Poetry Open Mic + Book Launch Party, Tuesday, Jan. 15 @ 6:30 – Pioneer Book, Provo

The Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book announce the release party of Orogeny, the fourth collection of poems by local Utah County poets along with an open mic on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm.

Orogeny is the fourth annual printed anthology by Rock Canyon Poets members. Contributing poets receive a free copy and additional copies will be available to the public for $10 at the event. The event begins with an open mic, after which, Rock Canyon Poets will read their work from the anthology. Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public. No ticket necessary.

For more information, contact the Rock Canyon Poets, rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Rock Canyon Poets boasts diverse membership, ranging from 18 to 70+ 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, contact the Rock Canyon Poets, rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

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Poetry Happens – Utah January 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the 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 January 8, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm is the release party for our fourth annual anthology of poems entitled Orogeny. Contributors will read their work and audience members are welcome to read poems during the open mic. Copies of Orogeny will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, 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 

City Art Reading Series, typically first three Wednesdays of every month during the school year at 7 PM at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library. Check their Facebook page for event announcements. This month on 1/9 Kirstin Scott and Lynn Kilpatrick; and on 1/16 Ashley Farmer and Karin Anderson.

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

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, January 10 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Carol Moldaw, Cori Winrock, and Noam Dorr Reading – The University of Utah Guest Writers Series presents an evening of poetry and nonfiction with authors, Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Finch Lane Gallery at the Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane (1320 East 100 South), Salt Lake City.

Poetry and a Beverage – Come perform, watch, or socialize at PoBev! Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Utah State University, Taggart Student Center, Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom.

Poetry Reading by Robin Becker and Jennifer Elise Foerster – Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series – Free readings begin at 7:00 pm in the Kim Adamson Alumni House at Westminster College and are followed by book signings and receptions, Monday, Feb 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm at 1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Second annual cash prize contest! Judged by Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal. Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC with a chance to win $50 – $100.

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the May/June 2019 issue is “Railroad,” and the deadline is March 1, 2019. 

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round


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.