Yvonne Hollenbeck performs "Rebel Rouser" during the "I Just Wanna Be a Comic Cowboy" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. She takes us on a humorous vacation(?) riding a Yamaha motorcycle on the way to Sturgis. She paints colorful images of a cowboy turned biker and his wife.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Yvonne Hollenbeck is a South Dakota cattleman’s wife, who writes poetry about her life on a beautiful and remote ranch where she helps with everyday duties, such as putting up hay, feeding a crew, doing bookwork, or working cattle. Although her poetry is often humorous about situations that were not humorous when they happened, her writing also takes a serious side when she reflects upon the hardships experienced by her parents and ancestral family members. Yvonne also is a free-lance author, penning a weekly column in “The Farmer & Rancher Exchange,” an avid quilter, and creator of her one-woman show, “Patchwork on the Prairie.” Most of her writing is done or quilts made by hand in what she calls her “found time”…while waiting on meals for her husband and hired hands, waiting for a cow to safely birth a new calf, or in evenings when the ranch day’s work is done. An example of her beautiful quilt and applique work is on display in the Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Saloon.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Elko Convention Center's Laurena Moren Theater on Feb. 1, 2020.
Made possible by McMullen, McPhee & Company, LLC and by the multitude of staff, artists, volunteers, and community members working behind the scenes to make this show happen.
Brought to you by the Western Folklife Center, using story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.