Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop – Sign up soon! (Space is limited)

The 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 the workshop is being expanded into to tracts, a workshop for adults ages 18+ and new this year, a second workshop for high school ages.

Poems as letters, or “epistolary” poems refers to the tradition of poets writing to people (or other things) in poetic form. In this workshop, participants learn how to write new poems inspired by prompts based on letter writing. Offered annually in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival by Rock Canyon Poets & Pioneer Book, this workshop is presented in two sessions, followed by a reception & poetry reading. Participants are encouraged to submit their poem to be included in a printed anthology and contributors will receive a free copy.

Where

Pioneer Book, 450 West Center Provo, Utah 84601

What to Bring

  • Pen and paper to write and/or an electronic device to write on (laptop, etc)
  • Drink/snack if you desire

How to Sign-up

To sign-up, email your name and contact information to rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Seating is limited. Come ready to write!

Schedule

18+ Workshop – Pioneer Book, 450 West Center, Provo

  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 at 6pm – Workshop #1: share prompts, craft demonstration, writing exercises
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 at 6pm – Workshop #2: share and workshop first draft of poems

High School Workshop – American Fork High School, 510 North 600 East, American Fork

  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 at 6pm – Workshop #1: share prompts, craft demonstration, writing exercises
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at 6pm – Workshop #2: share and workshop first draft of poems

All Participants

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 at midnight – Final poem submission due for anthology
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at 6pm – Anthology launch party/reception and poetry reading

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE BOOK FEST CALENDAR

The Utah Humanities Book Festival runs from September 7 – October 31 with events in several cities throughout Utah. For more information, visit their web site utahhumanities.org.


Co-founded by Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen and Trish Hopkinson in January, 2015, 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 an open mic on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Membership is by invitation or portfolio submission only.

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Field Work Aligning Poetry & Science – Sept. 19, 2018 at the Natural History Museum of Utah

The Poetry-Science Cafe is a part of Field Work: Aligning Poetry & Science, a multi-city hybrid art and science program aimed at fostering STEM learning through poetry. Under this unique project, Poets House, the 70,000-volume national poetry library in New York City, will work with Salt Lake City Public Library and the Natural History Museum of Utah as well as other institutions across the nation to engage broad audiences in a range of interactive programs that “humanize” the language of science through multiple collaborative language arts experiments.

Included in Museum admission, free to Museum Members and University of Utah faculty, staff, and students with a current UofU ID.

Light refreshments will be provided.


September Scientists & Poets

  • Randy Irmis, Paleontologist, NHMU & Michael Sowder, Poet, Utah State University
  • Shannon Arnold Boomgarden, Archaeologist, NHMU & Paisley Rekdal, Utah Poet Laureate

Poetry Happens – Utah September 2018 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 at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on September 11, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, featuring Alex Caldiero for a special 9/11 tribute reading.

Back To School Slam 2018 – Saturday Night Slam Series, Sept. 15, 2018 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! Workshops are on Tuesday nights on Oct. 2 and 16. This year the workshop is being expanded into to tracts, a workshop for adults ages 18+ and new this year, a second workshop for high school ages. To sign-up, email your name and contact information to  rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Seating is limited.

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

City Art Reading Series, first three Wednesdays of every month, Sept. 5, 12, and 19 at 7 PM at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library.

  • 9/5 – City Art Meltdown! Featuring: Adam Giannelli, Paisley Rekdal, Ryan Ridge, Andy Farnsworth, Alex Caldiero, Michael McLane, Jennifer Tonge, Lisa Bickmore, Lance Larsen, Mike White, Joel Long, Wade Bentley, Laura Stott, Lynn Kilpatrick, and Kimberly Johnson

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC, Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8 PM.

Poetry Open Mic every 2nd Thursday at the Glendale Branch Library in SLC, Sept. 13 at 7 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, Sept. 13 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Tyehimba Jess poetry reading – Weber State University presents Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Tyehimba Jess at St. Joseph Catholic High School on Tuesday, September 18th (Reception at 6:00 PM and reading at 7:00 PM) in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

Poetry-Science Cafe, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 from 7 – 8 PM. Natural History Museum of Utah in SLC

Poetry Reading by Camille T. Dungy and Jason Olsen – The Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series, Sept. 24 at 7 PM at Westminster College.

