We 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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: