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March 06, 2015

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
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Paul Zarzyski
Cowboy Blog
Adam Burke shares musings from his blog, A Time Traveller's Dilemmae:

Today and tomorrow on KNPR's State of Nevada we'll hear the sounds from the The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, America's quintessential event honoring the western cowboy which is turning 25 in 2009.

       From now until the end of January, the small community of Elko, Nevada, will overflow with thousands of cowboys and cowgirls, poets and musicians, artisans and scholars, rural people and city folks, in town for a grand celebration of the region's ranching and rural culture. The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a week-long celebration of life in the rural West, featuring the contemporary and traditional arts that arise from lives lived caring for land and livestock.

       Our coverage of the Elko Poetry Gathering comes from independent producer Adam Burke who is heard frequently on NPR's Day to Day, with help from Nevada Public Radio Director of Programming, Dave Becker.

       Watch this page for updated audio, images and resources this Thursday and Friday. Meantime, learn more about National Cowboy Poetry Festival Gathering by visiting the follow links:

Waddie Mitchell
Waddie Mitchell, mid-poem (L)
and Michael Martin Murphey (R)

Michael Martin Murphy leads a sing along at the Elko Convention Center.

Wylie Gustafson teaches a yodeling workshop.

Pioneer Bar
The Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Bar.

Justice Sandra Day O'Conner
Former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor delivers the keynote address.

A wide array of hats decorated the heads of poets and guests alike.



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