Lindy Simmons has been on the board of the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering for more than twenty years and currently serves as President of the board. She is known to many IWMA artists as the “Talent Wrangler” for the Durango gathering. Lindy is also a ranch wife and a cowboy poet. She has performed throughout the western U.S. and has published one book entitled “Be Careful What You Tell L,” a collection of true stories of cowboys of today and yesteryear. She was recently cited as a “visionary” for her “Variety Show With a Twist” running twelve years at the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering. She has recently helped initiate the “Artists Without Borders” program in Mexico. In addition, Lindy’s “day job” was as a professor at Fort Lewis College in Durango over a span of 40 years.