Ken Waldman Fiddling Poet, Sept. 24, 2018 at 7 PM, Kigalia Fine Arts in Blanding in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

Andrea Hollander, Sept. 27, 2018 at 7 PM, King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

Ars Moriendi Opening: Featuring Lance Olsen, Kristin Scott, Shanan Ballam, and Michael McLane, Sept. 28, 2018 at 6 PM, Bountiful Davis Art Center in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

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. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2018.

Peculiar Journal – Utah-based literary journal for LGBTQ+ writers and artists. Deadline: Oct. 28, 2018.

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the Jan/Feb 2019 issue is “Inversion,” and the deadline is Nov. 1, 2018. 

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round

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, 2018.


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.

9/11 Tribute Poetry Reading + open mic featuring Alex Caldiero – Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Alex Caldiero for a special 9/11 tribute poetry reading. The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm.

Alex Caldiero: sonosopher, polyartists, scholar of Humanities and intermedia. Publications include Sound Weave (Differential Records), sonosuono (Elik), Poetry Is Wanted Here! (Dream Garden Press), Some Love (Signature Books), Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance (saltfront); anthologized in Dictionary of the Avant-gardes (Macmillan, London), Text-Sound Texts (Morrow, NY), Fire in the Pasture & Mother in Heaven (both from Peculiar Pages), Immediate Present (Mormon Arts Center). He is the subject of the documentary Alex Caldiero…in sound…in life. He is co-founder of Arba Sicula, society for Sicilian language and culture. Caldiero is Senior Artist in Residence at Utah Valley University.

Caldiero recently performed at the Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City.

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Caldiero 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.

Official event page: https://rockcanyonpoets.com/category/events/

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Rob Carney – Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Rob Carney! The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm.

Rob Carney is originally from Washington state and will be reading from his new poetry collection The Book of Sharks (Black Lawrence Press). He is the author of four previous books, including 88 Maps (Lost Horse Press), which was named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and Weather Report (Somondoco Press), which won the Utah Book Award for Poetry. His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Sugar House Review, Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments, and dozens of other journals. He is a Professor of English and Literature at Utah Valley University and lives in Salt Lake City.

Carney 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.

Official event page: https://rockcanyonpoets.com/category/events/

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Poetry Happens – Utah August 2018 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 at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on August 14, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, featuring Rob Carney and the release of his new book The Book of Sharks!

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

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC, Thursday, August 16 at 8 PM.

Salt City Slam, every last Monday of the month at Even Stevens in Downtown SLC, August 27, Open mic at 7:00. Feature at 7:30. Slam at 8:00.

Poetry Open Mic every 2nd Thursday at the Glendale Branch Library in SLC, July 12 at 7 PM.

Helicon West Summer open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, August 23 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

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. Open so submissions year-round.

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the September/October 2018 issue is “Fall,” and the deadline is August 6, 2018. The theme for the November/December 2018 issue is “First Snow,”and the deadline is September 1, 2018.

Saltfront – Deadline, August 15, 2018

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round

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.


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.

Call for Poems – Utah Life Magazine, DEADLINE: Aug. 6 & Sept. 1, 2018

Utah Life Magazine is a new Utah County based magazine that debuted earlier this year. Every issue will feature poetry from around the state of Utah. Publisher/Editor Chris Amundson is thrilled with how things have been going so far for the magazine, “Since launching Utah Life this spring, the magazine has been a big hit! Thousands of Utahns living within the state and friends of Utah beyond the state’s borders have supported Utah Life by subscribing and sharing it with their family and friends through gift subscriptions. We’re proud to give a popular outlet for Utah poetry (and fine photography, engaging storytelling, humor, recipes and more).”

Each issue’s poetry will be selected based on a theme. The theme for the September/October 2018 issue is “Fall,” and the deadline is August 6, 2018. The theme for the November/December 2018 issue is “First Snow,”and the deadline is September 1, 2018. “We look for poems that reveal the many facets of life in Utah. We don’t have a limit on style or number of lines (though poems usually range between three and twenty lines). There is also no limit to the number of poems per submission. Poems are printed to coincide with a theme announced in previous issues. Original work is preferred, though occasionally work published previously in anthologies, books or other sources may be considered.”

