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.

Announcing the poet lineup–POEMBALL Machine Launch at Pioneer Book, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 at 6:30pm

Check out the lineup of POEMBALL poets reading at the launch on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Pioneer Book. The night will feature readings by local poets who have contributed to the POEMBALL as well as an open mic for all poets who would like to share their work. As you can see below, there’s still plenty of room. You can sign up for the open mic when you arrive. Please come out and support our local poets!

We will also be announcing our next submission call, open from October 25 – December 31, 2016! For information about how to have your poems included in the Provo Poetry POEMBALL machines, see our Submission Calls page.


We are excited to announce the placement of our second POEMBALL machine! The launch coincides with Utah Humanities Book Festival, with several other events also held at Pioneer Book.

If you are not familiar with the history of the POEMBALL, here’s a little background. The first machine was released for Poetry Month last April 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 Rob Carney, Star Coulbrooke, Meg Day, Kimberly Johnson, Laura Hamblin, and others.

Would you like to learn more about this event or the purpose of the POEMBALL machines? Please don’t hesitate to contact us on the web or via social media:

Web: https://provopoetry.org/contact-us/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF4_pUI0FV7q6Hk28Z_m4Ow

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/provopoetry

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProvoPoetry

Email: provopoetry@gmail.com

Call for Poems DEADLINE TODAY: June 15, 2016

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DEADLINE: June 15, 2016

Did you miss our first submission call? Still want a chance to have your poems shared with the community in fun ways? We still need more poems!

Remember, you can send up to ten poems, so if you have only sent us a few or have yet to send us any… please send more poems!

The POEMBALL machine has been a huge hit and we need new poems to fill it as well as for other projects coming up this year.


  • Poets must have lived or spent significant time in Utah County 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: All poems must be 25 lines or less, including blank lines for stanza breaks. Each line cannot be greater than 48 characters. If you are unsure of your line length, send poems with less than 15 lines, just in case.

NUMBER OF POEMS: Send up to ten poems in separate documents.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: Previously published poems are okay! As a matter of fact, since selected poems are only intended to encourage and promote poetry in Utah County and will not be posted online or shared widely, it is safe to assume they can be submitted elsewhere as unpublished, even if accepted.


  • Send each poem in a separate document to provopoetry@gmail.com.
  • Subject line should include the poet’s name and the word “submission”, for example: “Jane Doe Submission”.
  • Include the following in the body of the email:
    • name,
    • current city of residence
    • how you spent time in Utah County, for example: “Jane Doe, Springville, born and raised” OR “John Doe, Chicago, attended and graduated from BYU.”
  • Document formats accepted are .doc, docx, and .rtf.

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