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.

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Rock Canyon Poets reading at the Utah Arts Festival this Friday!

Rock Canyon Poets are proud to announce they will be reading poetry at the Big Mouth Stage on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 1:00 to 1:30 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, Friday at 1pm

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.

The Utah Arts Festival takes place Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24, 2018, 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.

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 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


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.

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.

Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 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: December 12, 2017

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


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.

SOUND, SYMBOLISM & METER: UTAH POETRY – ROCK CANYON POETS featured in SLUG MAGAZINE

Rock Canyon Poets Inspired anthology release party and open mic was featured in SLUG Magazine’s special local literary issue! You can pick up your own print copy of December’s special issue across Utah at news stands. Special thanks to reporter Tyson Call and Kathy Zhou for covering our event and to our sponsors who made the workshops and poetry book possible: Pioneer Book and the Utah Humanities Council in conjunction with their Book Festival.

Read the complete article here:

SOUND, SYMBOLISM & METER: UTAH POETRY – ROCK CANYON POETS


Pick up your own copy of Inspired for just $5 and check out our first and second issues of Orogeny in our Poetry Store here.

Want to know more about Provo poetry? 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.

FREE Poetry Contest – Utah Life Magazine, DEADLINE: December 1, 2017

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 March 2018 issue is “New Beginnings,” and the deadline is December 1, 2017.  “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

March/April 2018

Theme: “New Beginnings”

Deadline: December 1, 2017

May/June 2018

Theme: “Utah Adventure”

Deadline: February 1, 2018

July/August 2018

Theme: “Summer Wildlife”

Deadline: April 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

DEADLINE: December 1, 2017

THEME: New Beginnings (March/April 2018 issue)

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.