Poetry Happens + Book Fest! – Utah October 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the new Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. Each edition will include poetry happenings and other announcements coming up in Utah, with highlights specifically for Utah county. And tune in on KRCL Radioactive the first Wednesday of every month for announcements and feature poet reading!

This month includes a special feature for Utah Humanities Book Festival–a celebration of books and the resulting conversations–with a long list of events all across Utah running from September 14 – October 31.

The 2019 Utah Humanities Book Festival marks 22 years of improving Utah communities through reading, literature, and conversations with authors and each other.

Visit the Book Festival Calendar to see upcoming events. More authors and related events are being added until the book festival begins, so check back often. You can also Download the Printed Program.


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on October 8 with Karen Kelsay Davies and Peter Davies.

Markay Brown’s Planted in a Storm debuts October 26, 2019 in the Orem Library at 2:00 pm. Here is a link to her podcast.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm

Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop registration is open! 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 and workshops are on Tuesday nights on Oct. 1 and 15. To sign-up, email your name and contact information to  rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Seating is limited.

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Cliff Notes Writing Conference in Boulder, UT. Oct. 3 – 6. This year with the 1995-1997 US Poet Laureate, Robert Hass and Utah’s 1st Poet Laureate, David Lee. Our third writer is local favorite from over the mountain, Chip Ward.

Literary Death Match in Ogden at Good Company Theatre, Oct 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm. This years line up includes contestants Laura Stott, Jake Alvey, David Lindes, and Jan Bottiglieri and judges Kara van de Graaf, Molly Gaudry, and Amir Jackson.

Ada Limon in Ogden at the Ogden High School, Oct 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and was named one of the top 5 poetry books of the year by the Washington Post.

City Art Reading Series, typically the first three Wednesdays of every month at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library. Check their Facebook Events page for updates.

Shanan Ballam; Ben Gunsberg in Cedar City at the Artisans Gallery, Oct 9, 2019
6:30 pm.

Star Coulbrooke at the Logan Library, Oct 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Jake Skeets in Taylorsville at Salt Lake Community College, Oct 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Shanan Ballam; Ben Gunsberg in St. George at Dixie State University, Oct 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

Brock Diethier and Shanan Ballam in St. George at Dixie State University, Oct 12, 2019 at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm respectively.

Z.G. Tomaszewski & Laura Stott Rogers in Roy at Weber County Library, Oct 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Sor Juana Awards at the Salt Lake City Public Library, Oct 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

Danielle Dubrasky; Natalie Young in Cedar City at Southern Utah University, Oct 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Diane Williams; Javier Zamora in SLC at Finch Lane Gallery, Oct 17, 2019 at 4:30 pm with an encore performance Oct 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm.

Rob Carney; Tacey Atsitty; Lance Larsen in Sandy at The Printed Garden, Oct 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Diana Delgado; Leticia Hernández Linares in SLC at the Glendale Branch Library, Oct 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Jan Minich; Nancy Takacs at the Logan Library, Oct 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

Sugar Slam every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM. Sugar Slam is excited to bring Brick Cave’s Summer Tour to feature before our first qualifying slam for NPS 2020! Open mic beforehand. Oct. 10.

Haikus, Modernism and Stanton MacDonald-Wright – “Haiga Portfolio” (1965-1966) blends Eastern and Western influences, pairing vibrant modernist paintings with haikus written by some of Japan’s most influential poets. Presented by Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan UT, exhibit runs from August 24 – June 30, 2020. 

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC.

Free Poetry Class – Open to the community and students at Westminster, click here to apply for a free semester poetry class beginning in January 2019 with visiting poet Robin Becker. Deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2019.

ellipsis…literature and art is a nationally and internationally recognized journal published by the students of Westminster College. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019.

Peculiar Journal – Utah-based literary journal for LGBTQ+ writers and artists. Deadline: Dec. 8 2019.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round.

For more national submission calls, visit https://trishhopkinson.com.


