Wednesday, May 31, 2023


Th, JUNE 20, JULY 18 and AUG 15-Come join DIXIE POETS on the third Tuesdays of each month from 1:30-3:30 PM at ST. GEORGE ACTIVE LIFE CENTER-250 N 200 W for gentle critiques and lessons on poetry and publishing. Bring 8-10 copies of your original poetry to share. For more info contact Lin Floyd   < lin at sunrivertoday dot com>

JUNE 21-26 NFSPS National Federation of State Poetry Society's Summer CONVENTION in Des Moines, Iowa available on Zoom details see

CONGRATULATIONS to DIXIE POETS for their recent participation in ART to POETRY event at RED CLIFF GALLERY in St. George where they created poetry for art pieces on exhibit. Visit the Gallery at 220 N 200 W in St. George to see the exhibit before it closes June 5th. 

(l-r) Julie Boe, Marissa Alvarez, Lin Floyd, Chyrrel Maupin,
Barbara Funke, Markay Brown, Pam Tucker, Denis Fenihan,
Marian Morgan. Not shown-Marilyn Richardson, Dan Glahn
 and Bryan Adams


JUNE 22-Special POET in Residence JASON GRAY reading at ZION PARK at 7 pm at Sprindale Community Center presented by Z-Arts.   (more details coming.) 

JUNE 30 DEADLINE for Utah Division of Arts and Museums yearly contest for poetry and literature. Details

NEW Heritage Writers Guild is taking poetry and prose entries for those who are or have been members for their 50th Anniversary publication. Details

Friday, March 31, 2023


Spring is Here!

Mon, Apr 3-POETRY DEMO at UTU Intro to Art classes by Denis Feehan, Silvia Mangen and Marissa Alvarez

Tues, Apr 4-DIXIE POETS meetings-1:30-3:30 pm at St. George Active Life Center-250 N 200 W-practice for Poetry Reading at St. George Library and Tues Apr 18-just Critiques 

Thurs, Apr 13-POETRY READING 6-7 PM at SG Lib. with UTU Poets, FREE

Fri-Sat Apr 14-15 UTAH POETRY FESTIVAL FREE and online, register at Special presentations, lectures, classes, etc.

Fri, April 28 6 pm, and Sat, April 29 8:30 am.  UTSPS SPRING FESTIVAL  Contest awards given plus special guests Lisa Bickmore-Utah Poet Laureate. To register: 1. Email your registration request to the UTSPS Zoom manager, Paul Ford at pmford3@gmail.com2. In the Subject line of your email, please include “Registration” so your email will be easily identified as a request to register. 3. In the body of your email, please include the following information: - your name - your email address- that you're registering for the UTSPS Poetry Festival - let us know whether you are a "Member" or a "Non-member"*

COMING IN MAY....Note time change BELOW on Sat, May 13 to 1 pm so those wanting to attend Dr. Cindy King's Poet in the Patio at 2 pm at the Book Bungalow can attend. See details on

Tues, May 2 
and thereafter NOTE CHANGE DIXIE POETS voted to only meet once a month on the 3rd Tuesday only, same time STARTING in MAY at the same location-St. George Active Life Center 250 N 200 S at 1:30-3:30 pm. 

June 21-26 NFSPS Summer CONVENTION in Des Moines, Iowa in person or on Zoom details see

NEW June 30 DEADLINE for Utah Division of Arts and Museums yearly contest for poetry and literature. Details

To join our group contact lin at sunrivertoday dot com or come visit Dixie Poets. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Poetry is ALIVE in the NEW YEAR

Lots happening in the NEW YEAR. Keep updated here. Also check Utah State Poetry Society at utah

MONTHLY meetings for DIXIE POETS continue on our regular schedule 1st and 3rd TUESDAYS from 1:30-3:30 pm with a lesson on the 1st Tuesday and critiques both times-bring 10-12  copies of 1-2 original poems for suggestions on improvement. We meet at the ST GEORGE ACTIVE LIFE CENTER at 250 N 200 W. All welcome to join us.


FEB 1st-UTSPS 2023 CONTEST ENTRIES DUE for details on contest rules see Prizes and certificates awarded at the annual UTSPS April Awards Contest on April 28, 29 on ZOOM. More details coming soon.

SAT, FEB 4th-HERITAGE WRITERS GUILD of St. George invites us to come to their WINTER WRITERS WORKSHOP at Utah Tech University 10 am -3 pm, classes TBA, FREE. Details:  There will be special session on Poetry by local poem Candy Fowler who was UTSPS Poet of the Year in 2015.

FRI, MARCH 3-POETRY IN THE PARK at ZION NATIONAL PARK at Zion National Park Nature Center, Registration for the event closes on February 28. TIME TO REGISTER...

Poetry in the Park welds nature and poetry beautifully in its setting at the Zion National Park Nature Center before the crowds start coming. Sponsored and hosted by Zion National Park Forever Project, this year the event will feature two presenters energized by poetry, high school English teachers Rachel Robins (Crimson Cliffs High School) and Susan Wiese (Hurricane High School). These two ladies will engage the mind and senses, using the serene setting as inspiration. The experience will also include a guided nature hike, silent poetry writing time and time to share the poetry participants wrote that day and receive feedback from other participants.. Tuition for the event is $30 for adults and free for high school and college students accompanied by their teachers.

