Gary is pleased to share with you that he is the 2016 recipient of the Academy of Western Artists Buck Ramsey Award for Cowboy Poet of the Year. That honor, and the publication of his first book of his original Cowboy Poetry, A Treasure Trove of Memories, have made the past 18 months very exciting. Gary has been writing for as long as he can remember. He started publishing and performing his poetry in the early ‘90s. Prior to that, he told his poems around tailgates, in branding pens, in tack rooms, cafes and bars to anyone that couldn’t out run him. Now, Gary finds a captive audience to be much easier on his wind. In addition to his new book, Gary has three CDs of his work, and he has been published in several national publications (including Cowboy Poetry: The Reunion edited by Virginia Bennett) and he has been an Honored Guest at CowboyPoetry.com. Gary’s unique and poignant storytelling ability has made him a popular performer at gatherings throughout the west. Gary is from a family that has been in Oklahoma since Indian Territory days. His mother’s people are Chickasaw, and were “removed” to Indian Territory on the Trail of Tears. His father’s folks moved to Retrop, I.T. from Bell County, Texas. With Indians on one side, and Texans on the other, Gary comes from a long line of storytellers. Today, Gary, his wife Marianne, and their son, Clayton live and work on the historic Greenfield Ranch in Ventura County, California.