Join us for the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,
January 26 through 31, 2015
The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a grand celebration of western people, their lifestyles and traditions. As January turns to February, cowboys, ranchers, rural and urban people travel en masse to the small community of Elko, Nevada, to join with friends, family and all those who share their love of rural life in the West. Together, they listen to poetry and music, learn about cowboy culture in the U.S. and around the world, experience great art, watch western films, learn a craft, and gather together to eat, drink and swap stories. For the last 30 years, thousands of people—both rural and urban—have made this pilgrimage time and time again. If you love the West, you must experience its greatest celebration. We hope you'll join us in Elko for the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Use any of the links in our banner to read more about every aspect of the Gathering.
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Joel Nelson recites "Lasca," by Frank Desprez
Read about the commemorative pin for the 30th Gathering.
Your first Gathering? Tickets to the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering go on sale to Western Folklife Center members September 2, 2014, and to non-members one month later. To become a Western Folklife Center member or renew your membership, click here, or call Donna Engdahl at 888-880-5885 ext. 222. Read more about what to expect at a Gathering, tickets, and planning your trip. See the full daily schedule (in PDF format).