Poetry STILL Happens Utah – April 2020 online events and calls

Welcome to a special Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. With the current state of in-person events, we’re focusing this edition on how you can still celebrate National Poetry Month by attending online events, prompts and resources for writing your own poems, and supporting Utah poets!

Tune in on KRCL RadioActive the first Monday of every month at 6pm for announcements and feature poet reading! This month our feature poets are Trish Hopkinson, Nancy Takacs, and Joel Long. You can watch video recordings of Trish and Joel’s poems recorded in March on Facebook: “Earthquake // Corona” by Trish Hopkinson and “Map to Taylor Creek” by Joel Long.


UPCOMING ONLINE EVENTS

City Art Virtual Reading Series – City Art is a reading series in Salt Lake City that is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With the Pandemic, we are moving online to create the City Art Virtual Reading Series to keep people safe and feed their hunger for language and the human story. Current readings on the City Art SLC Facebook page and the City Art Virtual Reading Series on Youtube include Katharine Coles, Wyn Cooper, Lance Olsen, Marty Williams, Trish Hopkinson, and David Baker, among others. Readings keep coming, so check back in both places to see these and the new readings!


30 Poems in 30 Days Competition – Announcing the SLCC Community Writing Center’s Annual 30 Poems in 30 Days Writing Competition! Write 30 poems based on daily prompts throughout the month of April. Winners will have a chapbook of their original poems produced by the CWC. Register by April 30th, either online or in person, for just $5 (fee can be waived on request). April 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., the first of the 30 writing prompts will be posted on the CWC’s Facebook (@CommunityWritingCenter) and Instagram (@slcc_cwc) accounts. Each morning, a new prompt will be posted. Participants must meaningfully incorporate each prompt into the corresponding poem. Contestants must submit their poems via Submittable or in person at the CWC by May 9, 2020 @ 3 p.m. Please see full rules and regulations.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

Read/Listen/Watch Poems

NaPoWriMo.net 30 poems in 30 days – Participate in NaPoWriMo.net 30 poems in 30 days prompts and poet web site listings.

Writer’s Digest is running their April Poem-A-Day ChallengeAnyone can participate—there’s no registration and no fees. They will post a daily prompt; you write a poem based on the prompt; you post the poem in the comments on their blog. Easy and fun! You can also submit up to 5 poems to be shared on the Writers Digest site.

Social/Distance Online Writing Retreat with Amanda Moore – Join Amanda Moore for her online writing retreat with craft tips, readings to inspire, submission suggestions and more!

Writing in Stressful Times: The Covid-19 Pandemic via Adele Kenny  Adele Kenny has a wonderfully inspiring poetry blog The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog chock full of over 300 writing prompts, including her most recent post entitled Prompt #349 – Writing in Stressful Times: The Covid-19 Pandemic. She gives helpful commentary, quotes, resources, and several writing exercises and/or prompts in each post.

The Rise of Quarantine Zines and How to Make Your Own – lots of history and information on how to create and share your own zine.

Writing Prompts for Stay-At-Home Writers – hosted by LiteraryArts.org, shares prompts from established writers and poets throughout the week.

The Poetry Prompt Project, lessons and prompts by Joey Gould – eight well crafted poetry writing lessons and prompts for the beginner to advanced poet.

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

2020 Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry – Manuscripts must be in English and should be between 48 and 100 typed pages. Fee: $25. Deadline: April 15.

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and Salt Lake City.

Utah Life call for poems: May/June 2020 issue will be poems on the theme of “Dog days of summer.” Deadline May 1.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round.

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

MORE POETRY PROMPTS

Poetry Super Highway Prompt-A-Day – Submit your own prompt to be posted and read other poet’s prompts during April.

Fifty Two Poetry – includes 52 poetry prompts. “Write a poem a week. Start now. Keep going.”

Poets & Writers puts out regular prompts for poetry as well as fiction and nonfiction on their Writing Prompts page. You can also subscribe to their e-newsletter and receive them right in your inbox weekly.

Daily Word Prompts by Julie Paul – via her website, www.juliepaul.ca, where you can subscribe for daily emails, or on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/juliepaulthewriter

Ploughshares shared their favorite writing prompts of all-time in this article posted in December. Lots of great prompts in this list, including one I hope to take advantage of: “Write a dialog between your eyes and feet,” from Anastacia Tolbert.

500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing from The Learning Network. “The categorized list below touches on everything from sports to travel, education, gender roles, video games, fashion, family, pop culture, social media and more, and, like all our Student Opinion questions, each links to a related Times article and includes a series of follow-up questions. What’s more, all these questions are still open for comment by any student 13 or older.”


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.

30 Poems in 30 Days + Free online NaPoWriMo workshop via the Community Writing Center

30 POEMS IN 30 DAYS COMPETITION

Announcing the Community Writing Center’s Annual 30 Poems in 30 Days Writing Competition! Write 30 poems based on daily prompts throughout the month of April. Winners will have a chapbook of their original poems produced by the CWC.

Register by April 30th, either online or in person, for just $5 (fee can be waived on request).

April 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., the first of the 30 writing prompts will be posted on the CWC’s Facebook (@CommunityWritingCenter) and Instagram (@slcc_cwc) accounts. Each morning, a new prompt will be posted. Participants must meaningfully incorporate each prompt into the corresponding poem. Contestants must submit their poems via Submittable or in person at the CWC by May 9, 2020 @ 3 p.m. Please see our full rules and regulations.

REGISTER FOR 30 POEMS IN 30 DAYS


NaPoWriMo

4-Part Workshop
Saturdays April 4, 11, 18, & 25, 1 – 3 pm

April is National Poetry Month! Join the CWC for an online workshop that celebrates poetry in all its glory! We’ll explore various genres of poetry, learn to compose poems, and practice revising and sharing our work. We also encourage you to submit to our 30 Poems in 30 Days contest – winners will have a chapbook of their original work published by the CWC.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: Location: Online–Details TBA

Register For NaPoWriMo

Virtual poem reading by Joel Long of City Art reading series

Tremendous thanks to Joel Long for his incredible literary citizenship! He has been running the City Art series in Salt Lake City for many years and has been wonderful support of the Utah Arts Fest literary program among others. We were honored to have him feature for the Rock Canyon Poets reading series last year, and if you missed that, here’s his poem “Map to Taylor Creek” read just for us!

You can also watch him perform his Bite Size poem “Fate of the Animals” from 2009.


Joel Long’s book Winged Insects won the White Pine Press Poetry Prize. Lessons in Disappearance and Knowing Time by Light were published by Blaine Creek Press in 2010.  His chapbooks, Chopin’s Preludes and Saffron Beneath Every Frost were published from Elik Press. His poems and essays have appeared in Gettysburg ReviewSports Literate, Prairie SchoonerBellingham ReviewRhinoBitter OleanderMassachusetts ReviewTerrain, and Water-Stone Review, among others. He lives in Salt Lake City.

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Natasha Sajé, Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Natasha Sajé. The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm at Pioneer Book (450 W. Center) in historic downtown Provo on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Sajé will read her work and present a poetry writing prompt.

Natasha Sajé is the author of three books of poems, including Vivarium (Tupelo, 2014); a book of poetry criticism, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory (Michigan, 2014); and a book of creative nonfiction, Terroir: Love, Out of Place (Trinity UP, 2020). She teaches at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program. http://www.natashasaje.com

Sajé visits Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book. The reading and open mic are open to the general public.

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

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm