Ken Cook

Martin, SD

Ken Cook credits his Grandpa Frank Buckles for showing him which end of a cow means business. He is courageously ranching and writing in southwestern South Dakota, near Martin. For the past three decades, he’s used the skills he learned from his grandfather, passed them on to his kids, and through it all, loved one woman.
His formal education from Southern Utah University with a theatre arts major and English literature minor ignited his passion for expressive phraseology.His passion for both comes alive on the page and in person.

Yvonne Hollenbeck says, “Ken is a master poet, a great entertainer, and a real cowboy.”

Ken has appeared as a featured artist at gatherings in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada,including the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. He was named the 2010 Academy of Western Artists’ Top Male Cowboy Poet of the Year and 2009 Lariat Laureate from the  Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry.  “Passing It On”, a book of poetry by Great Plains Cowboys Jay Snider and Ken includes a CD of original and classic poetry from both artists.

He also has recorded three CDs:  “Dad, We’ll Rope Today”,”I’m Gonna Be a Cowboy”,and “Cowboys Are Like That.”

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