Poetry Happens Utah – December 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!


Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on December 10.

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


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.

Bountiful Open Mic is a music/poetry open mic held the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month at 8 pm; 55 North Main in Bountiful

Writers Rebel SLC poetry reading in partnership with The Wanting to Die Poetry Club: Tue. Dec. 10, 2019 at 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm; Urban Arts Gallery – Utah Arts Alliance, 116 S Rio Grande St, SLC. Suggested donation.

Mount Olympus Center Poetry: Thurs., Dec. 5 & 19 from 1:00-2:30
Come read, discuss and share poetry. 1635 East Murray-Holladay Rd
Millcreek, UT 84117.

Buddy Wakefield spoken word artist at Rye Diner & Drinks 249 S. 500 E., SLC; Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Doors at 6 pm, show at 6:30 pm. Ticketed event.

Sugar Slam every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM.  Open mic beforehand. Dec. 12.

This Bird of Dawning: The Christmas Story told through Music, Poetry, and Mask. Now in its eleventh year, This Bird of Dawning has become a Salt Lake City Favorite. A stunningly beautiful telling of the Nativity Story. December 20 – 21, 2019, Eccles Theater in SLC. Ticketed event. Check site for times.

Sam DeLeeuw and David Anderson (Cowboy Poetry/Music): Camp Floyd Christmas on December 13 at 7pm. Fairfield, 22 miles southwest of Lehi on State Route 73. 18035 W. 1540 N. Fairfield, UT.

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 Contest – free to enter, cash prizes! Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020. Judge is Star Coulbrooke, 1st place – $100, 2nd place – $50, plus finalists will be displayed in historic downtown Provo during National Poetry Month and the Provo Art Stroll in April 2020.

Red Rock Writers Chaparall Poetry Contest – several themes and prizes. Check site for details. Entry fee $3/poem. Prizes $25 – $200 per category. Deadline: Dec. 2, 2019.

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.


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