Events for Poetry and Spoken Word

Peaks of Madness: A Collection of Utah Horror - Book Launch

Beat the summer heat with these thirty bone-chilling tales of horror! Join us as we partner with Forty-Two Books and the Utah Chapter of Horror Writers Association to celebrate the release of their fifth anthology of short horror, Peaks of Madness: A Collection of Utah Horror. The group of Utah writers who brought you It Came From the Great Salt Lake, Apocalypse Utah, and others are back with thirty new tales of terror, and the horror inside may just drive you mad! Some will resist. Others will give in willingly. You may even find that you like the psychosis of original Utah Horror. Thirty lunatics have come together to produce the finest and most original unpublished writings, since losing their minds. Experience the delusion and insanity of this new collection of horror in poetry, flash, and short fiction. Hypnotic flesh eaters, ghosts of the past, ritual killings, time loops in hell, Ted Bundy's murder-sex, sub-dermal insects, homicidal hauntings, and asylum wanderers will thrill and fascinate you on the way out of sanity. Lovecraft's typewriter will type out your last words as you lose your mind, proclaiming the stories within, the best to have ever been penned. Join us at The Printed Garden on Friday night, July 19th, and enjoy an evening of Utah horror stories as some of the contributors to Peaks of Madness: A Collection of Utah Horror regale us with their tales of terror. This event will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Author in the House Presents Shanan Ballam

Join us for an evening of reading and conversation with Poet Shanan Ballam. Ballam earned an MFA in poetry writing from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and is the author of the poetry chapbook The Red Riding Hood Papers (Finishing Line 2010) and two full-length poetry collections Pretty Marrow (Negative Capability 2013) and Inside the Animal: The Collected Red Riding Hood Poems (Main Street Rag Publishing 2019). She is a Senior Lecturer and teaches poetry writing, fiction writing, and composition for Utah State University. She was named the 2014 Lecturer of the Year for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, served on the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors from 2013-2017, and was recently named Logan City Poet Laureate, with her Laureate duties beginning in August 2019. The reading is free and tailored to an adult audience.

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2019 African Festival

United Africans of Utah is excited to announce The 4th Annual African Festival will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from noon to 8 pm at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. The family friendly event is FREE and will feature music, dance and spoken word performances, with art and food booths galore.

7th Annual Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month Kick off

Latest article on this years 7th Annual Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month which is Saturday July 27, 2019 at Sorenson Multicultural 855 California Ave. Starting at 8am-2pm the 1st Volleyball Tournament as part of the Kick Off. Next door at the Sorenson Unity Center from 11a-5pm please browse the Art Exhibit, a tribute to Glendale dance group "Malialole" for their years of community service using music and dance, with a display of their handmade traditional dance costumes or you can watch free Pacific Island film screenings until 5pm. At 5pm grab your Passport outside till 10pm behind Sorenson Multicultural center. Better then an Pacific Island Travel Trade Show with 13 Pacific Island cultural stations that all live here in Utah. Cultural stations new this year are the countries of Palau, Niue and Rotuma, traditional foods new this year are from the countries of Tuvalu and Marshall Islands, new community performances from the RapaNui and Marshallese community intertwined with other local community groups. An add this year is the Talk Story Stage for literary pieces, story telling and demonstrations on a smaller, intimate space. The main stage will have non stop entertainment of all types with Community Leaders doing the hourly passport drawings. Free health screenings onsite provided by the University of Utah's Health Bus and the Heart Association. Information about being a volunteer, being a vendor, performing, literary readings and sponsorship go to Please pass it on!

Special Children's Storytime with Author Karen O'Driscoll

A true story about a chicken who raised ducklings and the surprises it brought to the barnyard. Illustrated in watercolor with pen and ink, it is a heartwarming story about moms, babies and the families we make for ourselves. Join us for a special author-led storytime for children Saturday afternoon, August 3rd. Karen O'Driscoll will read her new picture book, Buc, Buc, Mama Duck!, and two other favorites for the kids. We'll also have special coloring pages and some cookies! The storytime will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Special Children's Storytime with Author Angie Lucas

When a young boy loses his mother, an invisible dragon swoops in and perches on top of his head. A most unwelcome guest, the dragon follows him to school, sleeps on his chest at night (making it hard for him to breathe), and even crashes his birthday party. As the boy comes to terms with his mother’s death, however, his relationship with the dragon changes in surprising ways. My Big, Dumb, Invisible Dragon is a story for children dealing with loss, particularly the death of a parent. Although grief is a heavy topic, Angie Lucas and Birgitta Sif handle it deftly for children, using the metaphor of the dragon, a light tone, and touches of humor. The book shows that healing takes time and that it’s OK to experience a wide range of emotions as you process a really big loss. Join us for a special Children's Storytime with author Angie Lucas on Saturday, August 10th. Angie will read from, discuss, and sign copies of her new book, and will round out the storytime with a couple of her other favorite books. We'll have coloring pages designed by the remarkable Icelandic artist Birgitta Sif, who is also the book's illustrator. If that's not enough, we'll have cookies! This event will begin at 2:00 p.m.

My First Book Club #3: Freya & Zoose with Author Emily Butler

We're launching our first My First Book Club both to keep our younger guests reading through the summer and to give them their very first book club-style experience. Not necessarily designed as a classroom-style experience, the My First Book Club will be focused simply on creating a positive and fun social experience and getting young readers to talk about what they've read with their peers, focusing on their most and least favorite parts, as well as scratching the surface of their book selections to consider other messages and themes that the author might be conveying.

Participants should arrive at the August meeting having finished Freya & Zoose by Emily Butler. Although it's not necessary to have completed the book, guests should try to have read as much of it as possible to avoid the possibility of spoilers from other readers. During this, our third and final discussion of My First Book Club 2019, author Emily Butler will also be attending to discuss her book with our young guests! Our discussion will start at 2:00 p.m. and we'll have cookies or some type of snacks for our readers!