Poetry Happens + Book Fest! – Utah October 2019 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!

This month includes a special feature for Utah Humanities Book Festival–a celebration of books and the resulting conversations–with a long list of events all across Utah running from September 14 – October 31.

The 2019 Utah Humanities Book Festival marks 22 years of improving Utah communities through reading, literature, and conversations with authors and each other.

Visit the Book Festival Calendar to see upcoming events. More authors and related events are being added until the book festival begins, so check back often. You can also Download the Printed Program.


Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on October 8 with Karen Kelsay Davies and Peter Davies.

Markay Brown’s Planted in a Storm debuts October 26, 2019 in the Orem Library at 2:00 pm. Here is a link to her podcast.

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

Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop registration is open! Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, presents “Inspired,” a free community poetry writing workshop in October. This year’s theme is Persona Poems and workshops are on Tuesday nights on Oct. 1 and 15. To sign-up, email your name and contact information to  rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Seating is limited.


Cliff Notes Writing Conference in Boulder, UT. Oct. 3 – 6. This year with the 1995-1997 US Poet Laureate, Robert Hass and Utah’s 1st Poet Laureate, David Lee. Our third writer is local favorite from over the mountain, Chip Ward.

Literary Death Match in Ogden at Good Company Theatre, Oct 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm. This years line up includes contestants Laura Stott, Jake Alvey, David Lindes, and Jan Bottiglieri and judges Kara van de Graaf, Molly Gaudry, and Amir Jackson.

Ada Limon in Ogden at the Ogden High School, Oct 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and was named one of the top 5 poetry books of the year by the Washington Post.

City Art Reading Series, typically the first three Wednesdays of every month at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library. Check their Facebook Events page for updates.

Shanan Ballam; Ben Gunsberg in Cedar City at the Artisans Gallery, Oct 9, 2019
6:30 pm.

Star Coulbrooke at the Logan Library, Oct 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Jake Skeets in Taylorsville at Salt Lake Community College, Oct 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Shanan Ballam; Ben Gunsberg in St. George at Dixie State University, Oct 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

Brock Diethier and Shanan Ballam in St. George at Dixie State University, Oct 12, 2019 at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm respectively.

Z.G. Tomaszewski & Laura Stott Rogers in Roy at Weber County Library, Oct 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Sor Juana Awards at the Salt Lake City Public Library, Oct 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

Danielle Dubrasky; Natalie Young in Cedar City at Southern Utah University, Oct 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Diane Williams; Javier Zamora in SLC at Finch Lane Gallery, Oct 17, 2019 at 4:30 pm with an encore performance Oct 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm.

Rob Carney; Tacey Atsitty; Lance Larsen in Sandy at The Printed Garden, Oct 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Diana Delgado; Leticia Hernández Linares in SLC at the Glendale Branch Library, Oct 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Jan Minich; Nancy Takacs at the Logan Library, Oct 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Sugar Slam every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM. Sugar Slam is excited to bring Brick Cave’s Summer Tour to feature before our first qualifying slam for NPS 2020! Open mic beforehand. Oct. 10.

Haikus, Modernism and Stanton MacDonald-Wright – “Haiga Portfolio” (1965-1966) blends Eastern and Western influences, pairing vibrant modernist paintings with haikus written by some of Japan’s most influential poets. Presented by Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan UT, exhibit runs from August 24 – June 30, 2020. 

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.

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, 2019.

ellipsis…literature and art is a nationally and internationally recognized journal published by the students of Westminster College. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019.

Peculiar Journal – Utah-based literary journal for LGBTQ+ writers and artists. Deadline: Dec. 8 2019.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round.

For more national submission calls, visit https://trishhopkinson.com.

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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