Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry reading – Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 6:30pm

Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are pleased to present a poetry reading featuring Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry! Contributing poets will be reading their poems from the collection. The event begins at 6:30pm and runs until 8:00pm.

Dove Song is an anthology of poetry and art centered on the Mormon concept of Heavenly Mother edited by Tyler Chadwick, Dayna Patterson, and Martin Pulido. It includes 138 poems from almost 80 poets from the early church to the late 20th century to today. It was released by Peculiar Pages in April 2018.

“This anthology is a shattering summary of poetic revelation, feminist theology, and Mormon history about our Mother God. Over seventy poets speak across time from 1844-2017, describing their visions and yearnings for the divine feminine, like soul mates through the veil. They begin in 1844 with W.W. Phelps, Eliza R. Snow, and Lula Greene Richards in 1899, then disappear from the fin de siècle to the 1970s when Carol Lynn Pearson and Linda Sillitoe sing our Mother back. Like holy scribes, these poets persist, wondering and writing in the wilderness, seeking a promised land where God is home.” —Maxine Hanks

Dove Song is unique in the canon of Mormon literature. And uniquely important. Not only is it a work of fine art, a carefully arranged series of poems that the poets have used their finest skill and training to create, but it is a work of history, a work of inspiration, and a sacred record of many individuals’ spiritual quest for additional revealed knowledge about Mother in Heaven.” —Susan Elizabeth Howe

“She used to be a rumor. She used to be the one not to be named. We listened so hard at the edges of the conversation to hear anything—any detail, any dropped syllable. But thanks to the work of the visionary writers and editors who crafted Dove Song the Mormon concept of a Heavenly Mother now has so much presence! So many words! May we never lose her again.” —Joanna Brooks

Dove Song poets visit Pioneer Book as a guest of the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book. The reading is 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: Monday, July 23, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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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.

Lisa Bickmore poetry reading in SLC – Mar. 6, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Kimberly Johnson is curating a brief reading series for the Tanner Humanities Canter at the University of Utah. Please mark your calendars for the first event in the series:

Lisa Bickmore
March 6, 2018
7:30 pm
Jewel Box Conference Room

Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities BLDG
215 S Central Campus Dr., Rm 110
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Please share! All are welcome!

Born in Dover, Delaware, Lisa Bickmore grew up living all over the United States and in Japan. She is the author of two books of poems: flicker, which won the 2014 Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press; and Haste (Signature Books, 1994). Her third book, Ephemerist, was published Red Mountain Press in June 2017.

Her poetry, scholarship, and video work have been published in Glass: A Journal of Poetry; Tar River Poetry; Sugar House Review; SouthWordCaketrain; Hunger Mountain Review; Terrain.orgBite Size Poems project (Utah Arts Council); Quarterly West; The MothMappingSLC.orgFire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets; and elsewhere. In 2015, her poem ‘Eidolon’ was awarded the Ballymaloe International Poetry Award.

She earned a B.A. and an M.A. from Brigham Young University. Currently, she is a Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College, where she was the recipient of the SLCC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award in 2006. She teaches writing of all sorts, as well as publication studies, and is one of the founders of the SLCC Publication Center.

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.

 

Click here to download a printable flyer.

Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, November 14, 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/.

Click here for the Facebook event page.

Where: Enliten Bakery and Cafe

43 East Center Street, Provo

When: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

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 23, 2017 from 2:00 to 2:30 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 2pm

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 22 – Sunday, June 25, 2015, 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 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

Poetry reading & open mic featuring Rob Carney — Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017 @ 6:30pm

carneyflyerRock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book are please to present local favorite & UVU professor Rob Carney!

Rob Carney is a poet and professor at Utah Valley University. His fourth book 88 Maps was just released by Lost Horse Press (distribution by University of Washington Press). Read the detailed review by Julie Marie Wade on The Rumpus here. Other books and chapbooks include Story Problems and Weather Report, from Somondoco Press. You can also read his poetry in Terrain.org: 4th Annual Contest Winner and Issue 30. And listen to a new radio interview with Rob Carney.

Carney 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, March 14, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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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Poetry reading from her new book Rain Scald by Tacey M. Atsitty – Monday, June 6 at 7pm in Provo

We are thrilled to have one of the original Rock Canyon Poets Tacey M. Atsitty back in town to read from her new book of poems Rain Scald, this Monday at 7pm at the Education in Zion Auditorium B192 JFSB (Joseph F Smith Building) on BYU campus in Provo. You can park in the visitor parking near the BYU art museum and the JFSB is west of the library. Don’t miss this amazing event!

You can read more about Atsitty on her web site and read some of her poems published online by Drunken Boat.

tacey

Tacey M. Atsitty, Diné, is Tsénahabiłnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta’neeszahnii
(Tangle People) from Cove, AZ. She is a recipient of the Truman Capote Creative
Writing Fellowship, the Corson-Browning Poetry Prize, and Morning Star Creative
Writing Award. She holds bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University and the
Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell
University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Kenyon
Review Online, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, New Poets of the American West
Anthology, and other publications. Her first book is Rain Scald (UNM Press, 2017). She
currently teaches at San Juan College.