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2019 Highlight - The Keynote Address

2019 Highlights

Keynote Address

Thursday, January 31, 2018, 9:15-10:30am, Elko Convention Center Auditorium
Free with the purchase of a Deluxe or Day Pass


Every year, the keynote address sets the tone for the Gathering, featuring speakers whose words and work embody the substance and creativity of living life in the American West. Presented in collaboration with Great Basin College and sponsored by Nevada Humanitiesthis year’s celebratory keynote features founding director Hal Cannon’s personal journey into the fieldwork and exploration that brought an extraordinary cast of characters together to create the original Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 1985.

Filled with voices, images and transcendent moments from the Western Folklife Center’s archive, Hal’s keynote is both about preserving tradition and about the quest to find truth and beauty in the creative voices of everyday people.