A Duncan author says he feels honored after learning his book made it into the finalist round for this year’s Will Rogers Medallion Award.

The 2020 Will Rogers Committee selected Duncan author George Rhoades cowboy poetry book, “Musings From Cowboy Country,” as a finalist this year. Winners will be announced at an awards banquet in Fort Worth on Oct. 24, 2020.

The Will Rogers Medallion Award, according to the committee, “honors outstanding achievement in the publishing of western media.” Rhoades book is a finalist in the Cowboy Poetry: Written category, according to Charles E. Williams, executive director for Will Rogers Medallion Award Committee.

In a letter explaining to Rhoades when his book became a finalist, Williams said the book “exemplifies the combination of excellent content, high production values and honoring of the Cowboy Heritage that the Award was created to acknowledge.”

Rhoades, who has taken home many poetry awards such as the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, the Will Rogers Gold and Bronze Medallions among others, also penned books such as “Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems” and “After the Chisholm.”

Rhoades, according to a recent release, has worked as a rancher, a reporter and editor for UPI and several Oklahoma newspapers, including The Duncan Banner and The Lawton Constitution. He has also worked as a college journalism professor and retired from UT-Arlington before moving to Duncan where he owned a hay farm.

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