The Christmas Quilt

South Dakota poet Yvonne Hollenbeck at her quilting frameThe Western Folklife Center wishes you and yours very happy holidays, and for our special holiday Ranch Rhymes podcast, we feature Yvonne Hollenbeck reciting her poignant, original poem, "The Christmas Quilt," recorded at the 2004 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Length: 6:53 ~ Listen or podcast from iTunes.

The accompanying photo is of Yvonne, working on her Brand Quilt - a commemorative quilt she designed, hand-pieced and hand-quilted for the 25th anniversary of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: each small block was given to a poet or musician who has performed at the Gathering during the previous years, and contains that person's brand. This beautiful quilt was donated to the Western Folklife Center and is frequently on display at our headquarters, 501 Railroad Street, Elko, Nevada.

This podcast was drawn from the Western Folklife Center's archival audio material. Visit Yvonne's website