POEMBALL Machine Launch at 90.9 FM KRCL this Wednesday, August 1, 2018

poemballs.jpgWe are excited to announce the placement of our third POEMBALL machine! The new POEMBALL machine will be housed inside community radio station 90.9 FM KRCL at 1971 West North Temple in Salt Lake City. We’re very grateful to KRCL’s RadioActive community affairs program and host Lara Jones for their continued support of the literary arts and poetry here in Utah. Listen in the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm for an update on all the poetry events and happenings in Utah coming up. Poetry Happens is a monthly feature on KRCL’s RadioActive provided by Rock Canyon Poets‘ co-founder Trish Hopkinson, and includes poems read on air by Utah poets!

If you are not familiar with the history of the POEMBALL, here’s a little background. The first machine was released for Poetry Month in April 2016 at Enliten Bakery and Café in Provo and was featured by KSL news and Salt Lake City Weekly. The POEMBALL Machine includes poems from many local poets, often found at Enliten Bakery and Café for the Thursday night creative writing open mic, as well as many well-known Utah poets, including poet laureates Paisley Rekdal, Lance Larsen, and Katharine Coles, not to mention Michael McLane, Rob Carney, Star Coulbrooke, Meg Day, Kimberly Johnson, Laura Hamblin and others.

Special thanks to Michael McLane and Utah Humanities for helping us get this project off the ground back in 2016. Since then, it’s become self-sustaining and helped so much in our mission to bring poems to a wider audience, support local poets, and promote poetry in general.

AND… We’re always looking for more poems to put in the machine!

Send your short poems to help promote poetry in Utah! Submission guidelines are as follows:

GUIDELINES:

  • Poets must have lived or spent time in Utah.
  • Poems must be appropriate for general audiences (PG).
  • Provo Poetry is an all-inclusive community. Do not send poems with topics/speech related to hate, shaming, or cultural appropriation.
  • Previously published poems are okay.
  • Email each poem as a separate attachment or Google doc link to provopoetry@gmail.com

POEM LENGTH: Short poems of about 20 lines or less.

NUMBER OF POEMS: Send up to ten poems.

Would you like to learn more about this event or the purpose of the POEMBALLS? Please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Web: https://provopoetry.org

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF4_pUI0FV7q6Hk28Z_m4Ow

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/provopoetry

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProvoPoetry

Email: provopoetry@gmail.com

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FREE Poetry Contest – Utah Life Magazine, DEADLINE: May 1, 2018

Utah Life Magazine  debuted in March 2018. Every issue features poetry from around the state of Utah. Each issue’s poetry will be selected based on a theme. The theme for the July/August 2018 issue is “Summer Wildlife,” and the deadline is May 1, 2018.  “We look for poems that reveal the many facets of life in Utah. We don’t have a limit on style or number of lines (though poems usually range between three and twenty lines). There is also no limit to the number of poems per submission. Poems are printed to coincide with a theme announced in previous issues. Original work is preferred, though occasionally work published previously in anthologies, books or other sources may be considered.”

UPCOMING THEMES AND DEADLINES

July/August 2018

Theme: “Summer Wildlife”

Deadline: May 1, 2017

This is a wonderful opportunity for poets of all experience levels. Make sure to read the submission guidelines carefully.


Click here to read submission guidelines

ENTRY FEE: None

PRIZE: Publication and copy of the issue

FORMS: Poetry

NOTES: Original work is preferred, though occasionally work published previously in anthologies, books or other sources may be considered.

An Evening of Love and Loss

The Urban Room at the Salt Lake Public Library Main Branch was buzzing on Valentine’s Day. City Art, as part of the City Art Reading Series, presented an Evening of Love and Loss, featuring an A-list of the Wasatch Front’s favorite poets. Seriously, there was something for everyone and the room was packed with students, poets, and poetry enthusiasts. The format was for each poet to read a poem of love or loss from another writer and then to read one or more of their own as well. Most of the poets stuck to this format, and their choice of which poet to read and whether to read about love or loss was telling – a little extra peek into the minds of these people we’ve all come to know and appreciate.

Lisa Bickmore started the evening on a pensive note with Robert Lowell’s poem “Will Not Come Back.” She followed it up with an old favorite about loss those of us familiar with her work were happy to hear again. Joel Long read “Flying Home” by Galway Kinnell. He read about both love and loss in “Ghosts of Love” and “Kissing Lisa Hill,” which was a tender tale about awkward teens. Rob Carney memorized his presentation of Brent Cunningham’s “The Pyromaniac and the Gas Station Girl” and his own “How to Have a Campfire.” Abraham Smith, always dynamic, read so fast that one poem ran into another; his voice rose, filling the space, so much so that representatives from the meeting room next door just had to come find out what was going on. He read John Keats’ “The Living Hand” and a few of his own. Laura Scott chose WB Yates’ “Clothes of Heaven” and a tanka by Izumi Shikibu. Her own poem was about a devastating loss, a miscarriage – grieving for her own lost child, her voice trembling with emotion. The whole room had to take a deep breath after that one. Natasha Saje selected Bill Olsen’s “Loon,” and then read “Q” from her own collection, which was inspired by Pablo Neruda’s “Question.” Katherine Coles, former Utah Poet Laureate, read Emily Dickenson’s #277 from her facsimile and envelope poems (which you really should check out – for a peek into the process of this well-known poet.) Katherine’s poem, “February 14th,” described her husband’s frustration with the snow, because he knows there’s early spring flowers blooming under there. After her poem, “Stranger and Stranger,” we were left with the knowledge that all love is odd, and that’s OK, really. She also read from what she referred to her recent series of “annoyed” poems. Finally, Lance Larsen, also a former Utah Poet Laureate, began with Margaret Atwood’s anti-valentine poem, “You Fit into Me.” He read Linda Grey’s “Growing Up.” His own selections were wry, tongue in cheek works like “Sad Jar of Atoms” and “Elegy with Bra and Peppermints, 1969,” wrapping the evening up on a lighter note.

City Art events are free and open to the public. City Art is sponsored by the Utah Arts Council, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, Zoo, Arts, and Parks, X-mission, and audience donations.

–by Lisa Connors