Peculiar Poetry Reading at Utah Pride Festival in Salt Lake City, Saturday June 3rd

Our friends over at Peculiar Journal will be hosting a reading from their journal at the Utah Pride Festival this Saturday (June 3rd) at 12:30 pm (schedule) on the Spoken Word Stage.  Peculiar contributors and staff will be reading a selection of works (poetry, fiction, non-fiction) from their journal to help promote and celebrate queer culture in Utah.

Peculiar Team

If you have not had a chance to read or hear the work contributed to this literary journal, you are truly missing out.  High quality, energetic, unique, and life affirming, this is art worthy of celebration.  Give your ears some sweet love this weekend!

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Interested in the Utah Pride Festival for 2017?  Visit the Utah Pride website for more information.



Richie Hofman Poetry Reading at UVU March 8th @ 6pm

On March 8th, 2017, the UVU English Department and the staff of Touchstones magazine will be hosting guest poet Richie Hofman.  Richie will be reading from his collection of poetry, Second Empire.  There will be time after the reading for Q&A as well as some book purchase/signing.  richiehofmannphotocreditdylanstuckeyThe reading will be held on the Utah Valley University Campus in the Classroom Building (CB) in room 513.  Seating is relatively limited (about 50 or so) so please arrive early to guarantee your seat.  You can sample some of Richie’s poetry on his website or pre-purchase his book (see link to Amazon in the bio below).

This reading is the first in what is hoped to be an ongoing series of poetry readings sponsored by the department and Touchstones magazine.  Your participation in key in ensuring the success of future events, so please, join us and show your support for poetry!

Bio – Richie Hofmann is the author of a collection of poems, Second Empire (2015), winner of the 2014 Beatrice Hawley Award.  He is the recipient of second-empirea Pushcart Prize and a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and his poems appear in the New Yorker, Kenyon Review, the New RepublicPloughsharesNew England Review, the New CriterionYale Review, and Poetry. He has been featured in the New York Times Style Magazine, on Poetry Daily, on the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, in the anthology, Best New Poets 2014, and in Poets & Writers Featured Debuts of 2015.  He has received the John Ciardi Scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Peter Taylor Fellowship from Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, the Tennessee Williams Scholarship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a scholarship from the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and the Michael Peich Scholarship from West Chester Poetry Conference. A graduate of the University Professors Program at Boston University and the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars MFA program, he is a doctoral candidate at Emory University, where he has held the Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry. He has also taught summer workshops for the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop and for Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. With Kara van de Graaf, he founded Lightbox, an online educational resource featuring original interviews with poets and materials for classroom use. He lives in Chicago.

2016 Chalk the Block Festival. September 22-24, 2016

chalktheblock.PNGCome out this week and join in celebrating this year’s Chalk the Block Festival! We are pleased to sponsoring artist Claire Hart. Claire will be including the poem Burning Bush from our POEMBALL submissions in her artwork starting on Thursday and completing the piece on Saturday. Bring the whole family out for three days of art, poetry and fun! Come add your own poem or a favorite poem to the sidewalks in the Riverwoods. They will be providing chalk so everyone can participate.

There will be over 300 artists participating in this event. Individuals and teams are welcome to register for the event to reserve specific spots for their art. The Chalk the Block Festival will provide one box of chalk to registered teams/individuals, but participants can provide their own as well. This event is open to the public though you must register to be an artist.

claireA little information about Claire. Claire Hart, is an Art Director for the Advertising Emphasis in the Communications program at BYU. She did a graphic representation of Rob Carney’s “She’s Like the Sky. That Endlessly Beautiful” on the giant chalkboard of BYU’s The Wall restaurant in May 2016. Come see the poetry as well as the other artists at this fundraising event to help children in Utah Valley.

For more information about the event, visit the webpage at The Shops at Riverwoods website (here) or the Chalk the Block FaceBook Page (here).