Discussions, Special Sessions and Films

The Gathering takes its stewardship responsibilities seriously with special topic discussions, films, videos and panels that tackle important issues current in the rural West. Following is our initial listing of special sessions for the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 25-30, 2016; we will be posting more as the Gathering nears, so be sure to bookmark this page in your event planning. View the brochure.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Story Table icon  Veterans Writers Project
Location to be determined
Special Session for Veterans - Free
(Drop in any time, stay as long as you like)
Great crisis often produces great writing. War is no exception. And, while historians and politicians write the history, a soldier's version is often found in poems, songs and stories. These stories need to be told. The Veterans Writers Project will provide a place to tell and refine these stories with the help of other  veterans and writers, including Bill Jones and Vess Quinlan. The purpose of the Project is to enable, encourage and support veterans as they share the experiences with others. If you're interested in participating, please contact Vess Quinlan at (719) 588-0911 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or just drop in.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Open Mic icon Teen Poetry & Music Slam
G Three Bar Theater
Come listen and show your support for the next generation of poets and performers as they share their work in this open-mic session.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Welcome icon Keynote Address with Dan Flores
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
Free with 3-Day Deluxe or Day Pass
Historian and natural ecologist of the Plains, Dan Flores, brings a deep perspective to the environment and culture of the American West, and he provides a long-range view on the region's changing ecologies. His take on the historical meeting of environment and people provides a unique vantage point from which to understand the Northern Plains. Presented with funding from the Nevada Humanities in partnership with Great Basin College.


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