Poetry Happens – Utah February 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 February 12, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm featuring City Art’s very own Joel Long!

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 2/6 Trish Hopkinson and Tacey Atsitty; and on 2/13 Katharine Coles and Lance Olsen.

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

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, February 14 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

An Evening of Rumi with Renowned Translator Coleman Barks and cellist Eugene Friesen – Presented by Jung Society of Utah at Libby Gardner Hall – University of Utah, Salt Lake City UT, Feb 17, 2019 at 07:30 pm – 09:15 pm (Sun).

Poetry and a Beverage – Come perform, watch, or socialize at PoBev! Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Utah State University, Taggart Student Center, Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom.

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

Poetry in the Park – Presented by Utah State Poetry Society at Zion Park Lodge, Springdale UT. A two-day event will occur featuring visiting poet Kimberly Johnson from BYU, presenting a free poetry reading on Thurs, Feb 28 in Springdale sponsored by Z Arts at the Canyon Community Center at 7pm. Overnight lodging available at winter rates in Springdale for those wishing to stay for Poetry in the Park the next day at the Zion Park Lodge from 9am to 3pm. More information at http://www.utahpoets.com/. Tickets at https://zionpark.org/events/. 

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.

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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