Dr. James “Jim” F. Hoy has participated in and preserved the art and culture of the American West in a multitude of ways. Jim is widely known across the central plains as a folklorist and folk singer, and for his work preserving, interpreting and promoting cowboy folklore. He has authored more than a dozen books dealing with ranching and cowboy folklore. Growing up on a ranch in Cassoday, Kansas, Jim learned to work with horses and cattle and competed in rodeo events. Jim has also taught as an English professor and spoken as an expert on cowboy lore to academic institutions around the world.