POEMBALL Machine Launch at 90.9 FM KRCL this Wednesday, August 1, 2018

poemballs.jpgWe are excited to announce the placement of our third POEMBALL machine! The new POEMBALL machine will be housed inside community radio station 90.9 FM KRCL at 1971 West North Temple in Salt Lake City. We’re very grateful to KRCL’s RadioActive community affairs program and host Lara Jones for their continued support of the literary arts and poetry here in Utah. Listen in the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm for an update on all the poetry events and happenings in Utah coming up. Poetry Happens is a monthly feature on KRCL’s RadioActive provided by Rock Canyon Poets‘ co-founder Trish Hopkinson, and includes poems read on air by Utah poets!

If you are not familiar with the history of the POEMBALL, here’s a little background. The first machine was released for Poetry Month in April 2016 at Enliten Bakery and Café in Provo and was featured by KSL news and Salt Lake City Weekly. The POEMBALL Machine includes poems from many local poets, often found at Enliten Bakery and Café for the Thursday night creative writing open mic, as well as many well-known Utah poets, including poet laureates Paisley Rekdal, Lance Larsen, and Katharine Coles, not to mention Michael McLane, Rob Carney, Star Coulbrooke, Meg Day, Kimberly Johnson, Laura Hamblin and others.

Special thanks to Michael McLane and Utah Humanities for helping us get this project off the ground back in 2016. Since then, it’s become self-sustaining and helped so much in our mission to bring poems to a wider audience, support local poets, and promote poetry in general.

AND… We’re always looking for more poems to put in the machine!

Send your short poems to help promote poetry in Utah! Submission guidelines are as follows:

GUIDELINES:

  • Poets must have lived or spent time in Utah.
  • Poems must be appropriate for general audiences (PG).
  • Provo Poetry is an all-inclusive community. Do not send poems with topics/speech related to hate, shaming, or cultural appropriation.
  • Previously published poems are okay.
  • Email each poem as a separate attachment or Google doc link to provopoetry@gmail.com

POEM LENGTH: Short poems of about 20 lines or less.

NUMBER OF POEMS: Send up to ten poems.

Would you like to learn more about this event or the purpose of the POEMBALLS? Please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Web: https://provopoetry.org

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF4_pUI0FV7q6Hk28Z_m4Ow

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/provopoetry

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProvoPoetry

Email: provopoetry@gmail.com

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Provo Poetry 2018 Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all our winners in the first annual Provo Poetry contest! We received over 500 poems! It was difficult whittling them down to the top ten short poems and the top ten micro poems, but we did it! Then we sent those finalists off to our judge Lance Larsen and he selected the winners. We also selected 58 of the contest entered poems to be included in our POEMBALL machines. See the list of winners and finalists below.

Please come help us celebrate with all the finalists for a feature poetry reading at Speak For Yourself Open Mic on Thursday, May 10 at 7:30pm at Enliten Bakery and Café in downtown Provo.

And make sure to watch for the micro poem winners and finalists poems at the Utah Valley Marathon! There poems will be printed on special race bibs for runners to wear during the race coming up on June 9, 2018.

SHORT POEM WINNER OF $100 CASH!

Mike Mortensen for his poem: “The Day’s Manna”

Two honorable mentions receive a $10 gift certificate to Pioneer Book:

Dennis Clark for “Sand-barite rosette”
Rob Carney for “For Your Essay, Define Greatness”

Short Poem Finalists (in no particular order)

Olivia Snow
Michael McLane
MacKenzie Cook
Maurine Haltiner
Susan Foster
David Lindsay
Madalyn McRae Gunnell

MICRO POEM WINNER OF $50 CASH!

Rob Carney for his poem: “Is That What You’re Wearing?”

Two honorable mentions receive a $10 gift certificate to Pioneer Book:

Maurine Haltiner for “Hot August Days”
Susan Foster for “Maestoso”

Short Poem Finalists (in no particular order)

Aiden Deletant
Dennis Clark (2 poems)
Ned Snell
Rob Carney (additional poem)
Steven Duncan
Susan Foster (additional poem)


Want to know more about Provo Poetry? Follow our websiteFacebook, or Twitter. Open mic poetry readings happen the second Tuesday of every month at Pioneer Book. Click here for more information.

Sidewalk Poetry for the Provo Art Stroll – Friday, May 4, 7 – 9pm @ Pioneer Book

Sidewalk Poetry is back with Provo Poetry at Pioneer Book at 450 West Center Street to host a night of community poetry and open mic storytelling. On Friday. May 4th, 2018, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, poetry slam performers and the local community will gather together to celebrate spoken word. Those who sign up to read at the open mic will receive a free poetry book of local community poets, donated by the Rock Canyon Poets.

The upcoming Art Stroll is a perfect night to enjoy the charming heart of Provo. Red-brick buildings, kiosks plastered with local flyers, and rows of mom-and-pop shops remind us of our growing town’s pulse. “As we near summer, I long for my walks to Pioneer Book where I’d linger and read behind the shelves. On my way, I liked to stop for a  mouth-watering pastry at Enliten Cafe (the turtle cheesecake is my favorite),” said Fabian Trujillo, a local poet and Provo Poetry volunteer.

These open mics are a unique experience, sometimes breath-taking. Provo Poetry was founded at the beginning of last year by our own Trish Hopkinson and Marianne Hales Harding, two fast-moving poets with the work ethic of honeybees. These two have their hands in other pots and jars as well—including the creation of Provo’s POEMBALL machines. For just a quarter, you can encourage and be a part of the Utah literary art scene. Enjoy a short tidbit from their POEMBALL Machines, available at Pioneer Book or Enliten Bakery & Café. Poems include work from top Utah poets, including Rob Carney, Meg Day, and others. Among these, POEMBALLS also feature local writers who often visit Enliten’s Thursday night creative writing open mics.

Provo Poetry’s mission is to nurture the artistic soul of our small town-city.  To make public the potential of poetry and document the profound way that language stirs our feelings and changes the world–one word at a time.

To learn more, get in touch with Provo Poetry // provopoetry@gmail.com

For all things poetry in Utah County, visit our official website: http://provopoetry.org