Monday, April 23, 2018

Welcome to Steven Duncan-a new UTSPS member

I (Lin Floyd) met Steven Duncan at the recent UTSPS April Awards Festival in Provo held last weekend. He won lots of awards for his excellent poetry. Here's some info he shared about himself: Steven Duncan is a Utah Valley poet whose writing has been published by Silver Birch Press, Rock Canyon Poets, Prolific Press, and others. He lived in Siberia for two years as a missionary for the LDS church and now speaks fluent Russian. Steven loves both written and spoken word poetry, and enjoys spending his evenings playing with language and exploring new forms of expression. He recently graduated from Brigham Young University and will attend medical school this fall in Dallas, Texas. See

The Other Side of Paradise
For F. Scott Fitzgerald

Paradise is not a warm place.
It is not a glass of milk
creamy and sweet,
left on the table
to turn over in a week.
It is chilling, bracing.
There are no stagnant souls
in need of stirring
in God’s cupped palms.

Paradise is not a quiet place.
It is not an empty hallway
waiting for an echo
to paint across the walls.
It is deafening, gripping.
No man there will speak
without a tremble.

Earth is milky and mild.
Earth is silent when it should speak.
Heaven is one voice short of a protest.

Monday, April 2, 2018


It's time to gather this year in Provo at the Marriott Hotel for our annual Awards Festival. This year featuring two outstanding poets Natasha Saje from Westminister College and past Utah Poet Laureate Lance Larsen from BYU plus an opportunity to see if your poems submitted won any awards. Preregister at by April 10th.

Starts Friday April 20th :
2:30 pm UTSPS Officers Board Meeting
4:45 pm Registration Opens-$40 for festival, dinner on your own
5:30 pm Festival Welcome
5:40 pm Poet to Poet Conversation
7:00 pm Guest Poet Natasha Saje
8:00 pm Awards presentations
Night Owl Read-around follows

Sat, April 21st
8:00 am Chapter President's breakfast at nearby Dennys
9:00 am Award Presentations
10:00 am Guest Poet Lance Larsen
Lunch on your own
1:30 pm Awards presentations, finishing with Book of the Year winner.

Monday, January 29, 2018

New Visiting POET for Poetry in the Park

Because of ill health Jim Barton won't be teaching for us this year, but we are excited to have SHANAN BALLAM of Utah State University's English Department joining us in our three days of poetry activities in Southern Utah in early spring. An award winning poet, exciting teacher of poetry and creative writing, Shanan will be presenting some fun ideas on how to improve our poetry skills. She has chosen the theme for her presentations as A CELEBRATION OF SOUND AND SENSE. 

She says: Poets of all ages and levels of experience will benefit from this energetic workshop where participants will learn and practice basic poetic sound techniques, such as alliteration and other kinds of sonic repetition. We will use our experience in the park to gather sensory details and images for poems. Using poetry exercises as a guide, and using the materials we have generated and gathered during the workshop and our experiences in the park, we will write poems that will surprise and delight writers and audiences alike.
This year's POETRY IN THE PARK will be held Friday, March 2, 2018 at Zion Park Lodge from 9 am to 4 pm. Register by Feb 15th to receive your free Zion Park pass. Fee-$55, register online

Come early for a free ZARTS LECTURE by Shanan on Thursday, March 1 at Canyon community Center in Springdale at 7 pm. Inexpensive lodging available in Springdale, come join us before the crowds and shuttles begin. Note there is some construction in Springdale city so come early.

Stay overnight in St. George and enjoy REDROCK CREATIVE WRITING SEMINAR on Saturday, March 3 from 9 am to 1:30 pm featuring Shanan Ballam and others Dr. Cindy King of DSU's English Dept. and Lara Candland-another award winning poet. Details at

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Meet a new member WILLIAM KOFOED

          William A. Kofoed was born in Logan Utah and now lives in Magna Utah. He was a member of Mormon Youth Chorus and the Jay Welch Chorale, and is a published photographer. He started writing poetry in high school and has been published in Poetry Quarterly. With three self-published books of poetry , he is currently finishing his fourth book of poetry. He has a youtube  channel, and a blog, and a webpage, Some of his works can be seen on; His poem below was published in Poetry Quarterly.
A flowing line
A gentle thought
A sweet memory
Of loving you
Time has past
It was long ago
Yet these things
Still stir me
Still I sigh
And I long
For your touch
To feel again
Long ago
Still it is sweet
Yes these things
Still stir me