UPCOMING THEMES AND DEADLINES

September/October 2018

Theme: “Fall”

Deadline: August 6, 2018

November/December 2018

Theme: “First Snow”

Deadline: September 1, 2018

This is a wonderful opportunity for poets of all experience levels. Make sure to read the submission guidelines carefully.


Click here to read submission guidelines

ENTRY FEE: None

PRIZE: Publication and copy of the issue

FORMS: Poetry

NOTES: Original work is preferred, though occasionally work published previously in anthologies, books or other sources may be considered.

Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry reading – Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are pleased to present a poetry reading featuring Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry! Contributing poets will be reading their poems from the collection. The event begins at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm.

Dove Song is an anthology of poetry and art centered on the Mormon concept of Heavenly Mother edited by Tyler Chadwick, Dayna Patterson, and Martin Pulido. It includes 138 poems from almost 80 poets from the early church to the late 20th century to today. It was released by Peculiar Pages in April 2018.

“This anthology is a shattering summary of poetic revelation, feminist theology, and Mormon history about our Mother God. Over seventy poets speak across time from 1844-2017, describing their visions and yearnings for the divine feminine, like soul mates through the veil. They begin in 1844 with W.W. Phelps, Eliza R. Snow, and Lula Greene Richards in 1899, then disappear from the fin de siècle to the 1970s when Carol Lynn Pearson and Linda Sillitoe sing our Mother back. Like holy scribes, these poets persist, wondering and writing in the wilderness, seeking a promised land where God is home.” —Maxine Hanks

Dove Song is unique in the canon of Mormon literature. And uniquely important. Not only is it a work of fine art, a carefully arranged series of poems that the poets have used their finest skill and training to create, but it is a work of history, a work of inspiration, and a sacred record of many individuals’ spiritual quest for additional revealed knowledge about Mother in Heaven.” —Susan Elizabeth Howe

“She used to be a rumor. She used to be the one not to be named. We listened so hard at the edges of the conversation to hear anything—any detail, any dropped syllable. But thanks to the work of the visionary writers and editors who crafted Dove Song the Mormon concept of a Heavenly Mother now has so much presence! So many words! May we never lose her again.” —Joanna Brooks

Dove Song poets visit Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book. The reading is open to the general public.

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

Official event page: https://rockcanyonpoets.com/category/events/

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Monday, July 23, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Michael McLane – Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Michael McLane! The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm. You can tune in to hear McLane read some of his poetry on KRCL’s Radioactive, Wednesday, July 4 at 6 p.m. The show will also be available via on-demand later that evening.

Michael McLane is the author of the chapbook Trace Elements and is an editor with both Sugar House Review and saltfront: studies in human habit(at). His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Western Humanities Review, Colorado Review, Catalyst, Dark Mountain, Interim, Denver Quarterly, High Country News, and The Laurel Review. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University and an MS in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. He lives in Salt Lake City where he is the director of the Utah Center for the Book at Utah Humanities.

McLane 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.

Official event page: https://rockcanyonpoets.com/category/events/

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Poetry Happens – Utah July 2018 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 at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on July 10, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, featuring Michael McLane!

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

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC, and this month features Ashley Finley, Thursday, July 12 at 8 PM.

Salt City Slam, every last Monday of the month at Even Stevens in Downtown SLC, July 30, Open mic at 7:00. Feature at 7:30. Slam at 8:00.

Poetry Open Mic every 2nd Thursday at the Glendale Branch Library in SLC, July 12 at 7 PM.

Poet, essayist, and musician Mark Doherty will be reading at The Printed Garden in Sandy to celebrate the release of his new collection of poetry, Walking Natural Pathways on July 12 at 7 PM.

Booked on 25th and Ogden Pride are excited to be hosting the 3rd Annual Ogden Pride Poetry Contest. The contest has two rounds — on July 14th and July 21st. The first round will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Booked on 25th.

Helicon West Summer open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, July 26 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Open Mic Poetry Jam at the St. George Museum, Thursday, July 26, from 7 – 8 PM.

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Sugar House Review – Deadline, July 31, 2018

Saltfront – Deadline, August 15, 2018

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round


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.