Episode 37: Joel Nelson (Part 1)

Photo by Kent Reeves.


Show Summary

NEA National Heritage Fellow and poet Joel Nelson recalls his childhood memories, how he ended up in Alpine, Texas, and his early days as a working cowboy on the 06 Ranch.


Andy recites "Cattle" by Berta Harte Nance

“The map of Texas looks somewhat like a roughly skinned cowhide spread out on the ground, the tail represented by the tapering peninsula at the mouth of the Rio Grande, the broad head by the Panhandle. But ‘Cattle,’ by Berta Hart Nance, goes deeper than the map.” - J. Frank Dobie, The Longhorns (thanks to Cowboypoetry.com for finding this quote)

Quotes from this Episode

"Joel Nelson raised the bar for cowboy poetry for 1000 years. " - Baxter Black

Links for this Episode

Find out more about Joel Nelson here.

The Kokernot 06 Ranch.

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering Gathering.


Recorded at the Museum of the Big Bend on the campus of Sul Ross University.

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