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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!

Please mark your calendars for mid-January to visit our new exhibitions. Thank you.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 10am-5:30pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm
Admission: $5.00 Adults ~ Students/Seniors $3.00~ $1.00 Children age 6-12;  Members Free-
  with $3.00 for each adult guest.
Free admission to all ~  first Saturday of every month.


Something That a Cowboy Knows, a photographic essay by L.L. Griffin, Denver-area artist and photographer, continues on display in the Western Folklife Center Lower Level.


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

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." Buy tickets here.

Featured Audio

From a 2008 episode of our Ranch Rhymes podcast, here are poems to enjoy specifically about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, as those of you listening out there are getting geared up to attend this year's event. Poets and musicians featured are Frank Gleeson, Robert Phillips, Darrell Arnold, John Best, Bill Roberts, and Tserendorj Tserendorj, drawn from the Western Folklife Center's archival audio material of  Gathering performances. More.

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