Poetry reading + open mic featuring Karen Kelsay Davies & Peter Davies – Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Utah poets Karen Kelsay Davies and Peter Davies will read their work as featured poets at the monthly poetry reading and open mic at 6:30 p.m. on October 8, 2019 at Pioneer Book in Provo. Karen will read her own work and Peter will read the work of John Whitworth.

Karen Kelsay Davies has been writing free verse and formal for the past twenty years. She is the founding editor of The Orchards Poetry Journal and the Managing Director of Kelsay Books, a rapidly growing poetry publishing company that has published roughly seven-hundred titles in the past eight years. Karen’s poetry has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize. In 2012 her book Amytys Leaves Her Garden won the Association for Mormon Letters Award.

Peter Davies, born in England, has lived in the United States for the past thirty years. He retired from running a distribution business IN California and now works at Kelsay Books as a copy editor. Although he doesn’t write poetry, he has a natural talent for reading it and has performed at numerous events across the United States. Peter lives in American Fork and travels to England often.

John Whitworth wrote poetry that was both popular and proficient. He has been described as a “master of metrical whigmaleerie.” Whitworth graduated from Merton College, Oxford. His work appeared in many English journals. John taught a master class at the University of Kent and was a well-loved formalist poet. His last book “Joy in the Morning,” was published by Kelsay Books.

The Davies visit Provo as guests of the Rock Canyon Poets. The reading is open to the general public.

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

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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Poetry Happens + Book Fest! – Utah October 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the new Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. Each edition will include poetry happenings and other announcements coming up in Utah, with highlights specifically for Utah county. And tune in on KRCL Radioactive the first Wednesday of every month for announcements and feature poet reading!

This month includes a special feature for Utah Humanities Book Festival–a celebration of books and the resulting conversations–with a long list of events all across Utah running from September 14 – October 31.

The 2019 Utah Humanities Book Festival marks 22 years of improving Utah communities through reading, literature, and conversations with authors and each other.

Visit the Book Festival Calendar to see upcoming events. More authors and related events are being added until the book festival begins, so check back often. You can also Download the Printed Program.


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on October 8 with Karen Kelsay Davies and Peter Davies.

Markay Brown’s Planted in a Storm debuts October 26, 2019 in the Orem Library at 2:00 pm. Here is a link to her podcast.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm

Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop registration is open! Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, presents “Inspired,” a free community poetry writing workshop in October. This year’s theme is Persona Poems and workshops are on Tuesday nights on Oct. 1 and 15. To sign-up, email your name and contact information to  rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Seating is limited.

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Cliff Notes Writing Conference in Boulder, UT. Oct. 3 – 6. This year with the 1995-1997 US Poet Laureate, Robert Hass and Utah’s 1st Poet Laureate, David Lee. Our third writer is local favorite from over the mountain, Chip Ward.

Literary Death Match in Ogden at Good Company Theatre, Oct 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm. This years line up includes contestants Laura Stott, Jake Alvey, David Lindes, and Jan Bottiglieri and judges Kara van de Graaf, Molly Gaudry, and Amir Jackson.

Ada Limon in Ogden at the Ogden High School, Oct 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and was named one of the top 5 poetry books of the year by the Washington Post.

City Art Reading Series, typically the first three Wednesdays of every month at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library. Check their Facebook Events page for updates.

Shanan Ballam; Ben Gunsberg in Cedar City at the Artisans Gallery, Oct 9, 2019
6:30 pm.

Star Coulbrooke at the Logan Library, Oct 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Jake Skeets in Taylorsville at Salt Lake Community College, Oct 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Shanan Ballam; Ben Gunsberg in St. George at Dixie State University, Oct 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

Brock Diethier and Shanan Ballam in St. George at Dixie State University, Oct 12, 2019 at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm respectively.

Z.G. Tomaszewski & Laura Stott Rogers in Roy at Weber County Library, Oct 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Sor Juana Awards at the Salt Lake City Public Library, Oct 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

Danielle Dubrasky; Natalie Young in Cedar City at Southern Utah University, Oct 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Diane Williams; Javier Zamora in SLC at Finch Lane Gallery, Oct 17, 2019 at 4:30 pm with an encore performance Oct 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm.

Rob Carney; Tacey Atsitty; Lance Larsen in Sandy at The Printed Garden, Oct 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Diana Delgado; Leticia Hernández Linares in SLC at the Glendale Branch Library, Oct 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Jan Minich; Nancy Takacs at the Logan Library, Oct 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Sugar Slam every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM. Sugar Slam is excited to bring Brick Cave’s Summer Tour to feature before our first qualifying slam for NPS 2020! Open mic beforehand. Oct. 10.

Haikus, Modernism and Stanton MacDonald-Wright – “Haiga Portfolio” (1965-1966) blends Eastern and Western influences, pairing vibrant modernist paintings with haikus written by some of Japan’s most influential poets. Presented by Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan UT, exhibit runs from August 24 – June 30, 2020. 

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC.

