Events for Poetry and Spoken Word

Natural History through Literature: Nature, Love, Medicine

Join editor Thomas Lowe Fleischner and contributor Jana Richman at Southern Utah University at 4:00 p.m. for a discussion about natural history and Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays on Wildness and Wellness. Count the petals of a globe mallow flower or listen for the whir of a black-chinned hummingbird and you’ve practiced natural history, connecting to a source of healing and connection that can be accessed by everyone. In Nature, Love, Medicine, ecologists and educators, poets and artists, and healers and the healed explore the notion that practicing attentive natural history remains an essential pathway to wellness, for individuals and societies. https://www.facebook.com/events/233956027431629/



Natural History through Literature: Nature, Love, Medicine

Join editor Thomas Lowe Fleischner and contributors Jana Richman and Nalini Nadkarni at Utah Valley University for a discussion about Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays on Wildness and Wellness. Count the petals of a globe mallow flower or listen for the whir of a black-chinned hummingbird and you’ve practiced natural history, connecting to a source of healing and connection that can be accessed by everyone. In Nature, Love, Medicine, ecologists and educators, poets and artists, and healers and the healed explore the notion that practicing attentive natural history remains an essential pathway to wellness, for individuals and societies.



Nature Love Medicine & Finding Stillness in a Noisy World

In “Nature, Love, Medicine,” a diverse array of nearly two dozen writers—including psychologists, poets, biologists, teachers, and artists—share personal stories which urge and inspire readers to pay conscious, careful attention to the world, and remind natural scientists of the power that their work has to invigorate our core humanity and heal us as individuals. Three contributors—including the collection’s editor—to “Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays on Wildness and Wellness ” will be at the King’s English Bookshop for a book talk, Q&A, and signing on “Nature, Love, Medicine” and Jana Richman’s new collection of essays “Finding Stillness in a Noisy World.” Thomas Lowe Fleischner is a naturalist and conservation biologist, and founding director of the Natural History Institute, and Faculty Emeritus at Prescott College, where he taught interdisciplinary environmental studies for almost three decades. He edited “The Way of Natural History,” and authored “Singing Stone: A Natural History of the Escalante Canyons and Desert Wetlands.” Nalini Nadkarni is a forest ecologist who pioneered techniques for studying tree canopy communities in tropical and temperate forests, and is the author of “Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees,” and other books. She is a professor of biology at the University of Utah. Jana Richman is the author of a memoir, “Riding in the Shadows of Saints: A Woman’s Story of Motorcycling the Mormon Trail,” and two novels: “The Last Cowgirl” and “The Ordinary Truth.” “Nature, Love, Medicine” and “Finding Stillness in a Noisy World” are available to buy at The King’s English Bookshop: https://www.kingsenglish.com/



Bastian Lecture Series: When the Chant Comes: Poetics at the Margins

Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture Series When the Chant Comes: Poetics at the Margins Speaker: Kay Ulanday Barrett Public Reception at 6 PM, Performance at 7 PM

Kay Ulanday Barrett is a nationally recognized poet, performer, and cultural strategist, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx-amerikan transgender queer person. On top of performing on stages globally, Barrett’s ideas have been featured in POOR Magazine, Huffington Post, Colorlines, and BuzzFeed. All Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture Series events are open to the public and include opportunities for audience members to ask questions.

For disability accommodations, please call 801.832.2405 at least 5 business days prior to the event. For more information on the performer, visit: http://www.kaybarrett.net/



Guest Poet Adam Giannelli

Rain intermits, bus windows steam up, loved ones suffer from dementia—in the constantly shifting, metaphoric world of Tremulous Hinge, figures struggle to remain standing and speaking against forces of gravity, time, and language. In these visually porous poems, boundaries waver and reconfigure along the rumbling shoreline of Rockaway or during the intermediary hours that an insomniac undergoes between darkness and dawn. Through a series of self-portraits, elegies, and Eros-tinged meditations, this hovering never subsides but offers, among the fragments, momentary constellations: “moths all swarming the / same light bulb.” From the difficulties of stuttering to teetering attempts at love, from struggling to order a hamburger to tracing the deckled edge of a hydrangea, these poems tumble and hum, revealing a hinge between word and world. Ultimately, among lofting waves, collapsing hands, and darkening skies, words themselves—a stutterer's maneuvers through speech, a deceased grandfather’s use of punctuation—become forms of consolation. From its initial turbulence to its final surprising solace, this debut collection mesmerizes. ​15 Bytes, Utah's premier Art magazine, is published by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. At the beginning of each month, 15 Bytes publishes a variety of articles on Utah's art scene including artist interviews, exhibition, performance and book reviews, spotlights on galleries and more. ​We're happy to congratulate Adam Giannelli for being a finalist in the 15 Bytes Poetry Award and proud to welcome him to The Printed Garden to read from his work and talk about poetry with Nancy Takacs and Mike White. This was one of our favorite events last year, so we're pretty excited about it! We'll be starting at 7:00 p.m., and light refreshments will be available.



