Poetry Happens Utah – November 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!


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on November 12 Inspired Book Release Party & Open Mic Night.

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

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.

Poetry Series: Kara Van De Graaf and Mahtem Shiferraw – Free readings begin at 7 p.m. in the Kim T. Adamson Alumni House on the Westminster College campus, 1840 South 1300 East, and are followed by book signings and receptions.

Mount Olympus Center Poetry: Thurs., Nov. 7 & 21 1:00-2:30
Come read, discuss and share poetry. 1635 East Murray-Holladay Rd
Millcreek, UT 84117.

Kanab Writers Conference Nov. 7 – 9. Registration is open now.

Katherine Coles and Matty Layne Glasgow at Weller Book Works at Trolley Square in SLC, Nov 11, 2019 at 06:30 pm (Mon).

Markay Brown will give an additional reading of Planted in a Storm at the St. George Library on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 2:00 pm. Library is located at 88 West 100 South in St. George.

Susan Briante and Aimee Parkison Reading – Presented by University of Utah Guest Writers Series and Hivemind Bookclub of Salt Lake City at Finch Lane Gallery at the Art Barn, Salt Lake City UT. Nov 14, 2019 at 07:00 pm – 08:00 pm (Thu)

Sugar Slam every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM. Sugar Slam fting Enan Whitby! Open mic beforehand. Nov. 14.

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.

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

Utah Life call for poems: extended the deadline for poems on the theme of “Love and Romance” to Nov. 18. That collection of poetry will publish in our January/February 2020 issue. Following in our March/April 2020 issue will be poems on the theme of “The Winter/Spring Face-Off.” That deadline is Jan. 1.

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.

Inspired Book Release Party & Open Mic Night, Tues. Nov. 12 @ 6:30pm

The Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, announces the release party of “Inspired,” a community poetry writing experience and open mic on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm. The event is open to the public and no ticket is required.

“Inspired” is a printed anthology of local Utah poets who recently participated in a free community poetry workshop on persona poems (poems using the imagined voice of another person, place, or thing). Each contributing poet receives a free copy and additional copies will be available to the public for $5 at the event. Poets will read their work from the anthology, after which, the open mic will begin and audience members are invited to read a poem they have written or a favorite by another poet. Light refreshments will be served.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book host poetry open mics the second Tuesday of each month.

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