Talking Poetry on the I See You Podcast

This week on the popular podcast “I See You” with Julie Lee, Provo Poetry co-founder Marianne Hales Harding speaks of the impact of a compassionate poetry community and why she feels having an open mic in Provo is important to writers and “I’m not really a writer”s alike.

“From the first time I talked with Julie about her podcast and its mission, I knew our work was aligned. Poetry is all about connections!” Marianne said when asked about the experience of being interviewed on the podcast. The podcast looks at the issues of depression and suicide, which resonates with many writers, but also focuses specifically on how being compassionate and truly seeing each other makes a difference for not only people struggling with depression but for everyone on the planet.

Listen to Marianne’s interview “Speak For Yourself” and 51 other fantastic episodes at I See You Podcast

 

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Winners!

78 Utah poets entered our Second Annual Poetry Contest, providing us with hundreds of potential poemballs! While the new wave of poemballs is still forthcoming, Paisley Rekdal has already chosen the winners for our poetry contest.

First prize goes to Amy Brunvand for her poem “Dear Bonneville Cutthroat.” Second prize goes to Tacey Atsitty’s “Lacing IX,” with Steven Duncan’s “Pest Control” as runner up.

Thank you to all poets for sharing your work with us! We loved reading your poems. Special thanks to our judge, Paisley Rekdal, and to Lisa Connors for her work in facilitating the contest.

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!