Guest Poet Adam Giannelli

Rain intermits, bus windows steam up, loved ones suffer from dementia—in the constantly shifting, metaphoric world of Tremulous Hinge, figures struggle to remain standing and speaking against forces of gravity, time, and language. In these visually porous poems, boundaries waver and reconfigure along the rumbling shoreline of Rockaway or during the intermediary hours that an insomniac undergoes between darkness and dawn. Through a series of self-portraits, elegies, and Eros-tinged meditations, this hovering never subsides but offers, among the fragments, momentary constellations: “moths all swarming the / same light bulb.” From the difficulties of stuttering to teetering attempts at love, from struggling to order a hamburger to tracing the deckled edge of a hydrangea, these poems tumble and hum, revealing a hinge between word and world. Ultimately, among lofting waves, collapsing hands, and darkening skies, words themselves—a stutterer's maneuvers through speech, a deceased grandfather’s use of punctuation—become forms of consolation. From its initial turbulence to its final surprising solace, this debut collection mesmerizes. ​15 Bytes, Utah's premier Art magazine, is published by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. At the beginning of each month, 15 Bytes publishes a variety of articles on Utah's art scene including artist interviews, exhibition, performance and book reviews, spotlights on galleries and more. ​We're happy to congratulate Adam Giannelli for being a finalist in the 15 Bytes Poetry Award and proud to welcome him to The Printed Garden to read from his work and talk about poetry with Nancy Takacs and Mike White. This was one of our favorite events last year, so we're pretty excited about it! We'll be starting at 7:00 p.m., and light refreshments will be available.



Guest Poet Nancy Takacs

In her brilliant new collection, “The Worrier,” Nancy Takacs has presented her readers with her most finely nuanced and psychologically sophisticated collection of poetry to date. Each piece is an inner dialogue, a meditation, an experiential episode that seems to reveal the true nature of our relationship with our environment fragment by fragment, as we struggle to come to terms with our place in the physical world. There are two voices — the worrier and the answer — and Takacs’ worrier is presented in diametric opposition to the natural world, and to its processes. The natural world moves forward with wildness, sometimes purely instinctively, and sometimes without any apparent impetus. Takacs seems to point out, by way of this collection, that it is our intellect, that inner voice in which we place so much trust that frequently confounds us. We are apparently, by nature, unable to trust the design and wisdom of the kingdom into which we’ve been born. We are constantly sabotaged by our rebellious sense of self-importance, and by our insistence that the natural world is something that we can, somehow, bend to our will. But our determination to understand the natural world only in our own terms will only result in the muting of the wisdom of the earth, and will leave us nothing but our own noise. An extraordinary addition to this poet’s oeuvre. ​15 Bytes, Utah's premier Art magazine, is published by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. At the beginning of each month, 15 Bytes publishes a variety of articles on Utah's art scene including artist interviews, exhibition, performance and book reviews, spotlights on galleries and more. We're happy to congratulate Nancy Takacs on winning the 15 Bytes Poetry Award and proud to welcome her back to The Printed Garden to read from her work and talk about poetry with the two runners up, Adam Giannelli and Mike White. This was one of our favorite events last year, so we're pretty excited about it! We'll be starting at 7:00 p.m., and light refreshments will be available.



