Poetry reading + open mic featuring Rob Carney – Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Rob Carney! The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm.

Rob Carney is originally from Washington state and will be reading from his new poetry collection The Book of Sharks (Black Lawrence Press). He is the author of four previous books, including 88 Maps (Lost Horse Press), which was named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and Weather Report (Somondoco Press), which won the Utah Book Award for Poetry. His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Sugar House Review, Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments, and dozens of other journals. He is a Professor of English and Literature at Utah Valley University and lives in Salt Lake City.

Carney 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.

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

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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Poetry Happens – Utah August 2018 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!


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on August 14, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, featuring Rob Carney and the release of his new book The Book of Sharks!

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

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC, Thursday, August 16 at 8 PM.

Salt City Slam, every last Monday of the month at Even Stevens in Downtown SLC, August 27, Open mic at 7:00. Feature at 7:30. Slam at 8:00.

Poetry Open Mic every 2nd Thursday at the Glendale Branch Library in SLC, July 12 at 7 PM.

Helicon West Summer open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, August 23 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

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 so submissions year-round.

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the September/October 2018 issue is “Fall,” and the deadline is August 6, 2018. The theme for the November/December 2018 issue is “First Snow,”and the deadline is September 1, 2018.

Saltfront – Deadline, August 15, 2018

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.


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.

Call for Poems – Utah Life Magazine, DEADLINE: Aug. 6 & Sept. 1, 2018

Utah Life Magazine is a new Utah County based magazine that debuted earlier this year. Every issue will feature poetry from around the state of Utah. Publisher/Editor Chris Amundson is thrilled with how things have been going so far for the magazine, “Since launching Utah Life this spring, the magazine has been a big hit! Thousands of Utahns living within the state and friends of Utah beyond the state’s borders have supported Utah Life by subscribing and sharing it with their family and friends through gift subscriptions. We’re proud to give a popular outlet for Utah poetry (and fine photography, engaging storytelling, humor, recipes and more).”

Each issue’s poetry will be selected based on a theme. The theme for the September/October 2018 issue is “Fall,” and the deadline is August 6, 2018. The theme for the November/December 2018 issue is “First Snow,”and the deadline is September 1, 2018. “We look for poems that reveal the many facets of life in Utah. We don’t have a limit on style or number of lines (though poems usually range between three and twenty lines). There is also no limit to the number of poems per submission. Poems are printed to coincide with a theme announced in previous issues. Original work is preferred, though occasionally work published previously in anthologies, books or other sources may be considered.”

UPCOMING THEMES AND DEADLINES

September/October 2018

Theme: “Fall”

Deadline: August 6, 2018

November/December 2018

Theme: “First Snow”

Deadline: September 1, 2018

This is a wonderful opportunity for poets of all experience levels. Make sure to read the submission guidelines carefully.


Click here to read submission guidelines

ENTRY FEE: None

PRIZE: Publication and copy of the issue

FORMS: Poetry

NOTES: Original work is preferred, though occasionally work published previously in anthologies, books or other sources may be considered.

Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry reading – Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are pleased to present a poetry reading featuring Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry! Contributing poets will be reading their poems from the collection. The event begins at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm.

Dove Song is an anthology of poetry and art centered on the Mormon concept of Heavenly Mother edited by Tyler Chadwick, Dayna Patterson, and Martin Pulido. It includes 138 poems from almost 80 poets from the early church to the late 20th century to today. It was released by Peculiar Pages in April 2018.

“This anthology is a shattering summary of poetic revelation, feminist theology, and Mormon history about our Mother God. Over seventy poets speak across time from 1844-2017, describing their visions and yearnings for the divine feminine, like soul mates through the veil. They begin in 1844 with W.W. Phelps, Eliza R. Snow, and Lula Greene Richards in 1899, then disappear from the fin de siècle to the 1970s when Carol Lynn Pearson and Linda Sillitoe sing our Mother back. Like holy scribes, these poets persist, wondering and writing in the wilderness, seeking a promised land where God is home.” —Maxine Hanks

Dove Song is unique in the canon of Mormon literature. And uniquely important. Not only is it a work of fine art, a carefully arranged series of poems that the poets have used their finest skill and training to create, but it is a work of history, a work of inspiration, and a sacred record of many individuals’ spiritual quest for additional revealed knowledge about Mother in Heaven.” —Susan Elizabeth Howe

