Poetry Happens – Utah August 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the 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 the feature poet is Kara van de Graff! on August 13, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, 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 

Recurring Events

Salty Pond Poets meets at the SLCC Community Writing Center
on the 1st and 3rd Mondays, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Sugar Slam for this month features Janae Godfrey! every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, summer edition! This month, Thursday, July 25, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

Events this Month

Antelope Island Spider Fest 2019 – a day full of spider-themed presentations, crafts, guided walks, citizen science, poetry, photography, art and food vendors, and more to learn about these fascinating residents of Antelope Island. Activities start on August 3 at 10am and go until 4pm. No registration required. Park entrance fees apply.

Exploring Writing And Book Forms2-Part Workshop
August 6 & 13 (Tuesday), 6-8 pm.
Let’s play with the possibilities of writing paired with bookmaking. In this 2-part workshop, we’ll explore how the meaning of a piece of writing can be deepened by its physical form. We’ll play with new ways of presenting texts, learn how to make a number of simple but exciting book forms, and workshop your writing.

Everybody Writes Open MicWednesday, August 14 from 7 – 8pm in the main Salt Lake City Library on the 2nd floor. Bring any writing you want to share & listen to local writers and performers share their work.

Art on the TrailsSaturday, Aug. 24th between 3 pm – 6 pm (sign up for tours between 3 pm – 5:00 pm HERE). Pop-up creative performances on the trail that include: Hip Hop, Ballet, Poetry, Jazz, Bluegrass, Spanish Guitar, a Drum-line, and more! McLeod Creek Trail between Copper Moose Farm and Temple Har Shalom in Park City. The tour begins at Copper Moose Farm at 1285 Old Ranch Rd, Park City, UT 84098. Click here for Directions. 

The Quills Conference – August 22 – 24, 2019 at the Marriott University Park Hotel. This three-day event is packed with presentations and panels on poetry, prose and screenwriting. Conference ticket options can include meals where keynote addresses can be heard or skip the meals and eat on your own to save on costs.

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 to submissions year-round

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the September/October 2019 issue is “Harvest,” and the deadline is Aug. 6. The theme for the November/December 2019 issue is “Holidays,” and the deadline is Sept. 1.

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.

Poetry Happens – Utah July 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the 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 9, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, 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

Poetry Night at Peace on Earth Coffee in Provo – July 11 @ 6:30pm

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Recurring Events

Salty Pond Poets meets at the SLCC Community Writing Center
on the 1st and 3rd Mondays, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Sugar Slam for this month features Janae Godfrey! every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, summer edition! This month, Thursday, July 25, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

Events this Month

Booked on 25th and Ogden Pride are excited to be hosting the 4th Annual Ogden Pride Poetry Contest – Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2 PM – 3 PM at Booked on 25th.

Western Musician Brenn Hill and Cowboy Poet Andy Nelson will perform in concert at 7 p.m. July 16, 2019 at Ogden Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave. in Ogden. The two are renowned artists in the western and cowboy culture and are sure to draw a crowd. (More on Cowboy Poetry happenings here: https://blog.cowboypoetry.com)

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Peculiar Journal – Utah-based literary journal for LGBTQ+ writers and artists. Deadline Extended: July 7, 2019.

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC. Open to submissions year round

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the September/October 2019 issue is “Harvest,” and the deadline hasn’t been posted yet, submit soon! 

Sugar House ReviewDeadline: July 31, 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.

Rock Canyon Poets reading at the Utah Arts Festival next Thursday!

Rock Canyon Poets are proud to announce they will be reading poetry for the fourth time at the Big Mouth Stage on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. as literary artists for the Utah Arts Festival. You can read about our 2015 performance in this Daily Herald Article: Newly formed Rock Canyon Poets perform at Utah Arts Fest.

Arts Fest: Big Mouth Stage, Thursday at 5:45pm

Rock Canyon Poets boasts diverse membership, ranging from 19 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.

The Utah Arts Festival takes place Thursday, June 20 – Sunday, June 23, 2019, 12 noon to 11pm, on Library and Washington Squares in downtown Salt Lake City (200 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111).

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.

Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tues., June 11, 2019 from 6:30 – 8pm 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: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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.

Inspired reading for blog


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

Poetry Happens – Utah June 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the 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 June 11, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, 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 

Recurring Events

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

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month: This month, Thursday, June 27, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

Events this Month

WordFest at the Utah Arts Festival!

