National Poetry Month (April)

Tom Swearingen Cowboy PoetNational Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Discover your inner poet with activities and displays throughout the library in April, and join us for an entertaining performance by Oregon Cowboy Poet Tom Swearingen on April 15 at 1pm as part of our Curiosity Cafe series.

Tom Swearingen  
Oregon Cowboy Poet

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 Male Cowboy Poet of the Year. His Horses and Happiness CD is a two-time WMA finalist for Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year. His Rhyme ‘Em Cowboy! CD debuted on the Summer 2016 Western Radio Charts as the #2 most played poetry album, and is a WMA finalist for 2016 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year.

Tom poems have been published by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry’s, Western Poetry Publishing, featured in Cowboys & Indians Magazine, and recognized by such organizations as the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

"Rhymes, rhythm and wit come so easily to Swearingen that it inspires laughter that is accompanied by awe. He makes even a city boy want to saddle up and ride toward the western stars."
- Cliff Newell, Portland Tribune

"Really enjoyed hearing [Tom Swearingen's] poetry at the event for the Portland Mounted Police. My 13 yr old grandson didn't think he'd like it but he was really in to it. Thank you!"
- Mary K.

"Tom Swearingen Lights Up the Meeting with Cowboy Verse. We were delighted with his homespun yarns and Cowboy Verse. Using words with whimsy, Tom opens the door to the “Cowboy” heart and frame of mind giving all of us a peak in."
- Lake Oswego Rotary Club Newsletter