Jake Riley grew up, for the most part, in the Upper Arkansas Valley of the Colorado mountains. He began roping and rodeoing as a kid, and was introduced to cowboy poetry as a young teenager. Jake has always loved rhyming, publishing some of his first cowboy poetry for a high school project. Ever since, poetry has been one of his passions, but only recently has he resumed finishing poems and sharing them with others. Much of Jake’s work involves first-hand ranch and rodeo experiences, often chronicling the contemporary, who may not cowboy for a living, but has ties to cowboy culture.  His poetry has taken him to six states to date, including twice to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV.  His 2016 album of original poetry entitled Western Errors runs the gamut from cowboy wrecks to humor to philosophical observations and reflections on life. Jake now lives in Riverdale, Nebraska with “the best wife on planet earth” and their four energetic young children. https://theotherjakeriley.com/about