Don’t miss four days of poetry, slam poetry, cowboy poetry, fiction, non-fiction, storytelling, writing workshops, the IronPen competition and of course, so much art!

Poetry Slams

Back by popular demand, the Poetry Slam competitions are back with team and indie slams and expand to include a high school slam featuring winners of the Utah State High School Championship.

Women Who Rock Day

New this year, we’re hosting Women Who Rock Day on Friday at the Big Mouth Stage, featuring several women performers, including poet Star Coulbrooke, authors Nan Seymour and Beatrice Washburn, cowboy poets JoLynne Kirkwood and Sam DeLeuuw, and storyteller Lynn Wing.

Cowboy Poets

Some of the state’s most well-known and loved cowboy poets, including C.R. Wood who is considered the patriarch of cowboy poetry in many circles, Sam DeLeeuw, and more. Plus, be sure to catch 15-year-old cowboy poet, Thatch Elmer.

WordFest in the Kids Art Yard

Insects love poetry! Come learn how to write a short poem about your favorite bug and display it in the Kids Art Yard. Ladybugs and spiders, bees and centipedes, oh my! 1:00 – 4:00pm each day of the festival courtesy of Rock Canyon Poets.

Poemballs

For only 25 cents, get a poem from well-known Utah poets, including our poet laureates.

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.

7th Annual Sor Juana Prize for Poems and Short Stories in Spanish – $100 in cash prizes will be awarded for two poems and two short stories written in Spanish in two categories (8 prizes in total). Deadline is May 20, 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.

Trish Hopkinson & Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, RCP co-founders, reading at City Art in SLC – Wed. May 1 @ 7pm

The City Art reading series hosts co-founders of the Rock Canyon Poets Trish Hopkinson and Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 PM in the 4th Floor Conference Room of The City Library. Click here for the official event page.

Trish Hopkinson is author of three chapbooks and has been published in several anthologies and journals, including Tinderbox, Pretty Owl Poetry, and The Penn Review. You can follow Hopkinson on her blog where she shares information on how to write, publish, and participate in the greater poetry community at http://trishhopkinson.com/.

Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen is a poly-artist and humanitarian residing in Utah. Her poetic work has been featured in anthologies and journals including CrabFat, Peculiar, Quarterly West, Rust+Moth, andSWIMM. She blogs sporadically at secondsetofwings.com and provides regular taxi service for her four children.

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, City Art Director Joel Long: joeltlong@yahoo.com.

Event Info

  • Date: May 1, 2019
  • 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 May 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the 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 May 14, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, 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 

Recurring Events

Trish Hopkinson and Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, co-founders of Rock Canyon Poets will be reading at City Art Reading Series, Wednesday, May 1 at 7pm. Check their Facebook page for event announcements.

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

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month: This month, Thursday, May 23, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

Events this Month

Field Work: Aligning Poetry and Science – Bee Party – Join former Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles and USU etymologist Diana Cox-Foster for a buzzworthy evening. With bee themed poetry, bee facts, and a look at the Library’s bee hives. May 2 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 East, 400 South, Salt Lake City. 

LEAP into Science and Poetry – Parents and children ages 5-12, to help kids understand how to think like poets and scientists. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm at the Marmalade Library Branch, 280 W 500 N, Salt Lake City.

Antelope Island’s Cowboy Legends 2019 – Antelope Island’s famous cowboy poetry and western music gathering. Presented by Friends of Antelope Island and Western Music Association. Antelope Island State Park at Fielding Garr Ranch, 4528 West 1700 South, Syracuse, UT 84075. For more information, e-mail caldrich@utah.gov. Dates: 5/24/2019, 5/25/2019, 5/26/2019, 5/27/2019 at 9am.

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 July/August 2019 issue is “Independence,” and the deadline is May 6, 2019. 

7th Annual Sor Juana Prize for Poems and Short Stories in Spanish – $100 in cash prizes will be awarded for two poems and two short stories written in Spanish in two categories (8 prizes in total). Deadline is May 20, 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.

Sor Juana Prize for Poems & Short Stories in Spanish, DEADLINE: May 20, 2019

Artes de México en Utah is running their seventh annual Sor Juana Prize for Poems & Short Stories in Spanish with a deadline of May 20, 2019. There is no fee to enter. Their mission is to promote the appreciation of Mexican art in Utah with a vision of a community united by cultural connections. The organization was formed in 2010 after seeing how an exhibit of Mexican art united our communities (Latino and nonLatino) during a politically divisive time. (Utah is 13% Latino, but 33-45% in some urban cities; nearly 80% of our 400,000+ Latinos are of Mexican origin.)

