UTSPS Poetry in the Park (PIP) March 3-4, 2016
Zion National Park will again be the venue for the 2016 PIP and Redrock Creative Writing workshops. David J. Rothman, Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western State Colorado University, will be the featured presenter. Additional info is available on www.poetry-in-the-park.com.
UTSPS Spring Festival, April 24 - 25, 2015
Candy Lish Fowler won the 2015 manuscript award. For the other contests, the winners list and judges comments are available. Featured guest speakers were Pattiann Rogers and Kimberly Johnson. Pattiann provided three lists for poets to consider on the topics of: breaking lines, using stanza breaks, and choosing a title for your poem.
UTSPS Poetry in the Park (PIP) March 20, 2015
Zion National Park will again be the venue for the 2015 PIP and Redrock Creative Writing workshops. For details, see: 2015 PIP & Redrock Creative Writing. Additional info is available on www.poetry-in-the-park.com and the workshop flyer. This event is also posted on the Poets & Writers website as PIP along with a notice of the Redrock Creative Writing Seminar.
UTSPS Workshop Schedule for Nov 2014, Jan, Feb, Mar 2015
The Society will again host free workshops this winter, to be held on various Saturdays in the months in November, 2014, January, February and March, 2015. The November workshop will be hosted in American Fork while three of the other monthly workshops will be at the Davis County Library (725 S Main St., Bountiful, UT 84010 - 801-295-8732), just north of the Bountiful/Davis Arts Center. There will also be a special workshop in St. George on Saturday the 24th of January, 2015.
March 14, 2015 Workshop with Gray Thomas
Workshop Venue: From 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Davis County Library.
Title: Imaginative Possibility -- Finding ways to make creative opportunities in your writing
Description: Both performance and written work should attempt to be conceptual in some way; that is, in utilizing page space, performance space, and searching for opportunities to use methods in the form to reflect the content in some way. I am crafting a workshop based off of searching out and finding opportunities in your writing to maximize imaginative space.
Presenter's Background: Gray is a graduate of the University of Utah with a degree cum laude in English. He has represented SLC in four National Poetry Slams, twice reaching semi-finals stage, and he has represented SLC twice at the Individual World Poetry Slam. His publications include Playlist to Listen to On the Occasion of a Funeral, Projected Student Schedule, Postcards from a Drowning Man, and Question Mark (through Drunk in a Midnight Choir), Semicolon (Ugly Magazine), The Passion of Joan of Ark (Unshod Quills), and a chapbook of poetry, Small City of the Mind (Tired Hearts Press).
Here are some links that reflect Gray’s performance poetry, which is not necessarily representative of his written work:
February 14, 2015 Workshop with Wade Bentley
Workshop Venue: From 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Davis County Library.
Title: Radical Revision
Presenter's Background: Wade lives, teaches, and writes in Salt Lake City. For a good time, he enjoys wandering the Wasatch Mountains and playing with his grandchildren.
His poems have appeared in Green Mountains Review, Cimarron Review, Best New Poets, Western Humanities Review, Subtropics, Rattle, Chicago Quarterly Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Concho River Review, Raleigh Review, and Reunion: The Dallas Review, among others.
A full-length collection of his poems, What Is Mine, was published by Aldrich Press in early 2015.
January 24, 2015 Workshop with Darren Edwards
Workshop Venue: From 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Washington County Library, 88 W 100 South in St. George.
Come to Dixie and enjoy a fascinating workshop entitled "PERFORMANCE POETRY or
PUTTING LIFE INTO YOUR POEMS" by Darren Edwards.
Mr. Edwards has taught English composition, literature and creative writing at USU and DSU,
is a published poet, and co-founded
"Storm the Mic," a weekly open-mic for creative writing in St. George. His essays
and poetry have appeared in a number of journals, and he’s been featured on Utah Public Radios
literary program Synecdoche. Bring one of your original poems to receive
suggestions on how to edit it for better performance. Then have the
opportunity to read it and receive help on strengthening your
presentation. Poetry needs to be read aloud to be truly appreciated. Not
all poets are performers but everyone can gain insights from this fun
workshop in how to read their poetry better. Lunch at a local restaurant
after the workshop is optional. RSVP by Jan 15th to
Lin Floyd, a member of the Dixie Poets
January 17, 2015 Workshop with David Knowlton
Workshop Venue: From 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Davis County Library, 725 S Main St., Bountiful, UT 84010, 801-295-8732.