If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in our next edition.

Advertisements

Poetry Happens + Book Fest! – Utah September 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the new Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. Each edition will include poetry happenings and other announcements coming up in Utah, with highlights specifically for Utah county. And tune in on KRCL Radioactive the first Wednesday of every month for announcements and feature poet reading!

This month includes a special feature for Utah Humanities Book Festival–a celebration of books and the resulting conversations–with a long list of events all across Utah running from September 14 – October 31.

The 2019 Utah Humanities Book Festival marks 22 years of improving Utah communities through reading, literature, and conversations with authors and each other.

Visit the Book Festival Calendar to see upcoming events. More authors and related events are being added until the book festival begins, so check back often. You can also Download the Printed Program.


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on September 10, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, featuring Michael Lavers.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm

Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop registration is open! 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 and workshops are on Tuesday nights on Oct. 1 and 15. To sign-up, email your name and contact information to  rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com. Seating is limited.

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

City Art Reading Series, typically the first three Wednesdays of every month at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library. Check their Facebook Events page for updates.

  • 9/18 – City Art is pleased to welcome Dan O’Brien and Natalie Young in the Special Collections room of the City Library.
  • 9/25 – City Art is pleased to host poets Mario Chard and Danielle Susi at the Special Collections room of the Salt Lake City Public Library at 7pm.

Sugar Slam every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM. Sugar Slam is excited to bring Brick Cave’s Summer Tour to feature before our first qualifying slam for NPS 2020! Open mic beforehand. Sept. 12.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, Thursday, Sept. 13 from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Haikus, Modernism and Stanton MacDonald-Wright – “Haiga Portfolio” (1965-1966) blends Eastern and Western influences, pairing vibrant modernist paintings with haikus written by some of Japan’s most influential poets. Presented by Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan UT, exhibit runs from August 24 – June 30, 2020. 

Tom Sleigh & Alan Shapiro, Sept. 19, 2019 at 7 PM, Art Barn / Finch Lane Gallery in SLC in conjunction with Book Fest.

Poetry Reading by Camille T. Dungy and Jason Olsen – The Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series, Sept. 24 at 7 PM at Westminster College.

Paisley Rekdal Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal will perform portions of West: A Translation and discuss the research that went into the documentary work at Ogden Union Station on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 PM. West is Rekdal’s new book-length poem about the transcontinental railroad commissioned by the Utah Arts Council and Spike 150. Utah Humanities Book Festival, click here for a full schedule of events through Oct.

Danielle Dubrasky, Sept. 26, 2019 at 7 PM, Logan Library in conjunction with the Book Fest.

Christopher Nelson; Betsy Sholl, Sept. 26, 2019 at 7 PM, Westminster College in conjunction with Book Fest.

Katharine Coles, Sept. 28, 2019 at 4 PM, Desert Hive Supply in Ogden in conjunction with Book Fest.

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC.

Peculiar Journal – Utah-based literary journal for LGBTQ+ writers and artists. Deadline: Dec. 8 2019.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round

Free Poetry Class – Open to the community and students at Westminster, click here to apply for a free semester poetry class beginning in January 2019 with visiting poet Robin Becker. Deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2019.


If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in our next edition.

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 Happens – Utah August 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. Each edition will include poetry happenings and other announcements coming up in Utah, with highlights specifically for Utah county. And tune in on KRCL Radioactive the first Wednesday of every month for announcements and feature poet reading!


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month the feature poet is Kara van de Graff! on August 13, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Recurring Events

Salty Pond Poets meets at the SLCC Community Writing Center
on the 1st and 3rd Mondays, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Sugar Slam for this month features Janae Godfrey! every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, summer edition! This month, Thursday, July 25, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

Events this Month

Antelope Island Spider Fest 2019 – a day full of spider-themed presentations, crafts, guided walks, citizen science, poetry, photography, art and food vendors, and more to learn about these fascinating residents of Antelope Island. Activities start on August 3 at 10am and go until 4pm. No registration required. Park entrance fees apply.

