Rock Canyon Poets performed at the Utah Arts Fest – video and photos!

We had a great time performing at the Utah Arts Festival last Friday afternoon. Special thanks to the poets who performed: Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, Trish Hopkinson, Dennis Clark, Jack Garcia, Michaelle Martial, and Chris Atkin. If you missed us at the Utah Arts Fest, you can watch the entire performance as captured on Facebook live. Also below are some photos of each poet.

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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.

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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: and

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

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Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm