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.

 

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Where: Pioneer Book – 450 West Center Street, Provo

When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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Rock Canyon Poets road trip! Utah poets performed at Lithic Bookstore & Gallery in Fruita, CO

Several Rock Canyon Poets road tripped to Fruita, Colorado last weekend for poetry writing workshops and a special reading at Lithic Bookstore & Gallery.

While the poets trickled into town on Friday and Saturday, the festivities began with a workshop from Kyle Harvey of Lithic about the poetic line. With the help of some well-known poems, attendees got a different look at how some poets chose to break lines and received some advice for their own work.

Trish Hopkinson also taught a workshop on response poetry. She led people through some of the different types and styles of response poetry. At the end, the attendees had a chance to try their hand at it, and some responded to poets like Maggie Smith, W.B. Yeats, Chen Chen, Paisley Rekdal, and Sandra Beasley.

The event culminated in a reading at Lithic, which was well-attended. Aaron Gates, Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen and Dennis Clark were the featured poets. Colin Douglas, Jack Garcia, Lisa Connors, Shelby Slade and Trish Hopkinson also shared some of their poems. The reading was followed by an open mic and several audience members read.

The Rock Canyon Poets would like to thank Danny and Kyle from Lithic for hosting the event, which provided a wonderful opportunity to learn new things, interact with other poets and share our work. Danny also offered many of the visiting poets a place to stay and graciously opened his home for them.

–by Shelby Slade, photo credits: Leigha

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/

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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.

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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.

PROVO POETRY GROUP CELEBRATES LOCAL BOOK RELEASE on KBYU Eleven News!

Rock Canyon Poets Inspired anthology release party and open mic made the channel eleven news on KBYU! Special thanks to reporter Caroline Belnap for covering our event and to our sponsors who made the workshops and poetry book possible: Pioneer Book and the Utah Humanities Council in conjunction with their Book Festival.

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Rock Canyon Poets reading at the Utah Arts Festival!

Rock Canyon Poets are proud to announce they will be reading poetry at the Big Mouth Stage on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. as literary artists for the Utah Arts Festival.

Arts Fest: Big Mouth Stage, Thursday at 7pm

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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.

The Utah Arts Festival takes place Thursday, June 25 – Sunday, June 28, 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 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.