David A. Poulsen has been a rodeo competitor and rodeo clown, rock singer, high school football coach, stage and film actor, documentary television writer and host, and college English instructor. Since retiring from rodeo competition - he admits to being a not-very-good bareback rider and later an accident-prone rodeo clown, David Poulsen has taken up residence in announcer's stands across North America. The results have been tremendously positive both for David and audiences who have listened to his knowledgeable and enthusiastic commentary for the last twenty-six years.
With 1500 performances to his credit, the likable Alberta native has appeared at many of the major rodeos and bull riding events in Canada, among them the Canadian Finals Rodeo (three times), the Calgary Stampede for the last sixteen years in a row and, the PCB Bull Riding Finals. He has been at the microphone for twenty-eight Finals events in seven different associations. Equally at home in front of a TV camera, he has been seen on CTV Wide World of Sports, TSN Television Sports and each year co-hosts the popular Stampede Roundup program on Calgary's CFCN-TV with Glen Campbell. He also acted as co-host of the documentary series The Complete Rider for The Outdoor Life Network. David's announcing talents have also taken him to the big screen. He twice played the role of a rodeo announcer in the successful family series The Black Stallion and was behind the microphone for the rodeo scenes in the movie Convict Cowboy that starred Jon Voigt
David is also a successful writer with some 17 published books to his credit. His writing career began in earnest in 1984 when his short story The Welcomin’ won the Alberta Culture Short Story Writing Competition. His newest book Last Sam's Cage (published by Key Porter Books, Toronto, ON) arrived in bookstores in October, 2005 and has been enjoying a tremendous reception with readers across Canada and beyond. Because a number of his books target young readers, David spends between 60 and 80 days a year in classrooms across Canada, talking to kids about his books and his life as a writer and sharing his stories with students.
David and his wife Barb raise running quarter horses on a small but picturesque ranch (El Rancho Pequino) in the Alberta foothills west of Claresholm.
Graduate, Crescent Heights High School in Calgary. Graduate of University of Calgary - BA English and University of Saskatchewan - Honours French. Studied at Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City. Graduate, University of British Columbia
- Masters Degree in Creative Writing.
Young Adult novel Numbers, Key Porter Books, Toronto, 2008.
Young Adult novel Last Sam's Cage, Key Porter Books, Toronto, 2000.
Co-host and Senior Writer for documentary series The Complete Rider for Outdoor Life Network, 1998-99.
Young adult novel The Hunk Machine, Roussan Publishing, Montreal, 1997. Second title in The Salt and Pepper Chronicles.
Children's picture book Tractor Trouble, Donahue House Books, 1997. First title in the Close Encounters series.
Young Adult novel The Vampire's Visit. Roussan Publishing, Montreal, 1996. First title in the series The Salt and Pepper Chronicles. Swedish translation released in 1999.
Young Adult Novel Billy and the Bearman, Napoleon Publishing, Toronto, 1996
Young Adult novel Ride the High Country, third book in Young Adult trilogy. Red Hawk Books, High River, Alberta, 1995.
Sports Bio Robokicker, co-written with Dave Ridgway. Johnson/Gorman Publishing, Red Deer, 1995
Adult novel Don't Fence Me In, Red Deer College Press, Red Deer, 1993
Documentary television script Traditions: Chuckwagons. Produced by Traditions Pictures, Calgary, 1991
Short story collection Dream. Plains, Edmonton, 1990
Young Adult novel Ride for the Crown, sequel to Cowboy Kid. Plains, Edmonton, 1989.
Writer-in-Residence at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta. Full length play The Glory Boys produced as the inaugural production in the college's new theater, 1988.
Young Adult novel The Cowboy Kid, Plains Publishing, Edmonton, 1987.
The Welcomin', 1984
2010 Golden Eagle Children's Choice Book Award winner (The Prisoners and the Paintings)
1999 - finalist for Red Cedar Book Award in B.C. (The Vampire's Visit)
1998 - finalist for The Blue Heron Book Award in Ontario - (Billy and the Bearman)
1997 - Choice Award from Canadian Children's Book Centre - (Billy and the Bearman)
1984 - winner Alberta Culture Short Story Competition - The Welcomin'
School author visits and workshops - grades four and up
Keynote addresses on literacy, reading and writing
After dinner speeches, teacher's conventions etc