Join us for the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,
January 27 through February 1, 2014
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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 29 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 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Use any of the links in our banner to read more about every aspect of the Gathering.
To apply to perform at a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, click here. The Western Folklife Center is always interested in learning about new artists and keeping in touch with friends, and all submissions from cowboy poets and musicians will be considered for a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Remember, we broadcast the 29th Gathering live on YouTube. Click here or visit our YouTube Channel!
Your first Gathering? Tickets to our 30th Gathering will go on sale to Western Folklife Center members in September 2013, and to non-members one month later in October. To become a Western Folklife Center member or renew your membership, click here, or call Linda Carter at 888-880-5885 ext. 222. Read more about what to expect at a Gathering. Learn more about tickets. Plan your trip and lodging for the 30th Gathering. Every year a selection committee reviews all of the submissions we receive from cowboy poets and musicians to perform at the Gathering: click here to see the full list of invited performers who joined us at the 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. To give you an idea of what the schedule might be like for the 2014 Gathering, see the full daily schedule (in PDF format) for our most recent Gathering and read about discussions and special sessions.
The Italians Were Here for our 29th Gathering!
For more information about the history of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and cowboy poetry as a traditional art form, click here. Watch our promotional video;