National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Cowboy Poet Terry Nash

Jan 26, 2018

Another Colorado Cowboy Poet, Terry Nash, from Loma, Colorado, talks about the local cowboy poetry gatherings and about his work.

Jessica Brandi Lifland

One of the stalwarts of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, 34 of them this year, is Colorado native Vess Quinlan. He's been to all but two of them and he's full of stories about the people involved. Here he tells a tale or two and reads a couple poems too. 

Two vastly different approaches to verse from Basque New Person David Romtvedt and Filipino Slam Poet from Guam Meta Sarmiento. They have some surprising commonalities, however, as we discover on Express Yourself.

Decades ago, David Romtvedt was fortunate to have married into a longtime Wyoming Basque ranching family. Since then David has embraced the rich Basque culture. He has learned the language, the music, and the ranching traditions of the Basques while also producing poems, essays and novels. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Wyoming and he served as that state's Poet Laureate from 2003-2011. David joined Express Yourself before he heads over to Elko, Nevada for the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, where he will perform with his daughter Caitlin.

We hear all about the first Salon of the New Year from four participants, the Rassle the Castle race in Redstone and the 34th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.

Darcy Minter, Communications Director for the Western Folklife Center, talks about the 34th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko Nevada at the end of January.