Western Music Association

Western Music Association

Western Wordsmiths Chapter


Our Mission:
To produce, promote and preserve the tales, stories and poems
of the Western culture in written or oral form.

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The Western Music Association was founded in 1988 to foster the professional growth of individual performing members through their web site, the quarterly "Western Way," the annual International Western Music Festival every November, state and regional chapters, and an Educational Outreach Program.

The Western Wordsmiths Chapter started in 2011 to provide more support and opportunities for Western writers within the Western Music Association. Our members include poets, authors, story tellers, song writers and lyricists. Their publications include poems, books, recordings, novels, short stories, non-fiction articles, and videos.

If you are willing to help the new officers implement more new events and/or you have knowledge and experience in fundraising, putting presentations into schools, judging poetry, grant writing,creating standards for prose and non-fiction, medial and publicity, and recruiting volunteers, we need you. If you have an idea for Western Wordsmiths and are willing to chair a committee to make it happen, please contact us. If you are a Western Wordsmiths member, and if you have the time and if you have a thick skin and if and want to volunteer, we want to hear from you. Please contact Dale Page or Susie Knight for any of the above reasons. Thanks!

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WMA Western Wordsmiths chapter

Welcome to New Members:



Welcome to New Board Members:

Dennis Russell Nazelrod
Francine Roark Robison

Thanks to Outgoing Board Members:

Aspen Black
Teresa Burleson

Diane Tribitt


Deanna Dickinson McCall was the winner of the Georgie Sicking Award.

Dennis Russell Nazelrod was the winner of the novice class of the Cowboy Poetry Jackpot. Al "Doc" Mehl was the winner of the professional class.

WMA Awards to Western Wordsmiths members:

  • 2014 Female Poet of the Year: Susie Knight

  • 2014 Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year: "Mustang Spring" by Deanna Dickinson McCall

  • 2014 Western Album of the Year: "Granite Mountain" by Belinda Gail

  • 2014 Duo or Group of the Year: Miss Devon & The Outlaw

  • 2014 Radio DJ/Radio Program of the Year: Totsie Slover - The Real West from the Old West - Deming, NM
  • Steve Deming released a new CD, "Wonderful Moment."

    Teresa Burleson, Devon Dawson, Sam DeLeeuw, Juni Fisher, Belinda Gail, Susie Knight, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Diane Tribitt were among Devon Dawson's COWGIRL TOP 20 Women in Western Music & Poetry who inspired her table decor for the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame luncheon, Oct. 2014

    Aspen Black released a new CD, "Eastern Western Cowgirl."

    Terry Brown released a new CD, "Party on the Prairie."

    A poem by Dennis Russell Nazelrod, "Renewin' All Our Hopes," was published in the fall issue of Western Way Magazine.

    Barry Ward was inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame.


    Thanks to Dale Page who suggested adding the Poetry Archive (POEMS), starting with the Georgie Sicking Award and Cowboy Poetry Jackpot winners. Thanks to all three winners, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Dennis Russell Nazelrod, and Al "Doc" Mehl, for getting their poems to me so quickly.

    Thank you and kudos to Susie Knight for making the first Cowboy Poetry Jackpot a success.

    Thanks to the volunteers: Dave Knight, Paula Page, Jana Sinclair and Aspen Black. Thanks to the judges: Sam DeLeeuw, Dale Page, Diane Tribitt; and to M.C. Susie Knight. Thanks to the two guest poets: Mag Mawhinney and Don Decker.

    Thanks to the sponsors of the Cowboy Poetry Jackpot: Twin River Recording (Bonifacio "Bodie" Dominguez Jr), OutWest Boutique & Cultural Center and Western and Cowboy Poetry at The Bar-D Ranch.

    And thanks to the 11 novice and 9 professionals who chose to compete in the Cowboy Poetry Jackpot. They all did an excellent job.