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.
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. Schedule for these workshops with locations:
* November 8 (2nd Saturday), 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.
* January 17 (3rd Saturday), from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Davis County Library.
* January 24 (4th Saturday), from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm with Darren Edwards, Washington County Library, 88 W 100 South in St. George.
>> See note below for workshop details.
* February 14 (2nd Saturday), from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Davis County Library.
* March 14 (2nd Saturday), from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Davis County Library.
November 8, 2014 Workshop with Heather Duncan
Workshop details to be finalized.
January 17, 2015 Workshop with David Knowlton
David's workshop is entitled, "'Knots of Connectedness' and the Art of Writing." 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.
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.
January 24, 2015 Workshop with Darren Edwards
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
February 14, 2015 Workshop with Lisa Bickmore
Lisa's workshop is entitled: "Radical Revision."
Background: Lisa Bickmore's work has appeared in Quarterly West, Sugar House Review, Glass, Tar River Poetry, Hunger Mountain Review, Cake Train, Split Rock Review, and elsewhere. Her book flicker is forthcoming from Elixir Press, and was awarded that press's Antivenom Prize. She lives and teaches writing in Salt Lake City.
Mark 14, 2015 Workshop with Gray Thomas
Workshop details to be finalized.
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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