Chalk the Block Call for Artist

Are you a graphic artist who loves to work with chalk? Would you like a chance to create something for the 2017 Chalk the Block event at the Shops at Riverwoods in Provo? Provo Poetry and Enliten Bakery would like to sponsor an artist for this year’s event and create a beautiful piece of art inspired by and incorporating the work of a local poet. Choose from five poems submitted to Provo Poetry and sketch a proposed chalk painting based on and incorporating your chosen poem (and the name of the poet). This year’s event is September 14th to 16th (with the next weekend as a contingency for rain delays). Send your sketch to with “Chalk the Block” in the subject line by September 7, 2017.

Choose from these poems:



by Laura West


Winds twist violently

through tired branches of our peach

tree, heaving dust of summer.

The cleansing September rain,

for us, cannot come too soon.



by Colin Douglas


“Your poems are querulous.”

So says the woman who leaves the table,

Frowning with disapproval.

Querulous? But she may be right,

And I would prefer to hide in a huckleberry bush,

Feet in the roots, hands extended into the leaves




by Neil Shelley


In the soft shadows,

contractions birth her strength.

Sweat beads upon skin;

he sees a crimson drop fall.

Her work done, the cry anew.




What will you call her?

by Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen


compass of quantum foam

conduit of accommodation


juggler of change

absorber of dereliction


sacredly managed veil

of consecration and sacrifice


architect of light vessels


the girl who chews at obedience

like a leather strap












by Trish Hopkinson


The corpses jump like

jellyfish balloons into

a trailing ocean

of exhausted clouds and sky.

They don’t know they are dying.

Put a Ring on It Writing Contest

This unique writing contest wants you to sell us all on love in order to win a gorgeous $2000 platinum and 18k yellow gold wedding band (men’s size 10/11) AND get published on Speak For Yourself Open Mic’s blog ( AND feature at the open mic. Previously published work is welcome and you can submit multiple pieces for a single entry fee (10 page limit).

This ring loves love. It was created to express undying love and it really wants to get back out into the world doing what it loves most. That’s where you come in. I’m not asking you to make me believe in romantic love again. I already believe. I just haven’t seen evidence of it for a long, long time. What I want you to do is to shore up my hope that romantic love can actually happen in this crazy world of heartbreak and dashed dreams. Tell me your story (or somebody else’s?). Warm my heart. Make me laugh. Make me happy to cry.

Deadline: May 30th

Submit to:

Get Involved in Local Poetry!

Are you a poet/writer or literary arts lover looking to make a difference in your community? Or at least on your resume? Speak for Yourself Open Mic, a grassroots writing community based in Provo, is looking to expand. We have a few volunteer opportunities for people who love reading, writing, need volunteer hours, or just want to contribute to the local arts community (and you don’t have to be a creative type to do it).

Director of Social Media

This position would manage the Speak for Yourself brand on all of our social media outlets. This would include establishing a fun, provocative presence on such platforms as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with weekly posts related to writing and advertising for upcoming events.

Blogmaster/Senior Writer

This position focuses on producing or obtaining content for the Speak for Yourself Open Mic blog and maintaining a contemporary, catchy overall look for the blog.

Features Director

This position coordinates local writers to feature at Speak for Yourself Open Mic and includes duties such as researching and asking local writers, coordinating scheduling, creating fliers to advertise the event, and alerting media outlets about the event. The Features Director would also work with the Blogmaster to create a blog post to archive the event on the Speak for Yourself Open Mic blog.

Open Mic Host

Choose one or two regular nights per month to host the open mic, which includes arriving at 7 pm to set up the microphone and amplifier (training and instructions available), welcoming writers, and emceeing the evening.

How to Apply

Send us a quick email ( with which position you are interested in and a brief bio. Attach a resume if you have one handy.


Come to Speak for Yourself Open Mic at Enliten Bakery on 43 E. Center in Provo on Thursday nights after 7:30pm and ask for Marianne to get more information about these and other opportunities.