David A. Poulsen has been a rodeo competitor and rodeo clown, rock singer, high school football coach, stage and film actor, documentary television writer and host, and college English instructor. Since retiring from rodeo competition – he admits to being a not-very-good bareback rider and later an accident-prone rodeo clown, David Poulsen has taken up residence in announcers’ stands across North America. The results have been tremendously positive both for David and audiences who have listened to his knowledgeable and enthusiastic commentary for the more than twenty-six years.
With 1500 performances to his credit, the likable Alberta native has appeared at many of the major rodeos and bull riding events in Canada, among them the Canadian Finals Rodeo, the Calgary Stampede, and the PCB Bull Riding Finals. Equally at home in front of a TV camera, he has been seen on CTV Wide World of Sports, TSN Television Sports and each year co-hosts the popular Stampede Roundup program on Calgary’s CFCN-TV with Glen Campbell. He also acted as co-host of the documentary series The Complete Rider for The Outdoor Life Network. David’s announcing talents have also taken him to the big screen. He twice played the role of a rodeo announcer in the successful family series The Black Stallion and was behind the microphone for the rodeo scenes in the movie Convict Cowboy that starred Jon Voigt
David is also a successful writer. His writing career began in earnest in 1984 when his short story The Welcomin’ won the Alberta Culture Short Story Writing Competition. Because a number of his books target young readers, David spends between 60 and 80 days a year in classrooms across Canada, talking to kids about his books and his life as a writer and sharing his stories with students.
David and his wife Barb raise running quarter horses on a small but picturesque ranch (El Rancho Pequino) in the Alberta foothills west of Claresholm.
You’ve got to love it when you contact an author about the scheduled date for his promotion here on the the blog and he replies immediately with the explanation: “I’m in Las Vegas until the 16th at the National Finals Rodeo (I’m pretty busy at the NFR, especially as the 15th is the final day) …” !!
I was Southern Alberta sales rep when I first got to know about David Poulsen and his (at-that-time) only adult novel, Don’t Fence Me In, published in 1993 by the inimitable Dennis Johnson who headed up Red Deer College Press. David and I didn’t actually meet in person though until years later when he was keynote speaker at a Lethbridge library conference I attended. He was known then for his books for teens that were especially good for encouraging reluctant boy readers to pick up and read an entire book. He was also writing and publishing what I would call “crossover” books – a series of Young Adult novels on topics that also draw in and interest adult readers … readers like me! Since then, he has seen great success with his ongoing Cullen and Cobb mystery series for adults, set in Calgary (published by Dundurn Press of Toronto, another publisher I used to represent).
I was quite chuffed when David provided me with a blurb for the back cover of my own second mystery novel!
The Man Called Teacher
One man. One town. One almost forgotten crime. When the stranger who has answered the ad for the teaching position at Kecking Horse School climbs down from the stage on a sleepy Montana afternoon, things are about to change. With Virgil Watt, cowboy, horse-breaker and the first black man in the history of the town by his side, the stranger quickly upsets the tranquility of the town’s leading citizens, administers a vicious beating to a couple of the town’s toughs and sets out to avenge a long neglected wrong. A reader of books, a lover of laughter, a lawman/lawbreaker with a .44 strapped to his leg–he is the man called Teacher.
From David: I have to say I’m kind of pumped. For years people have said to me…so you’re a writer and you live the western lifestyle, how is it you’ve never written a western? Well, the truth is I’ve had one gathering dust in a drawer of my desk for maybe ten years. Recently I pulled it out, took a look at it and decided, to re-work it and see what might happen. Well, what happened is the Calgary-based publisher BWL (Books We Love Ltd.) has accepted it and fast-tracked it to have it appear in December (yes, THIS December). More on actual release date for The Man Called Teacher in the coming days. (Now available online in eBook format. And also available on Overdrive for libraries. I’ve just recommended it to my library!)
Here’s the video of an interview with David Poulsen about being a Rodeo Announcer:
For more information about David A. Poulsen, his writing, books, and his “other” career, please check out his website.
David Poulsen has been a frequent guest since Feb. 2014 on my blog Reading Recommendations.