The executive director of the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada, which hosts the prestigious National Cowboy Poetry Gathering every January.
Best Western I Saw:
True Grit (the new one).
Best Book I Read This Year:
Bone Rattler: A Mystery of Colonial America by Eliot Pattison.
Book I Loved:
Paul Zarzyski’s 51: 30 Poems, 20 Lyrics, 1 Self-Interview.
Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 2011.
Paul Zarzyski’s “Cordwood.”
Western Musicians to Keep an Eye On:
Wylie Gustafson; Tim Hus; Marshall Ford Swing Band.
Amy Hale Auker (the poet released her essay collection, Rightful Place, in 2011).