Poetry Happens – Utah October 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 October 9, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, featuring Utah poet Lance Larsen.

Rocktober Episode IV – Saturday Night Slam Series, Oct. 13, 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

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Utah Humanities Book Festival runs through October including several poetry readings and other literary events. Click here for the complete calendar.

City Art Reading Series, first three Wednesdays of every month, Oct. 3, 10, and 17 at 7 PM at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library.

  • Oct. 10 – City Art and Utah Humanities Book Festival are pleased to host members of the Rock Canyon Poets on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 PM in the 4th Floor Conference Room of The City Library. Feature poets include Rock Canyon Poets co-founder Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, Dennis Marden Clark, Lisa Connors, Michaelle Martial, and Jack Garcia.

Jimmy Santiago Baca poetry reading – On Thursday, October 4th, poet Jimmy Santiago Baca shares and discusses his work at Weber State University (Dumke Hall, Hurst Building). This event starts at 7:00 PM in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

Alex Caldiero poetry reading – On Tuesday, October 9th, poet Alex Caldiero presents “Close Encounters of the Literary Kind: A Performative Memoire of the Uncanny Nature of Books” at Ken Sanders Rare Books in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC, Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8 PM.

Poetry Open Mic every 2nd Thursday at the Glendale Branch Library in SLC, Oct. 11 at 7 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, Oct. 11 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

UTSPS 2018 Book of the Year Reading by Geraldine Felt (Dancing with Monarchs) on Saturday Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Village Of Layton: 1205 N. Fairfield Rd., Layton, UT 84041.

Poetry-Science Cafe, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 from 7 – 8 PM. Natural History Museum of Utah in SLC, featuring poets Lance Larsen and Kimberly Johnson.

Paisley Rekdal – Public Lecture – Weber State University Department of English Presents: Paisley Rekdal, Utah Poet Laureate – Reading of Rekdal’s work. Wednesday, October 24 at 6 p.m. Weber State University, Stewart Library, Hetzel-Hoellein Meeting room, 321.

Heber Valley Western & Cowboy Poetry Gathering – 7:00 PM on Oct 24 through 4:00 PM on Oct, 28, 2018. Featuring cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell.

Poetry Reading by David Gewanter and Christian Felt – The Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series, Oct 29, 2018 at 07:00 pm (Monday) at Westminster College.

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.

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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