1. Joel Nelson: Equus Caballus

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    A reading by Joel Nelson of his poem "Equus Caballus" during the 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada on February 1, 2013. Additional footage from the ranch of John Dofflemyer on December 20, 2013. Official Selections in the 2014 Visible Verse Film Festival and the 2015 Trail Dance Film Festival. [NOTE: If the video stutters a lot, click the "HD" icon at the lower-right of the frame to toggle off high-definition streaming.] Camera by H. Paul Moon and Shang Ik Moon; music composed and performed by Josh Coffey, engineered and performed with Jacob Siener; editing by H. Paul Moon. This piece is from footage we filmed for a feature-length documentary work-in-progress. For more information, visit: http://www.westdocumentary.com. ABOUT THE POET: Joel Nelson is highly respected in the world of cowboy poetry and recitation. He has appeared in many major cowboy poetry festivals, including the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which he co-founded. A Vietnam veteran and former custom saddle maker, Nelson is an excellent horse trainer. His CD "The Breaker in the Pen" (2000) was nominated for a Grammy Award. Nelson was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2009, and was also poet-in-residence at Rothbury, Northumberland, England. He lives and works with his wife on their 24,000-acre ranch outside Alpine, Texas, where they raise Corriente cattle.

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    • Wallace McRae: Things of Intrinsic Worth

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      A reading by Wallace McRae of his poem "Things of Intrinsic Worth" during the 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada on February 1, 2013. [NOTE: If the video stutters a lot, click the "HD" icon at the lower-right of the frame to toggle off high-definition streaming.] Camera by Brad Winegar and H. Paul Moon, editing by H. Paul Moon. This piece is from footage we filmed for a feature-length documentary work-in-progress. For more information, visit: http://westdocumentary.com ABOUT THE POET: Wallace McRae is a third-generation rancher, with a 30,000 acre cow-calf ranch in Forsyth, Montana. He has been a part of nearly every National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. He was the first cowboy poet to be awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a recipient of the Montana Governor's Award for the Arts, and has served on the National Council of the Arts. Mr. McRae is fighting to protect his ranch and the greater environment in Montana, making the words of this poem tragically real. Read about it here: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-montana-coal-20130427,0,4210576,full.story

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      • Dave Stamey: Twelve Mile Road

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        A performance by Dave Stamey of his song "Twelve Mile Road" during the 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, February 2, 2013. [NOTE: If the video stutters a lot, click the "HD" icon at the lower-right of the frame to toggle off high-definition streaming.] Camera by H. Paul Moon/Shang Ik Moon, editing by H. Paul Moon. This is footage we filmed for a feature-length documentary work-in-progress. Apart from this song performance version, the footage will blend with lyrical visualizations in the finished film. For more information, visit: www.westdocumentary.com ABOUT THE ARTIST: Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He has been voted three times Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. About "Twelve Mile Road," the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry wrote, "Dave Stamey comes 'from the dust'—'out where lives are held together / with sweat and baling twine...'—as the title song depicts it in his new CD, 'Twelve Mile Road.' He dedicates that song to his father, 'who lived it' and to '...the little ranchers scattered all over the West, who seem to get by on guts and stubbornness and damn little else...' 'Twelve Mile Road' delivers complex-but-direct fresh and original songs about the real West, fueled by Dave Stamey's fierce allegiance to that endangered world. He knows the country and he knows what matters." For more information, visit: www.davestamey.com

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        • Dave Stamey - Border Affair - Elko, NV 2013

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          Dave Stamey does a Badger Clark song, "The Border Affair" at The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko, NV - 2013

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          • Gary McMahan's does "Red's Saloon"

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            Gary McMahan does the old Badger Clark poem "Red's Saloon" for the folks at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. http://lopin-ropin-hopin.com Directed & Produced by: Doug Morrione Edited by: Doug Morrione Camera: Doug Morrione 2nd Camera: Beto Vargas

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            • John Dofflemyer: To Hell in a Handbasket

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              A reading by John Dofflemyer of his poem "To Hell in a Handbasket" during the 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada on January 31, 2013. [NOTE: If the video stutters a lot, click the "HD" icon at the lower-right of the frame to toggle off high-definition streaming.] Camera by Brad Winegar/H. Paul Moon/Shang Ik Moon, editing by H. Paul Moon. This piece is from footage we filmed for a feature-length documentary work-in-progress. For more information, visit: http://www.westdocumentary.com ABOUT THE POET: John Dofflemyer is a fifth-generation rancher in the southern Sierra Nevada foothills. His creative work as a writer and editor reflects John's deep connection with the land and contemporary ranch life. John edited the Dry Crik Review of Contemporary Cowboy Poetry from 1991 to 1994, and has also produced numerous poetry chapbooks through Dry Crik Press. His most recent collection of poetry is "Proclaiming Space." He received the 2008 Wrangler Award for "Poems from Dry Creek" and the 2013 Wrangler Award for "Proclaiming Space" from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. John and his wife Robbin maintain a blog called "Dry Crik Journal: Perspectives from the Ranch" at http://www.drycrikjournal.com. John is a member of the Western Folklife Center's Board of Trustees.

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