Poetry double feature + open mic, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 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.

 

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Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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Poetry reading + open mic featuring Laura Hamblin – Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present local favorite & emeritus UVU professor Laura Hamblin!

Laura Hamblin is a professor emeritus from Utah Valley University. She received her PhD from the University of Denver, and has taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Jordan in Amman. She taught creative writing, composition, women’s literature, the history and theory of the genre of poetry, and seminars including topics on Martin Buber. William Blake, and women poets. Laura’s awards include The Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty Ethics Award, and the Service Learning Award. Her book, The Eyes of a Flounder, was published by Signature Press. In 2007-8 she lived in Amman where she gathered oral histories of Iraqi women refugees, see  http://www.iraqiwomenrefugees.com/. Laura is recognized in “Utah Women’s Walk” which highlights women who have made a significant contribution to the state of Utah. (The presentation opened September 2017 at Thanksgiving Point.) In addition to poetry, Laura’s interests include beekeeping, gardening, quilting (a number of her quilts have been shown in museums), and traveling.

Hamblin 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, October 10, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Poetry workshop & open mic featuring Trish Hopkinson – Thursday, July 13, 6:30pm @ Enliten Cafe

Speak for Yourself Open Mic and Enliten Bakery and Cafe are pleased to present local poet and blogger Trish Hopkinson!

From 7 – 7:30PM Hopkinson will provide a mini-workshop on how to publish poetry by submitting to literary magazines. Following the workshop Speak for Yourself Open Mic will begin, featuring a reading from Hopkinson’s new book Footnote. The workshop and open mic are open to the general public.

A Pushcart nominated poet, Hopkinson has been published in several anthologies and journals, including Stirring, Pretty Owl Poetry, and Chagrin River Review; and her third chapbook Footnote was recently published by Lithic Press in 2017. Hopkinson is co-founder of a regional poetry group, Rock Canyon Poets, and Editor-in-Chief of the group’s annual poetry anthology entitled Orogeny. She is a product director by profession and resides in Provo. You can follow Hopkinson on her blog where she shares information on how to write, publish, and participate in the greater poetry community at https://trishhopkinson.com/.

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Where: Enliten Bakery and Cafe

43 East Center Street, Provo

When: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Poetry reading & open mic featuring Kimberly Johnson — Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present local favorite & BYU professor Kimberly Johnson!

Kimberly Johnson’s most recent collection of poetry is Uncommon Prayer (Persea Books, 2014).  She is also the author of critical examinations of Renaissance literature and of translations of Virgil’s Georgics​ (Penguin Classics, 2009) and the works of Hesiod (Northwestern University Press, 2017).  Recipient of grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, she lives in Salt Lake City.

Johnson 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/

Click here to download a printable flyer.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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

 

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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Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, May 10, 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: May 10, 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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Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, March 8, 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: March 8, 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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Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop

INSPIRED

Is there a literary work so powerful that it moves you to write, but you just don’t know where to start? A free community poetry writing workshop entitled “inspired” helps participants create a new poem as a response to a literary work (poem, book, or other) that inspires them. Offered 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.

Where

Pioneer Book, 450 West Center Provo, Utah 84601

What to Bring

  • Two printed copies of the poem or prose excerpt of the writer/poet you are inspired by. Prose excerpts should be 1 – 2 pages.
  • 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. Bring a sample of the author/poet that inspires you and come ready to write!

Schedule

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at 6pm – Workshop #1: share prompts, craft demonstration, writing exercises
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 at 6pm – Workshop #2: share and workshop first draft of poems
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 at midnight – Final poem submission due for anthology
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at 6pm – Anthology launch party/reception and poetry reading

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