Inspired Book Release Party & Open Mic Night, Tues. Nov. 12 @ 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 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm. The event is open to the public and no ticket is required.

“Inspired” is a printed anthology of local Utah poets who recently participated in a free community poetry workshop on persona poems (poems using the imagined voice of another person, place, or thing). 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 12, 2019

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 reading + open mic featuring Karen Kelsay Davies & Peter Davies – Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Utah poets Karen Kelsay Davies and Peter Davies will read their work as featured poets at the monthly poetry reading and open mic at 6:30 p.m. on October 8, 2019 at Pioneer Book in Provo. Karen will read her own work and Peter will read the work of John Whitworth.

Karen Kelsay Davies has been writing free verse and formal for the past twenty years. She is the founding editor of The Orchards Poetry Journal and the Managing Director of Kelsay Books, a rapidly growing poetry publishing company that has published roughly seven-hundred titles in the past eight years. Karen’s poetry has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize. In 2012 her book Amytys Leaves Her Garden won the Association for Mormon Letters Award.

Peter Davies, born in England, has lived in the United States for the past thirty years. He retired from running a distribution business IN California and now works at Kelsay Books as a copy editor. Although he doesn’t write poetry, he has a natural talent for reading it and has performed at numerous events across the United States. Peter lives in American Fork and travels to England often.

John Whitworth wrote poetry that was both popular and proficient. He has been described as a “master of metrical whigmaleerie.” Whitworth graduated from Merton College, Oxford. His work appeared in many English journals. John taught a master class at the University of Kent and was a well-loved formalist poet. His last book “Joy in the Morning,” was published by Kelsay Books.

The Davies 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, October 8, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Michael Lavers – Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Michael Lavers. The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm at Pioneer Book (450 W. Center) in historic downtown Provo on Tuesday, September 13, 2019.

Michael Lavers is the author of After Earth, published by the University of Tampa Press. His poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, 32 Poems, The Hudson Review, Best New Poets 2015, TriQuarterly, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. He has been awarded the Chad Walsh Poetry Prize, the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, and the Michigan Quarterly Review Page Davidson Clayton Prize for Emerging Poets. Together with his wife, the writer and artist Claire Åkebrand, and their two children, he lives in Provo, Utah, and teaches poetry at Brigham Young University.

Lavers visits Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book. The reading and open mic are 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, August 13, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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’s theme is Persona Poems. A persona, from the Latin for mask, is a character taken on by a poet to speak in a first-person poem. In this workshop, participants learn how to create poems using the imagined voice of another person, place, or thing. 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 and 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

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at 6pm – Workshop #1: share prompts, craft demonstration, writing exercises
    Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 at 6pm – Workshop #2: share and workshop first draft of poems
    Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 at midnight – Final poem submission due for anthology
    Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 at 6pm – Anthology launch party/reception and poetry reading

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE BOOK FEST CALENDAR

OR

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PRINTABLE PROGRAM

The Utah Humanities Book Festival runs from September 14 – 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.

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Kara van de Graaf – Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Kara van de Graaf! The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm at Pioneer Book (450 W. Center) in historic downtown Provo on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

Kara van de Graaf is the author of Spitting Image, winner of the Crab Orchard First Book Prize in Poetry (SIU Press, 2018). Individual poems appear widely in national literary journals, including The Southern Review, AGNI, New England Review, The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the anthology Best New Poets. Other honors include the Hoepfner Award from Southern Humanities Review, an Academy of American Poets Prize, a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from Sewanee Writers Conference. Kara is co-founder and editor of Lightbox Poetry, an online educational resource for poetry in the classroom (www.lightboxpoetry.com). She serves as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Utah Valley University and live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Van de Graaf visits Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book. The reading and open mic are 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, August 13, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tues., June 11, 2019 from 6:30 – 8pm 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: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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.

Inspired reading for blog


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Poetry reading + open mic featuring fish burton – Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Fish Burton! The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm at Pioneer Book (450 W. Center) in historic downtown Provo on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

fish burton is a poet who has lived in over thirty different houses. he has an m.f.a. in poetry from b.y.u. and has been published in inscape and collision magazine. his first chapbook, sonder,   is a collection of poem portraits. currently, he is a member of rock canyon poets and writes somewhere he has never lived before. find him at fishburton.com.

Burton visits Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book. The reading and open mic are 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, April 9, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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

Poetry reading + open mic featuring Joel Long – Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah poet Joel Long! The event begins with an open mic at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm at Pioneer Book (450 W. Center) in historic downtown Provo on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

You can listen to Long read several of his recently published poems on Terrain.org:

FIVE POEMS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
BY JOEL LONG

You can also watch him perform his Bite Size poem “Fate of the Animals” from 2009.

Joel Long’s book Winged Insects won the White Pine Press Poetry Prize. Lessons in Disappearance and Knowing Time by Light were published by Blaine Creek Press in 2010.  His chapbooks, Chopin’s Preludes and Saffron Beneath Every Frost were published from Elik Press.  His poems and essays have appeared in Gettysburg ReviewSports Literate, Prairie SchoonerBellingham ReviewRhinoBitter OleanderMassachusetts ReviewTerrain, and Water-Stone Review, among others. He lives in Salt Lake City.

Long visits Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book. 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, February 12, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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.