My husband James and I volunteer at the main campus of our church every other Saturday night. We actually go to services at the North Richland Hills campus, which is closer to our home. One Saturday night, James met a man on the parking lot, where he drives one of the carts, who needed some help with his pickup truck. It was Monty Moncrief Teel. At a later event at church, we spent the evening with Monty, and I found him a very interesting person. So I offered to feature him and his poetry on this blog.
Welcome, Monty. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
Monty Moncrief Teel grew up on a ranch in
Texas and his family had a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. Monty
has performed his own brand of cowboy and Christian poetry all over “The West.”
Monty is a member of and serves in the
Fresh Start Ministry. Gateway
Tell us about your family.
Monty has two sisters and a brother. He enjoys spending time with family. He was born on his mother’s birthday. He has written a book about his Cowboy and Pioneer Heritage which captures the family’s genealogy. The Moncrief Clan dates back to 12th century
Scotland on his mother’s side of
the family. Monty plans to go to Scotland
this summer with the Clan Moncreiffe Society of North
How long have you been writing poetry?
Monty has been writing poetry for about 15 years. He has written three books and has recorded 3 cowboy poetry CDs.
Do you write anything besides cowboy poetry?
Monty also writes Christian poetry. The last chapter of Tales from the Teel Ranch features Christian poems. These poems capture his journey with Christ by his side.
Do you have any other books in the works right now?
No, I am writing and producing individual poems as art work. One of my favorite poems in my book Tales from the Teel Ranch was featured in the February 2008 edition of Western Horseman called “Majestic Texas.” It has been reproduced to fit an 8 X 10 frame. They are available at $5 each.
What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
Monty enjoys playing tennis and golf. His passion is growing at
and reciting his poetry for fun. He
attends rodeos, cowboy gatherings, and western music and poetry festivals. He
is Superintendent of the 4-H, FFA, and collegiate Dairy Judging Contest at the
Fort Worth Stock Show. He also loves musicals and his favorite is Gateway Church . Oklahoma
Why did you write the featured book?
Monty’s father, Marion Ray Teel was his cowboy hero. Monty dedicated Tales from the Teel Ranch to him. The book captures the best and worst times growing up on a cow calf operation in
Texas. Monty thinks it also shares with
readers his love for “The West” and the character and values of the cowboy code
instilled by his Dad.
What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
Monty wants to share his love for the land and its people through the eyes of a Native Texas son.
Please share one of your poems with us here.
By Monty Moncrief Teel © 2007
To the fertile coastal plains.
From the mountains and the basins
Now Cowboys, Spurs, and Rockets
They call our
It’s the land where
and George Strait
Red Steagall ranch and roam.
Dale Evans hailed from here, and
Bob Wills is still the king.
We love our country music
And our vintage Western Swing.
Bowie, Crocket, and Travis
We relive the
And then there is Sam Houston
A man we honor so.
I love the sprawling ranches here
And that old rodeo.
So if you live in
Put on your boots and go.
Texas, I salute you
With all your many charms.
I love the state of
Her cities and her farms.
Begins the Wild Wild West,
But of all the
The friendships are the best.
Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
For Books, Poems, and CDs:
Monty Moncrief Teel
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