National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

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The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (formerly: Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering)[1] takes place in Elko, Nevada, US. Founded by folklorists in 1985,[2] 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.[3][4] 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.[5] Other participants have included Riders in the Sky, Georgie Sicking, Ian Tyson, and Baxter Black.[6]

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.[7]


  1. ^ Stanley, David (2000). Cowboy poets & cowboy poetry. University of Illinois Press. pp. 282–. ISBN 978-0-252-06836-2. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Glotfelty, Cheryll (1 August 2008). Literary Nevada: writings from the Silver State. University of Nevada Press. pp. 244–. ISBN 978-0-87417-759-6. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Bennett, Virginia; Seemann, Charlie (20 January 2004). Cowboy poetry: the reunion. Gibbs Smith. p. ix. ISBN 978-1-58685-349-5. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Fillingim, David; Hayes, Joel; Stovall, Doc (1 March 2010). Georgia Cowboy Poets. Mercer University Press. pp. 4–. ISBN 978-0-88146-183-1. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "KNPR's State of Nevada". (NEVADA PUBLIC RADIO). 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  6. ^ RV Life Magazine. RV Life Magazine December 2008 Edition. Rv Life Magazine. pp. 35–. GGKEY:UGBLWC4ARPU. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration, Inc. (Lubbock, Texas)". Retrieved September 5, 2013. 

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