This Poetry Moves!

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Earlier this month the students in Ariel Jordan’s Fitness for Life class at Springville’s Merit College Prep Academy helped local poet Dennis Marden Clark craft a poem. Five students (Jacob Swapp, Pablo Sauz, Jordan Swapp, Trevor Parry, and Jenny Miller) competed to decide how to order the lines in the poem that Clark wrote. It was a tight race, with each student running for one particular line while their fellow lovers of literacy cheered them on.

The poem shifted several times as the runners fought for their places but in the end their fleet feet determined the final poem. Click the link below and watch as muscle and determination craft words into poetry! Special thanks to Stephen Kunz for videography and Marvin Payne for the voice over.

ThisPoetryMoves Race!

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Provo Poetry wants your poems! DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2018

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What’s a POEMBALL you ask? Check out our recent press here:

SEND US YOUR POEMS TO SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY 

DEADLINE: September 30, 2018

Provo Poetry Submission Call

Send your short poems to help fill the POEMBALL machines and promote poetry in Utah!

ROUND 5 DEADLINE: September 30, 2018

Technically, we are always open to submissions, so send us poems whenever! The deadlines posted are about a month before we will print a new round of POEMBALLS.

GUIDELINES:

  • Poets must have lived or spent significant time in Utah at some point in their lives. Please tell us where and when in your email.
  • 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.
  • Previously published poems are okay!

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

NUMBER OF POEMS: Send up to ten poems. (We prefer a separate attachment for each poem sent in a single email).

SEND TO: ProvoPoetry@gmail.com

ACCEPTED POEMS: You will be notified via email if your poems are accepted. Accepted poems will be printed up to ten times for distribution into the community in and around Provo. Poets will be accredited for their work on the poems.

Distribution methods may vary. No monetary payment will be provided to poets, but please know your contribution is important and appreciated! The main goal 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.

Provo Poetry 2018 Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all our winners in the first annual Provo Poetry contest! We received over 500 poems! It was difficult whittling them down to the top ten short poems and the top ten micro poems, but we did it! Then we sent those finalists off to our judge Lance Larsen and he selected the winners. We also selected 58 of the contest entered poems to be included in our POEMBALL machines. See the list of winners and finalists below.

Please come help us celebrate with all the finalists for a feature poetry reading at Speak For Yourself Open Mic on Thursday, May 10 at 7:30pm at Enliten Bakery and Café in downtown Provo.

And make sure to watch for the micro poem winners and finalists poems at the Utah Valley Marathon! There poems will be printed on special race bibs for runners to wear during the race coming up on June 9, 2018.

SHORT POEM WINNER OF $100 CASH!

Mike Mortensen for his poem: “The Day’s Manna”

Two honorable mentions receive a $10 gift certificate to Pioneer Book:

Dennis Clark for “Sand-barite rosette”
Rob Carney for “For Your Essay, Define Greatness”

Short Poem Finalists (in no particular order)

Olivia Snow
Michael McLane
MacKenzie Cook
Maurine Haltiner
Susan Foster
David Lindsay
Madalyn McRae Gunnell

MICRO POEM WINNER OF $50 CASH!

Rob Carney for his poem: “Is That What You’re Wearing?”

Two honorable mentions receive a $10 gift certificate to Pioneer Book:

Maurine Haltiner for “Hot August Days”
Susan Foster for “Maestoso”

Short Poem Finalists (in no particular order)

Aiden Deletant
Dennis Clark (2 poems)
Ned Snell
Rob Carney (additional poem)
Steven Duncan
Susan Foster (additional poem)


Want to know more about Provo Poetry? Follow our websiteFacebook, or Twitter. Open mic poetry readings happen the second Tuesday of every month at Pioneer Book. Click here for more information.