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 Join us for the
33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering,
January 30-February 4, 2017!
2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Poster 

The artwork for our 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Poster
is from a work called Comes Back,
by Oglala Lakota artist Donald F. Montileaux.

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an annual celebration of the ranching and rural West. Through poetry, music and stories, ranch people express the beauty and challenges of a life deeply connected to the earth and its bounty. Every year, thousands travel to rural Elko, Nevada, in the heart of winter, to learn and share. It's been called the most honest and open-hearted festival in America, but it is also a darned good time! At the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, you can discover cowboy cultures from around the world, learn a traditional skill, dance the two-step, plan for the West's future with ranchers and conservationists, watch home-made films of rural life, meet new friends over a Buckaroo Brew, enjoy Basque food, listen to tall tales, dispel myths, build bridges and be inspired. It's an experience you will not soon forget! Use any of the links in our banner to read more about every aspect of the Gathering. Get up to date news and more on Facebook and Twitter.

Join us January 30-February 4, 2017, when our theme is "Once Upon a Time in the West," as we honor the tradition of Western stories with explorations into narratives, poetry, songs, videos, jokes and related genres that tell the tales of the rural West created by those who have lived on the land for centuries and those who have traveled here and made it home. This fascinating exploration of land and language will cross historic, political, ethnic and class borders to paint a Western tableau in words on which the present inscribes its own distinctive mark.

Are you planning your first Gathering? Tickets to the 33rdnd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering go on sale to Western Folklife Center members the day after Labor Day and to non-members one month later. To become a Western Folklife Center member or renew your membership, click here, or call us at 888-880-5885 ext. 222. Read more about what to expect at a Gathering, tickets, and planning your trip.