Poetry Happens – Utah May 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 May 14, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

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


Recurring Events

Trish Hopkinson and Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, co-founders of Rock Canyon Poets will be reading at City Art Reading Series, Wednesday, May 1 at 7pm. Check their Facebook page for event announcements.

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

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month: This month, Thursday, May 23, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

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

Events this Month

Field Work: Aligning Poetry and Science – Bee Party – Join former Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles and USU etymologist Diana Cox-Foster for a buzzworthy evening. With bee themed poetry, bee facts, and a look at the Library’s bee hives. May 2 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 East, 400 South, Salt Lake City. 

LEAP into Science and Poetry – Parents and children ages 5-12, to help kids understand how to think like poets and scientists. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm at the Marmalade Library Branch, 280 W 500 N, Salt Lake City.

Antelope Island’s Cowboy Legends 2019 – Antelope Island’s famous cowboy poetry and western music gathering. Presented by Friends of Antelope Island and Western Music Association. Antelope Island State Park at Fielding Garr Ranch, 4528 West 1700 South, Syracuse, UT 84075. For more information, e-mail caldrich@utah.gov. Dates: 5/24/2019, 5/25/2019, 5/26/2019, 5/27/2019 at 9am.

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 July/August 2019 issue is “Independence,” and the deadline is May 6, 2019. 

7th Annual Sor Juana Prize for Poems and Short Stories in Spanish – $100 in cash prizes will be awarded for two poems and two short stories written in Spanish in two categories (8 prizes in total). Deadline is May 20, 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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