Apply to Perform at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

As home of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Western Folklife Center is always interested to learn about new artists as well as hear about new projects from old friends.

If you would like to be considered for the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, please submit your information using either the online form linked here or the printable PDF form linked below. You do not need to submit both. The submission postmark deadline is March 31, 2015. The 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be January 25-30, 2016. Thank you for your interest!

For tips on applying, click here. Please direct questions ONLY to Programs Coordinator Amy Mills at 775.738.7508 extension 223, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please do not send submissions to this email address.  Questions may take 3 - 5 days for a response.

Click here to download a PDF of the relevant information:
2016 Application Form
Tips for Applying to Perform

Have a Suggestion for Next Year?

As home of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Western Folklife Center is always interested in learning about new artists as well as hearing about new projects from old friends. Please send your ideas and thoughts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

How Decisions Are Made

Unlike most events, the artists invited to perform are selected by a committee of cowboy poets, western musicians and cultural specialists. This committee meets in April to determine the invited artists for the following year. Notification takes place by late May.

The aim of the committee and Western Folklife Center staff is to create a program with a good balance of styles and genres, as well as broad regional, gender, age and ethnicity representation.

Key criteria include: quality of performance, quality of writing, appropriateness of genre to the event, and a connection or deep understanding of modern-day ranching and cowboy culture.

 

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Watch Gathering Moments on Film, short and casual "guerrilla" videos from prior Gatherings.

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