Rock Canyon Poets was established to develop camaraderie among Utah Valley poets, provide consistent workshopping and reading opportunities, and promote the disciplined study of writing poetry as a serious art form. Members meet twice a month at Pioneer Book in historic downtown Provo. The group sponsors poetry readings and open mic on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Membership is by invitation or portfolio submission only.
Co-founded by Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen and Trish Hopkinson in January, 2015, Rock Canyon Poets boasts diverse membership. The ethnically rich group ranges in 18 to 70 years in age, and represents many backgrounds. Experience ranges from creative writing degrees, MFAs, literary journal founders and editors, military service, business professionals, professors, counselors, a playwright, and a periodontist. Individually, these poets have received an array of local and national awards, and are published in a variety of magazines, anthologies, and literary journals, including several chapbooks and/or full-length books of poetry.