Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop – Sign up soon! (Space is limited)

The Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, presents “Inspired,” a free community poetry writing workshop in October. This year the workshop is being expanded into to tracts, a workshop for adults ages 18+ and new this year, a second workshop for high school ages.

Poems as letters, or “epistolary” poems refers to the tradition of poets writing to people (or other things) in poetic form. In this workshop, participants learn how to write new poems inspired by prompts based on letter writing. Offered annually in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival by Rock Canyon Poets & Pioneer Book, this workshop is presented in two sessions, followed by a reception & poetry reading. Participants are encouraged to submit their poem to be included in a printed anthology and contributors will receive a free copy.

Where

Pioneer Book, 450 West Center Provo, Utah 84601

What to Bring

  • Pen and paper to write and/or an electronic device to write on (laptop, etc)
  • Drink/snack if you 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

18+ Workshop – Pioneer Book, 450 West Center, Provo

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 at 6pm – Workshop #1: share prompts, craft demonstration, writing exercises
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 at 6pm – Workshop #2: share and workshop first draft of poems

High School Workshop – American Fork High School, 510 North 600 East, American Fork

  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 at 6pm – Workshop #1: share prompts, craft demonstration, writing exercises
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at 6pm – Workshop #2: share and workshop first draft of poems

All Participants

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 at midnight – Final poem submission due for anthology
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at 6pm – Anthology launch party/reception and poetry reading

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE BOOK FEST CALENDAR

The Utah Humanities Book Festival runs from September 7 – October 31 with events in several cities throughout Utah. For more information, visit their web site utahhumanities.org.


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.

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Field Work Aligning Poetry & Science – Sept. 19, 2018 at the Natural History Museum of Utah

The Poetry-Science Cafe is a part of Field Work: Aligning Poetry & Science, a multi-city hybrid art and science program aimed at fostering STEM learning through poetry. Under this unique project, Poets House, the 70,000-volume national poetry library in New York City, will work with Salt Lake City Public Library and the Natural History Museum of Utah as well as other institutions across the nation to engage broad audiences in a range of interactive programs that “humanize” the language of science through multiple collaborative language arts experiments.

Included in Museum admission, free to Museum Members and University of Utah faculty, staff, and students with a current UofU ID.

Light refreshments will be provided.


September Scientists & Poets

  • Randy Irmis, Paleontologist, NHMU & Michael Sowder, Poet, Utah State University
  • Shannon Arnold Boomgarden, Archaeologist, NHMU & Paisley Rekdal, Utah Poet Laureate

Poetry Happens – Utah September 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 September 11, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, featuring Alex Caldiero for a special 9/11 tribute reading.

Back To School Slam 2018 – Saturday Night Slam Series, Sept. 15, 2018 from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

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

Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop registration is open! Workshops are on Tuesday nights on Oct. 2 and 16. This year the workshop is being expanded into to tracts, a workshop for adults ages 18+ and new this year, a second workshop for high school ages. To sign-up, email your name and contact information to  rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Seating is limited.

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

City Art Reading Series, first three Wednesdays of every month, Sept. 5, 12, and 19 at 7 PM at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library.

  • 9/5 – City Art Meltdown! Featuring: Adam Giannelli, Paisley Rekdal, Ryan Ridge, Andy Farnsworth, Alex Caldiero, Michael McLane, Jennifer Tonge, Lisa Bickmore, Lance Larsen, Mike White, Joel Long, Wade Bentley, Laura Stott, Lynn Kilpatrick, and Kimberly Johnson

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC, Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8 PM.

Poetry Open Mic every 2nd Thursday at the Glendale Branch Library in SLC, Sept. 13 at 7 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, Sept. 13 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Tyehimba Jess poetry reading – Weber State University presents Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Tyehimba Jess at St. Joseph Catholic High School on Tuesday, September 18th (Reception at 6:00 PM and reading at 7:00 PM) in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

Poetry-Science Cafe, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 from 7 – 8 PM. Natural History Museum of Utah in SLC

Poetry Reading by Camille T. Dungy and Jason Olsen – The Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series, Sept. 24 at 7 PM at Westminster College.

Ken Waldman Fiddling Poet, Sept. 24, 2018 at 7 PM, Kigalia Fine Arts in Blanding in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

Andrea Hollander, Sept. 27, 2018 at 7 PM, King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

Ars Moriendi Opening: Featuring Lance Olsen, Kristin Scott, Shanan Ballam, and Michael McLane, Sept. 28, 2018 at 6 PM, Bountiful Davis Art Center in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

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. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2018.

Peculiar Journal – Utah-based literary journal for LGBTQ+ writers and artists. Deadline: Oct. 28, 2018.

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the Jan/Feb 2019 issue is “Inversion,” and the deadline is Nov. 1, 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. Deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2018.


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.

9/11 Tribute Poetry Reading + open mic featuring Alex Caldiero – Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Alex Caldiero for a special 9/11 tribute poetry reading. The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm.

Alex Caldiero: sonosopher, polyartists, scholar of Humanities and intermedia. Publications include Sound Weave (Differential Records), sonosuono (Elik), Poetry Is Wanted Here! (Dream Garden Press), Some Love (Signature Books), Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance (saltfront); anthologized in Dictionary of the Avant-gardes (Macmillan, London), Text-Sound Texts (Morrow, NY), Fire in the Pasture & Mother in Heaven (both from Peculiar Pages), Immediate Present (Mormon Arts Center). He is the subject of the documentary Alex Caldiero…in sound…in life. He is co-founder of Arba Sicula, society for Sicilian language and culture. Caldiero is Senior Artist in Residence at Utah Valley University.

Caldiero recently performed at the Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City.

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Caldiero 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, September 11, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm