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CFP: Expressing the Rural West: Poetry of the Next Generation

Monday, November 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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The Western Folklife Center is again hosting a spoken word poetry contest for the next generation of western poets in its second annual YouTube poetry competition. "Expressing the Rural West: Poetry of the Next Generation" is a friendly competition for poets between the ages of 18 and 35 from 17 western states.

Participants are invited to upload videos of themselves reciting original poetry, with a short introduction or artist's statement at the beginning of the video. A more detailed list of competition guidelines can be found on the Poetry Contest's YouTube Channel and on the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering website. To submit your video, upload it to your own YouTube page and tag it with "2015 Cowboy Poetry Competition." For more information and to see and vote on the tagged videos, visit the contest's YouTube channel.<>

The organizers hope to inspire people in this age group to write about rural life in the West and to share their words with others at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. There will be both a public competition (you can vote on your favorite by clicking the thumbs up button under the video), and a juried competition. The winner of the public contest will receive two 3-Day Deluxe Passes to the 31st Gathering and a Gathering poster. The winner of the juried competition will be invited to perform at the Gathering in January 2015, and travel and lodging will be paid by the Western Folklife Center.

You have until December 21 to submit your video for consideration. Judging will take place on the 22nd and winners will be announced on the 23rd. If you have questions or want more information, contact Darcy Minter, Western Folklife Center Communications Director at (775) 340-4240 or

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