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!


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


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.


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