Poetry reading + open mic featuring Lara Candland – Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet and Lara Candland!

Lara Candland’s new book, The Lapidary’s Nosegay, has been recently released as part of the Mountain West Poetry Series at the Center for Literary Publishing, Colorado State University. Candland has been writing and performing poetry, violin, and voice since the age of four, and has evolved a practice around a multi-disciplinary poetics that attempts to account for all five of senses. She was a founding member of the experimental opera collective, Seattle Experimental Opera, founded in Seattle in 1993, and has recorded and performed with her electronic duo Lalage. Her recent work includes collaborations with Utah-based opera company Deseret Experimental Opera. Candland’s first book, Alburnum of the Green and Living Tree was published by BlazeVox Books in 2010, and her performance with Lalage—poetry and live electronic looping and manipulations, appears on the CD Lalage: Live on Sornarchy.  Her opera Sunset with Pink Pastoral was a finalist in the Genesis Prizes for New Opera and was presented at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.  Candland lives in Provo, Utah.  She is the mother of five children, and teaches language arts and coordinates the International Baccalaureate program at the Walden School of Liberal Arts

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

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/189501921672782/

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, March 13, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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Utah poets featured on 90.9 FM KRCL’s Radioactive – 6pm every night this week!

Provo Poetry

To help celebrate poetry month, KRCL is featuring a different Utah poet every day this week on their Radioactive public affairs program at 6pm on weekdays. Specifically, these poets are Utah county poets and members of the local poetry group Rock Canyon Poets. Tune in for National Poetry Month announcements and to hear the poets read one of their original poems.

Listen one of three ways:

The schedule is as follows:

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Utah High School Poetry Slam State Championship–Fri. April 20, 2018 at Copper Hills HS

This year’s event, which will be part of the 4th Annual Grizzly Invitational, the Utah High School Poetry Slam State Championship, will feature writing workshops from well-known poets and spoken-word artists Ashlee Haze, Good Ghost Bill, and Olivia Gatwood. These exceptional writers have toured both the country and the world sharing their art as poets and educators.

During the evening, starting at 5 p.m., Copper Hills Slam will be hosting the 4th Annual Grizzly Invitational, a multi-school poetry slam competition. Hosted by local poet Debbie Higham Wood, and judged by both the Rock Canyon Poets & Wasatch Wordsmiths, the competition will feature eight schools, four rounds of performance poetry, and 32 talented, teen poets battling for the title of Grizzly Slam Champions. The slam event will also include short features in between rounds by our visiting poets.

This event is sponsored by Copper Hills High School, Utah Humanities, Hampton Inn, Rock Canyon Poets, and Wasatch Wordsmiths.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1721756044529626/


When: Friday, April 20, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm

Where:

Copper Hills High School

5445 W New Bingham Hwy (29.03 mi)

West Jordan, Utah 84081

Public Admission: $2

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Beat poet Neeli Cherkovski – Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present award winning San Francisco Beat poet Neeli Cherkovski!

Neeli Cherkovski was raised into a bohemian Los Angeles family, where his father ran a bookstore. At age 16 he created the literary journal, Black Cat Review. From 1969-1971 he and life-long friend Charles Bukowski created and edited the literary magazine, Laugh Literary and Man the Humping Guns. Throughout his career he has been a prolific poet, and literary chronicler. Cherkovski moved to San Francisco in 1974 where he has been a fixture in the North Beach, PostBeat literary scene. His most recent collection of poems, Elegy For My Beat Generation, pays homage to his aging and gone friends, with poems dedicated to Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Diane di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Mueller, and many others. In these poems he reminisces on the great heyday of all their lives, contemplates his own dwindling days, celebrates each moment passing by, and attempts to come to grips with ultimate ends.

Elegy For My Beat Generation is a masterful river of lyricism, spilling from one perception into the next. In these odes and elegies Cherkovski pays homage to his aging and gone friends from the heyday of all their lives, contemplates his own dwindling days, and attempts to come to grips with ultimate ends.

Praise for Cherkovski:

“From Lithic Press a brave and poignant new book of poems by my friend Neeli Cherkovski. Here are tributes to Corso, Ginsberg, Kerouac, DiPrima and even yours truly. He’s a skilled lyricist, a portraitist of mood, where the personal meets the historical.” –Alan Kaufman, author of Jew Boy and editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry

“…in the end, what stamps Cherkovski’s poetry as unique is its unbounded lyricism, a lyrical gift easily greater than that of any other poet of his generation.” –Gerald Nicosia, author of Memory Babe and Home To War

Cherkovski visits Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets. 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, April 10, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

FREE Poetry Contest – Utah Life Magazine, DEADLINE: May 1, 2018

Utah Life Magazine is debuting in March 2018. Every issue will feature poetry from around the state of Utah. Each issue’s poetry will be selected based on a theme. The theme for the July/August 2018 issue is “Summer Wildlife,” and the deadline is May 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

July/August 2018

Theme: “Summer Wildlife”

Deadline: May 1, 2017

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.

