National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (formerly: Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering) takes place in Elko, Nevada, US. Founded by folklorists in 1985, and now an annual event, it showcases poets, musicians, musical groups, and plays of cowboy poetry at various venues around the town. The inaugural year featured 40 poets, and an audience of less than 1,000. In 2000, the U.S. Senate proclaimed the event's new name. At the 25th anniversary gathering in 2009, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was the keynote speaker. Other participants have included Riders in the Sky, Georgie Sicking, Ian Tyson, and Baxter Black.
The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, held in 1987 at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, followed the original event in Elko. Alvin G. Davis, who attended the exposition in Alpine as a cowboy poet, launched a comparable group in Lubbock with the formation in 1989 of the American Cowboy Culture Association, which co-sponsors an annual National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration held annually on the Thursday through Sunday after Labor Day.
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