2nd Annual Provo Poetry Contest! Winners to be announced in April

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Second Annual Provo Poetry Contest–Cash Prizes!

Thank you for sending your short poems to help promote poetry in Utah! Winners will be announced in April and will be featured at Speak For Yourself Open Mic on April 18th.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2019

ENTRY FEE: Free to enter.

JUDGE: Paisley Rekdal – Utah’s current poet laureate

Paisley Rekdal was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee;  the hybrid photo-text memoir, Intimate; and five books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos; Six Girls Without Pants; The Invention of the Kaleidoscope; Animal Eye, a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize; and Imaginary Vessels, finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Prize and the Washington State Book Award. Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes (2009, 2013), the AWP Creative Nonfiction Prize, and various state arts council awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, the Best American Poetry series (2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018), and on National Public Radio, among others. She teaches at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web project Mapping Salt Lake City. In May 2017, she was named Utah’s Poet Laureate.

PRIZES:

CONTEST GUIDELINES:

  • Poets must have lived or spent significant time in Utah at some point in their lives.
  • Poems must be appropriate for a general audience (rated PG).
  • Provo Poetry is an all-inclusive community. Do not send poems with topics/speech related to hate, shaming, or cultural appropriation.

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

NUMBER OF POEMS: Send up to ten poems.

EMAIL POEMS: Send a single email with a separate attachment for each poem (up to 10 poems attached separately) to provopoetry@gmail.com.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: Previously published poems are permitted.

ACCEPTED POEMS: You will be notified via email if your poems are accepted for inclusion in the POEMBALL machines. POEMBALL machines are located at Pioneer Book and Enliten Bakery and Café in downtown Provo, as well as at KRCL 90.9 FM in Salt Lake City. Poets names will be mentioned on the poems.

Distribution methods may vary. No monetary payment will be provided to poets other than the winners as noted, but please know your contribution is important and appreciated! The key objective of Provo Poetry is to instill the love of poetry within the general community, bring poems to a wider audience, and to support local poets.

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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