Cowboy poet Mitchell named honorary poet for Nevada’s 150th birthday celebration

CARSON CITY ­— Elko County cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell is the honorary poet for the state’s 150th birthday celebrations, officials announced Friday.

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, chairman of the Sesquicentennial Commission, said Mitchell will debut a poem, “The Dame Nevada,” he has written about the state’s birthday on Jan. 27 at the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko.

“His performance at the gathering will certainly be one of the great highlights of this yearlong celebration, and I am proud to be part of it,” Krolicki said.

As the state’s honorary poet for the Sesquicentennial, Mitchell will appear at some of the 150 events.

“As a native of this great state, the inspiration of this poem came straight from my experience and time spent in Nevada,” Mitchell said. “As I wrote this poem, I brainstormed all of the words that came to mind when I thought of Nevada. Those realities then turned to warm fuzzies, creating this poem that truly celebrates our state and its history.”

For the record, Mitchell’s actual first name is Bruce. Waddie is an old word for a rustler or cowhand.

Joining Mitchell for the special performance is poet Walt “Bimbo” Cheney, writer Carolyn Dufurrena and songster Richard Elloyan. The event runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Western Folklife Center in Elko.

For more information about the event and coming events for the Nevada 150 celebration, visit www.nevada150.org.