Call for Utah Poets – Poems of Summer, Deadline: Sept. 15, 2021

Rock Canyon Poets, in participation with KRCL 90.9 FM, is seeking Utah poets to feature for our forthcoming chapbook Poems of Summer. Deadline is September 15, 2021.

Read below for instructions on how to send in your poems, including audio to potentially be played on the air for our ongoing Poetry Still Happens series. The series gives a platform to poets living and working in Utah to share audio of an original poem.

Deadline: September 15, 2021

What we are looking for

  • Poems written this summer,
  • Themes of summer and current events are encouraged but not required
  • Contemporary poetry
  • Spoken word/slam poetry

Audio guidelines

Recordings are limited to 4 minutes in length and should include the following:

  • 30 seconds or less: introduce yourself and tell us something about you (short bio, make sure it is in first person) and/or where the poem you will be reading was published (if applicable)
  • Reading of a single poem, up to 3 minutes
  • 30 seconds or less: tell us where to find you online (social media or web site), your most recent book

Example: “Hello, my name is Robert Frost. I’m a poet living in Salt Lake City. The title of this poem is “The Road Not Taken” and it was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly. [READ POEM]. This is Robert Frost and my most recent book is The Boy’s Will. You can find it on my web site RobertFrostPoems.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram.”

How to record 

Use your smartphone’s voice memo app or another digital recording device. An easy way to record audio using the built-in voice memo app on your smartphone. Be sure to check the audio settings on your phone and app before recording. For the iPhone, set it to lossless. For Android phones, use the highest quality available. Either wav or mp3 files work, as long as it results in 44100 hz, 16-bit, mono or better.

NOTE: Try a few practice recordings to determine the best placement of the phone’s microphone in relation to your mouth — usually a 45-degree angle and two inches away is best.

For more tips, check out: How to Record a Poem Like a Pro

How to submit

  1. Upload your audio into the cloud (Google Drive, for example), then send the download link to rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.
  2. Include the text of your poem in the body of the email, an attached Word doc, or Google doc.
  3. Include an author photo.
  4. Include any website/social media information for you or your work.
  5. If the topic of the poem is in relation to a current event or social justice issue, please let us know in the body of the email.

You should receive a response within a month or two.

Then tune in on KRCL RadioActive for updates on the forthcoming chapbook and for new Poetry STILL Happens mini-features, played throughout the month and featured on their web site and Facebook, as well as the Rock Canyon Poets web site and Facebook. Follow both to make sure not to miss a thing!

Rock Canyon Poets reading at the Utah Arts Festival, Aug. 27 @ 7:20pm!

Rock Canyon Poets are proud to announce they will be reading poetry for the fifth time at the Big Mouth Stage on Friday, August 27, 2021 from 7:20 – 8:00 p.m. as literary artists for the Utah Arts Festival. You can read about our 2015 performance in this Daily Herald Article: Newly formed Rock Canyon Poets perform at Utah Arts Fest.

Arts Fest: Big Mouth Stage, Aug. 27 at 7:20pm

Rock Canyon Poets boasts diverse membership, ranging from 19 to 70+ years in age with many backgrounds–including literary journal founders, editors, ex-military, business professionals, a playwright, and a periodontist.  Individually, they have received several awards and been published in magazines, anthologies, journals, chapbooks, and full-length books of poetry. Rock Canyon Poets offer poetry with the tactile clarity of tin-can messages through fuzzy strings to the ears of an audience. These poems are tumbleweeds in semi-truck grills. They get stuck in your teeth, build bridges of spun sugar, and make it possible to mount a camel without a sturdy ladder.

The Utah Arts Festival takes place Friday, August 27 – Sunday, August 29, 2021 12 noon to 11pm, on Library and Washington Squares in downtown Salt Lake City (200 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111).

Co-founded by Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen and Trish Hopkinson in 2015, Rock Canyon Poets was established to develop camaraderie among Utah Valley poets, provide consistent workshopping and reading opportunities, and promote the disciplined study of writing poetry as a serious art form. Members meet twice a month at Pioneer Book in historic downtown Provo. The group sponsors poetry readings and an open mic on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Membership is by invitation or portfolio submission only.

