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6/8/15

Chisholm Book Focuses on Cowboys, Farm Life

George Rhoades of Duncan, Okla., award-winning writer, is the author of a newly released book of poetry, “After the Chisholm.”
 
The work contains poems, some humorous, some more thought-provoking, about the Chisholm Trail, cowboys and cowgirls, farm and ranch life and other recollections and observations.
 
“The Chisholm Trail gave rise to the American cowboy legend and western myth,” Rhoades said. “The settlers who came later tamed the prairies and made them productive. This is an epic story and needs to be honored.”
 
Rhoades’ earlier book, “Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems,” won a number of national prizes, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Will Rogers Medallion for Cowboy Poetry, and was also a finalist for the Western Music Association’s Book of the Year Award. In addition, the book won a second place Reader Views Literary Award and was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award.
 
Rhoades, born on a farm in Cotton County, Okla., is a former journalist who worked for UPI in Tulsa and Oklahoma newspapers, including the Watonga Republican, the Duncan Banner and the Lawton Constitution. He taught journalism at several universities, retired from UT-Arlington and moved to Duncan where he owned a hay farm.
 
The book is published by Outskirts Press.  Contact the author, George Rhoades at