This Poetry Moves!

ThisPoetryMoves runners

Earlier this month the students in Ariel Jordan’s Fitness for Life class at Springville’s Merit College Prep Academy helped local poet Dennis Marden Clark craft a poem. Five students (Jacob Swapp, Pablo Sauz, Jordan Swapp, Trevor Parry, and Jenny Miller) competed to decide how to order the lines in the poem that Clark wrote. It was a tight race, with each student running for one particular line while their fellow lovers of literacy cheered them on.

The poem shifted several times as the runners fought for their places but in the end their fleet feet determined the final poem. Click the link below and watch as muscle and determination craft words into poetry! Special thanks to Stephen Kunz for videography and Marvin Payne for the voice over.

ThisPoetryMoves Race!

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Provo Poetry wants your poems! DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2018

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What’s a POEMBALL you ask? Check out our recent press here:

SEND US YOUR POEMS TO SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY 

DEADLINE: September 30, 2018

Provo Poetry Submission Call

Send your short poems to help fill the POEMBALL machines and promote poetry in Utah!

ROUND 5 DEADLINE: September 30, 2018

Technically, we are always open to submissions, so send us poems whenever! The deadlines posted are about a month before we will print a new round of POEMBALLS.

GUIDELINES:

  • Poets must have lived or spent significant time in Utah at some point in their lives. Please tell us where and when in your email.
  • Poems must be appropriate for a general audience (rated 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!

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

NUMBER OF POEMS: Send up to ten poems. (We prefer a separate attachment for each poem sent in a single email).

SEND TO: ProvoPoetry@gmail.com

ACCEPTED POEMS: You will be notified via email if your poems are accepted. Accepted poems will be printed up to ten times for distribution into the community in and around Provo. Poets will be accredited for their work on the poems.

Distribution methods may vary. No monetary payment will be provided to poets, but please know your contribution is important and appreciated! The main goal of Provo Poetry is to instill the love of poetry within the general community, bring poems to a wider audience, and to support local poets.

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