Guest Poet Nancy Takacs

In her brilliant new collection, “The Worrier,” Nancy Takacs has presented her readers with her most finely nuanced and psychologically sophisticated collection of poetry to date. Each piece is an inner dialogue, a meditation, an experiential episode that seems to reveal the true nature of our relationship with our environment fragment by fragment, as we struggle to come to terms with our place in the physical world. There are two voices — the worrier and the answer — and Takacs’ worrier is presented in diametric opposition to the natural world, and to its processes. The natural world moves forward with wildness, sometimes purely instinctively, and sometimes without any apparent impetus. Takacs seems to point out, by way of this collection, that it is our intellect, that inner voice in which we place so much trust that frequently confounds us. We are apparently, by nature, unable to trust the design and wisdom of the kingdom into which we’ve been born. We are constantly sabotaged by our rebellious sense of self-importance, and by our insistence that the natural world is something that we can, somehow, bend to our will. But our determination to understand the natural world only in our own terms will only result in the muting of the wisdom of the earth, and will leave us nothing but our own noise. An extraordinary addition to this poet’s oeuvre. ​15 Bytes, Utah's premier Art magazine, is published by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. At the beginning of each month, 15 Bytes publishes a variety of articles on Utah's art scene including artist interviews, exhibition, performance and book reviews, spotlights on galleries and more. We're happy to congratulate Nancy Takacs on winning the 15 Bytes Poetry Award and proud to welcome her back to The Printed Garden to read from her work and talk about poetry with the two runners up, Adam Giannelli and Mike White. This was one of our favorite events last year, so we're pretty excited about it! We'll be starting at 7:00 p.m., and light refreshments will be available.



Guest Poet Mike White

Winner of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. Addendum to a Miracle, Mike White's second book of poetry, is a collection that explores the shifting borderland between the sacred and the profane. The poems are lucid and often quite spare, focusing upon the ordinary things of this world, yet they pulse with the energy of the unknown, the unspeakable. In poems of a more metaphysical bent, angels appear, only their haloes have come off in the autumn wind and their wings are made of city snow. Poised between humor and terror, White's Addendum to a Miracle re-envisions the possibilities of grace. "When last did I read a poetry collection this good? These are memorable poems, and it seems insufficient to say how and why—ear, heart, mind, language and line, to be sure; also whimsy like Issa's, rhythmic and syllabic precision as good as Donald Justice's; the author's profound and beautifully understated sense of soul and darkness in people, as suggested in Laundromats, by the pool, in the men's room, and at Sunday school. If you read no other book this year, read this one." —Carol Frost ​15 Bytes, Utah's premier Art magazine, is published by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. At the beginning of each month, 15 Bytes publishes a variety of articles on Utah's art scene including artist interviews, exhibition, performance and book reviews, spotlights on galleries and more. We're happy to congratulate Mike White for being a finalist in the 15 Bytes Poetry Award and proud to welcome him to The Printed Garden to read from his work and talk about poetry with Nancy Takacs and Adam Giannelli. This was one of our favorite events last year, so we're pretty excited about it! We'll be starting at 7:00 p.m., and light refreshments will be available.



Guest Poet Mike White

Winner of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. Addendum to a Miracle, Mike White's second book of poetry, is a collection that explores the shifting borderland between the sacred and the profane. The poems are lucid and often quite spare, focusing upon the ordinary things of this world, yet they pulse with the energy of the unknown, the unspeakable. In poems of a more metaphysical bent, angels appear, only their haloes have come off in the autumn wind and their wings are made of city snow. Poised between humor and terror, White's Addendum to a Miracle re-envisions the possibilities of grace. "When last did I read a poetry collection this good? These are memorable poems, and it seems insufficient to say how and why—ear, heart, mind, language and line, to be sure; also whimsy like Issa's, rhythmic and syllabic precision as good as Donald Justice's; the author's profound and beautifully understated sense of soul and darkness in people, as suggested in Laundromats, by the pool, in the men's room, and at Sunday school. If you read no other book this year, read this one." —Carol Frost ​15 Bytes, Utah's premier Art magazine, is published by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. At the beginning of each month, 15 Bytes publishes a variety of articles on Utah's art scene including artist interviews, exhibition, performance and book reviews, spotlights on galleries and more. We're happy to congratulate Mike White for being a finalist in the 15 Bytes Poetry Award and proud to welcome him to The Printed Garden to read from his work and talk about poetry with Nancy Takacs and Adam Giannelli. This was one of our favorite events last year, so we're pretty excited about it! We'll be starting at 7:00 p.m., and light refreshments will be available.