Exploring Writing And Book Forms2-Part Workshop
August 6 & 13 (Tuesday), 6-8 pm.
Let’s play with the possibilities of writing paired with bookmaking. In this 2-part workshop, we’ll explore how the meaning of a piece of writing can be deepened by its physical form. We’ll play with new ways of presenting texts, learn how to make a number of simple but exciting book forms, and workshop your writing.

Everybody Writes Open MicWednesday, August 14 from 7 – 8pm in the main Salt Lake City Library on the 2nd floor. Bring any writing you want to share & listen to local writers and performers share their work.

Art on the TrailsSaturday, Aug. 24th between 3 pm – 6 pm (sign up for tours between 3 pm – 5:00 pm HERE). Pop-up creative performances on the trail that include: Hip Hop, Ballet, Poetry, Jazz, Bluegrass, Spanish Guitar, a Drum-line, and more! McLeod Creek Trail between Copper Moose Farm and Temple Har Shalom in Park City. The tour begins at Copper Moose Farm at 1285 Old Ranch Rd, Park City, UT 84098. Click here for Directions. 

The Quills Conference – August 22 – 24, 2019 at the Marriott University Park Hotel. This three-day event is packed with presentations and panels on poetry, prose and screenwriting. Conference ticket options can include meals where keynote addresses can be heard or skip the meals and eat on your own to save on costs.

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC. Open to submissions year-round

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the September/October 2019 issue is “Harvest,” and the deadline is Aug. 6. The theme for the November/December 2019 issue is “Holidays,” and the deadline is Sept. 1.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round


If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in our next edition.

Poetry Happens – Utah July 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. Each edition will include poetry happenings and other announcements coming up in Utah, with highlights specifically for Utah county. And tune in on KRCL Radioactive the first Wednesday of every month for announcements and feature poet reading!


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on July 9, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm

Poetry Night at Peace on Earth Coffee in Provo – July 11 @ 6:30pm

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Recurring Events

Salty Pond Poets meets at the SLCC Community Writing Center
on the 1st and 3rd Mondays, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Sugar Slam for this month features Janae Godfrey! every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, summer edition! This month, Thursday, July 25, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

Events this Month

Booked on 25th and Ogden Pride are excited to be hosting the 4th Annual Ogden Pride Poetry Contest – Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2 PM – 3 PM at Booked on 25th.

Western Musician Brenn Hill and Cowboy Poet Andy Nelson will perform in concert at 7 p.m. July 16, 2019 at Ogden Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave. in Ogden. The two are renowned artists in the western and cowboy culture and are sure to draw a crowd. (More on Cowboy Poetry happenings here: https://blog.cowboypoetry.com)

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Peculiar Journal – Utah-based literary journal for LGBTQ+ writers and artists. Deadline Extended: July 7, 2019.

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC. Open to submissions year round

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the September/October 2019 issue is “Harvest,” and the deadline hasn’t been posted yet, submit soon! 

Sugar House ReviewDeadline: July 31, 2019

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round


If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in our next edition.

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


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 Happens – Utah June 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. Each edition will include poetry happenings and other announcements coming up in Utah, with highlights specifically for Utah county. And tune in on KRCL Radioactive the first Wednesday of every month for announcements and feature poet reading!


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on June 11, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Recurring Events

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month: This month, Thursday, June 27, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

Events this Month

WordFest at the Utah Arts Festival!

Don’t miss four days of poetry, slam poetry, cowboy poetry, fiction, non-fiction, storytelling, writing workshops, the IronPen competition and of course, so much art!

Poetry Slams

Back by popular demand, the Poetry Slam competitions are back with team and indie slams and expand to include a high school slam featuring winners of the Utah State High School Championship.

