Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop

Memories can inspire–and expressing those memories in poetry can help us to remember, save, celebrate, and even heal. A free community poetry writing workshop entitled “Inspired” helps participants create a new poem as a response to a memory using writing prompts and exercises. Offered annually in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival by Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, this workshop will be presented in two sessions, followed by a reception and poetry reading. Participants will be encouraged to submit their poem to be included in a printed anthology and contributors will receive a free copy.

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Where

Pioneer Book, 450 West Center Provo, Utah 84601

What to Bring

  • Photographs, journals, or other memory reminders (optional)
  • Pen and paper to write and/or an electronic device to write on (laptop, etc)
  • Drink/snack if you so 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. 4, 2016 at 6pm – Workshop #1: prompts and craft demonstration, writing exercises
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 at 6pm – Workshop #2: share and workshop first draft of poems
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 at midnight – Final poem submission due for anthology
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 at 6pm – Anthology launch party/reception and poetry reading

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Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, Sept 13, 2016 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.

Rock Canyon Poets and Peculiar literary magazine have a booth at the Provo Pride Festival! Come by and see us this Saturday!

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT PROVO POETRY? FOLLOW OUR WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, OR TWITTER. OPEN MIC POETRY READINGS HAPPEN THE SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT PIONEER BOOK. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Sept 13, 2016 (2nd Tuesday of every month)

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading

How to Sign Up
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.

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Poetry at the Provo Pride Festival! . . . Sept. 17, 2016

Rock Canyon Poets and Peculiar literary magazine have a booth at the Provo Pride Festival! Come by and see us…

  • Add a line to our community poem
  • Sign up for email news and a drawing
  • Info on upcoming events and open mics
  • Meet some of our poets
  • Learn how to become a member
  • Poetry books, chapbooks, and literary magazines for sale ($5 – $10)

WHEN: Saturday, September 17, 2016

TIME: 10am – 7pm

WHERE: Memorial Park, 800 East Center Street, Provo (directions)

MORE INFO: Provo Pride Facebook or Web Site

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Rock Canyon Poets reading at Lithic Bookstore & Gallery in Fruita, CO on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 @ 7pm

RCP Reading at LithicThe Rock Canyon Poets are pleased to be the guests of Lithic Bookstore & Gallery in Fruita, CO to read original poetry from Orogeny, their second collection of poems by local Utah County poets, on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

Featured poets include Rock Canyon Poets’ co-founder Trish Hopkinson and previous Fruita resident Lisa Connors, along with several other members, including Paul Francis, Jack Garcia, Aaron Gates, Shauntel Peterson, Zach Power, Dennis Clark, and Chris Peck.

Lithic Bookstore & Gallery offers a fantastic selection of books, art, handmade goods, and other curiosities and is located upstairs in the old bank building, downtown Fruita, Colorado.

Where: Lithic Bookstore & Gallery – 138 S. Park Square #202, Fruita, CO

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Rock Canyon Poets boasts diverse membership, ranging from 18 to 71 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.

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 on the Rock Canyon Poets, email rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

Official web site: http://rockcanyonpoets.com

For more information on Lithic Bookstore & Gallery, go to http://www.lithicpress.com/