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2017 Montana Center for the Book Prize


32nd Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Music Rendezvous

Karen Kuhlmann has been a trail boss since 2004. When she’s not out driving cattle, Karen can be found guiding the reins of the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Music Rendezvous as the executive director. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the heritage of the American cowboy of the Upper Rocky Mountain West. The program has received multiple awards and national recognition in recent years, including being featured in the 2017 New York Times bestselling guide, 1,000 Places to See in the United States & Canada Before You Die. "Our gathering attracts western history lovers from all over the country," writes Kuhlmann.

The cowboy poetry gathering is the second oldest in the country and Kuhlmann is always looking for new performers and entertaining ideas. "The 4-day event is unique and dearly loved by cowboy poets, musicians, artists, attendees and volunteers. We want to keep the quality of the event high and maintain the authenticity we've worked to achieve over the years. We're proud to produce an event that contributes to the economic well-being of Lewistown and showcases our history and heritage."

The Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Music Rendezvous, held annually in mid-August in Lewiston, is one of five recipients of the 2017 Montana Center for the Book Prize for creative literary programming.

Visit MontanaCowboyPoetryGathering.com for the 2018 schedule.