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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 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!

Poet, author and Dry Crik Review editor, John Dofflemyer, will be leading a workshop on "Recognizing Place,"  on Wednesday, January 31: encouraging writers in exploring various poetic devices, like personification, simile and metaphor, that can help give special places a voice in their writings.

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.

musical workshop and concert on october 28 features cigar-box guitar


Make a day of it on October 28 with the Western Folklife Center: in the early afternoon, learn how to build your own Cigar-box Guitar with Matt Downs, then enjoy an evening concert with Matt and Muddy Boots & The Porch Pounders.

Workshop Registration Deadline now extended to Tuesday, October 17!

Featured Video

GRAMMY-winner Ramblin' Jack Ellliott is an invited artist at the upcoming 34th Gathering, but he's a long-time fan and enjoys making impromptu appearances during the event, as well as his planned shows. Here, he sings a song by long-time friend and inspiration, the late Woody Guthrie, "Ranger's Command," during a show at the 33rd Gathering in January 2017. "...come on, all you cowboys..." to Elko!

Featured Audio

Speaking of cowboy songs, here’s a past Ranch Rhymes podcast episode from the Western Folklife Center archives, featuring Mary McCaslin and her “Cowboy Song for Elko” from a 1998 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering show. Tickets are on sale now for the 2018 Gathering (January 29-February 3). Click here to see evening shows and workshops.

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