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)


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Feature poet Katie Manning @ SFYS Open Mic in Provo – Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

Provo Poetry and Speak for Yourself Open Mic are pleased to present feature poet Katie Manning from San Diego!

Katie Manning is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review and an Associate Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Her full-length poetry collection, Tasty Other, won the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. Find her at  www.katiemanningpoet.com. This upcoming August 17, Thursday evening from 7:30pm-9:00pm, Manning will travel through Enliten Cafe as the Speak for Yourself Open Mic hosts a night of conversation and poetry.

“Tasty Other is a stunning collection where the surreal feels terribly real—Manning’s dream poems about pregnancy and motherhood are funny, frightening, and absurd—which resembles parenthood perfectly. Manning’s voice invites us into her subconscious and makes us feel at home there. Tasty Other is a must read.” —J. Bruce Fuller, Author of Flood

Manning visits Speak for Yourself Open Mic as a guest of Provo Poetry. The reading and open mic are open to the general public.

For more information, contact the Provo Poetry, provopoetry@gmail.com.

Official event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/165420077366211

Where: Enliten Cafe, 43 E Center St. Provo, UT 84606

When: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm

SPEAK FOR YOURSELF OPEN MIC

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EVERY THURSDAY @ 7:30 PM

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 (provopoetry@gmail.com) with which position you are interested in and a brief bio. Attach a resume if you have one handy.

OR

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.