Of Poemballs and Provo: Open Mic May 5th – featured in 15 Bytes: Utah’s Art Magazine

HUGE thanks to David G. Pace of 15 Bytes for his thoughtful interview and also to Pioneer Book and the Downtown Provo Art Stroll for supporting poetry and literary arts! This event, Friday, May 5, 2017 from 7 – 9pm, features local slam poets and invites the community to come share their favorite poem or one of their own at the open mic! We’ll also have the Poemball Machine (as featured on KSL) and be giving away a free poetry book of Utah poets to anyone who steps up to the mic.

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Poetry Night at the Provo Art Stroll – Friday, May 5, 7 – 9pm @ Pioneer Book

Provo Poetry is back with Pioneer Book at 450 West Center Street to host a night of community poetry and open mic storytelling. On May 5th, 2017, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, poetry slam performers and the local community will gather together to celebrate spoken word. Those who sign up to read at the open mic will receive a free poetry book of local community poets, donated by the Rock Canyon Poets.

The upcoming Art Stroll is a perfect night to enjoy the charming heart of Provo. Red-brick buildings, kiosks plastered with local flyers, and rows of mom-and-pop shops remind us of our growing town’s pulse. “As we near summer, I long for my walks to Pioneer Book where I’d linger and read behind the shelves. On my way, I liked to stop for a  mouth-watering pastry at Enliten Cafe (the turtle cheesecake is my favorite),” said Fabian Trujillo, a local poet and Provo Poetry volunteer.

These open mics are a unique experience, sometimes breath-taking. Provo Poetry was founded at the beginning of last year by our own Trish Hopkinson and Marianne Hales Harding, two fast-moving poets with the work ethic of honeybees. These two have their hands in other pots and jars as well—including the creation of Provo’s POEMBALL machines. For just a quarter, you can encourage and be a part of the Utah literary art scene. Enjoy a short tidbit from their POEMBALL Machines, available at Pioneer Book or Enliten Bakery & Café. Poems include work from top Utah poets, including Rob Carney, Meg Day, and others. Among these, POEMBALLS also feature local writers who often visit Enliten’s Thursday night creative writing open mics.

Provo Poetry’s mission is to nurture the artistic soul of our small town-city.  To make public the potential of poetry and document the profound way that language stirs our feelings and changes the world–one word at a time.

To learn more, get in touch with Provo Poetry // provopoetry@gmail.com

For all things poetry in Utah County, visit our official website: http://provopoetry.org

Nat’l Poem in Your Pocket Day is tomorrow! –April 27, 2017 #NaPoMo

Tomorrow is Poem-in-your-pocket Day! Go to Pioneer Book or Enliten Cafe to fill your pockets with POEMBALL poems from local Utah poets!

Trish Hopkinson

Participating in National Poem in Your Pocket Day is easy and fun!

Put a poem (your own or one of your favorites) in your pocket today and share it with:

  • friends,
  • family
  • co-workers
  • go to an open mic in your area

Looking for a local poetry slam, open mic, workshop group, or event?

There are plenty of listings online to find a local poetry group or event, such as open mics, readings, poetry slams, poetry societies, and more. Here are some popular listings to get you started.

Official announcement for Poem in Your Pocket Day on Poets.org.

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