Inspired Book Release Party & Open Mic Night, Tues. Nov. 13 @ 6:30pm

The Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, announces the release party of “Inspired,” a community poetry writing experience and open mic on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm.

“Inspired” is a printed anthology of local Utah poets who recently participated in a free community poetry workshop on epistolary poems (poems as letters). Each contributing poet receives a free copy and additional copies will be available to the public for $5 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, November 13, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book host poetry open mics the second Tuesday of each month.

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

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Poetry Happens – Utah November 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 Nov. 13, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm is our Inspired anthology release party featuring community poets! Refreshments will be served. Come listen to living Utah poets and share your own favorite poem.

Turkey Slam – Saturday Night Slam Series, Nov. 10, 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

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

City Art Reading Series, first three Wednesdays of every month, Nov. 7, 14, and 21 at 7 PM at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library.

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC, Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 PM.

Poetry Open Mic every 2nd Thursday at the Glendale Branch Library in SLC, Oct. 11 at 7 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, Nov. 14 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Poems from the Front Nov 15, 2018 at 07:30 pm – 09:00 pm in Salt Lake City, Babcock Performing Readers present a program of poetry from the Great War. Presented by Babcock Performing Readers at University of Utah – A. Ray Olpin Union Little Theatre.

Kealoha: “The Story of Everything” Nov 16, 2018 at 07:30 pm (Fri). Tickets are required. Presented by UtahPresents (formerly Kingsbury Hall – University of Utah) at Kingsbury Hall – University of Utah, Salt Lake City

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.

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the March/April 2019 issue is “Creeks and Rivers,” and the deadline is Jan. 1, 2019. 

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.

Spooky Stories/Poetry Reading + Open Mic – Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Join us for spooky poems & stories performed by storytellers, Rock Canyon Poets & Utah Horror Writers in participation with Buzzards & Bees, a Halloween-themed festival in Downtown Provo. No festival ticket is required for the reading & open mic. The fest includes multiple venues on Friday and Saturday, October 26-27. Friday night is the kick-off, a Goth Prom at The Boxcar with a band and DJ, prom photos, and more. Saturday’s events include 50+ bands and performers at over 10 venues downtown, street performers, spooky movies and stories, secret shows, mask making, & a costume contest. Festival passes for all other ticketed events are $20 in advance or $25 day of, and can be purchased at 24tix.com.

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

Where: Pioneer Book

450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Rock Canyon Poets featured at City Art – Utah Humanities Book Festival

Big thanks to Utah Humanities and the City Art reading series for featuring members of the Rock Canyon Poets during Book Festival! And thanks to all who came out to support us. Featured poets included Dennis Marden Clark, Lisa Connors, Jack Garcia, and Michaelle Martial.

There are still lots of events left to attend between now and the end of October. Click here for a full schedule of Utah Humanities Book Festival.

The City Art Reading Series occurs the first three Wednesdays of every month at 7 PM at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library.

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Rock Canyon Poets reading at City Art at the Downtown SLC Library – Wed. Oct. 10 @ 7pm

City Art and Utah Humanities Book Festival are pleased to host members of the Rock Canyon Poets on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 PM in the 4th Floor Conference Room of The City Library. Feature poets include Rock Canyon Poets co-founder Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, Dennis Marden Clark, Lisa Connors, Michaelle Martial, and Jack Garcia.

Rock Canyon Poets boasts diverse membership, ranging from 19 to 72 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 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.

Event Info

  • Presented By: Utah Humanities
  • Dates: October 10, 2018
  • Location: Salt Lake City Public Library (Main Branch)
  • Address: 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Poetry Happens – Utah October 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 October 9, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, featuring Utah poet Lance Larsen.

Rocktober Episode IV – Saturday Night Slam Series, Oct. 13, 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

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Utah Humanities Book Festival runs through October including several poetry readings and other literary events. Click here for the complete calendar.

City Art Reading Series, first three Wednesdays of every month, Oct. 3, 10, and 17 at 7 PM at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library.

  • Oct. 10 – City Art and Utah Humanities Book Festival are pleased to host members of the Rock Canyon Poets on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 PM in the 4th Floor Conference Room of The City Library. Feature poets include Rock Canyon Poets co-founder Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, Dennis Marden Clark, Lisa Connors, Michaelle Martial, and Jack Garcia.

Jimmy Santiago Baca poetry reading – On Thursday, October 4th, poet Jimmy Santiago Baca shares and discusses his work at Weber State University (Dumke Hall, Hurst Building). This event starts at 7:00 PM in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

Alex Caldiero poetry reading – On Tuesday, October 9th, poet Alex Caldiero presents “Close Encounters of the Literary Kind: A Performative Memoire of the Uncanny Nature of Books” at Ken Sanders Rare Books in conjunction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC, Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8 PM.

Poetry Open Mic every 2nd Thursday at the Glendale Branch Library in SLC, Oct. 11 at 7 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, Oct. 11 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

UTSPS 2018 Book of the Year Reading by Geraldine Felt (Dancing with Monarchs) on Saturday Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Fairfield Village Of Layton: 1205 N. Fairfield Rd., Layton, UT 84041.

Poetry-Science Cafe, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 from 7 – 8 PM. Natural History Museum of Utah in SLC, featuring poets Lance Larsen and Kimberly Johnson.

Paisley Rekdal – Public Lecture – Weber State University Department of English Presents: Paisley Rekdal, Utah Poet Laureate – Reading of Rekdal’s work. Wednesday, October 24 at 6 p.m. Weber State University, Stewart Library, Hetzel-Hoellein Meeting room, 321.

Heber Valley Western & Cowboy Poetry Gathering – 7:00 PM on Oct 24 through 4:00 PM on Oct, 28, 2018. Featuring cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell.

Poetry Reading by David Gewanter and Christian Felt – The Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series, Oct 29, 2018 at 07:00 pm (Monday) at Westminster College.

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.

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.

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Lance Larsen – Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 @ 6:30pm

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

Lance Larsen has published five poetry collections, most recently What the Body Knows (Tampa, 2017).  A recipient of awards and fellowships from Ragdale, Sewanee, the Anderson Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts, he teaches at BYU, where he serves as department chair.  He recently co-directed a theatre study abroad program in London.

You can read a sample from his book What the Body Knows here.

Larsen 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, October 9, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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 3pm – Workshop #1: share prompts, craft demonstration, writing exercises
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at 3pm – 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.

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.