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Since 1987, cowboy poets have met at the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Medora, North Dakota. This year, the gathering is celebrating its 35th anniversary over Memorial Day weekend.

The founder of the event, North Dakota poet Bill Lowman, spoke with Tom Brosseau about this year's gathering, which includes performances from regional musicians and poets. Listen above.

Find more information about the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering on their Facebook page.

 

Salena Godden is an English poet, author, activist, broadcaster, essayist, and memoirist. 

Her debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death has been picked as a Bookseller Editor’s Choice, a NetGalley Book of the Month, and recommended on the Sky Arts Book Club. It's described by the publisher as “intoxicating and life-affirming” and in The Bookseller as “an original, exuberant novel, freewheeling from prose to poetry to non fiction, truly one of a kind.” 

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The Great American Folk Show is a little place on the radio where we commune with you to share stories, sing songs, and talk to some good people with great voices.

In Episode 12, host Tom Brosseau is joined by "Mrs. Death Misses Death" author Salena Godden; poets Madelyn Camrud and Shadd Piehl; Actress Noel Wells; and musicians SurrijaMark Erelli, and Michael Gay.

Plus, Bill Palanuk on Ukrainians in North Dakota, and “Notes from the Badlands” by Joe Wiegand.

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Sunday, April 4, at 5pm CT:

The Great American Folk Show returns this weekend with a new episode!

In Episode 12, host Tom Brosseau is joined by "Mrs. Death Misses Death" author Salena Godden; poets Madelyn Camrud and Shadd Piehl; and musicians Noel WellsSurrijaMark Erelli, and Michael Gay.

Plus, Bill Palanuk on Ukrainians in North Dakota, and “Notes from the Badlands” by Joe Wiegand.

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The Great American Folk Show is a little place on the radio where we commune with you to share stories, sing songs, and talk to some good people with great voices.

In Episode 11, host Tom Brosseau is joined by musician Sarah Morrau; Musician Clinton Davis; Michael Patrick F. Smith, author of “The Good Hand”; Musicians Nina Ricci and Teresa Ricci; and singer-songwriter Quinn DeVeaux. Plus, Notes from the Badlands with Joe Wiegand.


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The Great American Folk Show is a little place on the radio where we commune with you to share stories, sing songs, and talk to some good people with great voices.

 

In Episode 10, host Tom Brosseau is joined by singer/songwriter Richard Buckner as he reads from his new book "Cuttings From the Tangle"; Singer/songwriter Isabella Rose; Playwright Kemp Powers; Writer Gianni Washington; and Atz Lee Kilcher of "Alaska: The Last Frontier." Plus, Tom will sing a duet with singer Kelly Hogan.

 

 


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The Great American Folk Show is a little place on the radio where we commune with you to share stories, sing songs, and talk to some good people with great voices.

Episode 9 features musicians Kyle Field of Little Wings, Raye Zaragoza, Herman Dune, Eliza Blue, and Elisa Flynn; Painter Mollie Douthit; and Joe Wiegand with Notes from the Badlands.

 

 

  

Photo courtesy of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.

On September 25, 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited the University of North Dakota as part of a five-day tour across the United States.

The school's Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) was in charge of crowd control for the President's visit to campus, linking arms to create a barricade between President Kennedy and the thousands of spectators outside the UND Fieldhouse that day.

Jim Brosseau, an ROTC student of the time, shares his recounting of the event in this essay, read aloud by Glen Phillips.

This is an excerpt from The Great American Folk Show, Episode 8.

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The Great American Folk Show is a little place on the radio where we commune with you to share stories, sing songs, and talk to some good people with great voices.

Episode 8 features writer Gianni Washington; Musician Melissa Mary Ahern; Writers Julie Wolfson and Zoe Howell; a short story by Glen Phillips; Poet laureate of Charleston, South Carolina, Marcus Amaker; Cowboy poet and songster Andy Hedges; North Dakota associate poet laureate Bonnie Larson Staiger; and autoharp player Colin Haines.


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Sunday, December 6, 5pm CT:

The Great American Folk Show returns this weekend with a new episode!

Episode 8 features writer Gianni Washington; Musician Melissa Mary Ahern; Writers Julie Wolfson and Zoe Howell; a short story by Glen Phillips; Poet laureate of South Carolina Marcus Amaker; Cowboy poet and songster Andy Hedges; North Dakota associate poet laureate Bonnie Larson Staiger; and autoharp player Colin Haines.

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