Events for Poetry and Spoken Word

Karin Anderson & Rebecca Claren: Voices of the American West

Cowboy-trodden myths of the “Old West” have historically obscured or censored many voices, and continue to shape our ideas of what—and who—a New West should look like and include. Novelists Karin Anderson (Before Us Like a Land of Dreams) and Rebecca Claren (Kickdown) bring their characters to life in a discussion on challenging dominant narratives through their writing. Moderated by Kirsten Johanna Allen, their conversation will be in the Whiting Room of the Hunter Conference Center at SUU on Tuesday, October 29 at 11:30 a.m. A gardener, writer, mother, wanderer, and heretic, Karin Anderson is a Professor of English at Utah Valley University where she focuses on creative writing, lit theory, wilderness and environmental writing, LGBTQ lit, contemporary narrative genres, and honor legacies. She is the author of the novel Before Us Like a Land of Dreams, and her work has appeared in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Quarter After Eight, Western Humanities Review, Sunstone, Saranac Review, American Literary Review, and Fiddleblack. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and holds degrees from Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah. She hails from the Great Basin. Award-winning journalist Rebecca Clarren has been writing about the rural West for twenty years. Her journalism, for which she has won the Hillman Prize, an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, and nine grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, has appeared in such publications as MotherJones, High Country News, The Nation, and Salon.com. Her debut novel, Kickdown (Sky Horse Press, 2018), was shortlisted for the PEN/Bellwether Prize. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two young sons. This event is presented by Torrey House Press and Utah Humanities. This event has received funding from the Utah Humanities Council. The Utah Humanities Council (UHC) enriches our cultural, intellectual, and civic life by providing opportunities for all Utahns to explore life’s most engaging questions and the wonders of the human experience. Torrey House Press is also supported by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts.



Scary Stories for Young Foxes: Halloween reading with author Christian McKay Heidicker

Christian McKay Heidicker draws inspiration from Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe for his debut middle-grade novel, a thrilling portrait of survival and an unforgettable tale of friendship. ​ The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe. When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they discover a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must venture through field and forest, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their flesh, a witch who tries to steal their skins, a ghost who hunts them through the snow . . . and other things too scary to mention. Featuring eight interconnected stories and sixteen hauntingly beautiful illustrations, Scary Stories for Young Foxes contains the kinds of adventures and thrills you love to listen to beside a campfire in the dark of night. Fans of Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Auxier, and R. L. Stine have found their next favorite book. Bring your young foxes to The Printed Garden for an evening of scary stories with Christian McKay Heidicker as he reads from his new book, Scary Stories for Young Foxes. These stories are written for an 8+ year audience, but are truly frightening! This event will begin at 7:00 p.m. We'll have Halloween candy for attendees



Re-Writing the American West: Karin Anderson, Danielle Dubrasky, and Heather Holland

Join writers Karin Anderson, Danielle Beazer Dubrasky, and Heather Holland in a panel discussion about writing and exploring voices that often go unheard in the cowboy-trodden American West. How do you challenge dominant narratives? How do you research for writing based in place? How do you encourage your students to widen their view of home? Moderated by Lauren Matthews, this discussion and reading will be in the Rasmussen Room of the Greenwood Student Center at Snow College on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. A gardener, writer, mother, wanderer, and heretic, Karin Anderson is a Professor of English at Utah Valley University where she focuses on creative writing, lit theory, wilderness and environmental writing, LGBTQ lit, contemporary narrative genres, and honor legacies. She is the author of the novel Before Us Like a Land of Dreams, and her work has appeared in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Quarter After Eight, Western Humanities Review, Sunstone, Saranac Review, American Literary Review, and Fiddleblack. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and holds degrees from Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah. She hails from the Great Basin. Danielle Beazer Dubrasky’s poetry has been published in Terrain.org, Pilgrimage, Sugar House Review, Salt Front, Cave Wall, Contrary Magazine, and Quill&Parchment. She is the author of the chapbook Ruin and Light selected by Anabiosis Press and a limited edition art book Invisible Shores published through Red Butte Press. She is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Southern Utah University where she directs an Ecopoetry and Place writing conference. Danielle has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, a two-time recipient of the Utah Arts Council first place award in poetry, and is currently the director of the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values at Southern Utah University. She directs The Art of Literature program, a partnership between Southern Utah University and the Utah Humanities Council that brings writers to the southern Utah community and to the classroom. She also developed and directs a biannual Creative Writing/Teaching Conference for high school teachers at SUU. Danielle grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, but has lived the last 20 years in southern Utah. Heather Holland is an instructor of English at Snow College and lives in Ephraim, Utah. This event is presented by Torrey House Press and Utah Humanities. This event has received funding from the Utah Humanities Council. The Utah Humanities Council (UHC) enriches our cultural, intellectual, and civic life by providing opportunities for all Utahns to explore life’s most engaging questions and the wonders of the human experience. Torrey House Press is also supported by Salt Lake City Zoo, Arts & Parks and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts.



