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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering  tickets are on sale for the 34th Gathering, January 29-February 3, 2018. Read more about buying tickets, special evening shows, workshops, invited poets and musicians.

more workshops added to 34th national cowboy poetry gathering


By popular demand, we've added a second date for the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering workshop, "Dutch-Oven Cooking: From Sheep Camp to Home" on Monday, January 29. This workshop will fill up fast since there was a waiting list, so don't delay and register soon!

Abacus, 2005 by Dennis Parks and John Fahnestock

Now exhibiting: “Land, Language and Clay,” works by Tuscarora artists Dennis and Ben Parks; “Way Out West: Images of the American Ranch,” photographs from the Farm Security Administration, 1936-1943; From the Western Folklife Center Collection,” featuring handcrafted work of master artisans; and more, at 501 Railroad Street, Elko.


New 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering workshop: Poet, author and Dry Crik Review editor, John Dofflemyer, will be leading a workshop on "Recognizing Place,"  on Wednesday, January 31: explore various poetic devices, like simile, personification and metaphor, to give your special places a voice.

Featured Video

Riders in the Sky are appearing at the 2018 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko! Scheduled for shows "Best in the West" on Wednesday, January 31 (with Wylie & the Wild West and Kristyn Harris) and on Saturday, February 3 in "40 Years on the Trail," you'll want to buy tickets early! Featured video is from a performance at our 25th Gathering in 2009.

Featured Audio

Listen to cowboy poetry and music from Open Mic sessions at the 25th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering  as heard in our Ranch Rhymes podcast from 2008.  Be sure to purchase a Deluxe or Day Pass for our 34th Gathering so you can take part in or enjoy listening to more cowboy poetry and music Open Mic performances.

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