The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is turning 30 in 2014, and the celebration of the American West, its people, culture and traditions, will turn its focus to the future of the region.
Between January 27 and February 1, in Elko, Nevada, the Gathering will present poetry, music, fine western gear, films, workshops, dances and discussions with a clear focus on encouraging the next generation and working together to ensure the sustainability of the occupational and artistic traditions of the rural West.
The theme of the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is Expressing the Rural West—Into the Future!
More than 50 poets, musicians and musical groups from the U.S. and Canada will perform on seven stages at four different venues.
The 30th Gathering line-up includes cowboy poets Baxter Black, Paul Zarzyski, Waddie Mitchell, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Joel Nelson, Doris Daley, Pat Richardson, Randy Rieman and many others.
Special guests this year include renowned animal welfare advocate, professor and author Temple Grandin, who will deliver the keynote address, and Stephanie Davis and her Trail’s End Ranch Radio Show, broadcasting poetry, humor and wisdom from a fictitious radio station on the range.
Western Folklife Center members can purchase tickets beginning at 10 a.m. MT, Sept. 3, and non-members can purchase tickets beginning Thursday, Oct. 3.
The 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is produced by the Western Folklife Center.