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John Pelham

John Pelham Cowboy Poet.



I’m a “country boy” born and bred. I grew up in North Central Texas doing the kinds of chores and work and play that people of my ilk did. I rode my horse, fed my cattle, sheep, and hogs and played “ranch” under the big oak tree in our back yard. My “chosen profession”, ranching and cowboying, didn’t quite pan out, so I did the next best thing—I prepared myself to be a high school vocational agriculture teacher. After an Army stint, instead, I became a 4-H agent and remained in University Extension work throughout the remainder of my career. I married a country girl from San Saba, Texas and we raised three great guys who have made super men, husbands, and fathers. We are also the grandparents of five “great” grandchildren, of whom we’re richly proud.
I discovered a love of cowboy poetry in 2002 and started writing. After approximately 200 poems, many miles traveling to cowboy poetry gatherings around the country, I’m still at it. I hope to have a third book of poetry out in the near future. See more about John at

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