2013 Performers

Carole Jarvis

Wickenburg, Arizona

Carole Jarvis lives on a desert ranch in Forepaugh, near Wickenburg, Arizona. She is the author of “Time Not Measured by a Clock: Cowboy Poetry from the Life of a Cowboy’s Wife” (2003). In 2001, she was the recipient of the Gail I. Gardner Award for a Working Cowboy Poet at the Arizona Cowboy Poet’s Gathering in Prescott. In 2003, ¬†she received the ¬†Western Heritage Award at the 15th annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering in Wickenburg.

As a young girl growing up in Southern California, she dreamed of a ranch, a cowboy, and a horse. Her dreams came true in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, when she met a handsome cowboy named Dan Jarvis, whom she married in 1957. For 53 years they lived and cowboyed in Wyoming, Oregon, and Arizona, sharing a life of hard work, horses and freedom in the beautiful landscape of the American West.

Carole remains active on the cowboy poetry circuit, where her poems honor the heritage of the rangeland and the men, women, horses, and cattle who have worked it for generations. As she said in one poem, “I’m glad I still live where there’s cowboys.”