Third Tuesday Author: Tom Swearingen
“Cowboy Poetry”. A special National Cowboy Poetry Week performance on Tuesday, April 19 at 7pm by award-winning cowboy poet, and former Lake Oswego resident, Tom Swearingen.
Tom Swearingen tells stories of the people and land of the American West through original cowboy poetry that is often inspired by his own experiences and observations from the saddle. Some are humorous, others serious, and all entertaining. Tom brings his stories to life with rhythm and rhyme and a storytelling style that makes him a popular performer not only at cowboy gatherings and horse camps, but at libraries, historical centers, and wherever else you find folks who appreciate the cultural heritage of the West. Tom is two-time winner of the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Week Contest, and has been nominated by both the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists as 2015 Male Cowboy Poet of the Year. His Horses and Happiness CD is a two-time WMA finalist for Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year. Tom’s poems have been published by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, featured in Cowboys & Indians Magazine, and recognized by such organizations as the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Tom lived in Lake Oswego from the time he began kindergarten through his own children’s early school years. Tom and his wife Carla now live in Tualatin, and can often be found riding their horses in Oregon’s backcountry.