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.


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

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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.

Make sure to subscribe to 15 Bytes! It’s FREE and they feature artists of Utah, announce art events coming up, have a monthly newsletter, and more. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.