Free Poetry Class – Open to the community and students at Westminster, click here to apply for a free semester poetry class beginning in January 2019 with visiting poet Robin Becker. Deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2019.

ellipsis…literature and art is a nationally and internationally recognized journal published by the students of Westminster College. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019.

Peculiar Journal – Utah-based literary journal for LGBTQ+ writers and artists. Deadline: Dec. 8 2019.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round.

For more national submission calls, visit https://trishhopkinson.com.


If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in our next edition.

Poetry Happens + Book Fest! – Utah September 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the new Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. Each edition will include poetry happenings and other announcements coming up in Utah, with highlights specifically for Utah county. And tune in on KRCL Radioactive the first Wednesday of every month for announcements and feature poet reading!

This month includes a special feature for Utah Humanities Book Festival–a celebration of books and the resulting conversations–with a long list of events all across Utah running from September 14 – October 31.

The 2019 Utah Humanities Book Festival marks 22 years of improving Utah communities through reading, literature, and conversations with authors and each other.

Visit the Book Festival Calendar to see upcoming events. More authors and related events are being added until the book festival begins, so check back often. You can also Download the Printed Program.


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on September 10, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, featuring Michael Lavers.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm

Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop registration is open! Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, presents “Inspired,” a free community poetry writing workshop in October. This year’s theme is Persona Poems and workshops are on Tuesday nights on Oct. 1 and 15. To sign-up, email your name and contact information to  rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Seating is limited.

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

City Art Reading Series, typically the first three Wednesdays of every month at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library. Check their Facebook Events page for updates.

  • 9/18 – City Art is pleased to welcome Dan O’Brien and Natalie Young in the Special Collections room of the City Library.
  • 9/25 – City Art is pleased to host poets Mario Chard and Danielle Susi at the Special Collections room of the Salt Lake City Public Library at 7pm.

Sugar Slam every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM. Sugar Slam is excited to bring Brick Cave’s Summer Tour to feature before our first qualifying slam for NPS 2020! Open mic beforehand. Sept. 12.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, Sept. 13 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Haikus, Modernism and Stanton MacDonald-Wright – “Haiga Portfolio” (1965-1966) blends Eastern and Western influences, pairing vibrant modernist paintings with haikus written by some of Japan’s most influential poets. Presented by Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan UT, exhibit runs from August 24 – June 30, 2020. 

Tom Sleigh & Alan Shapiro, Sept. 19, 2019 at 7 PM, Art Barn / Finch Lane Gallery in SLC in conjunction with Book Fest.

Poetry Reading by Camille T. Dungy and Jason Olsen – The Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series, Sept. 24 at 7 PM at Westminster College.

Paisley Rekdal Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal will perform portions of West: A Translation and discuss the research that went into the documentary work at Ogden Union Station on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 PM. West is Rekdal’s new book-length poem about the transcontinental railroad commissioned by the Utah Arts Council and Spike 150. Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

Danielle Dubrasky, Sept. 26, 2019 at 7 PM, Logan Library in conjunction with the Book Fest.

Christopher Nelson; Betsy Sholl, Sept. 26, 2019 at 7 PM, Westminster College in conjunction with Book Fest.

Katharine Coles, Sept. 28, 2019 at 4 PM, Desert Hive Supply in Ogden in conjunction with Book Fest.

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC.

Peculiar Journal – Utah-based literary journal for LGBTQ+ writers and artists. Deadline: Dec. 8 2019.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round

Free Poetry Class – Open to the community and students at Westminster, click here to apply for a free semester poetry class beginning in January 2019 with visiting poet Robin Becker. Deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2019.


If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in our next edition.

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Michael Lavers – Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Michael Lavers. The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm at Pioneer Book (450 W. Center) in historic downtown Provo on Tuesday, September 13, 2019.

Michael Lavers is the author of After Earth, published by the University of Tampa Press. His poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, 32 Poems, The Hudson Review, Best New Poets 2015, TriQuarterly, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. He has been awarded the Chad Walsh Poetry Prize, the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, and the Michigan Quarterly Review Page Davidson Clayton Prize for Emerging Poets. Together with his wife, the writer and artist Claire Åkebrand, and their two children, he lives in Provo, Utah, and teaches poetry at Brigham Young University.

Lavers visits Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book. The reading and open mic are open to the general public.

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

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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

The Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, presents “Inspired,” a free community poetry writing workshop in October. This year’s theme is Persona Poems. A persona, from the Latin for mask, is a character taken on by a poet to speak in a first-person poem. In this workshop, participants learn how to create poems using the imagined voice of another person, place, or thing. Offered annually in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival by Rock Canyon Poets & Pioneer Book, this workshop is presented in two sessions, followed by a reception and poetry reading. Participants are encouraged to submit their poem to be included in a printed anthology and contributors will receive a free copy.

Where

Pioneer Book, 450 West Center Provo, Utah 84601

What to Bring

  • Pen and paper to write and/or an electronic device to write on (laptop, etc)
  • Drink/snack if you desire

How to Sign-up

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

Schedule

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at 6pm – Workshop #1: share prompts, craft demonstration, writing exercises
    Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 at 6pm – Workshop #2: share and workshop first draft of poems
    Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 at midnight – Final poem submission due for anthology
    Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 at 6pm – Anthology launch party/reception and poetry reading

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE BOOK FEST CALENDAR

OR

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PRINTABLE PROGRAM

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.


