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With special thanks to Archivist Steve Green of Western Folklife Center, we're pleased to present program covers, information and lists of invited performers for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, held at Elko, Nevada each year since 1985. 

See the program information below. The actual programs include much additional information. 

This is page 5 of program information.  Page 1 is here.

We celebrated the 20th anniversary in 2004 with additional special features on separate pages:

The First Time....
recollections from the stage and the audience...send us your story about your first visit to Elko... 
 

Poetry
poems celebrating the Gathering
(separate page)

 

 


Western Folklife Center

Visit the Western Folklife Center web site for information about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and other Western Folklife Center programs and events,  membership information, and to participate in their on-line activities.

 

 

www.WesternFolklife.org

 


National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Programs

 


2002

 

2003


 


 2004   

   
2005

 

  

 

This is page 5 of program information. 

Additional pages:

1985-1989
1990-1993 

1994-1997
1998-2001
2002-2005 below
2006-2009
2010-2013

All years' index of participants

 

 


2002


January  26- February 2, 2002


Cover:  "On the Road" by Lyn Stallard

 Program Contents

"Welcome" by Charlie Seemann, Executive Director 

"Bottom Bales," by John Dofflemyer

"Oh did you see the ashes come thickly falling down? Poems Posted in the Wake of September 11th" by Steve Zeitlin

"The True West" by Alvin Josephy

The Gathering: Information

Gathering Sponsors

Daily Schedule

Book Signings

Biographies of Featured Participants

Workshops

Internet Broadcast

Gathering Week Activities

Empty Saddles - In Memoriam: Eugene Ferguson, Della E. Johns, Linda Marcellus, David Skepner, Kenneth W. Townsend

JA Sponsorship - Della Johns Memorial

2003 Gathering Information -- How to Apply

Securing Ranching's Future -- Weigand Workshops

Silent Auction

Exhibits

Year Round Programs at the WFC

Acknowledgements

Poetry:
"One More Shipping Day" by Wallace McRae


Keynote Speaker: John Dofflemyer


 

Featured Participants:

J. B. Allen, Whiteface, Texas
Eli Barsi, Stony Plain, Alberta
Mike Beck
, Lavina, Montana 
Virginia Bennett, Paso Robles, California 
Lavern "Straw" Berry, Cordell, Oklahoma
Baxter Black, Benson, Arizona
Dale, Ross, and Brittany Burson
, Channing, Texas
Laurie Wagner Buyer, Fairplay, Colorado
Vincent Craig, White River, Arizona
Stephanie Davis, Columbus, Montana
Lyn DeNaeyer-Messersmith
, Seneca, Nebraska
John Dofflemyer
, Lemon Cove, California
Carolyn Dufurrena, Denio, Nevada
Carmel Dunn, Queensland, Australia
Don Edwards
, Weatherford, Texas
Sharon Glenn & George Thomsen, Yakima, Washington
Peggy Godfrey, Moffatt, Colorado
R. W. Hampton, Cimarron, New Mexico
Sunny Hancock
, Lakeview, Oregon
Andy Hedges, Brownfield, Texas
Don Hedgpeth, Medina, Texas
Brenn Hill, Ogden, Utah
Linda Hussa, Cedarville, California
Chris Isaacs, Eagar, Arizona
Max Labry, Church Point, Louisiana
Ray Lashley, Grand Junction, Colorado
Mike Logan, Helena, Montana
Wallace McRae, Forsyth, Montana
Larry McWhorter, Weatherford, Texas
Waddie Mitchell, Elko, Nevada
Michael Martin Murphey, Taos, New Mexico
Joel Nelson, Alpine, Texas
Rod Nelson, Almont, North Dakota
Rich O'Brien, Burleson, Texas
Glenn Ohrlin, Mountain View, Arkansas
Diane Josephy Peavey, Carey, Idaho
Casey and Rick Peden, Stony Plain, Alberta
Tom Perlman, Butte, Montana
Shadd Piehl, Fargo, North Dakota
Ken Raba, Rapid City, South Dakota
Lorraine Rawls, Talent, Oregon
Henry Real Bird, Garryowen, Montana
Pat Richardson, Merced, California
Randy Rieman, Kamuela, Hawaii 
Echo Roy, Shoshoni, Wyoming
Tom Russell, Canutillo, Texas
David "Red Boy" Schildt, Wadsworth, Nevada
Larry Schutte, Oasis, Nevada
Jesse Smith
, Porterville, California
R. P. Smith, Broken Bow, Nebraska
Sourdough Slim, Paradise, California
Dave Stamey
, Nipomo, California
Gail Steiger, Prescott, Arizona
Kent Stockton, Riverton, Wyoming
Syd Masters and the Swing Riders (Syd Masters, Uncle Bob
  Goldstein, and Slim J. Putman
, Edgewood, New Mexico
Milton Taylor, Queensland, Australia
Ian Tyson, Alberta
Clarence Wager, Meadow Vista, California
Lucky Whipple, Bluff, Utah
Bill Wood, Newell, South Dakota
C. R. Wood, Elsinore, Utah
Wylie Gustafson, Dusty, Washington
Paul Zarzyski
, Great Falls, Montana


