Lezlie Sterling/lsterling@sacbee.com

At the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering late last month in Elko, Nev., clockwise from top left: Brigid Reedy, 13, left, and Glenn Ohrlin, 87, perform during a musical poetry session called, “Glenn and the Fair Maiden”; Paul Zarzyski reads one of his works during a presentation called “30 Years of Wrangling Words”; Janeve Rose Mitchell, 14, of Colorado plays eight instruments, including a harp, during an open microphone event; and audience members respond to a poetry reading.

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