Slim McNaught was raised on a ranch in the Badlands country on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota. In 1954 Slim married Darlene Brodkorb and they purchased the Buzzard Basin ranch from his folks. They were blest with a daughter and three sons. After several years, they sold the ranch and started “Slim’s Custom Leather”, a saddle and boot repair shop and hand tooled leather business, which they have operated for nearly 40 years. They are now trying to downsize to the hand tooled and handmade leather items and Cowboy Poetry gatherings.
Sometime during high school Slim started writing poetry. Over the years he has had poems, stories and articles published in various anthologies plus many Cowboy, Horse, and Agriculture magazines, including The Tri-State Livestock News. Currently has several poems published, plus some gathering reports at other locations on the web.
In 2005 Slim started his own publishing company, adding it to their leather business, to publish his books. The company is now called Slim’s Leather & Publishing. Since 1981 he has published five books. Four are cowboy poetry and short western humor stories, and one book contains some of Slim’s original works and some of his mother’s original poetry. He also has published three books for his mother, Troy McNaught Westby. In March of 2006 Slim published his first CD, “A Life of Rhyme”, and has another CD in the works, “Reminiscin’”, expected to be released in August of 2008. Slim feels he has been blest in living and working in ranch country and dealing with horse and cow people all of his life and this carries over into his cowboy poetry. Slim and Darlene have four children, seven grand children, and (at last count) ten great grand children.
In 2007 and again in 2008 Slim was one of the “8 Second” Runners up in the CowboyPoetry.com global competition for the thirteenth and fourteenth Lariat Laureate. At the World’s only Cowboy Poet Rodeo in Kanab, Utah, 2006 and Hot Springs, South Dakota, 2007, Slim earned winnings in the “Cowboy Poet Humorous Original” and “Poet Humorous, Silver Buckle Division” events. He has been a featured poet at several gatherings in surrounding states and has entertained locally, with a short clip on RFD-TV. He is currently Poet Laureate for CBSI radio.
Slim can be contacted at 605-754-6103, www.slimscustomleather.com, or email@example.com.