For more information, contact the Rock Canyon Poets, rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

Utah Writers Offer New Views of State’s 125th Anniversary in UTAH @ 125

Twenty-two writers. Twenty-two original views of Utah. Collected as Utah @ 125, these works of flash nonfiction are part of Thrive125, a far-ranging cultural initiative celebrating the state’s 125th anniversary.

What: Utah @ 125, a collection of new 125-word nonfiction pieces by Utah writers

When: Published February 2021

Where: Available at thrive125.utah.gov/utah-at-125

The flash nonfiction pieces in Utah @ 125, each just 125 words long, were commissioned from writers ranging from Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal, a University of Utah professor, to Lance Larsen, a former state poet laureate and Brigham Young University professor, and Tayler Fang, a recent Logan High School graduate, who served as 2019-2020’s National Student Poet of the West.

Other writers include slam poets, playwrights, nature writers, activists and novelists, based in Vernal, Cedar City, Provo, West Valley City, Eagle Mountain, Logan and Salt Lake City. These short-short essays describe a Bonneville Trail hike on the winter solstice, the anchoring feeling of watching quails march across a front yard, extraordinary views from on top and inside the artworks of “Spiral Jetty” and “Sun Tunnels,” and what it means to grow up in a town like Beaver.

The Utah Department of Heritage & Arts published Utah @ 125, a new digital literary chapbook, as part of Thrive125. The ambitious statehood celebration, which was launched Jan. 4 with a TV broadcast hosted by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and featuring Utah performing artists, will continue throughout the year.

Along with the literary chapbook, the Thrive125 initiative includes: a database of Utah’s 1896 architecture; “Becoming Utah: A Peoples’ Journey,” a short educational film with curriculum resources about Utah’s history; a One Book, One Utah state library book club highlighting Craig Child’s “Virga & Bone”; a “Voices: Discord and Harmony in 1896” digital exhibit; plus historical and cultural panels, such as “Wintertime Native American Tales”; and “Coming Together: How Utah Became the Union’s 45th Star,” an exhibition at the Utah State Capitol.

Virtual Poetry Reading by Sy Hoahwah, Tues. Feb. 23, 6 – 7pm

The King’s English Bookshop presents ONLINE | Sy Hoahwah | Ancestral Demons of a Grieving Bride

Join Yapaituka Comanche/Southern Arapaho poet, Sy Hoahwah, for a reading and discussion of his new poetry collection, Ancestral Demons of a Grieving Bride.

This free, virtual event will take place on Crowdcast and you must register here to participate. Buy your copy of Ancestral Demons of a Grieving Bride from The King’s English Bookshop and receive an autographed bookplate, while supplies last. We can only ship within the US.

Fractured storytelling for a fractured world, Ancestral Demon of a Grieving Bride draws readers into a world that appears eerily familiar but unsettling as well. Fierce, visceral, sometimes funny, and wholly original, Hoahwah’s poems will linger in a reader’s dreams long after she’s closed the book.

Event date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Platform: Crowdcast
$18.95
ISBN: 9780826362216
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-3 Days
Published: University of New Mexico Press – February 15th, 2021

Call for Poetry Videos via Utah Poetry Festival, DEADLINE: March 1, 2021

Each day during the month of April, Utah Poetry Festival is looking to promote a Utah poet to celebrate both the Festival and National Poetry Month.

For details on requirements, subject matter, tips for recording, and where to send your video, read more here: Read for the Fest.

The Utah Poetry Festival Will Be Online April 16-18, 2021 and registration is open now.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Utah Poetry Festival will be virtual. Beginning Friday, April 16 and ending Sunday, April 18, 2021, the festival will feature poetry pedagogy roundtables, moderated conversations and public Q&A’s with poets from around the state, and two headline reading events.

