NFSPS Annual Convention June 26 - 29, 2014
UTSPS is hosting the June convention of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (nfsps.com). The convention will also be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Airport Salt Lake City Hotel. For the registration form, including meal options, see: nfsps_2014_convention_registration_form.pdf. The convention schedule and presenters's bio's are available in the April 2014 issue of Strophes.
Poetry in the [Zion] Park - March 21 - 22, 2014
Friday March 21st: poetry workshop is with John Calvin Rezmerski. Saturday March 22nd: Creative Writing Seminar is with John, Sue Ranglack, Lyman Dayton, and Dorothy Varney in St. George's historic Opera House. Registration forms are 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.
UTSPS Spring Festival - April 25 - 26, 2014
UTSPS will hold our annual Spring Festival starting on Friday afternoon (April 25) and finishing up Saturday before dinner (April 26) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Airport Salt Lake City Hotel (same hotel as in past years but with a slightly changed name). For the registration form and meal details, see: UTSPS_FestivalRegistration2014.pdf.
UTSPS Workshop Schedule for Nov 2013, Jan, Feb, Mar 2014
The Society will again host four free workshops this winter, with three to be held on the 2nd Saturday of the month while one will be on the 1st Saturday. The November workshop will be hosted in American Fork while the three subsequent 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. Schedule for these workshops:
* November 9, 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 11, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Davis County Library
* February 8, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Davis County Library
* March 1, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Davis County Library
>> note: this final workshop is on the 1st Saturday in March
Workshops for the 2013/14 Season
November 9, 2013 with Laura Hamblin, Ph.D. (at the American Fork Library)
Laura Hamblin received her Ph.D. in creative writing/poetry from the University of Denver. She is a Full Professor at Utah Valley University where she has received awards including the Faculty Ethics Fellow, Dean’s Faculty Creative Award, UVU Board of Trustees’ Award of Excellence, and Outstanding Service-Learning Award. Professor Hamblin has taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Jordan. Her book of poetry, The Eyes of a Flounder, was published by Signature Books in 2005. From 2007-08 Hamblin lived in Amman, Jordan where she gathered oral histories of Iraqi women refugees. She teaches creative writing, women’s literature, the history and theory of the genre of poetry, and topic classes including seminars on Martin Buber and William Blake. Ms. Hamblin helped create Utah Valley University’s new Peace and Justice Studies Program.
January 11, 2014 with David Hawkins, Ph.D. (at the Davis County Library)
David Hawkins is the author of the nonfiction chapbook, Lorraine Nelson: a Biography in Post-It Notes (Cupboard Press, 2011) and the poetry collection, The Book of the Missing, winner of the Utah Arts Council's original writing award and finalist for the Poetry Foundation's Emily Dickinson Prize. His poetry has appeared in a number of journals and periodicals, including Barrow Street, Bat City Review, Chelsea, DIAGRAM, The Huffington Post, SPORK, and The Pedestal Magazine, among others—and his long poems have appeared in At Length, The Seattle Review, and have been nominated for the Best New Poets Anthology (Meridian Press/UVA Press) and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. An Assistant Professor/Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Utah, he is the former Editor-in-Chief of Quarterly West (from 2001-2005), and lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and their two boys.
February 8, 2014 with Shawn D. Stradley, M.F.A. (at the Davis County Library)
Shawn Dallas Stradley has been writing poetry for 30 years. He has participated actively in the Salt Lake City art and poetry scene during the past 15 years in a number of capacities: reading and running open mics and poetry slams, participating in community poetry workshops, running art galleries, proofreading and publishing, and creating collaborative projects between artists and poets. In 2003 he published his first book of poetry, Beyond October. He has also published several chapbooks. Between 2010 and 2013 he attended the graduate writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and in July of 2013 graduated with an MFA in Poetry with a Concentration in Translation.
March 1 (first Saturday), 2014 with Judy Johns (at the Davis County Library)
Judy's workshop topic is "Stress Management Skills for Writers: Eleven ways to lighten up." This fun, informative workshop teaches eleven ways to reduce stress and avoid burnout by using humor as a healthy, inexpensive method rebalancing our lives so we can become better writers.
Judy Johns is a teacher, seminar presenter, and author with a B.A. in English and Journalism, and a Master’s Degree in English, Theory of Communication. She recently retired as a full time Communication instructor for the Ogden-Weber Technical College after 28 years and as a part-time English instructor for Utah State University, Brigham City campus, where she taught Composition, Poetry, and Creative Writing for 20 years. Before becoming a teacher, Judy was a newspaper reporter for 10 years. She is a free lance writer, with articles in magazines such as Redbook, Woman’s World, Reader’s Digest, and Homelife. She was named Utah Poet of the Year in 2003 for her book of poetry titled If I Could Speak in Silk, and was named Utah’s Best in State in literature in 2004 for the same book. In 2010 her romance novel, What Are Friends For?, was published as an e-book by Wild Rose Press. Her second romance novel, Temporary Fiancée, was launched in August 2013. All three books are available on Amazon.com and in other bookstores. Judy is originally from Boston, MA. She and her husband, Roger, live in Pleasant View, Utah, and are the parents of six children and have 24 grandchildren.
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