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 panorama37.2020@gmail.com 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 http://nfsps.com or the newly revised UTSPS website http://utahpoets.com or see our UTSPS blog with spotlights on new members and the new UTAH POET LAUREATE at http://utahpoetry.blogspot.com 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 http://www.nfsps.com/NFShttp://www.nfsps.com/NFSPS2022ConvReg.pdf

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 FAMOUS...lol!

 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 https://utahpoetryfestival.com organized by Paisley Rekdal-Utah State Poet Laureate.

Apr 8-9  Utah State Poetry April Festival on Zoom. Details available at utahpoets.com  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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZn4x9m2fVVqwFzxPHwNVAZoWXliXinKwnQHkWpP2n3qwKow/viewform

June 23-24 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Will be in person and on Zoom. Details https://nfsps.com/Strophes2022-Apr.pdf 

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 (April 8-9) with prizes for contests and mini workshops available. Dues ($30/years) due postmarked by Wed, Jan 5, 2022. See form: utahpoets.com . 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 http://nfsps.org

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... details at https://zionpark.org/event/poetry-in-the-park/

3. Annual REDROCK CREATIVE WRITING SEMINAR-Sat, March 5th -details coming check out http://redrockwriters.org for info and also about CHAPARRAL CONTEST awards. 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: poetry, photography, visual art, fiction and non fiction. No entry fee. https://www.thesouthernquill.com/submit

5. HERITAGE WRITERS GUILD writing workshops on Sat, March  12 at 10:30-12:30 at Washington Country Library in St. George will feature Dorothy Allred Solomon discussing writing memoirs, 

On Sat Mar 26th same time and place author Julie Olsen will be discussing how to write children's books, illustrate and young adult books. Free lecture, for more info contact email Marilyn Richardson <jayrich@infowest.com> or  for details check out www.heritagewritersguild.com 

6. Due Mar 15th  NFSPS-National Federation of State Poetry Societies annual contest. Open to all but especially UTSPS members: https://www.nfsps.com/poetry_contests.htm 


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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZn4x9m2fVVqwFzxPHwNVAZoWXliXinKwnQHkWpP2n3qwKow/viewform There is a $5 fee per entry in the adult contest. Entries will not be considered if the entry fee has not been paid. The entry fee is simply to raise funds for the prize money and other costs associated with the contest. We are a non-profit entity. You can pay your entry fee one of three ways:

Pay on our EventBrite site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parus-poets-adult-creative-writing-contest-tickets-255419495587  (this site charges an extra administrative fee, FYI) Pay via Venmo @Reuben-Wadsworth (3315 last four of phone number) Pay via check made out to me sent to: Reuben Wadswort 395 N. 200 West, Room 205 Hurricane, UT 84737 Any questions about the adult contest can be directed to me or adult contest chair, Jenny Drummond, jenny.drummond@washk12.org

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 http://utahpoets.com 

OPPORTUNITY to be PUBLISHED by DSU English Dept in their ROUTE 7 Magazine-no fees. More info https://www.r7review.com/submit  Also check out for other contests: https://trishhopkinson.com/

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.