The Utah Poetry Festival is hosted by Utah’s poet laureate, Paisley Rekdal, and is funded by fellowships and grants from The Academy of American PoetsUtah Division of Arts and Museums, and Utah Humanities.

Registration

The Utah Poetry Festival is free and open to the public. Events can be watched live or streamed later via the Utah Humanities YouTube channel. Live events will feature public Q&As. All events will be closed captioned by AI Media. Only registered participants will receive a link to the Google Drive file with documents from the Saturday pedagogy panels. Registration is currently open. View the schedule to register. Festival attendees must register for each event they wish to attend.

Inspired, Vol. 6 Poetry Anthology now available!

Couldn’t be more proud of our incredible talented community poets here in Utah! I am honored to have edited and released this anthology of Self-Portrait poems earlier this week. Special thanks to our designer Austin Beckstrom who always does such an incredible job! He loves book design, so if you’re needing an incredible designer for an affordable rate, definitely check him out. Also, HUGE thanks to

Utah Humanities for their support of Rock Canyon Poets.
You can find all our anthologies here:
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Call for Utah Poets – KRCL 90.0 FM mini-features

Rock Canyon Poets, in participation with KRCL 90.9 FM, is seeking Utah poets to feature for the ongoing Poetry Still Happens series. The series gives a platform to poets living and working in Utah to share audio of an original poem.

What we are looking for

  • Contemporary poetry
  • Spoken word/slam poetry
  • Poems focusing on current events and social justice issues are preferred

Audio guidelines

Recordings are limited to 4 minutes in length and should include the following:

  • 30 seconds or less: introduce yourself and tell us something about you (short bio, make sure it is in first person) and/or where the poem you will be reading was published (if applicable)
  • Reading of a single poem, up to 3 minutes
  • 30 seconds or less: tell us where to find you online (social media or web site), your most recent book

Example: “Hello, my name is Robert Frost. I’m a poet living in Salt Lake City. The title of this poem is “The Road Not Taken” and it was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly. [READ POEM]. This is Robert Frost and my most recent book is The Boy’s Will. You can find it on my web site RobertFrostPoems.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram.”

How to record 

Use your smartphone’s voice memo app or another digital recording device. An easy way to record audio using the built-in voice memo app on your smartphone. Be sure to check the audio settings on your phone and app before recording. For the iPhone, set it to lossless. For Android phones, use the highest quality available. Either wav or mp3 files work, as long as it results in 44100 hz, 16-bit, mono or better.

NOTE: Try a few practice recordings to determine the best placement of the phone’s microphone in relation to your mouth — usually a 45-degree angle and two inches away is best.

For more tips, check out: How to Record a Poem Like a Pro

How to submit

Upload your audio into the cloud (Google Drive, for example), then send the download link to rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Please include an author photo and any website/social media information for you or your work. If the topic of the poem is in relation to a current event or social justice issue, please let us know in the body of the email.

You should receive a response within a month or two.

Then tune in on KRCL RadioActive for new Poetry STILL Happens mini-features, played throughout the month and featured on their web site and Facebook, as well as the Rock Canyon Poets web site and Facebook. Follow both to make sure not to miss a thing!

Inspired: Virtual Anthology Launch & Poetry Open Mic, Tues. Nov. 10 @ 7:00pm

The Rock Canyon Poets in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, announces the anthology launch of “Inspired,” a community poetry writing experience and open mic on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm. The event is open to the public via Zoom and no ticket is required.

To register, email rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

“Inspired” is a printed anthology of local Utah poets who recently participated in a free community poetry workshop on self-portrait poems (poems using writing prompts focused on expression of the self). Each contributing poet receives a free copy and additional copies will be available to the public for $5 + shipping at RockCanyonPoets.com. Poets will read their work from the anthology, after which, the open mic will begin and audience members are invited to read a poem they have written or a favorite by another poet.

Where: Virtually via Zoom
When: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Rock Canyon Poets boasts diverse membership, ranging from 19 to 72 years in age with many backgrounds–including literary journal founders, editors, ex-military, business professionals, a playwright, and a periodontist.  Individually, they have received several awards and been published in magazines, anthologies, journals, chapbooks, and full-length books of poetry.

