Dayna Patterson’s Virtual Reading at Provo Open Mic

The founding editor-in-chief of Psaltry & Lyre, Dayna Patterson, will be reading at Provo’s Speak For Yourself Open Mic on Thursday, August 20th but you don’t have to be in Provo to hear her. In fact, she won’t be in Provo either. Due to public health concerns, Speak For Yourself hasn’t met in person since March and has been gathering virtually on the popular conferencing platform Zoom. Patterson will be joining the group this Thursday at 7:30 pm to read from her new book, If Mother Braids a Waterfall.

Respond to the Facebook event at Speak For Yourself Open Mic (https://www.facebook.com/events/627979771188981/) to receive the login information or look for a link the evening of the performance on Facebook (Speak For Yourself Open Mic group) and Instagram (@mariannewriter).

Patterson is the author of Titania in Yellow (Porkbelly Press, 2019) and If Mother Braids a Waterfall (Signature Books, 2020). Her creative work has appeared recently in EcoTheo, Duende, Gulf Coast, and The Carolina Quarterly. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre and a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry. She was a co-winner of the 2019 #DignityNotDetention Poetry Prize judged by Ilya Kaminsky, and she has been a Sustainable Arts Fellow at Mineral School Artists Residency. daynapatterson.com

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

 

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.