2019 Performers

Kay Nowell

Alpine, Texas

Kay has been privileged to have taken part in many cowboy poetry gatherings, from the first one in Elko to her current favorite regional events. In 1989, she recited one of her poems on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. She much prefers the down-home atmosphere and authenticity of the traditional gatherings. She treasures the friendships that have come to her through cowboy poetry.

In October, 2007, she married Gene Nowell, together they own Hilltop Livestock.  Kay loves to day work and also help Gene with his own registered Gelbvieh and commercial herds. She is easing out of the horse business but keeps some good ones around to play with and go work cattle.

Her poems have been published in several anthologies and come from her experiences of breaking colts, working cattle and the cowboys she has known.