I am unable to attend the ceremony I won’t get the award statue—but the Academy of Western Artists assures me they will send “a very, very nice certificate signifying your accomplishment.”