“She used to be a rumor. She used to be the one not to be named. We listened so hard at the edges of the conversation to hear anything—any detail, any dropped syllable. But thanks to the work of the visionary writers and editors who crafted Dove Song the Mormon concept of a Heavenly Mother now has so much presence! So many words! May we never lose her again.” —Joanna Brooks

Dove Song poets visit Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book. The reading is 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: Monday, July 23, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Michael McLane – Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Michael McLane! The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm. You can tune in to hear McLane read some of his poetry on KRCL’s Radioactive, Wednesday, July 4 at 6 p.m. The show will also be available via on-demand later that evening.

Michael McLane is the author of the chapbook Trace Elements and is an editor with both Sugar House Review and saltfront: studies in human habit(at). His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Western Humanities Review, Colorado Review, Catalyst, Dark Mountain, Interim, Denver Quarterly, High Country News, and The Laurel Review. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University and an MS in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. He lives in Salt Lake City where he is the director of the Utah Center for the Book at Utah Humanities.

McLane 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.

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

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Poetry Happens – Utah July 2018 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!


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on July 10, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, featuring Michael McLane!

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

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC, and this month features Ashley Finley, Thursday, July 12 at 8 PM.

Salt City Slam, every last Monday of the month at Even Stevens in Downtown SLC, July 30, Open mic at 7:00. Feature at 7:30. Slam at 8:00.

Poetry Open Mic every 2nd Thursday at the Glendale Branch Library in SLC, July 12 at 7 PM.

Poet, essayist, and musician Mark Doherty will be reading at The Printed Garden in Sandy to celebrate the release of his new collection of poetry, Walking Natural Pathways on July 12 at 7 PM.

Booked on 25th and Ogden Pride are excited to be hosting the 3rd Annual Ogden Pride Poetry Contest. The contest has two rounds — on July 14th and July 21st. The first round will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Booked on 25th.

Helicon West Summer open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, July 26 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Open Mic Poetry Jam at the St. George Museum, Thursday, July 26, from 7 – 8 PM.

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Sugar House Review – Deadline, July 31, 2018

Saltfront – Deadline, August 15, 2018

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 this Friday!

Rock Canyon Poets are proud to announce they will be reading poetry at the Big Mouth Stage on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 1:00 to 1:30 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 1pm

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 21 – Sunday, June 24, 2018, 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 Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen – Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present award winning Utah poet and Rock Canyon Poets member Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen!

Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen is a poly-artist and humanitarian residing in Utah. Her poetic work has been featured in Quarterly West, Rust+Moth, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, the anthologies “Broken Atoms in Our Hands” and “Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry,” CrabFat, and Peculiar. She blogs sporadically at secondsetofwings.com and provides regular taxi service for her four children. 

Shiffler-Olsen is also co-founder of the regional poetry group Rock Canyon Poets along with Trish Hopkinson, founded 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.

Shiffler-Olsen 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.

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

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Lara Candland – Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet and Lara Candland!

Lara Candland’s new book, The Lapidary’s Nosegay, has been recently released as part of the Mountain West Poetry Series at the Center for Literary Publishing, Colorado State University. Candland has been writing and performing poetry, violin, and voice since the age of four, and has evolved a practice around a multi-disciplinary poetics that attempts to account for all five of senses. She was a founding member of the experimental opera collective, Seattle Experimental Opera, founded in Seattle in 1993, and has recorded and performed with her electronic duo Lalage. Her recent work includes collaborations with Utah-based opera company Deseret Experimental Opera. Candland’s first book, Alburnum of the Green and Living Tree was published by BlazeVox Books in 2010, and her performance with Lalage—poetry and live electronic looping and manipulations, appears on the CD Lalage: Live on Sornarchy.  Her opera Sunset with Pink Pastoral was a finalist in the Genesis Prizes for New Opera and was presented at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.  Candland lives in Provo, Utah.  She is the mother of five children, and teaches language arts and coordinates the International Baccalaureate program at the Walden School of Liberal Arts

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

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/189501921672782/

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, March 13, 2018

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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