Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Teresa Burleson, Cowgirl Poet #WAW

Teresa Burleson - Bio

Teresa Burleson is an award winning poet whose poems are inspired by her personal experiences and the Western way of life. She has an appreciation for the agricultural industries and the people who make their lives in it. Teresa's zest for life is evident in her poetry as well as her ability to make people laugh and touch their lives.

With a clear, soft Texas drawl and a voice that Waddie Mitchell

Teresa Burle - Bioonce declared was "like silk”, her poetry is beautiful, soulful and aimed straight for the western heart or the funny bone.

Her passion for Western Heritage is also how she makes her living. Her position as Director of the Stockyards Museum, in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, allows her opportunity to promote and perpetuate the local history and of the cattle drives that passed through Fort Worth.

She was honored to be in the 2014 and 2013, Top 5 Nominees for Female Poet of the Year with the Western Music Association.

In 2010 she was awarded the Cowgirl Poet of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists.

Udder Wimmen. It is based on a true story. Although I wrote it in first person, it was inspired by some friends of ours.

Day Job (if other than art), Western or mainstream? I am the Director of the Stock yards Museum in  Fort Worth, TX.

How did you get introduced to your art? As a young child I discovered rhyming words in school. It became a game to me to find words that rhyme.

What got you started as an artist? The first time I ever heard cowboy poetry was at the first Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering in 1991. It was like a religious experience for me.

The Investment. It was inspired by a ranch family I saw while I was performing at the Working Ranch Cowboy Associations, Ranch Rodeo Finals in Amarillo. They had a young son. The little boy was so respectful to his parents and you could tell he wanted to be just like his daddy.

Tell me about your subject matter. I write about all things western and everyday life.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started as an artist? Keep writing. Listen to, or read other artists poetry.

Where can people find you online?

Grandma's Legacy. I have to give God the credit for this poem. All I did was hold the pen.

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