Poetry Open Mic + Book Launch Party, Tuesday, Jan. 15 @ 6:30 – Pioneer Book, Provo

The Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book announce the release party of Orogeny, the fourth collection of poems by local Utah County poets along with an open mic on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm.

Orogeny is the fourth annual printed anthology by Rock Canyon Poets members. Contributing poets receive a free copy and additional copies will be available to the public for $10 at the event. The event begins with an open mic, after which, Rock Canyon Poets will read their work from the anthology. Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public. No ticket necessary.

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

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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.

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Poetry Happens – Utah January 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 January 8, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm is the release party for our fourth annual anthology of poems entitled Orogeny. Contributors will read their work and audience members are welcome to read poems during the open mic. Copies of Orogeny will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served.

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 

City Art Reading Series, typically first three Wednesdays of every month during the school year at 7 PM at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library. Check their Facebook page for event announcements. This month on 1/9 Kirstin Scott and Lynn Kilpatrick; and on 1/16 Ashley Farmer and Karin Anderson.

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

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, January 10 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Carol Moldaw, Cori Winrock, and Noam Dorr Reading – The University of Utah Guest Writers Series presents an evening of poetry and nonfiction with authors, Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Finch Lane Gallery at the Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane (1320 East 100 South), Salt Lake City.

Poetry and a Beverage – Come perform, watch, or socialize at PoBev! Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Utah State University, Taggart Student Center, Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom.

Poetry Reading by Robin Becker and Jennifer Elise Foerster – Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series – Free readings begin at 7:00 pm in the Kim Adamson Alumni House at Westminster College and are followed by book signings and receptions, Monday, Feb 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm at 1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City.

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

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Second annual cash prize contest! Judged by Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal. Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC with a chance to win $50 – $100.

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the May/June 2019 issue is “Railroad,” and the deadline is March 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.

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Lisa Bickmore – Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 @ 6:30pm

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

Lisa Bickmore grew up living all over the United States and in Japan. She is the author of three books of poems: Haste (Signature Books, 1994), flicker, which won the 2014 Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press, and Ephemerist (Red Mountain Press, June 2017). She is a professor of English at Salt Lake Community College, where she teaches all kinds of writing.

Bickmore 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, December 11, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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.

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 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 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

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