Poetry double feature + open mic, Tuesday, Mar. 12, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Pioneer Book

Don’t miss two incredible Utah poets: Nancy Takacs and Jan Minich! Both former professors at Utah State University Eastern.

Nancy Takacs is the winner of the Juniper Prize for her book of poems The Worrier (U of Mass. Press, 2017). She was a 2016 runner-up for the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize. Previous poetry publications include two books including Blue Patina, winner of the 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry and finalist for the Lascaux Poetry Award; and four chapbooks, the most recent Red Voice, Echo poems from Finishing Line Press.  Her work has appeared in New Poets of the American West, and in the Harvard Review, Kestrel, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Nimrod, and Weber. She lives with her husband Jan Minich in Wellington, Utah.

Sly and forthright, delightful and unsettled, her poems read like an explorer’s field notes, veering off in unexpected directions across what we thought was charted terrain. —James Haug, 2016 Juniper Prize for Poetry Judge

Jan Minich’s Wild Roses: Poems, was published by Mayapple Press in 2017, tracing the emotional lives of Utah outlaw women, and other female historical characters. He is the author of The Letters of Silver Dollar, and two chapbooks: History of a Drowning, and Wild Roses  His poems have appeared most recently in Verse Wisconsin, Sugarhouse Review, Kestrel, Clover, and Weber. He is a former wilderness studies and literature professor at the Utah State University Eastern. Although Utah is home for him, summers he cruises Lake Superior in a small boat.

These thrown voices trespass on our moment in ways that startle—in ways that are completely memorable. This is a quietly scary book, a great book. —Norman Dubie, 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize winner

Takacs and Minich visit Provo as guests of the Rock Canyon Poets. The reading is open to the general public. For more information, contact the Rock Canyon Poets,  rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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Poetry Happens – Utah March 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 March 12, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm featuring Nancy Takacs and Jan Minich!

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 3/13 Rock Canyon Poets members Trish Hopkinson and Tacey Atsitty!

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: Thursday, March 14 & 28, 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.

LEAP into Science and Poetry – Parents and children ages 5-12, to help kids understand how to think like poets and scientists. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm at the Chapman Library Branch, 577 S 900 W, Salt Lake City.

Jacqueline Osherow | My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple – poetry reading and book signing. Thursday, March 21, 2019 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm at The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City.

Visual Poetry Series workshop – A series of three standalone workshops to take poetry into the visual medium. Saturdays, March 9, 16 & 23 from 11am – 1pm at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City.

Slam Poetry workshop – local poet RJ Walker leads a workshop on slam poetry. Learn how to compose poetry with its spoken performance in mind as well get tips on performing in public. Cost: $20. Wednesdays, March 20 & 27 from 6 – 8pm at SLCC Community Writing Center in 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 July/August 2019 issue is “Independence,” and the deadline is May 1, 2019. 

Quarterly West – open for submissions until April 30, 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 Happens – Utah February 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 February 12, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm featuring City Art’s very own Joel Long!

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 2/6 Trish Hopkinson and Tacey Atsitty; and on 2/13 Katharine Coles and Lance Olsen.

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

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

An Evening of Rumi with Renowned Translator Coleman Barks and cellist Eugene Friesen – Presented by Jung Society of Utah at Libby Gardner Hall – University of Utah, Salt Lake City UT, Feb 17, 2019 at 07:30 pm – 09:15 pm (Sun).

Poetry and a Beverage – Come perform, watch, or socialize at PoBev! Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Utah State University, Taggart Student Center, Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom.

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

Poetry in the Park – Presented by Utah State Poetry Society at Zion Park Lodge, Springdale UT. A two-day event will occur featuring visiting poet Kimberly Johnson from BYU, presenting a free poetry reading on Thurs, Feb 28 in Springdale sponsored by Z Arts at the Canyon Community Center at 7pm. Overnight lodging available at winter rates in Springdale for those wishing to stay for Poetry in the Park the next day at the Zion Park Lodge from 9am to 3pm. More information at http://www.utahpoets.com/. Tickets at https://zionpark.org/events/. 

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 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 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.

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 Happens – Utah December 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 December 11, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, featuring Utah poet and professor Lisa Bickmore.

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 

Kristen Tracy reading and signing of her new poetry collection, Half-Hazard. Tracy will be joined in conversation by Brian Evenson at The King’s English Bookshop on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 07:00 pm.

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

Nature Poetry Reading on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Salt Lake City Library. The reading will feature poets Alison Deming, Kate Coles, and Paisley Rekdal.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, December 6 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

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

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

LEAP into Science and Poetry at Glendale on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm at the Glendale LIbrary, 1375 Concord St, 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, 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.

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.

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.

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