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February 22, 2014

Cowboy Poet to recite in Quitman

QUITMAN — Stuart Monroe is known as the “Cowboy Poet.” He will share his words, wit and insights during a special program next week at the Quitman/Brooks County Museum & Cultural Center.

Being a cowboy is more than just wearing a hat and boots for Monroe. His family has been in the cattle business for at least six generations, according to Brooks County organizers.

He works for the Florida Department of Agriculture where one of his duties is overseeing a herd of state-maintained “cracker cattle.” This is a breed of cattle specific to the State of Florida and refers to the colonial era culture of English and American pioneers.

Monroe began reciting and composing poetry to pass the time in the saddle. He now presents these poems to promote Florida agriculture. He also presents them at the national Cowboy Poetry gathering in Elks, Nev.

He told the Brooks County organizers that he thinks people enjoy his cowboy poetry because “folks just need to laugh real hard occasionally.”

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, Quitman/Brooks County Museum & Cultural Center, 121 N. Culpepper St., Quitman. More information: Call (229) 263-6000.

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