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Tacey Atsitty – Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present award winning Utah poet and Rock Canyon Poets member Tacey Atsitty!

Tacey M. Atsitty, Diné (Navajo), is Tsénahabiłnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle People). She is a recipient of the Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, the Corson-Browning Poetry Prize, Morning Star Creative Writing Award, and the Philip Freund Prize. She holds bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, Kenyon Review Online, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Literary Hub, New Poets of Native Nations, and other publications. Her first book is Rain Scald (University of New Mexico Press, 2018).

Atsitty visits Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets. 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, March 13, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Lisa Bickmore poetry reading in SLC – Mar. 6, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Kimberly Johnson is curating a brief reading series for the Tanner Humanities Canter at the University of Utah. Please mark your calendars for the first event in the series:

Lisa Bickmore
March 6, 2018
7:30 pm
Jewel Box Conference Room

Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities BLDG
215 S Central Campus Dr., Rm 110
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Please share! All are welcome!

Born in Dover, Delaware, Lisa Bickmore grew up living all over the United States and in Japan. She is the author of two books of poems: flicker, which won the 2014 Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press; and Haste (Signature Books, 1994). Her third book, Ephemerist, was published Red Mountain Press in June 2017.

Her poetry, scholarship, and video work have been published in Glass: A Journal of Poetry; Tar River Poetry; Sugar House Review; SouthWordCaketrain; Hunger Mountain Review; Terrain.orgBite Size Poems project (Utah Arts Council); Quarterly West; The MothMappingSLC.orgFire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets; and elsewhere. In 2015, her poem ‘Eidolon’ was awarded the Ballymaloe International Poetry Award.

She earned a B.A. and an M.A. from Brigham Young University. Currently, she is a Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College, where she was the recipient of the SLCC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award in 2006. She teaches writing of all sorts, as well as publication studies, and is one of the founders of the SLCC Publication Center.

Poetry Open Mic + Book Launch Party, Tuesday, Feb. 13 @ 6:30 – Pioneer Book, Provo

The Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book announce the launch party of Orogeny, the third collection of poems by local Utah County poets along with an open mic on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm.

Orogeny is the third annual printed anthology by Rock Canyon Poets members. Each contributing poet receives a free copy and additional copies will be available to the public for $10 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, June 14, 2016

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

Rock Canyon Poets boasts diverse membership, ranging from 18 to 70 years in age with many backgrounds–including literary journal founders, editors, ex-military, business professionals, a playwright, and a periodontist.  Individually, they have received several awards and been published in magazines, anthologies, journals, chapbooks, and full-length books of poetry. Rock Canyon Poets offer poetry with the tactile clarity of tin-can messages through fuzzy strings to the ears of an audience. These poems are tumbleweeds in semi-truck grills. They get stuck in your teeth, build bridges of spun sugar, and make it possible to mount a camel without a sturdy ladder.

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.

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

Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Pioneer Book

RCP logo 1Join the Rock Canyon Poets for an evening of poetry. Not just any poetry—we want poetry that aches to be published, poetry that pushes the boundaries of the page, poetry that doesn’t need a performance, poetry that simply needs to be read. Bring your words in all of poetry’s traditional forms (from the sonnet to free verse) or just bring your ears for listening.


Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: January 9, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading

Sign up in advance or just come and read!
These events are very casual and social. If you’d like to RSVP, add your name in a comment below, or email rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Each poet may read for up to 5 minutes. Maximum of 9 poets per reading. If there is time remaining, poets in the audience will have an opportunity to read.

Inspired reading for blog


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Salt Lake Acting Company presents Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds – including book signing!

Join us for this two week special engagement of STAG’S LEAP by Sharon Olds. Derived from Olds’ Pulitzer Prize winning book of poetry by the same title, Salt Lake Acting Company’s staged version is conceived and directed by Nancy Borgenicht. STAG’S LEAP blends Olds’ gift for language with Borgenicht’s theatrical imagination to create an evening of poetry not just out loud, but lived in. This two-week engagement serves as the next step in this project’s continued development, with all proceeds going toward SLAC’s new play programs.

Sharon Olds will attend the opening weekend with a special book signing following the matinee performance on January 21 (approximately 2:30pm). Don’t miss this chance to meet well known and loved poet Sharon Olds!

PERFORMANCES:
January 18 – 28, 2018
Thursdays – Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m., Sundays @ 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

TICKETS:
Single tickets range from $40 – $100 (all tickets are tax deductible and support SLAC’s new play programs)
Discounts are available for Students and people 30 years old & younger.
tickets.saltlakeactingcompany.org

For more information contact the box office at:
801-363-7522
info@saltlakeactingcompany.org


Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her first book, Satan Says (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second, The Dead and the Livingwas both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Father was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize in England, and The Unswept Room was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Olds teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and helped to found the NYU workshop program for residents of Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. She lives in New Hampshire and in New York City.


Want to know more about Rock Canyon Poets? Follow our website, Facebook, or Twitter. Open mic poetry readings happen the second Tuesday of every month at Pioneer Book. Click here for more information.