Kent Reeves, Cowboy poet, grazing for change, holistic managementKENT REEVES has been invited and performed at various Cowboy Poetry gatherings and events in Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and New Mexico.  He was the first person to recite American cowboy poetry in Kenya and South Africa.  He began writing cowboy poetry in 1982 and since 1987 has been invited to perform several times at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.  This includes the recent 25th and 30th Anniversary Gatherings.  He developed, planned and moderated NCPG Conservation Sessions in 2010 – Ranch and Rangeland Conservation from Florida to California: Partnerships that Protect Our Culture; and in 2014 –  Sustaining the Rural Ranching West – Balancing Ranching & Natural Resources.   

KENT works as a wildlife-range ecologist, packer, and cowboy in California.  He rode bareback broncs in college, plus ‘cowboyed’ and started colts in New Mexico.  Kent started as a mule and horse packer guiding people in the Sierra Nevada in 1983.  Besides his education from the backside of a horse Kent has a graduate degree in Natural Resources, and what some people think is a real job managing his own business, The Whole Picture Consulting, LLC.  Kent continues to pack mules and guide on both the east and west sides of the Sierra Nevada.


KENT is a photographer and began photographing cowboys in 1979. The Cowboy Hall of Fame 1995 Western Heritage Award-Winning book, Between Earth and Sky: Poets of the Cowboy West featured his photography.  A special session of the same title highlighted the 11th NCPG and featured the poets from this book.  He photographed ranchers and watershed stewardship groups for the California Cattlemen’s Association publication Grazing for Change: Range and Watershed Management Success Stories in California. Kent’s current project is Where Mules Wear Diamonds: Packers of the Sierra Nevada.  His photography has been featured in juried art shows throughout the western United States including Trappings of the American West.  His work has appeared in Vaquero Heritage Times, Western Horseman, Range, National Geographic WORLD, and The Economist magazines.    Read more about Kent at

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