MARCH 6th is deadline to submit online to UTU's SOUTHERN QUILL MAGAZINE   3-5 unpublished poems, stories, photos and artwork.

MARCH 15th-Deadline for NFSPS Summer June 22-27 Conference POETRY CONTEST in Des Moines Iowa. Details on 

APRIL 13th Thursday 6-7 pm at Washington County Library in St. George.JOINT POETRY READING with Dixie Poets and UTAH TECH poets. Open to public. Contact Lin Floyd to participate.

PANORAMA 2021-22 publication for those who paid UTSPS dues in last 2 years is at the press and will be given out this month at Dixie Poets.

Fri, April 28 evening, and Sat, April 29 during the day. On Zoom. UTSPS April CONFERENCE. More details on


June 21-26 NFSPS Summer CONVENTION in Des Moines, Iowa

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

AUGUST/September NEWS-Think Fall...

SUMMER is almost over and it's time to think about upcoming poetry opportunities for fall and beyond. 

MONTHLY meetings for DIXIE POETS continue on our regular schedule 1st and 3rd TUESDAYS from 1:30-3:30 pm with a lesson on the 1st Tuesday and critiques both times-bring 10-12  copies of 1-2 original poems for suggestions on improvement. We meet at the ST GEORGE ACTIVE LIFE CENTER at 350 N 200 W. All welcome to join us. Contact lin at sunriver today dot com for more info.


1. PANORAMA 2020-22 is accepting entries for publication by any members of UTSPS for those years. With Covid we lost a few years of sharing our poetry. It can be poems you have published or not. If you submitted poems last year, please resubmit. Our current editor is Russell Aspslund. 

If your poem has been published elsewhere/not by UTSPS or received an award, please note that. You will not be notified whether your submission will be published in Panorama but we surprised when you receive your issue. Every paid UTSPS members for the last 3 years will receive a free copy of the Panorama.  Due by Sept 30, 2022. Submit 1-3 poems via email to or by mail to Russell Asplund 2223 E 1200 N, Layton UT 84040. No entry fee.   
Line limit: 40 lines, does not include epigraph or blank lines.  
Spaces per line: 55 or less.  
Subject: Any
Form: Any
Please no vulgarity or political statements

2. For other INFORMATION-check out National Federation of State Poetry Societies or the newly revised UTSPS website or see our UTSPS blog with spotlights on new members and the new UTAH POET LAUREATE at If you are on Facebook, join our Utah State Poetry Society group for more info and poems to enjoy.

3. Meet our new UTAH POET LAUREATE! in St. George UT -click for details.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Celebrating National Poetry Month

Dixie Poets returns...we had a joint reading at the St. George Library with Dixie State University poets on Thursday April 14. It was nice to be together and sharing our poems publicly. Dixie Poets will continue meeting on our regular schedule 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month and during the summer (no meeting on July 5th) at the St. George Active Life Center from 1:30-3:30 pm. Everyone welcome to join with us.

Poets-l-r 1st row: Marian, Silivia, Marilyn and Roxie
2nd row: Julie, Denis, Lin, Barbara and Markay

Don't forget the National Federation of State Poetry Societies annual Summer conference this year in Columbus, Ohio June 23-26th. Also available on Zoom. For details see

NEW CONTEST OPPORTUNITY-Utah Arts and Museums Annual contest for writing and poetry has one category for poetry. Great prizes. Deadline May2-June 30th, 2022.

Friday, March 25, 2022

We are!

 Our Poetry WORDSHOP group is famous. At least our photo is in the St. George Senior Center though our group is for all ages. We had two new poets join us who are in their 90s and still writing. Poetry is for everyone and a great stress reliever... Click to enlarge.

Thursday, March 17, 2022


With SPRING comes APRIL which is POETRY MONTH...

DIXIE POETS WORDSHOP will continue meeting every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at the St. George Active Life Senior Center at 250 N 200 W from 1:30-3:30 pm. All ages welcome to participate in short lessons on poets and  poetry-how to write better plus helpful critiques-bring 10-12 copies of your original poem/s. For more info. contact Lin Floyd  lin at sunrivertoday dot com


April-month long activities-see organized by Paisley Rekdal-Utah State Poet Laureate.

Apr 8-9  Utah State Poetry April Festival on Zoom. Details available at  Need to register before April 5th-annual awards and workshop.

Apr 14-Celebrate Poetry-free poetry reading at St. George public library 6-7 pm featuring Dixie Poets and DSU Poetry Students in Dr. Cindy King's class.

Apr 15 PA'RUS POETS ADULT CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST! Submissions accepted Feb. 1 through April 15.  Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 12 $5 entry fee per entry. Anyone ages 18 and older living in the Intermountain West can enter the contest, which features the same two categories as the students: poetry and personal essay, as well as the same theme of "Reaching New Heights." Each adult can submit one entry per category. Here is the adult contest submission link:

June 23-24 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Will be in person and on Zoom. Details