Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, Sept. 12, 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: September 12, 2017

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.

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Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, August 7, 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: August 7, 2017

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.

Inspired reading for blog


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.

Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, July 11, 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: July 11, 2017

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.

Inspired reading for blog


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.

Poetry reading & open mic featuring Laura Stott — Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present Utah favorite Laura Stott!

Sister, mentor, traveler, and poet, teacher, mother. Laura Stott comes and goes in many forms, and each walk of life shapes the way her eye glimpses the world through her words. This upcoming June 13th, Tuesday evening from 6:30pm-8:00pm, Ms. Stott will travel through Pioneer Book as the Rock Canyon Poets host a night of conversation and poetry.

She is an accomplished author with years of experience as a self-sufficient writer. After she earned her MFA in creative writing in 2004, she spent almost a decade’s worth of summers in Skagway, Alaska, traveling back and forth across the continent. Migration, travel, and change echo throughout her debut title, In the Museum of Coming and Going.

“It’s a heart with peace beating at its center as the person around it moves through the world’s chaos,” reads one review, “its feral cats screaming.”

Her latest project is a poetry series titled “Blue Nude”—a work-in-progress collaboration with her visual artist sister, Katheryn Stott.

As well as an English Instructor for Weber State, Ms. Stott also currently serves as a board member of Writers@Work. W@W promotes independent writers of all skill levels. For over thirty years, they’ve held conferences in Utah to help creatives connect to a national community of publishers and editors and agents. For more information visit: https://laurastottpoetry.com and https://writersatwork.org.

Stott 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, June 13, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Open Mic Poetry Reading – Tuesday, Feb. 21, 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: February 21, 2017

(usually the 2nd Tuesday of every month, but had to bump this one due to Valentines Day)

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.

Inspired reading for blog


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.

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.

Inspired reading for blog


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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Poetry double feature & open mic, Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Pioneer Book

Don’t miss two incredible poets: C Dylan Bassett and Elizabeth Cranford Garcia! Both originally studied at BYU and are here visiting from California and Georgia respectively.

Translator and poet, C Dylan Bassett is the author of The Invention of Monsters / Plays for the Theater and five chapbooks. His recent work is published in Black Warrior Review, Boaat, Ninth Letter, Washington Square and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he currently lives in California and teaches Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz.

Elizabeth Cranford Garcia’s work has appeared in Boxcar Poetry Review, Poets and Artists, and Red River Review among others, as well as two anthologies, Fire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets, and Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems. She currently serves as Poetry Editor for Segullah Literary Journal, and is a past editor of The Reach of Song, the anthology for the Georgia Poetry Society. Her first chapbook, Stunt Double, is now available through Finishing Line Press. She spends most of her time being mommy to two toddlers and keeping up with Walking Dead episodes with her husband in Acworth, Georgia.

Bassett and Garcia visit Provo as guests 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, July 12, 2016

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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Poetry Launch Party and Open Mic at Pioneer Book in Provo

Orogeny2_facebookThe Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book announce the launch party of Orogeny, the second collection of poems by local Utah County poets along with an open mic on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm.

Orogeny is the 2nd annual printed anthology by Rock Canyon Poets members. Each contributing poet receives a free copy and 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.

Click here to download a printable flyer.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

What other Utah poets are saying…

“In these pages you’ll find starlings and stars, red rocks and coffee shops, turntables and wishing wells, burritos and razorbacks and reruns of The Sound of Music. In short you’ll find poets dreaming their way onto the page. By dreaming, I mean closing their eyes to see better, opening them to grab up any details they missed. Transformation is their state flower. ‘What if?’ their state song.” – Lance Larsen, Poet Laureate of Utah

“While Orogeny gestures to the spectacular Wasatch Mountains that loom above the Provo home of these nineteen poets, it also points back to origins and myths. In this collection we find a myriad of such stories of beginning (and hints at their endings) ‘folded and deformed by lateral compression to form a mountain range’– from fallen angels to exploding stars, from Eve to Eurydice and the spectacles of carnival or war. These poems lay at fault lines, at places of slipping, subverting, and rising above.” – Michael McLane, editor for saltfront and Sugar House Review

“The poets and poetry in this issues of Orogeny bend and deform the the crust of our shared experiences: loss and longing, joy and beauty, fear and grace. Formal sonnets, oblations, odes, elegies, and lyrics—these poems are the layered sediments of our lives here in the semiarid landscape that we call home. Reading these poems, we recognize ourselves, lone prophets wandering and ranting together in a rocky wilderness.” – Laura Hamblin, Author, The Eyes of a Flounder

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.