Women Who Rock Day

New this year, we’re hosting Women Who Rock Day on Friday at the Big Mouth Stage, featuring several women performers, including poet Star Coulbrooke, authors Nan Seymour and Beatrice Washburn, cowboy poets JoLynne Kirkwood and Sam DeLeuuw, and storyteller Lynn Wing.

Cowboy Poets

Some of the state’s most well-known and loved cowboy poets, including C.R. Wood who is considered the patriarch of cowboy poetry in many circles, Sam DeLeeuw, and more. Plus, be sure to catch 15-year-old cowboy poet, Thatch Elmer.

WordFest in the Kids Art Yard

Insects love poetry! Come learn how to write a short poem about your favorite bug and display it in the Kids Art Yard. Ladybugs and spiders, bees and centipedes, oh my! 1:00 – 4:00pm each day of the festival courtesy of Rock Canyon Poets.

Poemballs

For only 25 cents, get a poem from well-known Utah poets, including our poet laureates.

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC.

7th Annual Sor Juana Prize for Poems and Short Stories in Spanish – $100 in cash prizes will be awarded for two poems and two short stories written in Spanish in two categories (8 prizes in total). Deadline is May 20, 2019.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round


If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in our next edition.

Poetry Happens – Utah May 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. Each edition will include poetry happenings and other announcements coming up in Utah, with highlights specifically for Utah county. And tune in on KRCL Radioactive the first Wednesday of every month for announcements and feature poet reading!


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on May 14, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Recurring Events

Trish Hopkinson and Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, co-founders of Rock Canyon Poets will be reading at City Art Reading Series, Wednesday, May 1 at 7pm. Check their Facebook page for event announcements.

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month: This month, Thursday, May 23, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

Events this Month

Field Work: Aligning Poetry and Science – Bee Party – Join former Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles and USU etymologist Diana Cox-Foster for a buzzworthy evening. With bee themed poetry, bee facts, and a look at the Library’s bee hives. May 2 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 East, 400 South, Salt Lake City. 

LEAP into Science and Poetry – Parents and children ages 5-12, to help kids understand how to think like poets and scientists. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm at the Marmalade Library Branch, 280 W 500 N, Salt Lake City.

Antelope Island’s Cowboy Legends 2019 – Antelope Island’s famous cowboy poetry and western music gathering. Presented by Friends of Antelope Island and Western Music Association. Antelope Island State Park at Fielding Garr Ranch, 4528 West 1700 South, Syracuse, UT 84075. For more information, e-mail caldrich@utah.gov. Dates: 5/24/2019, 5/25/2019, 5/26/2019, 5/27/2019 at 9am.

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC.

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the July/August 2019 issue is “Independence,” and the deadline is May 6, 2019. 

7th Annual Sor Juana Prize for Poems and Short Stories in Spanish – $100 in cash prizes will be awarded for two poems and two short stories written in Spanish in two categories (8 prizes in total). Deadline is May 20, 2019.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round


If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in our next edition.

Poetry Happens – Utah April 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. Each edition will include poetry happenings and other announcements coming up in Utah, with highlights specifically for Utah county. And tune in on KRCL Radioactive the first Wednesday of every month for announcements and feature poet reading!


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on April 9, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm featuring Fish Burton!

2nd Annual Provo Poetry Contest awards and open mic – Winners will be announced in April and will be featured at Speak For Yourself Open Mic on April 18th. Speak for Yourself Open Mic is a weekly creative writing open mic held at Enliten Cafe (43 E Center Street, Provo) Thursday nights. Sign up starts at 7 pm and the readings start around 7:30 pm (come early to grab a table and your favorite slot on the list of readers).

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

Recurring Events

City Art Reading Series, typically first three Wednesdays of every month during the school year at 7 PM at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library. Check their Facebook page for event announcements. This month on 4/10 Richard Robbins and Rob Carney!

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month: Thursday, March 14 & 28, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

Events this Month

NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) – April is National Poetry Month! Join the CWC for a workshop series that celebrates poetry in all its glory! We’ll explore various genres of poetry, learn to compose poems, and practice revising and sharing our work. Saturdays, April 6 – 27 from 1pm – 3pm. SLCC Community Writing Center, 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City.

