In January of this year, my most exceptional poet friend, Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen and I embarked on a new poetic adventure–one that I am certain will become a staple in the Utah literary community for years to come. We were searching for a creative and academic poetry community, one where poets could share, learn, and support each other. And so began Rock Canyon Poets.
We are proud to announce our first poetry collection of 28 poems, Orogeny. Now available for purchase in our new store! Orogeny is the first in a series that will ultimately become an online journal and local press. You can sample Utah poetry and support our mission by picking up a copy at our Poetry Store for a measly $5 (Only $5! Shut up and take my money, or paypal, or whatever.)
Individually, these poets have received an array of local and national awards, and are published in a variety of magazines, anthologies, and literary journals, including several chapbooks and/or full-length books of poetry.
How we got started
First, we found a venue–Pioneer Book, nestled in historic downtown Provo, UT has been generous and encouraging in ways we never imagined. They graciously provide us with a meeting space, an open mic venue, and desperately needed promotion.
Second, we needed members–within weeks of inviting poets we already knew and spreading the word via social media, etc. we quickly grew to a diverse group of nearly 30 poets. We are very proud of our diverse membership. Our ethnically rich group ranges in 18 to 70 years in age, and represents many backgrounds. You can read more about our poets here.
Including our monthly open mics and workshops, we have hosted and performed at several events, including a reading from Meg Day and our own spot on the literary stage at the Utah Arts Festival in June, which was featured in our local paper. Keep your ears open . . . Utah poets are about to get loud!