Sally Bates

Prescott, Arizona

Born and raised in Prescott, Arizona, Sally’s roots are sunk deep in the malapai ridges of Yavapai County. Her family tree “forks both ways” into the Arizona sod, having had the honor of five living generations of women near Prescott until 2003. Her roots ramble through the culture and heritage of the working cowboy as her dad worked ranches in the shade of Camp Wood Mountain for over 50 years, and her grandfather cowboyed in western New Mexico as a young man.

She spent most of her life in the company of cowboys and their families, having both friends and family who worked on ranches and earned their keep as cowboys. Sally is a published writer poet, songwriter and photographer, and has been nominated four times as Female Cowboy Poet of the Year through the Academy of Western Artists.

She’s earned a living at different times in her life as a campcook, rider of drag, saddlemaker’s wife and substitute mother to orphaned calves and donkeys. She’s proud to have served the cowboy community as the secretary to the Arizona Cowpuncher’s Association for two years, and helped keep the Poets Gathering in Prescott going strong.