Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, Jan. 10, 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: January 10, 2017 (2nd Tuesday of every month)

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.

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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.

REALLY Important Modern Poetry special feature + Open mic–Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 @ 6:30pm

reallymodernpoetryeventThe Rock Canyon Poets are pleased to be hosted by Pioneer Book in downtown Provo for an enjoyable night of satirical poetry. The reading is open to the community and free to attend. Come join local Utah County poets and listen to them read the timeless poems of Kanye West, Sarah Palin, Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, and many other “well-versed” celebrities from The Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm. The reading will be followed by an open mic and light refreshments will be served.

Featured poets include Rock Canyon Poets’ co-founders Trish Hopkinson and Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, along with several other members, including Paul Francis, Colin Douglas, Chris Atkin, Darin Whittaker, Austin Beckstrom, Neil Shelley, and Lisa Conners.

Pioneer Book is Utah County’s largest used and rare bookshop, carrying titles in a broad range of fields. They are proud to be the home of the Rock Canyon Poets, as well as hosts to regular reading events and a monthly poetry open mic.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Provo, Utah 84601

When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

Inspired: Volume 2 – a community poetry writing experience available online for only $5

Our second annual issue of community poetry is now available online! Support local poets and see what they are writing right here in Utah County. Click here to get your very own copy! All proceeds continue to fund local poetry projects.
 
Huge thanks to all our participating poets, including Austin Beckstrom, Skye Caden, Lisa Connors, Steven Duncan, Paul Francis, Claire Gammon, Trish Hopkinson, Craig McClanahan, Logan Olsen, Robert K. Rowberry, Shelby Slade, Joshua P. Sorensen, Amanda Steele, and Darin Whittaker.
 
inspired-screen-shot-captureMemories are the stuff from which lives are sewn, attached to us like buttons and grade school friendships, like seasons of joy, sadness, loss, and love. In our second year of the Inspired workshops, we aimed to bring a community together, to memorialize the turns in our lives—those moments that become components of us in ways that nearly seem tangible—the flavor of Dr. Pepper, pigments of the sky, textures of childhood, shadows of our elders, and regrets that haunt. These poems are more than language or printed paper. These poems are pieces of ourselves; and poems don’t forget.

Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, October 11, 2016 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.


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.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: October 11, 2016 (2nd Tuesday of every month)

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading

Sign up in advance or just come and read!
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.

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Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop

Memories can inspire–and expressing those memories in poetry can help us to remember, save, celebrate, and even heal. A free community poetry writing workshop entitled “Inspired” helps participants create a new poem as a response to a memory using writing prompts and exercises. Offered annually in participation with the Utah Humanities Book Festival by Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, this workshop will be presented in two sessions, followed by a reception and poetry reading. Participants will be encouraged to submit their poem to be included in a printed anthology and contributors will receive a free copy.

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Where

Pioneer Book, 450 West Center Provo, Utah 84601

What to Bring

  • Photographs, journals, or other memory reminders (optional)
  • Pen and paper to write and/or an electronic device to write on (laptop, etc)
  • Drink/snack if you so 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

  • Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 at 6pm – Workshop #1: prompts and craft demonstration, writing exercises
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 at 6pm – Workshop #2: share and workshop first draft of poems
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 at midnight – Final poem submission due for anthology
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 at 6pm – Anthology launch party/reception and poetry reading

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Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, Sept 13, 2016 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.

Rock Canyon Poets and Peculiar literary magazine have a booth at the Provo Pride Festival! Come by and see us this Saturday!

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.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Sept 13, 2016 (2nd Tuesday of every month)

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Poetry Reading

How to Sign Up
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.

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Poetry at the Provo Pride Festival! . . . Sept. 17, 2016

Rock Canyon Poets and Peculiar literary magazine have a booth at the Provo Pride Festival! Come by and see us…

  • Add a line to our community poem
  • Sign up for email news and a drawing
  • Info on upcoming events and open mics
  • Meet some of our poets
  • Learn how to become a member
  • Poetry books, chapbooks, and literary magazines for sale ($5 – $10)

WHEN: Saturday, September 17, 2016

TIME: 10am – 7pm

WHERE: Memorial Park, 800 East Center Street, Provo (directions)

MORE INFO: Provo Pride Facebook or Web Site

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Rock Canyon Poets reading at Lithic Bookstore & Gallery in Fruita, CO on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 @ 7pm

RCP Reading at LithicThe Rock Canyon Poets are pleased to be the guests of Lithic Bookstore & Gallery in Fruita, CO to read original poetry from Orogeny, their second collection of poems by local Utah County poets, on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

Featured poets include Rock Canyon Poets’ co-founder Trish Hopkinson and previous Fruita resident Lisa Connors, along with several other members, including Paul Francis, Jack Garcia, Aaron Gates, Shauntel Peterson, Zach Power, Dennis Clark, and Chris Peck.

Lithic Bookstore & Gallery offers a fantastic selection of books, art, handmade goods, and other curiosities and is located upstairs in the old bank building, downtown Fruita, Colorado.

Where: Lithic Bookstore & Gallery – 138 S. Park Square #202, Fruita, CO

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Rock Canyon Poets boasts diverse membership, ranging from 18 to 71 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 on the Rock Canyon Poets, email rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

Official web site: http://rockcanyonpoets.com

For more information on Lithic Bookstore & Gallery, go to http://www.lithicpress.com/

Reading by Emma Winsor Wood + Open Mic, Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Pioneer Book

Don’t miss this incredible poet! Emma Winsor Wood, originally from New York City, she holds a BA from Harvard in Russian History and Literature and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she taught literature and poetry writing. Her poetry has received fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and appeared in numerous journals. She is currently the deputy interviews editor at The Rumpus. Her first book A Failed Performance: Selected Plays of Daniil Kharms, a collaborative translation with the poet C. Dylan Bassett, is forthcoming from Plays Inverse in Winter 2018.

Wood visits Provo as a guest of Rock Canyon Poets. The reading is open to the general public.

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

Official event page: https://rockcanyonpoets.com/category/events/

Click here to download a printable flyer.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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