Rock Canyon Poets reading at the Utah Arts Festival this Friday!

Rock Canyon Poets are proud to announce they will be reading poetry at the Big Mouth Stage on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 2:00 to 2:30 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, Friday at 2pm

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. 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 22 – Sunday, June 25, 2015, 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.

Poetry reading & open mic featuring Laura Stott — Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah favorite Laura Stott!

Sister, mentor, traveler, and poet, teacher, mother. Laura Stott comes and goes in many forms, and each walk of life shapes the way her eye glimpses the world through her words. This upcoming June 13th, Tuesday evening from 6:30pm-8:00pm, Ms. Stott will travel through Pioneer Book as the Rock Canyon Poets host a night of conversation and poetry.

She is an accomplished author with years of experience as a self-sufficient writer. After she earned her MFA in creative writing in 2004, she spent almost a decade’s worth of summers in Skagway, Alaska, traveling back and forth across the continent. Migration, travel, and change echo throughout her debut title, In the Museum of Coming and Going.

“It’s a heart with peace beating at its center as the person around it moves through the world’s chaos,” reads one review, “its feral cats screaming.”

Her latest project is a poetry series titled “Blue Nude”—a work-in-progress collaboration with her visual artist sister, Katheryn Stott.

As well as an English Instructor for Weber State, Ms. Stott also currently serves as a board member of Writers@Work. W@W promotes independent writers of all skill levels. For over thirty years, they’ve held conferences in Utah to help creatives connect to a national community of publishers and editors and agents. For more information visit: https://laurastottpoetry.com and https://writersatwork.org.

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

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

Official event page: https://rockcanyonpoets.com/category/events/

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

The Daily Herald features Rock Canyon Poets for Nuclear Impact Utah event this Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 pm at Pioneer Book

Big thanks to Court Mann and photographer Dominic Valente for the excellent story and photographs in this Daily Herald article that was published this morning about our upcoming Nuclear Impact Utah event this Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Pioneer Book in Provo.

Nuclear Impact Utah – Poets on the Nuclear West is an event presented by the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, featuring contributors to the new Shabda Press anthology Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands, including Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, Trish Hopkinson, Michael McLane, Amy Brunvand, & C. Wade Bentley. Plus, clips from the film Downwinders and Q&A with filmmakers Tim Skousen & Tyler Bastian. The event begins with a poetry open mic followed by contributor readings and film clips with a brief Q&A with the filmmakers. The event and open mic are open to the general public. No ticket necessary.

Pioneer Book is Utah County’s largest used and rare bookshop, carrying titles in a broad range of fields.

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

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/931968596940088/

Nuclear Impact Utah – Poets on the Nuclear West at Pioneer Book on May 9, 2017

Nuclear Impact Utah – Poets on the Nuclear West is an event presented by the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, featuring contributors to the new Shabda Press anthology Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands, including Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, Trish Hopkinson, Michael McLane, Amy Brunvand, & C. Wade Bentley. Plus, clips from the film Downwinders and Q&A with filmmakers Tim Skousen & Tyler Bastian. The event begins with a poetry open mic followed by contributor readings and film clips at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Pioneer Book in Provo, followed by a brief Q&A with the filmmakers. The event and open mic are open to the general public. No ticket necessary.

Rock Canyon Poets was co-founded by Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen and Trish Hopkinson in 2015 and 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. The group sponsors poetry readings and an open mic on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Pioneer Book in historic downtown Provo. Membership is by invitation or portfolio submission only.

Pioneer Book is Utah County’s largest used and rare bookshop, carrying titles in a broad range of fields.

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

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/931968596940088/

Nuclear Impact poetry reading at Ken Sanders Rare Books – Sat. April 29, 2017 @ 7pm

Ken Sanders Rare Books Presents

Nuclear Impact Utah

Book Release
Signing and Presentation

Saturday, April 29, 7pm, Free

Ken Sanders Rare Books
268 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

This event coincides with Independent Bookstore Day. Events are planned at bookstores across the country. Join in at Ken Sanders Rare Books on April 29, 2017.


About the Event

Nuclear Impact Utah: Poets in the Nuclear West, is an event celebrating the publication of Shabda Press’ new anthology,
Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands.

Featured readers, who will also be available for signing, are Nuclear Impact contributors, Amy Brunvand, Trish Hopkinson, Michael McLane, Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, and C. Wade Bentley. In addition, portions of the documentary Downwinders, by Tim Skousen and Tyler Bastian, will be screened. Many people think of nuclear testing, fallout, and the Cold War arms race as distant history, but these stories are ongoing and now evolving. Downwinders tells the tragic story of the people who lived downwind from the nuclear test site in Nevada in the 50s and 60s. No one would listen to their plight until it was rumored that one of the victims of the fallout was John Wayne, who was in the area shooting the ill-fated film The Conqueror for Howard Hughes. It tells the story of the people of the Southwest and beyond whose lives were changed forever after the government decided to use them as “human guinea pigs” and also attempts to find the answer to the question: Did the government kill John Wayne?

