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)


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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

Utah poets featured on 90.9 FM KRCL’s Radioactive – 6pm every night this week!

To help celebrate poetry month, KRCL is featuring a different Utah poet every day this week on their Radioactive public affairs program at 6pm on weekdays. Specifically, these poets are Utah county poets and members of the local poetry group Rock Canyon Poets. Tune in for National Poetry Month announcements and to hear the poets read one of their original poems.

Listen one of three ways:

The schedule is as follows:

If you’re not familiar with KRCL, you should check them out. This is not some boring community radio station. They play popular/indie music with no advertisements all day, produce amazing local programming like Radioactive, and bring in great national programs such as The Grateful Dead Hour and Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. They are big supporters of local arts–including poetry.