Rock Canyon Poets co-founder, Trish Hopkinson interviewed Fanny Blauer, Board Chair to learn more about the Sor Juana Prize. See the interview and contest guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Sor Juana Prize for Poems and Short Stories. How/why was the contest originally started? 

BLAUER: The prize is named after Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, O.S.H. (1651-95), a 17th Century Mexican nun who was one of the most brilliant intellectuals, poets and playwrights of her time and beyond. Sor Juana’s work is consistently taught in schools and universities throughout the Spanish speaking world. You can read more about her and her work here on Poets.org and here on PoetryFoundation.org.

Artes de México en Utah established the prize on 2012 based on the suggestion of Salt Lake City resident Jesús García, whose native Chicago has a Sor Juana Festival each year to celebrate the life and works of this poet. The Utah Humanities Council agreed to make it part of its annual Book Festival. “Every October, people all over Utah celebrate literature at the Utah Humanities Council’s Book Festival,” “Since so many people in Utah speak Spanish or are learning Spanish, we thought that including a prize for original literature written in Spanish in the Utah Book Festival would be a great way to encourage writers of Utah’s second most widely-spoken language.”

In 2018, we partnered with the Community Writing Center to set annual poetry workshops. We also launched our Call for Artist contest in which participants are encouraged to produce a piece of art inspired in poetry. This year, the contest theme is: Our roots, our inspiration. Which is to acknowledge the indigenous languages in the world.

“Sor Juana was nicknamed ‘The 10th Muse’ during her time because of her ingenuity in poetry, philosophy, music and the sciences. She was also known for defending the rights of women and minorities, for whom she continues to be a role model today.”

HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?

BLAUER: Entries by adults and teens in high school who live within the state of Utah will be accepted.

The prizes are an original poem or short story from authors in the following categories:

  • Category I: Author who speaks Spanish as a primary language
  • Category II: Author who speaks Spanish as a second language

HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?

BLAUER: Last year we received about 100 submissions of which 20 were only prose. We would like to see more of this. Some of the prose we received was very engaging and powerful.

HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals/web sites that publish poems/short stories?

BLAUER: In Spanish, many pages including:

http://www.cultura.unam.mx/index.aspx

https://periodicodepoesia.unam.mx/

https://circulodepoesia.com/2019/03/lo-mas-de-la-poesia-mexicana-6/

HOPKINSON: Where can writers/poets send contest entries?

BLAUER: For details of the contest in Spanish and English, check our website:

https://www.artesmexut.org/sor-juana-poetry-contest

The contest is also published in Facebook, twitter, and Instagram. Find us as Artes de Mexico en Utah.

The contest is open now until May 20th 2019. The announcement of winners will take place in October 2019.


Fanny Blauer is from Mexico City. She is an accountant and works at the Natural History Museum of Utah.  Fanny attended many events of Artes de Mexico en Utah and, in the fall of 2014, fomented a partnership between us and the Natural History Museum on an exhibit about chocolate. Prior to joining the board of Artes, she also created a partnership with Artes and Amigos y Libros, a club of the Salt Lake City Public Library that promotes reading in Spanish. She joined the board in winter of 2014. Fanny also serves on the Governance Committee.

Trish Hopkinson & Jennifer Tonge poetry reading – READ LOCAL Onsite series in SLC, Thurs. 4/11 @ 7pm

A collaboration between Salt Lake City Arts Council and 15 Bytes with support from Utah Humanities, READ LOCAL Onsite pairs emerging local writers with established writers for a reading and discussion of their work.

The event Thursday, April 11 at 7pm features two Utah poets: Rock Canyon Poets co-founder Trish Hopkinson and SLC’s Jennifer Tonge at Finch Lane Gallery (45 Finch Lane, SLC).

TRISH HOPKINSON’S poems have been published in Tinderbox, The Penn Review, and elsewhere. Her third chapbook Footnote was published by Lithic Press in 2017. She is co-founder of Rock Canyon Poets and Editor-in-Chief of the group’s annual anthology, Orogeny.

JENNIFER TONGE’S poems have appeared in numerous journals, including the New England Review. Most recently, her work has appeared as part of the Visible Poetry Project and been featured on Zoetic Press’s podcast The Literary Whip.

15 Bytes Literary Editor Calvin Jolley will moderate the evening.

Click here for the Facebook event.