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Join us as we celebrate 31 Years
of Poetry, Music, and Friends
January 26 through 31, 2015 in Elko, Nevada
Members Click Here for Online Tickets beginning September 2
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The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a week-long celebration of life in the rural West, featuring the contemporary and traditional arts of western ranching culture. Poetry, music, stories, gear, film, photography and food - all contribute to the texture of an event that has become an annual ritual and a place of personal meaning for thousands of people.

All day during the Gathering's busiest three days, Thursday through Saturday, you will find:

  • Ticketed daytime and evening performances.
  • Performances of poetry and music with the purchase of a Deluxe Pass or Single Day Pass (Thursday through Saturday, click here for information on Passes).
  • Open mic poetry and music sessions - sign up daily to perform. (Thursday through Saturday)
  • Workshops and special talks to attend.
  • Exhibitions at the Western Folklife Center.
  • Film Screenings.
  • Socializing in the Pioneer Saloon.
  • Other activities around town.

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Watch National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Videos on YouTube


See photos from prior Gatherings in our Photo Gallery.

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

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