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.

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Kara van de Graaf – Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Kara van de Graaf! The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm at Pioneer Book (450 W. Center) in historic downtown Provo on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

Kara van de Graaf is the author of Spitting Image, winner of the Crab Orchard First Book Prize in Poetry (SIU Press, 2018). Individual poems appear widely in national literary journals, including The Southern Review, AGNI, New England Review, The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the anthology Best New Poets. Other honors include the Hoepfner Award from Southern Humanities Review, an Academy of American Poets Prize, a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from Sewanee Writers Conference. Kara is co-founder and editor of Lightbox Poetry, an online educational resource for poetry in the classroom (www.lightboxpoetry.com). She serves as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Utah Valley University and live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Van de Graaf visits Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book. The reading and open mic are open to the general public.

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

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Poetry Happens – Utah August 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. Each edition will include poetry happenings and other announcements coming up in Utah, with highlights specifically for Utah county. And tune in on KRCL Radioactive the first Wednesday of every month for announcements and feature poet reading!


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month the feature poet is Kara van de Graff! on August 13, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Recurring Events

Salty Pond Poets meets at the SLCC Community Writing Center
on the 1st and 3rd Mondays, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Sugar Slam for this month features Janae Godfrey! every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, summer edition! This month, Thursday, July 25, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

Events this Month

Antelope Island Spider Fest 2019 – a day full of spider-themed presentations, crafts, guided walks, citizen science, poetry, photography, art and food vendors, and more to learn about these fascinating residents of Antelope Island. Activities start on August 3 at 10am and go until 4pm. No registration required. Park entrance fees apply.

Exploring Writing And Book Forms2-Part Workshop
August 6 & 13 (Tuesday), 6-8 pm.
Let’s play with the possibilities of writing paired with bookmaking. In this 2-part workshop, we’ll explore how the meaning of a piece of writing can be deepened by its physical form. We’ll play with new ways of presenting texts, learn how to make a number of simple but exciting book forms, and workshop your writing.

Everybody Writes Open MicWednesday, August 14 from 7 – 8pm in the main Salt Lake City Library on the 2nd floor. Bring any writing you want to share & listen to local writers and performers share their work.

Art on the TrailsSaturday, Aug. 24th between 3 pm – 6 pm (sign up for tours between 3 pm – 5:00 pm HERE). Pop-up creative performances on the trail that include: Hip Hop, Ballet, Poetry, Jazz, Bluegrass, Spanish Guitar, a Drum-line, and more! McLeod Creek Trail between Copper Moose Farm and Temple Har Shalom in Park City. The tour begins at Copper Moose Farm at 1285 Old Ranch Rd, Park City, UT 84098. Click here for Directions. 

The Quills Conference – August 22 – 24, 2019 at the Marriott University Park Hotel. This three-day event is packed with presentations and panels on poetry, prose and screenwriting. Conference ticket options can include meals where keynote addresses can be heard or skip the meals and eat on your own to save on costs.

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC. Open to submissions year-round

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the September/October 2019 issue is “Harvest,” and the deadline is Aug. 6. The theme for the November/December 2019 issue is “Holidays,” and the deadline is Sept. 1.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round


If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in our next edition.

Poetry Happens – Utah July 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. Each edition will include poetry happenings and other announcements coming up in Utah, with highlights specifically for Utah county. And tune in on KRCL Radioactive the first Wednesday of every month for announcements and feature poet reading!


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on July 9, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm

Poetry Night at Peace on Earth Coffee in Provo – July 11 @ 6:30pm

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Recurring Events

Salty Pond Poets meets at the SLCC Community Writing Center
on the 1st and 3rd Mondays, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Sugar Slam for this month features Janae Godfrey! every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, summer edition! This month, Thursday, July 25, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

Events this Month

Booked on 25th and Ogden Pride are excited to be hosting the 4th Annual Ogden Pride Poetry Contest – Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2 PM – 3 PM at Booked on 25th.

Western Musician Brenn Hill and Cowboy Poet Andy Nelson will perform in concert at 7 p.m. July 16, 2019 at Ogden Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave. in Ogden. The two are renowned artists in the western and cowboy culture and are sure to draw a crowd. (More on Cowboy Poetry happenings here: https://blog.cowboypoetry.com)

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Peculiar Journal – Utah-based literary journal for LGBTQ+ writers and artists. Deadline Extended: July 7, 2019.

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC. Open to submissions year round

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the September/October 2019 issue is “Harvest,” and the deadline hasn’t been posted yet, submit soon! 

Sugar House ReviewDeadline: July 31, 2019

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round


If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in our next edition.

Rock Canyon Poets reading at the Utah Arts Festival next Thursday!

Rock Canyon Poets are proud to announce they will be reading poetry for the fourth time at the Big Mouth Stage on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 5:45 to 6:30 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, Thursday at 5:45pm

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 Thursday, June 20 – Sunday, June 23, 2019, 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.