Originally Published: August 12, 2009 10:18 p.m.
Cowboys who also have a way with words will bring their lyrical imagery of the American West's heritage and culture to the Yavapai College Performance Hall on Thursday and Friday."Ropin' the Future," the theme for the 22nd annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, will bring to the stage more than 50 Arizona poets and many from other states who keep alive the working cowboy's oral traditions by writing, reciting and singing about their lives on the ranges of the Southwest. The Gathering's blend of contemporary and traditional works will feature what the livestock industry is experiencing now as well as its historical memories and values.The Gathering's daytime sessions are free to the public and run from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. These sessions will feature traditional, contemporary and humorous poetry, old-time singing and yodeling. A highlight will be a Powerpoint presentation on the historical O RO Ranch, a territorial ranch that was a Spanish land grant. Wayne Word, Bruce Fee and Anita Nordbrock will describe the ranch's history, and people who have worked on the ranch will share their stories during the hour-long presentation.Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Guest poets will entertain the audiences both nights. On Friday, musical guest Don Edwards will be on stage, and The Desert Sons of Tucson will be Saturday evening's feature.Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $16 each. Advance tickets will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Yavapai College Performance Hall box office, 1100 E. Sheldon St., by calling (928) 776-2000 or 877-928-4253 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, or via the college's website, www.yc.edu/communityevents.