Welcome to the Utah-focused list of Poetry STILL Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. With the current state of in-person events, we’re now keeping a running list that will be updated regularly to help you get a dose of poetry by attending online events, prompts and resources for writing your own poems, and submission calls.

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.

If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here.

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.

Virtual Poetry Events

Speak for Yourself Open Mic goes virtual!

The long running open mic in downtown Provo has been hosting virtual events online in lieu of meeting in person at Enliten Bakery. You can join the Zoom event to read poetry or prose for up to 7 minutes every Thursday evening at 7:30pm. The Zoom link will be posted on the Speak for Yourself Facebook group or host Marianne Hales Harding’s Instagram about a half hour before the event starts. All Utah poets are welcome!

Helicon West Open Mic via Zoom

Long-running series of prose and poetry readings based in Logan, Utah the 4th Thursday of every month via Zoom from 7:00 – 8:30pm. 

Women, Surrealism, and Abstraction virtual exhibit – now through July 31, 2021

Presented by Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan UT – Drawn exclusively from the Museum collection, Women, Surrealism, and Abstraction endeavors to look beyond typical art historical boundaries and to begin to lay claim to a more holistic and complex view of art history—one that includes parties left out because of aesthetic biases based on a system of privileged white male patrimony. Also featured alongside the art are 16 poems written by women in the Cache Valley literary community. In the spirit of an exhibition celebrating women’s talent and creativity, we invited the women to choose an artwork from the exhibition and write a poem inspired by it. These Surrealist and abstract artworks provoke us to wonder and see in new ways. The same is true of the poems, which offer glimpses into the poets’ personal responses to the art. In this way, the pairings of words and imagery bring the women in conversation with each other, a dialogue that reaches across art forms and across time. Now offering optional online reservations because Museum attendance is limited to 60 visitors at a time.

Miriam Bird Greenberg Poetry Reading – Feb. 21, 2021, 7pm

Miriam Bird Greenberg’s Poetry Reading will begin at 7:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021 and will be hosted on Westminster’s Youtube Channel. The free reading will be 20 minutes followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session. Greenberg is the author of two chapbooks and In the Volcano’s Mouth. She is the recipient of NEA and Poetry Foundation fellowships, as well as other awards. She has taught poetry and poetics at Stanford University and at the National University of Singapore.

TKE presents ONLINE | Sy Hoahwah | Ancestral Demons of a Grieving Bride – Feb. 23, 2021, 6pm

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.

Fady Joudah Poetry Reading – Mar. 1, 2021, 7pm

Fady Joudah’s Poetry Reading will begin at 7:00 p.m. on March 1, 2021 and will be hosted on Westminster’s Youtube Channel. The free reading will be 20 minutes followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session. Joudah is the author of four collections of poems and has translated several collections of poetry from Arabic. He has received a PEN award and a Banipal/Times Literary Supplement prize from the United Kingdom, as well as other recognitions. He is the co-editor and co-founder of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize.

Wayne Miller Poetry Reading – Mar. 23, 2021, 7pm

Wayne Miller’s Poetry Reading will begin at 7:00 p.m. on March 23, 2021 and will be hosted on Westminster’s Youtube Channel. The free reading will be 20 minutes followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session. Miller is the author of five poetry collections and has co-translated two books by Albanian poet Moikom Zeqo. He is the recipient of six awards from the Poetry Society of America, as well as other distinctions. Miller teaches at the University of Colorado Denver.

The Utah Poetry Festival – Online April 16-18, 2021

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.

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.

Ellipsis … Literature and Art Debut with Emma Bolden – Apr. 23, 2021, 7pm

Ellipsis … Literature and Art Debut with Emma Boldeng will begin at 7:00 p.m. on April 23, 2021 and will be hosted on Westminster’s Youtube Channel. The free reading will be 20 minutes followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session. Westminster students work all year to produce our national literary magazine. They will read selections from the new issue, with featured reader Emma Bolden whose work was published (and awarded the ellipsis prize) in last year’s issue. Bolden is the recipient of a 2019 Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, as well as other awards.

Read/Listen/Watch Poems Based in Utah

  • Mapping Literary Utah Spotlight includes a great selection of Utah poet performances from the Bite-Size Poetry series created by former poet laureate Katharine Coles, including local favorites Rob Carney, Star Coulbrooke, Nancy Takacs and more!
  • City Art Virtual Reading Series – City Art is a reading series in Salt Lake City that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. “With the Pandemic, we are moving online to create the City Art Virtual Reading Series to keep people safe and feed their hunger for language and the human story. Current readings on the City Art SLC Facebook page and the City Art Virtual Reading Series on Youtube include Katharine Coles, Wyn Cooper, Lance Olsen, Marty Williams, Trish Hopkinson, and David Baker, among others. Readings keep coming, so check back in both places to see these and the new readings!”

Read/Listen/Watch Poems Nationally

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 Salt Lake City.

Utah Life call for poems: March/April 2021 issue will include poems on the theme of “Gardening.” Deadline February 1.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round.

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

Prompts & Resources

Sheltering-In: Poems And Poetry Resources – extensive list of resources hosted by Northampton, MA Arts Council, including digital care packages, podcasts, online workshops and exercises, prompts, online poetry readings, and more!

Social/Distance Online Writing Retreat with Amanda Moore – Join Amanda Moore for her online writing retreat with craft tips, readings to inspire, submission suggestions and more!

Writing in Stressful Times: The Covid-19 Pandemic via Adele Kenny – Adele Kenny has a wonderfully inspiring poetry blog The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog chock full of over 300 writing prompts, including her most recent post entitled Prompt #349 – Writing in Stressful Times: The Covid-19 Pandemic. She gives helpful commentary, quotes, resources, and several writing exercises and/or prompts in each post.

The Rise of Quarantine Zines and How to Make Your Own – lots of history and information on how to create and share your own zine.

Writing Prompts for Stay-At-Home Writers – hosted by LiteraryArts.org, shares prompts from established writers and poets throughout the week.

The Poetry Prompt Project, lessons and prompts by Joey Gould – eight well crafted poetry writing lessons and prompts for the beginner to advanced poet.


Fifty Two Poetry – includes 52 poetry prompts. “Write a poem a week. Start now. Keep going.”

Poets & Writers puts out regular prompts for poetry as well as fiction and nonfiction on their Writing Prompts page. You can also subscribe to their e-newsletter and receive them right in your inbox weekly.

Ploughshares shared their favorite writing prompts of all-time in this article posted in December. Lots of great prompts in this list, including one I hope to take advantage of: “Write a dialog between your eyes and feet,” from Anastacia Tolbert.

500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing from The Learning Network. “The categorized list below touches on everything from sports to travel, education, gender roles, video games, fashion, family, pop culture, social media and more, and, like all our Student Opinion questions, each links to a related Times article and includes a series of follow-up questions. What’s more, all these questions are still open for comment by any student 13 or older.”