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Cowboy Poet


Award-Winning Cowboy Poet
Doris has been an emcee and featured performer at every cowboy festival in Canada as well as several in the United States, including Texas, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Oregon. In 2004 she was named Best Female Cowboy Poet in North America by the Academy of Western Artists, the first time any Canadian, male or female, has won the cowboy poetry category. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 she was named one of the Top 5 cowgirl poets in North America by the Western Music Association, with other Top 5 nominations for best collaboration and best cowboy poetry CD. At the November, 2009 WMA Awards Show, Doris won top honours for Best Female Cowboy Poet and best cowboy poetry CD. As with her AWA Will Rogers Awards, she's the first Canadian to bring home top honours in the cowboy poetry categories.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch
Born and raised in Southern Alberta ranch country, Doris Daley writes cowboy poetry that celebrates the humour, history and way of life of the west. Her great grandfather came west with the North West Mounted Police in the 1870s; her family has been ranching in the Alberta foothills for five generations.

Impressive Gene Pool!
Doris comes from a gene pool that includes ranchers, cowboys, Mounties, good cooks, sorry team ropers, Irish stowaways, bushwhackers, liars, two-steppers and saskatoon pickers.

“You’ll soon forget she’s a performer,” says Gary Brown of Monterey, California, “and feel like she’s one of the family.”

Festivals, Concerts, Barn Raisings and Corn Roasts

A partial list of festivals, clients and happy customers includes:

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, DC

Reno Philharmonic Orchestra

Alberta Scene in Ottawa, Ontario

Association of Canadian Clubs

Cowboy festivals in:

  • Elko, Nevada
  • Alpine, Texas
  • Santa Clarita, California
  • Monterey, California
  • Kamloops, BC
  • Ellensburg, Washington
  • Arvada, Colorado
  • Pincher Creek and Stony Plain, Alberta
  • lots more

Command Performance: Canada's Governor General

Calgary Stampede Ladies Trail Ride

Anchor D Women's Trail Ride Weekend (thank you, Anna, for shooting the grizzly bear)

Bar U Historic Ranche

Willow Park Golf and Country Club

Beta Sigma Phi

Rotary Clubs

House Parties

Christmas banquets and parties

Discussing iambic pentamer at the Pioneer Bar in Elko, NV with Rodney Nelson, David Jackson, DW Groethe and Miss V the Gypsy Cowbelle.


Doris Daley

“Doris is the pre-eminent female poet in this genre and the equal of any male writing today. In my opinion, she is the female Robert Service. Doris’ verbal paintbrush is as captivating and as visual as the paintings of Russell and Remington. If you want to know the West, listen to Doris Daley. Her gift is unique and her appeal is irresistible.”

~Jack Hannah, Sons of the San Joaquin

For bookings:

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Mailing address:
Box 1552
Black Diamond, AB