Thursday, December 29, 2016

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017 Activities

Tu, Jan 3 (and Feb 7), 2-4 pm DIXIE POETS at Senior Citizen Center  245 North 200 West in St. George. Jan 3-Lesson by Lin Floyd, and Feb 7-Lesson by Karma Wasden on writing children's poetry plus critiques-bring 8-10 copies of 1 poem  for helpful suggestions from the group. New poets always welcome. (Bring $1 donation for use of the facility.) PAY YOUR UTSPS DUES by Jan 5th...$30. Details.

Tu, Jan 17 (and Feb 21) 2-4 pm DIXIE POETS at St. George Sr. Citizen Center. Critiques-bring 8-10 copies of 1-2 poems for helpful suggestions from the group.

Th, Jan 19th (and Feb 16th) REDROCK WRITERS poetry group will meet at Markay’s home at 7 pm, her email <> FIRST before coming. All welcome.

NEW EVENT: POETRY JAM Wed, Jan 28 (and Wed. Feb 22) at 7 pm at St George Art Museum located at corner of 2nd North and Main Street across from Post Office. Bring a poem about  CELEBRATIONS. Barbara Funke won for best original poem with judging by the audience. For Feb. bring a love poem.

ALSO Judges needed for Snow Canyon HS English Quest at 4 pm on Th, Feb. 9, 2017. at 3:30 

BREAKING NEWS-UTSPS SPRING FESTIVAL DATES APR 21-22 in Layton, details coming. Cost only $40 this year.  


Fri-March 3, 2017-POETRY IN THE PARK with Rosemerry Wahtola-Trommer, award winning Western Slope Poet Laureate from Colorado presenting a workshop on Metaphors Everywhere. Save this weekend for a Z-Arts lecture by our visiting poet on Th nite March 2 in Springdale,  Sat 

Sat, March 4- Redrock Creative Writing Seminar  from 9 am to 1:30 pm with three outstanding presenters: 1. Joel Long who will discuss Rhythm and Muse. 2. Tanya Parker Mills will present Finding Poetry in Prose. 3. Rosemerry Wahtola-Trommer will speak on Paradox in Poetry, More details, see or register at $50, info on  register by Feb 15th for discount for Red Rock Creative Writing seminar see


1.  UTSPS Panorama 2017 submit 3-4 poems by Jan 5, 2017. E-mail submission is preferred and should be sent to the editor  If you prefer to submit a hard copy, then send them to Bill Asplund, 2262 E 1200 N, Layton, Utah, 84040-7743.  The deadline to get them in is January 5, 2017.  Jennifer already has some submissions that were sent in the summer to Rose.  Congrats to our local poets in this issue:  Markay Brown, Gary Christian, Lin FLoyd, Candy Fowler, Barbara Funke, LaVerna Johnson, Kate Kirkham, Marilyn Richardson and Marie Tollstrup.  
2. UTSPS April Conference Contest 2017-rules available on due Feb 7, 2017. Get your dues $30 paid by Jan 3, 2017 to get a discount on fees. More dates and plans to be announced.

3. More Contests listed in STROPHES NFSPS's Oct 2016 newsletter. See

4. NFSPS National conference in Dallas Texas, see details, entries March 15, 2017. More info

5. Coming up Southern Quill submissions (due March 20th) and Mesquite Fine Arts entries due by Feb 11th. Details
Possibility of later contest at Poetry Jam at St. George Art Museum-writing poetry to go with their original Art Collection. More details coming.

6. Red Butte Gardens-SLC Spring poetry contest due Feb 18th. Details-topic Spring, length 24 lines or less. See