Reception with refreshments follows
Poet Sandy Longhorn and author Aimee LaBrie, this years judges of the Periphery prizes, will read alongside several Drake student writers from Periphery 51 at the Des Moines Public Library, Central Branch. This project is in support of the Food Bank of Iowa.
David Nelsons, Tennessees Cowboy Poet Laureate, cowboy career began in the mid-1990s when he worked with the Kirkwell Cattle Company in Springfield Colorado. Cowboy Poetry has been around for centuries and is a unique form of storytelling. In America, it has its roots during the Great Cattle Drives of the 1880s. Cowboys would come in after working all day and sit around telling yarns in rhyme. In 2004, Nelson was given the title of "The Cowboy Poet Laureate of Tennessee" by Governor Bredesen and the General Assembly.