Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop

Imagery in poetry helps to provide meaning within the limitations of language. In this workshop, participants learn how to create poems using imagery and metaphor to express ideas in unique and universal ways. Offered annually 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

  • 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. Come ready to write!

Schedule

  • Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at 6pm – Workshop #1
    Imagery talk/discussion, writing exercises
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at 6pm – Workshop #2
    Share and workshop first draft of poems
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at midnight –Poetry submission
    Email up to three poems to rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com for publication in the anthology, preferably poems from the workshop
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at 6pm – Anthology launch party
    Reception, contributors poetry reading, and open mic

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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.

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, 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.

The Daily Herald features Rock Canyon Poets for Nuclear Impact Utah event this Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 pm at Pioneer Book

Big thanks to Court Mann and photographer Dominic Valente for the excellent story and photographs in this Daily Herald article that was published this morning about our upcoming Nuclear Impact Utah event this Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Pioneer Book in Provo.

Nuclear Impact Utah – Poets on the Nuclear West is an event presented by the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, featuring contributors to the new Shabda Press anthology Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands, including Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, Trish Hopkinson, Michael McLane, Amy Brunvand, & C. Wade Bentley. Plus, clips from the film Downwinders and Q&A with filmmakers Tim Skousen & Tyler Bastian. The event begins with a poetry open mic followed by contributor readings and film clips with a brief Q&A with the filmmakers. The event and open mic are open to the general public. No ticket necessary.

Pioneer Book is Utah County’s largest used and rare bookshop, carrying titles in a broad range of fields.

For more information, contact the Rock Canyon Poets, rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/931968596940088/

Nuclear Impact Utah – Poets on the Nuclear West at Pioneer Book on May 9, 2017

Nuclear Impact Utah – Poets on the Nuclear West is an event presented by the Rock Canyon Poets and Pioneer Book, featuring contributors to the new Shabda Press anthology Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands, including Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, Trish Hopkinson, Michael McLane, Amy Brunvand, & C. Wade Bentley. Plus, clips from the film Downwinders and Q&A with filmmakers Tim Skousen & Tyler Bastian. The event begins with a poetry open mic followed by contributor readings and film clips at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Pioneer Book in Provo, followed by a brief Q&A with the filmmakers. The event and open mic are open to the general public. No ticket necessary.

Rock Canyon Poets was co-founded by Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen and Trish Hopkinson in 2015 and 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. The group sponsors poetry readings and an open mic on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Pioneer Book in historic downtown Provo. Membership is by invitation or portfolio submission only.

Pioneer Book is Utah County’s largest used and rare bookshop, carrying titles in a broad range of fields.

For more information, contact the Rock Canyon Poets, rockcanyonpoets@gmail.com.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/931968596940088/

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.

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

 

Inspired: A FREE Community Poetry Writing Workshop

Memories can inspire–and expressing those memories in poetry can help us to remember, save, celebrate, and even heal. A free community poetry writing workshop entitled “Inspired” helps participants create a new poem as a response to a memory using writing prompts and exercises. Offered annually 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.

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Where

Pioneer Book, 450 West Center Provo, Utah 84601

What to Bring

  • Photographs, journals, or other memory reminders (optional)
  • 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. Come ready to write!

Schedule

  • Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 at 6pm – Workshop #1: prompts and craft demonstration, writing exercises
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 at 6pm – Workshop #2: share and workshop first draft of poems
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 at midnight – Final poem submission due for anthology
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 at 6pm – Anthology launch party/reception and poetry reading

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE FLYER

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE BOOK FEST CALENDAR