Monday, February 27, 2017

MARK your CALENDAR

ACTIVITIES (see St. George news) not to be missed in St. George and Zion Park this weekend. Visiting poet laureate Rosemerry Wahtola-Trommer will be presenting in several venues:

Th, Mar 2  7-9 pm “Inner Donkeys and Houses on Fire,” a FREE literary discussion and poetry performance by Wahtola-Trommer sponsored by the Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council in Springdale at Canyon Community Center. In addition to the poetry reading, Wahtola-Trommer will talk about the writing life, failure, inspiration, vulnerability, uncertainty, metaphor. and the art of showing up.

Fri, Mar 3  9 am to 4 pm POETRY IN THE PARK workshop with Rosemerry on "Exploring Metaphors," take a guided nature walk in Zion Park, bring a picnic lunch or eat at Redrrock Grill, collect and create new poems in a beautiful location at Zion Park Lodge. Weather will be close to 70 degrees and sunshine. Fee-$50 register at zionpark.org/class/poetry-in-the-park 

Sat-Mar 4 9 am-1:30 pm REDROCK CREATIVE WRITING SEMINAR in St. George Social Hall with Rosemerry speaking on "Paradox in Poetry-How a Poem Turns," Tanya Parker-Mills presenting "Finding the Poetry in Prose" and Joel Long talking about "Rhythm and Muse." Cost $65, discount for UTSPS members $55. Details redrockwriters.org 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Meet JERRI HARDESTY, At Large Member


Jerri Hardesty lives in the woods of Alabama with husband, Kirk, also a poet. They run the nonprofit poetry organization, (NewDawnUnlimited.com)  Jerri has had about 350 poems published and has won more than 1100 awards and titles in both written and spoken word/performance poetry. Why did she join UTSPS as an At Large member (for those who don't live close enough to an organized chapter)? Jerri tells us: I became a member-at-large because of the reputation of UTSPS.  The poets there are known for sharpening each other's skills and having great workshops.  I also have friends in the poetry slam community in Utah whose work is noteworthy for its strength, originality, and complexity.  I wanted to learn from the local  culture that was helping produce all of those results.

Plain

How we celebrate
The butterfly,
In poem and song,
Metamorphosis,
Caterpillar magically transformed;
A metaphor for being reborn.
But never do we glorify
The housefly
In story or verse,
The transition the same,
No better, no worse,
But we reverse,
And would rather curse
The process,
Maggot carrion nursed.
But just because
Wings
Aren't always
Big, bright, colorful things,
And may instead be
Short, stubby
Unimpressive utilities,
And just because we don't all
Survive the changes
Of life's stages
Beautiful and unscarred,
Unscathed and unmarred,
Perfectly preserved,
Still,
We spread these wings,
These soiled ugly things,
Test the air,
And
           FLY!                      

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!

Don't get behind, it's soon SPRING at least in Southern Utah. Make plans now to come and join us for three days of exploring your muse in Zion Park and St. George. Here's more details on the Saturday culminating activity REDROCK CREATIVE WRITING Seminar. It's the 21st year of this impressive activity. Register early for a discount $50. Register. Come early for Poetry in the Park Friday workshop in Zion and a free ZArts Lecture on Th nite.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

GIVE YOURSELF A POETRY GIFT!

Sign up early for POETRY in the PARK, coming March 3, 2017 at Zion Park Lodge from 9 am-4 pm featuring the Colorado Western Slope Poet Laureate ROSEMERRY WAHTOLA-TROMMER teaching a workshop on Metaphors Everywhere. Free park pass and naturalist guided walk.Bring a picnic lunch or eat at Redrock Grill in the lodge. See poetry-in-the-park.com for registration information or contact Lin Floyd lin at sunrivertoday dot com

Come early for a FREE Poetry Reading lecture by Rosemerry on Thursday March 2 at 7 pm in Springdale's Canyon Community Center. Bring a poem to share.Signup now for super deals on overnight lodging in Springdale on March 2, 2017 at Bumbleberry Inn. Delta airlines flies into St. George from SLC, Denver and Phoenix or carpool or take a shuttle.

Make arrangements to stay over in nearby St. George on Friday night to participate in the Redrock Creative Writing Seminar on Sat, March 4, 2017 from 9 am-1:15 pm with Rosemerry discussing Paradox in Poetry-How a Poem Turns, Joel Tucker Rhythm and Muse and Tanya Parker Mills-Finding the Poetry in Prose. Fee-$60, discount for UTSPS $50. More details and registration info at http://redrockwriters.org/annual_writing_seminar

Sunday, November 13, 2016

CHAPARRAL POETRY CONTEST deadline


Time is running out DEC. 1, 2016 is the deadline for entering the Chaparral Poetry Contest sponsored by Redrock Writers, a chapter of UTSPS in St. George. Unlimited entries welcome:  Details at: http://redrockwriters.org/adult_chaparral_poetry_contest_rules http://redrockwriters.org/adult_chaparral_poetry_contest_ruleshttp://redrockwriters.org/adult_chaparral_poetry_contest_rules

ENTRY CATEGORIES:
1. CHOLLA Division: any subject, any form, 42 lines or fewer
First prize $200, Second Prize $100, Third Prize $50
2. CHAQUETA Division: Southwest theme—nature, people, history, etc. any form 42 lines or fewer
First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25
3. CHAPAREJOS Division: Rhymed and metered poem, any subject, 42 lines or fewer
First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25
4. CHIMERA Division: Imaginative or absurd/humorous, any form, 42 lines or fewer
First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Meet CRYSTIE COOK of Valley Winds Chapter

Crystie Cook was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Sandy, Utah. She has a B.A. in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah and has lived in Puerto Rico, Arizona, California, and New Mexico. She is bilingual in Spanish and enters an average of five to six poetry contests a year. She figures she has written between 900 and 1000 poems and has won 188 awards, with an emphasis on music, birds, and nature, but sometimes she will write on other subjects. She works with caption calls for the hard of hearing, teaches piano part time, and has three funny parakeets who don't write any poems.

Mourning Doves Wait

All summer long, on the treble clef staff
of five utility lines, mourning doves
perch in a tentative melodic line
of thin, quiet notes. They might change position,
up a third, down a third,
wings fluttering like flute keys.
The doves are plain, brown shadows,
faint commas in a mystery novel
sweetened by the last of summer’s peaches.
Slender vines reach with tired fingers
to flick feathers from a long-abandoned bird nest
in the cherry tree.
Mourning doves live with making indecision
delicate and delightful, small heads wondering
over each breeze and long-limbed tree for the taking.
Still, the title “mourning” becomes them,
since no matter how strong the summer,
all sweet songs end with emptiness and silence.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Don't miss hearing DUANE RYGH presentations

Well, it's that time to celebrate the publication of UTSPS poet  of the year Duane Rygh's winning collection of poetry, MY BRIGHT RED SCREAM. He will be reading his book at the Orem Public Library on Sat-Oct 8 at 2 pm. Come and enjoy Duane's first published book of poetry. If you live in Southern Utah, there are two events planned on Mon-Oct 10th at 11 am at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins or Tues, Oct 11th at 1:30 pm at the St. George Public Library. All events are free and paid members of UTSPS can pick up a complimentary copy of this new book.

In 2015, after a 20-year career, Duane retired from United States Air Force active duty.  Duane credits his experiences in the military for broadening his world view.  Visits to Saudi Arabia, Korea, China, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, and most recently Afghanistan helped to provide depth to his poetry.