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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

2018 Highlights

Thank you, from the Western Folklife Center

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Our 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering was a huge success and a lot of fun, thanks to everyone who joined us in Elko. To our delighted audience and fans, gracious sponsors and the amazing multitude of volunteers from across America who helped out, we send a special thanks  ̶   and an invitation to our 35th!

Yes, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is turning 35! We invite everyone to join us in marking this milestone as we reminisce, re-gather, remember our roots and refine our roots. From special international guests to "vintage" videos of favorite Gathering moments, we'll look backward to gain insight to move forward. We'll revisit past successes, acknowledge the continuity that informs change, and honor each other an where we came from...all with one eye toward the future. We like to think that 35 years brings maturity, but don't worry, 35 is still young enough to know how to celebrate! And, we plan to do this shindig up in style.

Tickets for the 2019 Gathering go on sale to Western Folklife Center members the day after Labor Day, September 4, 2018, and to the general public one month later. Read more.

34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Playlist

The poetry of Bruce Kiskaddon is one of the features of our 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Friday evening show on February 2nd, "The Old Ones: Remembering Our Roots." Get a taste for Bruce Kiskaddon's phrasing In this video from our 30th Gathering, when cowboy poet Randy Rieman recites the classic poem, "When You're Throwed."

Banner photo by Charlie Ekburg