COWBOY POET/WGA 20666887
Grieving ranch widow Barbara Rayburn still talks aloud to her late husband but when his publisher presses her to read from his last anthology at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV, she accidentally runs into “the one who got away.”
Barbara’s journey to Elko unfolds her past, present, and future. Thirty years ago, she met Tim Rayburn and his friend Miller when she covered the Gathering as a New York literary critic. Both men competed for her attention until Miller dropped out. A year later Barbara got Tim’s first anthology published. They married, and together built the B T Ranch. As Barbara sifts through modern Elko, she finds Miller, who also attending the Cowboy Gathering, and an old romance morphs into a new one: one her family opposes. To have the future she wants, Barbara must confront not only her sons, but herself.
As a dynamic, intergenerational story, COWBOY POET, reinvigorates the lore of the West. Replete with family loyalties and conflicts, overcoming loss, and romance, COWBOY POET pays tribute to modern cowboy culture.
*Previous version of COWBOY POET received an Honorable Mention in the Wikifest competition.
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