Poetry Workshop – from all the borders of itself, / burst like a star: making poems from objects. Join Lisa Bickmore for an afternoon exploring and drawing inspiration from the riches of the Museum in this poetry writing workshop. Sunday, April 7, 2019 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Natural History Museum of Utah | Naturalist Lab

Poetry Workshops – In celebration of the Sor Juana Prize for poetry and prose in Spanish. Artes de Mexico en Utah presents a series of three poetry workshops in Spanish. Apr 9, 2019 at 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm (Tue), Community Writing Center, Library Square, 200 East 400 South, Salt Lake City.

Poetry Month Poetry Walk – Celebrate this unique literary art with a stroll through the Garden to find eleven poetry boxes featuring poems written by winners of our Spring Poetry Contest. Apr 11, 2019 at 09:00 am – 07:00 pm (Thu), Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City.

READ LOCAL Onsite: Featuring Trish Hopkinson & Jennifer Tonge – A collaboration between Salt Lake City Arts Council and 15 Bytes with support from Utah Humanities, READ LOCAL Onsite pairs emerging local writers with established writers for a reading and discussion of their work. Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM, Finch Lane Gallery, 54 Finch Lane, Salt Lake City.

2019 UTSPS April Awards Festival – UTSPS will hold our 2019 April Awards Festival on Friday & Saturday April 12-13 at the Provo Courtyard by Marriott, 1600 N. Freedom Blvd (200 W), Provo, UT 84604. The festival will start in the late afternoon on Friday and conclude late afternoon on Saturday. The keynote speaker and workshop leader will be Aaron Abeyta, professor of English at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Download and print the Spring Festival registration form.

LEAP into Science and Poetry – Parents and children ages 5-12, to help kids understand how to think like poets and scientists. Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Foothill Library Branch, 1135 S 2100 E, Salt Lake City.

Native Sustenance poetry reading – Cynthia Wilson, Traditional Foods Program Expert from Utah Diné Bikéyah, Orlando White, Poet and Professor at Diné College, and Lisbeth Louderback, NHMU’s Curator of Archaeology. No ticket necessary. Open to the public. Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 7:00pm, Marmalade Branch Library | 280 W 500 N, Salt Lake City.

Cowboy Poetry Week – Cowboy poetry and music with Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Greg Harwood, and Kenny Hall Open to all 7:00 pm April 21 – 27, North Sevier High School Library, 350 W 400 N. Salina, Utah.

SLC Poetry Slam Finals feat. Desiree Dallagiacomo – The best performance poets in Salt Lake compete for a spot on the Salt City Slam team, which took 4th in the nation at last year’s National Poetry Slam. Apr 22, 2019 at 07:00 pm (Mon), Athena Coffee & Bistro, 111 West 9000 South, Sandy.

Osher Poetry Reading: Rob Carney – “Poems from 88 Maps and The Book of Sharks” You’ll hear about oceans and firestorms, sharks and coyotes, an entomologist, and a man who grows Bird Trees. Mon Apr 22 2019 at 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm, Commanders House, 1965 Detrobriand St, Salt Lake City.

Reading by Adam Tavel & Debut of Westminster’s Literary Magazine, ellipsis… literature and art – Free readings begin at 7:00 pm in the Kim Adamson Alumni House at Westminster College and are followed by book signings and receptions. Apr 26, 2019 at 07:00 pm (Fri), Kim Adamson Alumni House – Westminster College, 1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City.

Utah Poetry Festival – Free and open to the public. Lunch and evening reception are included. Includes panels, readings, performances, a reception, and book signing. April 27 from 10am – 6pm, Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. To register, email cc0709@westminstercollege.edu by April 17.

The Poetry of Field Journals Workshop Series – Natural History Museum of Utah invites you to discover the beauty and poetry of field journals in this four-part series. Guests must register for all four programs. All materials included. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Space is limited. Saturdays April 27 – May 18, 10am – 12pm.

