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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

January 30

Announcing the National Cowboy Poetry Gatherings

Rodear Year

We may not be able to gather in Elko, but we’re not going to let that stop us! In ranching, a rodear happens when cattle are gathered together and held in a circle, typically in a remote location where there are no corrals available. This allows the cowboys to perform their work. We find ourselves in a similar position this year—unable to hold our beloved event at headquarters. In the spirit of rodear, that just means we’re going to have to ride out into the landscape and improvise. We will visit poets, musicians, storytellers, cooks, and artists, mostly on their home ground, and offer a range of experiences from rural ranch country that audiences can connect with online. We’ll seek out both the familiar and new, examining the touchstones, storied places, landmarks, favorite vistas and watering holes while making new discoveries all along the way. Think of this one-day event as a digital campfire, a way to still bring people together while also sharing a taste of the Gathering with family and friends who have yet to attend in real life.

And YOU can be a part of this rodear! Read more.
As always, we’ll be holding the popular online Silent Auction, too. To contribute, read more.

Join us January 30, 2021. It will be free for members,
along with the poster and pin, so become one today! Join now.

We invite you to join us online for music, poetry and other interesting and entertaining programs of the Western Folklife Center. Watch videos on Vimeo and YouTube, listen to interesting and entertaining audio pieces, explore through online exhibitions, join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more.

The Western Folklife Center offices are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Staff will be periodically checking phone and email messages. The Western Folklife Center Gift Shop and Wiegand Gallery are open for business.