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 6pm – Workshop #1: share prompts, craft demonstration, writing exercises
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at 6pm – 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.

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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.

Poetry Happens – Utah August 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 August 14, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, featuring Rob Carney and the release of his new book The Book of Sharks!

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, Thursday, August 16 at 8 PM.

Salt City Slam, every last Monday of the month at Even Stevens in Downtown SLC, August 27, 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.

Helicon West Summer open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, August 23 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

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 so submissions year-round.

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the September/October 2018 issue is “Fall,” and the deadline is August 6, 2018. The theme for the November/December 2018 issue is “First Snow,”and the deadline is September 1, 2018.

Saltfront – Deadline, August 15, 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.


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.

Call for Poems – Utah Life Magazine, DEADLINE: Aug. 6 & Sept. 1, 2018

Utah Life Magazine is a new Utah County based magazine that debuted earlier this year. Every issue will feature poetry from around the state of Utah. Publisher/Editor Chris Amundson is thrilled with how things have been going so far for the magazine, “Since launching Utah Life this spring, the magazine has been a big hit! Thousands of Utahns living within the state and friends of Utah beyond the state’s borders have supported Utah Life by subscribing and sharing it with their family and friends through gift subscriptions. We’re proud to give a popular outlet for Utah poetry (and fine photography, engaging storytelling, humor, recipes and more).”

Each issue’s poetry will be selected based on a theme. The theme for the September/October 2018 issue is “Fall,” and the deadline is August 6, 2018. The theme for the November/December 2018 issue is “First Snow,”and the deadline is September 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

September/October 2018

Theme: “Fall”

Deadline: August 6, 2018

November/December 2018

Theme: “First Snow”

Deadline: September 1, 2018

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 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.

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.