Day of the Child — Día del Niño – Participating partners and activities include the Las Aguilitas children’s mariachi band, Ballet Folklorico de la Esperanza folk dancers, Spanish poetry and storytelling, a piñata workshop with Artes de Mexico en Utah, piñata cookies, face painting, skeleton dancers, a children’s exhibit of Maya art from Arte Primero, and more! Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 10:00am to 5:00pm, Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC.

2019 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize – Honoring the memory of a celebrated poet and a beloved teacher, the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry is awarded annually and is sponsored by The University of Utah Press and The University of Utah Department of English. $1,000 Cash Prize and Publication; Reading in The University of Utah’s Guest Writers Series. Deadline for manuscripts 48 – 100 pages is April 15, 2019.

Quarterly West – open for submissions until April 30, 2019.

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the July/August 2019 issue is “Independence,” and the deadline is May 1, 2019. 

7th Annual Sor Juana Prize for Poems and Short Stories in Spanish – $100 in cash prizes will be awarded for two poems and two short stories written in Spanish in two categories (8 prizes in total). Deadline is May 20, 2019.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round


If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in our next edition.

Poetry Happens – Utah March 2019 events and calls

Welcome to the Utah monthly edition of Poetry Happens, brought to you by Rock Canyon Poets. Each edition will include poetry happenings and other announcements coming up in Utah, with highlights specifically for Utah county. And tune in on KRCL Radioactive the first Wednesday of every month for announcements and feature poet reading!


UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah County

Rock Canyon Poets poetry reading & open mic every 2nd Tuesday at Pioneer Book in Provo, this month on March 12, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm featuring Nancy Takacs and Jan Minich!

Saturday Night Slam Series, check their Facebook page for monthly dates, from 7 – 9 PM at the BYU Wilkinson Student Center in Provo

Every Thursday – Speak for Yourself spoken word open mic at Enliten Cafe in Provo, at 7:30 pm

UPCOMING EVENTS for Utah 

City Art Reading Series, typically first three Wednesdays of every month during the school year at 7 PM at the Salt Lake City Downtown Library. Check their Facebook page for event announcements. This month on 3/13 Rock Canyon Poets members Trish Hopkinson and Tacey Atsitty!

Sugar Slam, every 2nd Thursday at Watchtower Cafe in SLC at 8 PM.

Helicon West open mic for poets and writers, the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month: Thursday, March 14 & 28, from 7 – 9 PM at Logan Library.

Salt City Slam – last Monday of every month at 8:00 pm at Vertical Diner in Salt Lake City.

LEAP into Science and Poetry – Parents and children ages 5-12, to help kids understand how to think like poets and scientists. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm at the Chapman Library Branch, 577 S 900 W, Salt Lake City.

Jacqueline Osherow | My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple – poetry reading and book signing. Thursday, March 21, 2019 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm at The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City.

Visual Poetry Series workshop – A series of three standalone workshops to take poetry into the visual medium. Saturdays, March 9, 16 & 23 from 11am – 1pm at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City.

Slam Poetry workshop – local poet RJ Walker leads a workshop on slam poetry. Learn how to compose poetry with its spoken performance in mind as well get tips on performing in public. Cost: $20. Wednesdays, March 20 & 27 from 6 – 8pm at SLCC Community Writing Center in Salt Lake City.

CALLS FOR POEMS (Utah-based)

Provo Poetry POEMBALL Machine – Send in up to 10 short poems to be included in the POEMBALL Machines in Provo and SLC.

Utah Life Magazine – The theme for the July/August 2019 issue is “Independence,” and the deadline is May 1, 2019. 

Quarterly West – open for submissions until April 30, 2019.

Western Humanities Review – open to submissions year round


If you have an event or announcement related to poetry in Utah, please contact us here and we will include it in our next edition.