Get Involved in Local Poetry!

Are you a poet/writer or literary arts lover looking to make a difference in your community? Or at least on your resume? Speak for Yourself Open Mic, a grassroots writing community based in Provo, is looking to expand. We have a few volunteer opportunities for people who love reading, writing, need volunteer hours, or just want to contribute to the local arts community (and you don’t have to be a creative type to do it).

Director of Social Media

This position would manage the Speak for Yourself brand on all of our social media outlets. This would include establishing a fun, provocative presence on such platforms as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with weekly posts related to writing and advertising for upcoming events.

Blogmaster/Senior Writer

This position focuses on producing or obtaining content for the Speak for Yourself Open Mic blog and maintaining a contemporary, catchy overall look for the blog.

Features Director

This position coordinates local writers to feature at Speak for Yourself Open Mic and includes duties such as researching and asking local writers, coordinating scheduling, creating fliers to advertise the event, and alerting media outlets about the event. The Features Director would also work with the Blogmaster to create a blog post to archive the event on the Speak for Yourself Open Mic blog.

Open Mic Host

Choose one or two regular nights per month to host the open mic, which includes arriving at 7 pm to set up the microphone and amplifier (training and instructions available), welcoming writers, and emceeing the evening.

How to Apply

Send us a quick email ( with which position you are interested in and a brief bio. Attach a resume if you have one handy.


Come to Speak for Yourself Open Mic at Enliten Bakery on 43 E. Center in Provo on Thursday nights after 7:30pm and ask for Marianne to get more information about these and other opportunities.


Saturday Night Slam Series in Provo, September 3, 2016 from 5 – 7pm

snssThe Saturday Night Slam Series in conjunction with the BYU English Society presents the The Final(s) Slam!

Dates vary, but the slams are about once a month and held on campus. Check their Facebook Events page for details. 

The this Saturday Night Slam is September 3, 2016 at 5pm and will be held at The Wall at the Wilkinson Center. 1151 Wilkinson Student Center in Provo.

Entry fee is one original Haiku. 16 people will be randomly selected to present during our intermission.

Poetry performed should be acceptable for a general audience, i.e PG-13. To sign up you can email or contact them via their Facebook page.

The format is slightly different than other slams. Rather than judges holding score cards after each performance, the randomly selected judges keep notes throughout the evening and then meet together at the end (during the head-to-head haiku championship round) to decide the winners.

Submission Call for female/non-binary – The Medusa Collective Zine, DEADLINE: April 15, 2016


The mission of the Medusa Collective “is to support and unite female and non-binary musicians and encourage better gender representation in the Provo music scene.”

For more about the Medusa Collective and what they are up to, you can read this interview with Stephen Cope in Reach Provo.

The Medusa Collective is publishing their second annual zine and is calling all women and non-binary musicians, artists, and writers for their submissions! The theme is bodies and the deadline is April 15th.

They are calling for essays, poems, photographs, digital or illustrated 2-d art, photographed 3-d art, collages, etc. They are also doing a music compilation, so if you have a song that fits with the topic, or want to write one, they are interested in those as well. Some possible topics for both mediums are race, disability, gender, sexuality, trauma, the male gaze, and the infinite intersections of those things. They ask those interested to please keep in mind that genitals don’t equal gender🏽, and if there are triggering things in your written works please write which triggering topics they are at the beginning. 

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DEADLINE: April 15, 2016

NOTES: Local work is preferred, but this call is open worldwide for art and written works in English. Unpublished work is preferred, but if you have a previously published piece which fits the topic well, don’t refrain from submitting as long as you have rights to reprint.


FORMS: essays, poems, photographs, digital or illustrated 2-d art, photographed 3-d art, collages, songs, etc.