About the Gathering

Cowboy poetry in Alpine

The Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held in person February 20-22, 2025 in Alpine, Texas, on the beautiful campus of Sul Ross State University. Come join us in scenic Alpine as we preserve the western culture through the work of some of the best cowboy poets and musicians in the country.

A Tradition of Cowboy Poetry

For 33 years, the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine was a cowboy poetry destination not to be missed. In February 2019, that gathering ended.

Determined not to let the tradition of cowboy poetry in this region die out, a committed group of volunteers formed a new organization, the Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

The inaugural Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering was held Feb. 21-22, 2020 and was enjoyed by all. We were unable to hold the in-person Gathering in 2021 because of the pandemic, but we did produce two feature-length films, each featuring five cowboy poets on their ranches. Stream those films from our website here. More than 1,500 people from 30 states and 4 countries attended our 2022 gathering, and 2023 brought 2,260 people from 29 states and 2 countries. The Saturday night show for 2023 (Charlie Goodnight: His Life in Poetry and Song) sold out, and we were thrilled that over 35% of our attendees were new to Alpine and to cowboy poetry. We also added a show rodeo in 2023 to showcase and benefit the Sul Ross State University rodeo team. The 2024 Gathering brought attendees from 34 states and at least 6 countries to Alpine. The Wednesday night Show Rodeo raised $1375 for the SRSU Rodeo Team, and the Saturday night show (Roll On, Cowboys) played to a packed house.

Make your plans now to join us February 20-22, 2025!

Board of Directors, as of August 2023
Elizabeth Baize, Fort Davis
Robbie Burns, Alpine
Marian Freeland, Alpine
Bill Jones, New Tazewell, TN
Karen Lloyd, Alexandria, VA
Karen McGuire, Alpine
Kay Nowell, Alpine
Gene Nowell, Alpine
Vess Quinlan, Alamosa, CO
David Richmond, Lindrith, NM
Chris Ryden, Midland, TX
Jim Street, Alpine
Patrick Sullivan, Fairfax Station, VA

Event Producer
Bob Saul, Fort Worth

Film Production and Advisors to the Board
John and Erika Moore, Dove Creek, CO

Advisors to the Board
Rachel Barrett, Alpine
Jim Goodnight, Dallas
Andy Hedges, Lubbock

Mailing address:
Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering
P.O. Box 1076
Alpine, TX 79831