Saturday, January 1, 2022

Poetry in the NEW YEAR 2022


Meeting on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at the ST. GEORGE ACTIVE LIFE

 CENTER 250 North 200 West-upstairs from 1:30-3:30 pm with gentle critiquing to help us get ready for the many contests available to win cash prizes sponsored by UTSPS. Contact lin at sunrivertoday dot com for more info.


1. Time to join Utah State Poetry Society to receive reduced prices for entering contests, and opportunity to submit to the Panorama publication. Online April Awards Festival with prizes for contests and mini workshops available. Dues ($30/years) due postmarked by Wed, Jan 5, 2022. See form: . You can still contest without paying dues but less categories are available. They need our support! Feb 1st is deadline for this contest and for National Federation of State Poetry Societies society see

Lola Haskins
2. Annual POETRY IN THE PARK at Zion Park Nature Center with Lola Haskins on Friday, March 4th at 8:45 am to 3 pm. Fee-$50 for a day of poetry instruction, free pass to the park, etc. REGISTER NOW...

3. Annual REDROCK CREATIVE WRITING SEMINAR-Sat, March 5th -details coming check out for info and also about CHAPARRAL CONTEST. See flyers below for details:

Registration Form for Redrock Writers Seminar

Program for Redrock Writers Program

4. Also coming up SOUTHERN QUILL DSU's literary magazine, deadline March 7th-see poster for details. Heritage Writers Guild writing workshops in March-contact Marilyn Richardson. More info coming.

Thursday, September 16, 2021


Starting Sept 6, 2021, DIXIE POETS-a Chapter of the Utah State Poetry Society will NO longer be meeting in the St. George Active Life (Senior) Center  at 250 N 200 W in SG as per request by UTSPS's governing board's policy NOT to hold meetings in public places such as libraries, parks and senior centers because of concerns over the Covid 19 spread. When allowed to meet again, it will be announced HERE. 

In the meantime a new POETRY WORDSHOP  sponsored by the St George Active Life Center will hold meetings on the same schedule-1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 1:30-3:30 pm until further notice.  For more info-contact LIN FLOYD (lin at sunrivertoday dot com) Bring 10 copies of one to two poems for gentle critiquing. Participants registered for any classes at the Center can continue meeting there and will be issued a key fob to check in. Others will need to pre-register at the Center before class. All attending are asked for $1 donation to the Center to attend each session.

Those wishing to participate in UTSPS activities will find a calendar at their website 

OPPORTUNITY to be PUBLISHED by DSU English Dept in their ROUTE 7 Magazine-no fees. More info  Also check out for other contests:

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

COMING SOON-Summer into Fall Poetry Activities


Tues, July 20, 2021 DIXIE POETS-twice monthly meetings at 1:30-3:30 pm at Sr. Center in St. George 250 N 200 W for sharing a short bio of a favorite poet and a poem of theirs.

Tues, Aug 3 & 17 DIXIE POETS-short lesson & critiques–– continuing 1st and 3rd Tuesdays: Sept 7 & 21, Oct 5 & 19, Nov 2 & 16, and Dec 7 & 21.


CHAPARRAL CONTEST-entries starting in September-December for this yearly contest, see details below:

Sat, Oct 5, 2021- ST GEORGE LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL 3 -7 PM Cost-$10

Friday, March 5, 2022 POETRY IN THE PARK returns at Zion Park Lodge with Lola Haskins as presenter and also featured speaker at REDROCK CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP on Sat, March 6, 2022. More info coming soon.

Friday, April 30, 2021

If you are a member of UTSPS...

You can register for the NFSPS Convention coming in June all online. See details below:


Friday, March 19, 2021


DIXIE POETS will begin meeting again on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 1:30-3:30 pm in a new location at the Washington County Library Branch in Santa Clara located on the corner of Sunset and 1099 N Lava Flow Drive. BUT we will return to our SG Senior Center conference in May


Mon-April 5th instead of Tues, April 6-1:30-3pm DIXIE POETS Lesson by Denis Feehan on Comparison of Poems and Song Lyrics, bring 10-12 copies of 1-2 poems for gentle critiquing.

Tues, April 20-1:30-3:30 pm DIXIE POETS Lesson-Mona Clark, masks optional at Santa Clara Lib.

Tues, May 4-1:30-3:30 pm DIXIE POETS Lesson-Marie Tolltrup on POETIC FORM: the FLAMENCA, a short Spanish quintain (5 lines), MEETING IN SR. Citizen CENTER 250 N 200 S in St. George.

Tues, May 18, 1:30-3:30 pm DIXIE POETS Lesson-Lin Floyd-healing power of poetryMEETING IN SR. Citizen CENTER

LESSONS/Critiques WILL CONTINUE DURING THE SUMMER-1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm  at Sr. Center: June 1st-Lesson-Silvia Mangen, June 15-Marissa Alvarez, July 6-TBA, July 18-TBA, Aug 3-TBA, and Aug 17-TBA.


Apr 16-18 UTAH Poetry Festival free online, details

Fri, Apr  23 at 5:30 pm on Zoom, and Sat Apr 24 at Apr  8:15 am for UTSPS Awards Festival details coming on  

Wed, Apr 28 at 10 am Shanan Ballam Free Poetry of Memories WORKSHOP on Zoom, contact lin at sunrivertoday dot com for details

NOTE: No Mesquite Fine Arts poetry entries as inspiration for artists.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

It's 2021 and we're still HERE!

Time to adapt, be flexible and PATIENT, but continue going forward...with life, our use of time and our talents. So what's happening? Poetry in the Park, Redrock Creative Writing Seminar and Chaparral Poetry contest all held in March are cancelled this year. The St. George Festival of Literary Arts switched gears and recently published a book of Covid poems called The Art of Isolation instead of their regular seminar last Oct. So what is still planned to happen?


UTSPS annual APRIL AWARDS FESTIVAL will be held virtually on April 23, 2021 about 6 pm, then April 24, 2021 all day. Includes Guest Speaker EDWARD HIRSCH a workshop plus reading of winning poems and announcements of all winners. More details coming soon. FREE but only on ZOOM.

Apr 16-18. 2021 UTAH POETRY FESTIVAL: online and free. On youtube and googledocs for handouts. Register now.

TBA  NFSPS SUMMER CONVENTION will be online in June sometime.  CONTEST entries due March 15th. 

March 10, 2021-Submissions for SOUTHERN QUILL are due. They accept poems, stories and art. No admission fees and if your work is selected, you'll get a free copy of their publication.

DIXIE POETS will meet again in person as soon as our Sr. Center Building is open. In the meantime let's practice Zooming and keep writing.

We note with sadness the passing of our dear friend and poet D. GARY CHRISTIAN who continued writing and sharing poetry until his death. Rest in Peace dear Gary who gave so much to poetry in our state.  

Sunday, November 29, 2020


In mid November we stopped holding Dixie Poets because the Covid Virus closed down our St George Senior Center. Here's hoping that JANUARY and a new year 2021 will bring opportunities to meet in person again. In the meantime don't forget to pay your DUES to UTSPS-Utah State Poetry Society so you can enter our April Awards Festival Contest with a lower entry fee to win prizes. Dues due before Jan 5, 2021, Contest due-Feb 1, 2021. Details-categories etc, available on

Also there is DSU's SOUTHERN QUILL CONTEST open, no entry fee. Details on the poster.