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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Sidewalk Poetry for the Provo Art Stroll – Friday, May 4, 7 – 9pm @ Pioneer Book

Sidewalk Poetry is back with Provo Poetry at Pioneer Book at 450 West Center Street to host a night of community poetry and open mic storytelling. On Friday. May 4th, 2018, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, poetry slam performers and the local community will gather together to celebrate spoken word. Those who sign up to read at the open mic will receive a free poetry book of local community poets, donated by the Rock Canyon Poets.

The upcoming Art Stroll is a perfect night to enjoy the charming heart of Provo. Red-brick buildings, kiosks plastered with local flyers, and rows of mom-and-pop shops remind us of our growing town’s pulse. “As we near summer, I long for my walks to Pioneer Book where I’d linger and read behind the shelves. On my way, I liked to stop for a  mouth-watering pastry at Enliten Cafe (the turtle cheesecake is my favorite),” said Fabian Trujillo, a local poet and Provo Poetry volunteer.

These open mics are a unique experience, sometimes breath-taking. Provo Poetry was founded at the beginning of last year by our own Trish Hopkinson and Marianne Hales Harding, two fast-moving poets with the work ethic of honeybees. These two have their hands in other pots and jars as well—including the creation of Provo’s POEMBALL machines. For just a quarter, you can encourage and be a part of the Utah literary art scene. Enjoy a short tidbit from their POEMBALL Machines, available at Pioneer Book or Enliten Bakery & Café. Poems include work from top Utah poets, including Rob Carney, Meg Day, and others. Among these, POEMBALLS also feature local writers who often visit Enliten’s Thursday night creative writing open mics.

Provo Poetry’s mission is to nurture the artistic soul of our small town-city.  To make public the potential of poetry and document the profound way that language stirs our feelings and changes the world–one word at a time.

To learn more, get in touch with Provo Poetry // provopoetry@gmail.com

For all things poetry in Utah County, visit our official website: http://provopoetry.org

Utah poets featured on 90.9 FM KRCL’s Radioactive – 6pm every night this week!

To help celebrate poetry month, KRCL is featuring a different Utah poet every day this week on their Radioactive public affairs program at 6pm on weekdays. Specifically, these poets are Utah county poets and members of the local poetry group Rock Canyon Poets. Tune in for National Poetry Month announcements and to hear the poets read one of their original poems.

Listen one of three ways:

The schedule is as follows:

If you’re not familiar with KRCL, you should check them out. This is not some boring community radio station. They play popular/indie music with no advertisements all day, produce amazing local programming like Radioactive, and bring in great national programs such as The Grateful Dead Hour and Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. They are big supporters of local arts–including poetry.