About the Book

Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands present the symphonic voices of 163 poets living throughout the United States and world, in places such as India, Britain, Ireland, Canada, Philippines, Japan, South Africa, Guam, Singapore, Poland, Australia, France, Vietnam, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Germany, China and Pakistan, on the impact of nuclear power and warfare on human life and the planet. The poems in the anthology take us through Navajo-Hopi reservations, the Nevada desert, Los Alamos, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Three Mile Island, Trinity, air raid drills, Chernobyl, Pripyat, Ogoturuk Valley, Alaska, Fukushima, nuclear testing in India and Pakistan, and more. Through the words and clarity of these poets, we see the reach of nuclear impact from the desert to the far reaches of the Arctic.

 

Poetry reading & open mic featuring Kimberly Johnson — Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present local favorite & BYU professor Kimberly Johnson!

Kimberly Johnson’s most recent collection of poetry is Uncommon Prayer (Persea Books, 2014).  She is also the author of critical examinations of Renaissance literature and of translations of Virgil’s Georgics​ (Penguin Classics, 2009) and the works of Hesiod (Northwestern University Press, 2017).  Recipient of grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, she lives in Salt Lake City.

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

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

Official event page: https://rockcanyonpoets.com/category/events/

Click here to download a printable flyer.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Utah poets featured on 90.9 FM KRCL’s Radioactive – 6pm every night this week!

Provo Poetry

To help celebrate poetry month, KRCL is featuring a different Utah poet every day this week on their Radioactive public affairs program at 6pm on weekdays. Specifically, these poets are Utah county poets and members of the local poetry group Rock Canyon Poets. Tune in for National Poetry Month announcements and to hear the poets read one of their original poems.

Listen one of three ways:

The schedule is as follows:

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Poetry reading & open mic featuring Rob Carney — Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017 @ 6:30pm

carneyflyerRock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present local favorite & UVU professor Rob Carney!

Rob Carney is a poet and professor at Utah Valley University. His fourth book 88 Maps was just released by Lost Horse Press (distribution by University of Washington Press). Read the detailed review by Julie Marie Wade on The Rumpus here. Other books and chapbooks include Story Problems and Weather Report, from Somondoco Press. You can also read his poetry in Terrain.org: 4th Annual Contest Winner and Issue 30. And listen to a new radio interview with Rob Carney.

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

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

Official event page: https://rockcanyonpoets.com/category/events/

Click here to download a printable flyer.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Pioneer Book

RCP logo 1Join the Rock Canyon Poets for an evening of poetry. Not just any poetry—we want poetry that aches to be published, poetry that pushes the boundaries of the page, poetry that doesn’t need a performance, poetry that simply needs to be read. Bring your words in all of poetry’s traditional forms (from the sonnet to free verse) or just bring your ears for listening.


Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: February 21, 2017

(usually the 2nd Tuesday of every month, but had to bump this one due to Valentines Day)

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading

Sign up in advance or just come and read!
These events are very casual and social. If you’d like to RSVP, add your name in a comment below, or email rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Each poet may read for up to 5 minutes. Maximum of 9 poets per reading. If there is time remaining, poets in the audience will have an opportunity to read.

Inspired reading for blog


Want to know more about Rock Canyon Poets? Follow our blog, Facebook, or Twitter. Open mic poetry readings happen the second Tuesday of every month at Pioneer Book in downtown Provo. Click here for more information on events.

Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at Pioneer Book

RCP logo 1Join the Rock Canyon Poets for an evening of poetry. Not just any poetry—we want poetry that aches to be published, poetry that pushes the boundaries of the page, poetry that doesn’t need a performance, poetry that simply needs to be read. Bring your words in all of poetry’s traditional forms (from the sonnet to free verse) or just bring your ears for listening.


Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: January 10, 2017 (2nd Tuesday of every month)

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading

Sign up in advance or just come and read!
These events are very casual and social. If you’d like to RSVP, add your name in a comment below, or email rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Each poet may read for up to 5 minutes. Maximum of 9 poets per reading. If there is time remaining, poets in the audience will have an opportunity to read.

Inspired reading for blog


Want to know more about Rock Canyon Poets? Follow our blog, Facebook, or Twitter. Open mic poetry readings happen the second Tuesday of every month at Pioneer Book in downtown Provo. Click here for more information on events.