2003


January  25- February 1, 2003


Cover by Craig Sheppard 

 Program Contents

"Welcome" by Charlie Seemann, Executive Director 

Information

Exhibits
    Western Folklife Center
    Northeastern Nevada Museum

"Here's to the Horse" by Don Hedgpeth

"20,000 Years of the Horse in Art" by Teresa Jordan

Daily Schedule
    Internet Broadcast
    Autograph Sessions

Biographies

Educational Programs
    School Programs
    Workshops
    Educational Panels
    Films

Activities Throughout Elko

Membership & Members

Silent Auction, Development
    JA Sponsorship, Della Johns Memorial

Things We're Proud Of

Gift Shop

Empty Saddles:  Harvey Dahl, Eldon B. Davis, Tom Eaton, Bud McKague, 
   Dr. Gordon Putnam

Acknowledgements

Poetry:
"Empty Saddle" by Colen Sweeten
"A Good One" by Wylie Gustafson
"equus caballus" by Joel Nelson


Keynote Speaker: Don Hedgpeth


 

Featured Participants:

J. B. Allen, Whiteface, Texas
Oscar Auker, Clarendon, Texas
Jesse Ballantyne, Sheridan, Wyoming
Sally Harper Bates, Chino Valley, Arizona
Virginia Bennett, Paso Robles, California 
Baxter Black, Benson, Arizona
David Bourne
, Agoura, California
Dale, Ross, and Brittany Burson
, Channing, Texas
Laurie Wagner Buyer, Fairplay, Colorado
E. T. Collingsworth, Postal, Arizona
Doris Daley, Alberta
Junior Daugherty, Alamogordo, New Mexico
Kevin Davis, Walters, Oklahoma
John Dofflemyer
, Lemon Cove, California
Carolyn Dufurrena, Denio, Nevada
Carmel Dunn, Queensland, Australia
Don Edwards
, Weatherford, Texas
Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Marshall, California
Richard Elloyan, Dayton, Nevada
Guy and Pipp Gillette, Crockett, Texas
Frank Gleeson, Williams Lake, British Columbia
D. W. Groethe, Bainville, Montana
Sunny Hancock
, Lakeview, Oregon
Linda Hasselstrom, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Andy Hedges, Brownfield, Texas
Don Hedgpeth, Medina, Texas
Brenn Hill, Ogden, Utah
Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, South Dakota
Linda Hussa, Cedarville, California
Ross Knox, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Guy Logsdon, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Deanna McCall, Ely, Nevada
Rusty McCall, Ely, Nevada
Wallace McRae, Forsyth, Montana
Larry McWhorter, Weatherford, Texas
Chuck Milner, Cheyenne, Oklahoma
Waddie Mitchell, Elko, Nevada
Katy Moffatt, Santa Clarita, California
Michael Martin Murphey, Taos, New Mexico
Joel Nelson, Alpine, Texas
Glenn Ohrlin, Mountain View, Arkansas
Diane Josephy Peavey, Carey, Idaho
Lorraine Rawls and the Tack House Band, Talent, Oregon
Pat Richardson, Merced, California
Randy Rieman, Lamy, New Mexico
Tom Russell & Andrew Hardin
, Canutillo, Texas
Georgie Sicking, Kaycee, Wyoming
Dave Stamey, Nipomo, California
Red Steagall, Fort Worth, Texas
Gail Steiger, Prescott, Arizona
Colen Sweeten, Springville, Utah
Milton Taylor
, Queensland, Australia
Vigilante Theatre Company, Bozeman, Montana
David Wilkie and Cowboy Celtic (David Wilkie, Denise Withnell, Scott Ring, 
   Joe Hertz, Keri Zwicker)
Lucky Whipple, Bluff, Utah
Wylie and the Wild West (Wylie Gustafson, Dave Reynolds, Scot
   Wilburn, and Ray Doyle)
Dusty, Washington
Paul Zarzyski
, Great Falls, Montana

