Friends & Fans


Yvonne Hollenbeck is one of today's most sought-after poets.  She can win over an audience almost before she says a word, and more often than not her performances earn standing ovations. She has a way of looking at the world that appeals to all sorts of listeners, young and old, male and female.  Her poems about the past are filled with insight, and her wildly popular verse about the trials and joys of modern ranching  and modern life is full of refreshing, honest humor.  She's a natural. She makes it look easy, and that's entertainment.

Margo Metegrano






Your book, "Where Prairie Flowers Bloom", exemplifies the combination of excellent poetry, high production values and honoring of the Cowboy Heritage that the Will Rogers Medallion award was created to acknowledge. 


Charles E. Williams
Academy of Western Artists


The quilts were beautiful; the stories and poetry were so meaningful.  Several said it was the best program we've ever had!

Ruth Bachmann
CWC Committee Chairperson







Thank you for your performance for our Storyteller Series accompanying the quilt and clock exhibit, "A Stitch in Time."  Appropriately, you were a "stitch" quoting your delightful poetry!  Many people are still chuckling and telling others what an enjoyable afternoon they had.  You present with professional and polished ease, drawing the audience into the every-day experience you describe.  Thank you, Yvonne for your poetry.  As one who can muster no meter, I voice amazement at your creativity, delivery, and humor.  Our gratitude, expressed as THANK YOU, is inadequate.







Janet Rathbun

Rapid City, SD








The quilts were a spectacular sight to see.  The poems were an inspiration to quilters everywhere.  I love the lecture and trunk show at the Cottonwood Quilter's Guild Meeting on Monday, August 18,2008.  You are a real sweet person and we would love to have you back any time.  I also wanted to thank you for the donated book and musical cd.  Who ever wins them will sure enjoy alot.  Thanks again!!!!  You are welcome in Omaha, NE anytime you would like to come back and visit!!!

Andrea' Aken
Cottonwood Evening Door Prize Coordinator










Thank you for speaking at the WIA conference.  All the evaluations raved about you!

Stacy Hadrick
Women in Agriculture Coordinator













You did an excellent job as our keynote speaker -- I heard so many wonderful comments. The ladies loved your quilts, poems, and humor. Many have told me they could have listened to your poems all night and commented on the beautiful quilts you shared. It was a great mix.

Karen Henricks
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System




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