Co-founded by Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen and Trish Hopkinson in January, 2015, Rock Canyon Poets was established to develop camaraderie among Utah Valley poets, provide consistent workshopping and reading opportunities, and promote the disciplined study of writing poetry as a serious art form. Members meet twice a month at Pioneer Book in historic downtown Provo. The group sponsors poetry readings and an open mic on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Membership is by invitation or portfolio submission only.

For more information, contact the Rock Canyon Poets, rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

KRCL 90.9 FM – Utah Call for Poetic Distraction, DEADLINE: Oct. 5, 2020 @ 5pm

In a bit of counter-programming to the Vice Presidential Debate to be held in Utah, KRCL’s RadioACTive issues a call for “poetic distractions” for its show on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Poets and essayists are invited to submit audio of two to three short pieces distracting from or reflecting upon current events.
  • How to record: Use your smartphone’s voice memo app or another digital recording device. Start by introducing yourself by name and a short bio. Then give us some context on the pieces before and/or after you share them. You’re welcome to record each piece individually and send them in.
  • What’s a voice memo? An easy way to record audio using the built-in voice memo app on your smartphone. Be sure to check the audio settings on your phone and app before recording. For the iPhone, set it to lossless. For Android phones, use the highest quality available. Either wav or mp3 files work, as long as it results in 44100 hz, 16-bit, mono or better. NOTE: Try a few practice recordings to determine the best placement of the phone’s microphone in relation to your mouth — usually a 45-degree angle and two inches away is best.
  • How to submit: Upload your audio into the cloud (Google Drive, for example), then send the download link to radioactive@krcl.org by 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Monday, Oct. 5. Please include a photo of yourself and any website/social media information for you or your work.

Tune in on KRCL RadioActive for new Poetry STILL Happens mini-features, played throughout the month and featured on their web site and Facebook, as well as the Rock Canyon Poets web site and Facebook. Follow both to make sure not to miss a thing! The new features will include announcements and a reading from a Utah poet. Watch for a submission call to read your poems for Poetry STILL Happens, coming in October.


If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in a future post.

Inspired: A FREE Virtual Community Poetry Writing Workshop – Sign up soon! (Space is limited)

The Rock Canyon Poets, in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, presents “Inspired,” a free community poetry writing workshop offered to Utah residents in October. This year’s theme is Self-Portrait Poems. In this workshop, participants learn how to create poems using writing prompts focused on expression of the self. Offered annually in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival by Rock Canyon Poets & Pioneer Book, this workshop is presented in two parts virtual sessions, followed by a virtual poetry reading. Participants are encouraged to submit their poem to be included in a printed anthology and contributors will receive a free copy.

The Utah Humanities Book Festival runs from September 10 – October 31 with events in several cities throughout Utah. For more information, visit their web site utahhumanities.org.

For more information, contact the Rock Canyon Poets, rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

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The Utah Humanities Book Festival runs from September 14 – October 31 with events in several cities throughout Utah. For more information, visit their web site utahhumanities.org.

Where:

Virtual events (platform TBD)

How to Sign-up:

To sign-up, email your name and contact information to rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Attendance is limited. Come ready to write!

Schedule:

  • Oct. 6, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Workshop Part #1: share prompts, craft demonstration, writing exercises
  • Oct. 20, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Workshop Part #2: workshop first draft of poems
  • Oct. 27, 2020, midnight – Final poem submission due for anthology
  • Nov. 10, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Virtual anthology launch party, contributors reading, anthologies will be mailed

Co-founded by Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen and Trish Hopkinson in January, 2015, Rock Canyon Poets was established to develop camaraderie among Utah Valley poets, provide consistent workshopping and reading opportunities, and promote the disciplined study of writing poetry as a serious art form. Members meet twice a month at Pioneer Book in historic downtown Provo. The group sponsors poetry readings and an open mic on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Membership is by invitation or portfolio submission only.