 


2004

January  24-31, 2004


Cover by William Matthews 

 Program Contents

"Welcome" by Charlie Seemann, Executive Director 

Information

Exhibits
    Mongolian Horseman
    Wild Women
    The Lingo of Our Calling by Elizabeth Dear (includes many poetry excerpts)
    Gear and Poetry of the Horsemen by Meg Glaser

"The Cowboy Poetry Gathering: A personal view" by Hal Cannon
"On the Trail of the Cowboy" by David Stanley
"For Love, Horses and Lind" by Peter K. Marsh
"Mongolian Horseman"

Daily Schedule
    Internet Broadcast
    Autograph Sessions

Biographies

Education Programs
    Workshops
    Cooking Workshops
    Films
    Ranch Panels & WOrkshops

Empty Saddles:  Sunny Hancock, Marjorie (Sunny) Meyers Martin, Larry McWhorter

Poetry:
"Black Draught" by Larry McWhorter (excerpt) 
"The Medicine Keepers" by J. B. Allen

Featured Participants:

J. B. Allen, Whiteface, Texas
Oscar Auker, Clarendon, Texas
Virginia Bennett, Paso Robles, California 
John Best, Australia
Baxter Black, Benson, Arizona
Bill Black
David Bourne
J. V. Brummels
, Nebraska
Laurie Wagner Buyer
, Colorado
Jon Chandler
Bimbo Cheney
, Nevada
John Dofflemyer
Carolyn Dufurrena, Denio, Nevada
Don Edwards
Mike Fleming 
Dick Gibford
Janice Gilbertson
, California
Frank Gleeson
, Canada
Peggy Godfrey, Moffat, Colorado
Skip Gorman and the Waddie Pals (Skip Gorman, Mary Burdette, Tom Sauber, 
      Ruthie Dornfeld, Patrick Sauber)
Janine Haig
, Australia
Alice Hancock
Andrew Hardin
Brenn Hill
Hot Club of Cowtown (Elana Fremerman, Whit Smith, Jake Erwin)
Yula Sue Whipple Hunting, Utah
Linda Hussa, Cedarville, California
Alyssa Jayne
, California
Jill Jones and the Lonestar Chorale (Jill Jones, Doug Floyd, Patty Clayton)
Don Kennington
Ross Knox
, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Walt Larue, Burbank, California
Ray Lashley
Bill Lowman
Pedro Marquez
, Colorado
Eddie McAlvain & the Maverick Western Swing Band (Eddie McAlvain, Don House, 
     Stan Schroeder, Ora Oubre, Mickey Stoddard, Bill Gilbert, Wayne Glasson, Mark Abbott) 
    
Wichita Falls, Texas
Wallace McRae
Lyn Messersmith, Nebraska 
Waddie Mitchell, Elko, Nevada
Michael Martin Murphey 
Joel Nelson
Rodney Nelson
, Sims, North Dakota
Rich and Valerie O'Brien
Glenn Ohrlin
, Mountain View, Arkansas
Prickly Pear (Locke Hamilton, Les Hamilton, Jo Bowman) Dubois, Wyoming
Vess Quinlan, Alamosa, Colorado
Henry Real Bird, Montana
Randy Rieman
Mary Jean Risheim
Tom Russell
, El Paso, Texas
Georgie Sicking
Sourdough Slim
, Paradise, California
Jesse Smith
Sons of the San Joaquin (Joe, Jack, and Lon Hannah)
Red Steagall

Colen Sweeten
Jeanne Thompson and the Sunset Trio (Jeanne Thompson, Charley Simmons, 
     Bob Comstock, Jeannie Eddins)
Boise, Idaho
Jack Walther
, Nevada
Andy Wilkinson
, Texas
Wylie and the Wild West (Wylie Gustafson, Dave Reynolds, Scot
   Wilburn, and Ray Doyle)
Paul Zarzyski


2005

January  22-29, 2005


Cover by Harold Von Schmidt 

 

 Program Contents

"Welcome" by Charlie Seemann, Executive Director 

Information

Exhibits
    Buckaroo! The Hispanic Heritage of the High Desert
    Back at the Ranch
    Student Art Show
   The Last Cowboy, Photographs by Adam Jahiel
   The Whole Earth and Sky to Yourself, Photographs by Linda Dufurrena
   Wild Women...enlighTen


"The Cowboys of the Americas"
"Sawdust and Poetry" by Gregory Martin
"Urban Rural Divide" by Dr. Patricia Nelson Limerick
"Finding Deep West" by Darcy Minter
"Grupo Cimarrón and its Music" by Daniel Sheehy and Carlos Rohas Hernández

Education Programs
Workshops
Youth Workshops
Films
Silent Auction
Schedule
Gathering Week Activities Throughout Elko

Participants

Empty Saddles:
 Charlie Hunt, Howard Parker, William L. Searle, Duff Severe, Donald "Bud" Stewart

Poetry:
"Urban Daughter" by Wallace McRae

Featured Participants:

J. B. Allen, Whiteface, Texas
Oscar Auker
Jesse Ballantyne
, Sheridan, Wyoming
Lavern "Straw" Berry, Cordell, Oklahoma
Dave Bourne
Jim Brooks
Dale Burson
, Channing, Texas
Bimbo Cheney
, Nevada
Rusty Christensen, Australia
Rick "Sourdough Slim" Crowder
Stephanie Davis and The Stephanie Davis Band (Kelly Rubrecht, Shelley Rubrecht, 
     Mike Rossi, Bobbi Black, Rick Philipp)

Duane Dickinson
John Dofflemyer
Elizabeth Ebert
Don Edwards
Dick Gibford, Arroyo Grande, California
Guy & Pipp Gillette
Frank Gleeson
, British Columbia 
D. W. Groethe, Bainville, Montana 
Rib Gustafson, Montana
Melanie Hall, Queensland, Australia
RW Hampton, Cimarron, New Mexico
Andrew Hardin
Linda M. Hasselstrom
, South Dakota
Bill Hearne (with Don Richmond and Susan Hyde Holmes)
New Mexico
Chris Isaacs
Jim King
Echo Roy Klaproth
, Shoshoni, Wyoming
Ross Knox
, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Ray Lashley, Grand Junction, Colorado
Corb Lund (with Grant Siemens) Canada
Deanna McCall, Idaho
Rusty McCall, Idaho
Katherine McCall-Owens, Idaho
Wallace McRae, Forsyth, Montana
Chuck Milner (with Cody and Hallie Milner) Reydon, Oklahoma
Waddie Mitchell 
Michael and Dawn Moon, Rowe, New Mexico
Jane Morton 
Michael Martin Murphey (with Carin Lechner, Sarah Rische Murphey, Doc Mayer)
Joel Nelson, Texas
Rodney Nelson
, Sims, North Dakota
Glenn Ohrlin, Mountain View, Arkansas
Gwen Petersen, Big Timber, Montana
Quebe Sisters (Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebel Joey and Sherry Hill McKenzie, 
     and Mark Abbott)
Texas
Vess Quinlan
, Alamosa, Colorado
Henry Real Bird, Montana
Pat Richardson
, Merced, California
Dan Roberts
, Texas
Tom Russell
 
Larry Schutte, Tonopah, Nevada
Jesse Smith, Porterville, California
Gail Steiger
, Arizona
Ian Tyson
Jack Walther
, Nevada
Dick Warwick
, Washington
Bill Wood, Newell, South Dakota
Wylie and the Wild West (Wylie Gustafson, Dave Reynolds, T. Scot
   Wilburn, and Ray Doyle)
Paul Zarzyski


 

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