Australian Champion bush poet Carol Heuchan (pronounced Youcun) will visit Kanab on Thursday, February 21, at the Kanab City Library for a special Bush Poetry presentation. The event is being sponsored by the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, the Red Rock Writers, and the Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA).

A resident of Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Heuchan trained and showed competition horses before turning her attention to poetry a decade ago. In the years since, she has received dozens of awards and prizes, including a $34,000 tractor. Most recently, her poem “Petunia” was named 2011 Children’s Poem of the Year by the Australian Bush Laureate Awards.

In addition to her visit in Kanab, Heuchan will be performing at Dixie State College and Valley High School in Orderville. Heuchan will perform her poetry at the library and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Huechan’s visit precedes preparations for the international Cowboy Poetry Rodeo taking place this coming August during the Kane County Fair, and again in October 2013 in Morisset, Australia. Sam Jackson, producer of the cowboy poetry rodeo, commented about her visit, “Carol Heuchan is a poet extraordinaire, a verbal artisan who tailors her presentations to the particular audience being entertained. She writes authentically about subjects she is familiar with, a true ‘been-there-done-that’ author with a wide range of subjects. A complete professional with a personality that leads you to believe she has known you all her life. She is the toast of the town everywhere she goes. She has entertained us here in southern Utah several times and will be invited back whenever she is available.”

For more information about this celebration of poetry, contact Kelly Stowell at 435-899-0443.