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.

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