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Cowboy Poetry Gathering

  The Cowboy Poetry Gathering is back Jan. 25-Feb. 1, to celebrate the ranching traditions of poetry, music, art, dance and "plain old visiting." The 13th annual shindig in Elko, Nev., pays special tribute to Canadian cowboys, while daytime events range from workshops on ranch-kitchen cooking to multi-day classes on songwriting, saddle-stamping and rawhide-braiding. Evenings feature poetry readings, dinner theaters and swing dancing. Contact Cowboy Poetry Tickets, 501 Railroad St., Suite 206, Elko, NV 89801 (1-888/880-5885 or 702/778-6777).