Happily retired now, “Doc” Hayes was a professor at a public university in Manitoba, Canada. He also ran a small grazing operation of cattle in the bush near Nesbitt, Manitoba. With more time to focus on his poetry and writing, “Doc” continues to travel to different gatherings and poetry festivals around North America.
Way back when, he tried rodeoing for a while but a blindbucker convinced him he was a school teacher and since then his focus has been on studying and recording tales of the cowboy way. He came by his love of western storytelling and cowboy poetry as a result of sitting in on bunk house bull sessions in Northern Arizona back in the late ’40s.
For over forty years he has collected cowboy stories and remembrances of Canadian and American cowboys that often serve as a basis for his poetry. He has had several books of poetry published and two CDs made up of his own original poetry. “Doc” Hayes has spoken at over 400 educational and organizational training and motivational meetings.
He has been featured at many of the major western gatherings in both Canada and the United States. “Doc” is the producer and host of the Brandon Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Canadian Cowboy Christmas. He has been featured on both regional and national television shows on Cowboy Poetry. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets and the Academy of Western Artists.