Following his early experiences on the range, Frank Maynard (1853 1926) married in 1881 and moved to Colorado to settle down
as a carpenter. Achieving some renown as a cowboy poet, he published a small book of verse in 1911.Jim Hoy, director of the
Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University, was reared on a Flint Hills ranch near Cassoday, Kansas. He is
the author of Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales of the Tallgrass Prairie and has lectured on the American cowboy in Germany, England,
New Zealand, and Australia. A past president of the Kansas State Historical Society and past chair of the board of trustees
of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, Hoy was inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2004.David
Stanley is professor emeritus of English, Westminster College, Salt Lake City. He is the co-editor of Cowboy Poets & Cowboy
Poetry and the producer of the Smithsonian Folkways recording Cowboy Poetry Classics."