Cowboy poet and rancher Terry Nash.

Courtesy of Terry Nash

When Terry Nash isn't working as a cattle rancher on a small ranch in Loma, he's a poet. A cowboy poet.

The genre of poetry dates back to the late 1800s and grew out of the cowboy storytelling tradition. Nash paints gritty but loving pictures of ranching life in his poems. He often pulls straight from his life of ranching and farming across Colorado's eastern plains and Western Slope.

The Western Music Association recently honored both Nash as the Male Poet of the Year and his latest CD, "A Good Ride," as the Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year. Nash talked to Colorado Matters about his work, and the tradition of cowboy poetry.