National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Warm up this winter at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering with an abundance of stories. First-hand accounts, narratives passed down and around, and undoubtedly a yarn or two.

Cowboy and poetry? Don’t worry. Bewilderment is common from folks who haven’t yet experienced this weeklong, town-wide, full-participation celebration of authentic western cultural arts. However, attend and you will quickly discover why thousands flock to ‘the Gathering’ each winter.

To clarify, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering isn’t just about poetry. And, like the real American West, it certainly isn’t just for cowboys.

Many years after several folklorists wrangled a handful of poets together to share an overlooked American tradition, the NCPG has blossomed into an incredible ‘six days of poetry, music, dancing, workshops, exhibits, conversations, food and fellowship’ drawing revellers from all walks of life – western and beyond.

The result? Consider this, how many places can you encounter a ranch matriarch, Native American poet laureate, pre-teen yodelling champ, and bronc-riding free-verse slam poet, all in a single show… or even a single shuttle van?

At the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, you can discover horseman 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 at the historic Pioneer Saloon, enjoy Basque food, listen to tall tales, dispel myths, build bridges and be inspired.

Get ready to ‘experience today’s renaissance of storytelling through poetry, song, video, visual art, new media and more.’ Watch tradition respected and futures embraced with a line-up of favourite familiar faces, plus a talented bunch of new ones who are sure to make their debuts to packed houses (because it’s just that kind of crowd).

When: January 28 - February 3, 2019
Where:  Elko, Nevada

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