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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

2018 Highlights

Basques and Buckaroos: Herding Cultures of Basin, Range and Beyond

Theodore Waddell, Sheep #12, 42”x50”, Oil on Canvas

Theodore Waddell, Sheep #12, 42”x50”, Oil on Canvas

For the 2018 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, we look forward to highlighting special guests and programming honoring the contemporary heritage of Basques and Buckaroos. Often one in the same, many Basques came to the American West to work on sheep and cattle ranches as herders and buckaroos. Today, many Basque families successfully own and operate their own ranches and carry rich stories of immigration and adaptation. Among Basque communities overseas and in the American West, traditions of music, improvised poetry, literature, dance, foodways and more are flourishing. We look forward to bringing these arts—along with our ongoing popular programs—to the 34th Gathering, January 29-February 3, 2018. Read about our special show with rodeo poet, Paul Zarzyski!

View the brochure. Please see Ticketed Shows and Workshops webpages for sold out events.

Read about Theodore "Ted" Waddell, the 34th Gathering poster artist.


34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Playlist

The poetry of Bruce Kiskaddon is one of the features of our 35th 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