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Like the lifestyle it describes, cowboy poetry seems to be a dying art. The Western Folklife Center, based in Elko, aims to reverse that trend. In conjunction with January's Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the center is sponsoring a Cowboy Poetry Competition for writers under 40. Younger writers will also need to upload their poem to YouTube so its performance can also be judged - and recitation is a key element of all cowboy poetry. We talk with Poet John Dofflemyer about his poetry and about the competition.

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John Dofflemyer, rancher and poet

Darcy Minter, Communications Director, Western Folklife Center

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