Title: Knots of Connectedness' and the Art of Writing
Description: Drawing from Gregory Bateson, a brilliant anthropologist who saw in stories (poems) something critical for understanding human society and the universe, David will turn this concept back towards our writing as an act of creativity.
Presenter's Background: David Knowlton divides his time between the Andes and Utah. He is a professor of Anthropology at Utah Valley University, blogs widely, and publishes in a number of genres, including poetry. David is a co-author of Stone Lake and was included in 9 Muses, In This Coffeehouse…An Anthology of New and Veteran Voices from the Open Mic Nights at “A Cup of Joe," as well as in the Salt Lake Observer, Sunstone, and Dialogue. His poems can also be found on Barely Avoiding Entropy. Besides continuing with his own writing, David is preparing a translation of the important Cusco poet, Luis Nieto Miranda's work, El Romancero Cholo (provisionally translated as The Cholo's Ballads). Portions of this manuscript can be read at: www.cuzcoeats.com/?s=nieto .
November 8, 2014 Workshop with Heather Duncan
Workshop Venue: From 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the American Fork Library (very close to the old tabernacle), 64 S. 100 E., American Fork, UT 84003 801-763-3070. Lunch at Olive Garden if there is enough interest: 538 W. Main St., American Fork, 801-763-7229.
Title: Entropy and Ephiphany: Found Poetry and Chance Operations as a Way to Generate Fresh Ideas, Images, and Language
Description: Attendees will be introduced to the art of found poetry and how it can infuse their poetry writing with new energy and fresh ideas and images. We will also discuss some chance operation techniques that help poets use others' existing texts to come up with new and surprising poems and seeds for poems.
Presenter's Background: Heather Holland graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies, with emphases in English literature and anthropology, and a minor in creative writing. Her poetry chapbook, Mastering the Art of Joy, was published by NFSPS in 2011 as winner of the Edna Meudt Memorial Award. Her writing has been published as part of Pulitzer Remix, and in The Found Poetry Review, Segullah, Encore, Touchstones, Essias, Panorama, and Warp & Weave.
UTSPS Book Concert Oct 11, 2014
UTSPS will present the debut of the 2014 Book of the Year, like water, like bread, by Joyce Webb Kohler. The book concert will be held at 2:00 p.m., October 11th, in the Storyteller’s Room at Orem Public Library on the corner of Center Street and State Street. Rob Sorensen and his violin students will be performing, accompanied by his wife, Kristen. Refreshments will be served.
Joyce Kohler, UTSPS Book of the Year Winner, Oct 25, 2014
Saturday Oct 25th in St. George, Joyce Kohler will be a presenter the St. George Book Festival. Starting at 10 am, Joyce will speak to the winners of the Youth Poetry Contest at the St. George Children's Museum (corner of 100 South and Main Street on 3rd floor auditorium). Then 11 am, Joyce will present "Dancing with Your Inner Poet" to the general public. Both presentations are free.
NFSPS Annual Convention June 26 - 29, 2014
UTSPS hosted the June, 2014, convention of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (nfsps.com). The convention was also held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Airport Salt Lake City Hotel. The convention schedule and presenters' bio's are available in the April 2014 issue of Strophes.
UTSPS Spring Festival - April 25 - 26, 2014
UTSPS held our annual Spring Festival Friday afternoon the 25th and Saturday the 26th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Airport Salt Lake City Hotel (same hotel as in past years but with a slightly changed name).
Poetry in the [Zion] Park - March 21 - 22, 2014
The 2014 PIP workshop was led by John Calvin Rezmerski while on Saturday March 22nd the Creative Writing Seminar was led by John, Sue Ranglack, Lyman Dayton, and Dorothy Varney in St. George's historic Opera House. Registration forms available at the following websites: www.poetry-in-the-park.com and www.redrockwriters.org. These events are sponsored by Utah State Poetry Society and by Redrock Writers, a new chapter of UTSPS. 2014 PIP attendees gathered for a group photo.
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