Other Bodies, Other Voices: Kimberly Abunuwara, Karin Anderson, Kara Van De Graaf

How do creative writers find ways to embody the voices of their characters? How do we write to release them into the bodies of readers and performers? UVU writer-professors discuss their fiction, poetry, and performance as they create characters who speak and live beyond their makers. Dr. Kimberly Abunuwara, playwright and stage performer, Professor and Director of Humanities, UVU. Dr. Karin Anderson, Professor, English, UVU. Author of the novel Before Us Like A Land of Dreams, Torrey House Press, 2019. Dr. Kara Van De Graaf, Professor, English, UVU. Author of the prize-winning poetry collection Spitting Image, Southern Illinois University Press, 2018. Moderated by Dr. Julie Nichols, Professor, English, UVU. Author of the novel Pigs When They Straddle the Air, Zarahemla Press, 2016. Join our conversation on Thursday, October 31, 2019, in the Clarke Building, Room 510. Refreshments and informal conversation with the authors will follow. This event is free and open to the public. This event is presented by Torrey House Press and Utah Humanities. This event has received funding from the Utah Humanities Council. The Utah Humanities Council (UHC) enriches our cultural, intellectual, and civic life by providing opportunities for all Utahns to explore life’s most engaging questions and the wonders of the human experience. Torrey House Press is also supported by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts.



Book Launch and Signing with author Caitlin Sangster

Sev must decode her mother’s last words to find the cure to Sleeping Sickness before Dr. Yang can use it to blackmail the world into submitting to his rule in this thrilling finale to the Last Star Burning trilogy. Sev finally knows where to find the cure to Sleeping Sickness. The only problem is that she’s trapped in an endless sleep herself after refusing to give up her secrets to Dr. Yang. Howl is determined to save Sev, but he has no idea where Dr. Yang is keeping her. When he runs into a group fleeing Port North on a mission of their own, he has no choice but to follow and hope they can get him back to the mountains before it’s too late. June, infected with SS by the very people she calls family, has now become the one thing she most fears. She’s supposed to be Port North’s insurance that Howl and Sev return with the cure, but June has other ideas. And Tai-ge, reunited with the Reds, is airlifted to the City now overrun by SS. He’s charged with getting the factories running again by any means necessary—no matter how many Sephs stand in his way. There’s only one thing strong enough to unite people who have been fighting for years, and Sev holds the key to it inside her mind. If she can’t reach the cure in time, there may not be anyone left to save. We're proud to partner with Provo City Library to launch the third and final book in Caitlin's Last Star Burning Triology! This event begins at 7:00 p.m.



Book Signing with author Brandon Mull

Cursed by the Key of Forgetting, Seth has lost all memory of his past—his relationships, his experiences, and who he really is. For now he will align with his new mentor, Ronodin, the dark unicorn, who takes him to the Phantom Isle, the secret gateway to the Under Realm. Though Seth is not formally a prisoner, Ronodin wants to use him and his shadow charmer powers for his own dark ends. Kendra is frantic to find her missing brother, but the quest will take her and her companions, including Warren, Tanu, and Vanessa, far from Wyrmroost to Crescent Lagoon—a recently fallen dragon sanctuary made up of many islands and underwater domains. Its caretaker has regained a foothold on one of the islands. If Kendra and her friends can save that sanctuary, they might uncover the answers they need to rescue Seth. ​ With each sanctuary the dragons overthrow, Celebrant, the Dragon King, comes closer to the dawn of a new Age of Dragons. With the forces of darkness on the march, can Kendra and her allies gather enough power to win the epic dragon war? Meet up with us at the Provo City LIbrary to hear Brandon Mull read from, answer questions about, and sign copies of the newest installment in his Dragonwatch series! This event begins at 7:00 p.m.



Reading & Signing with Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal

“Here, Rekdal translates pain into redemption, so that a loss is not an ending but a transformation, in this riveting poetic alchemy.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review Nightingale is a book about change. This collection radically rewrites and contemporizes many of the myths central to Ovid’s epic, The Metamorphoses, Rekdal’s characters changed not by divine intervention but by both ordinary and extraordinary human events. In Nightingale, a mother undergoes cancer treatments at the same time her daughter transitions into a son; a woman comes to painful terms with her new sexual life after becoming quadriplegic; a photographer wonders whether her art is to blame for her son’s sudden illness; and a widow falls in love with her dead husband’s dog. At the same time, however, the book includes more intimate lyrics that explore personal transformation, culminating in a series of connected poems that trace the continuing effects of sexual violence and rape on survivors. Nightingale updates many of Ovid’s subjects while remaining true to the Roman epic’s tropes of violence, dismemberment, silence, and fragmentation. Is change a physical or a spiritual act? Is transformation punishment or reward, reversible or permanent? Does metamorphosis literalize our essential traits, or change us into something utterly new? Nightingale investigates these themes, while considering the roles that pain, violence, art, and voicelessness all play in the changeable selves we present to the world. Join us for an evening of amazing poetry as Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal and Utah poet Nathan Hauke read from their most recent work, talk about writing poetry, and sign copies of their books. Sit back and enjoy some of the finest poetry produced in Utah over the last year. This event will begin at 7:00 p.m.



Book Launch and Signing with Poet Nathan Hauke

"If the word takes root, & the phrase finds traction to stay on the page, as we read along we thank Nathan Hauke for giving us the trail that is Indian Summer Recycling. A way into words that deepens our joy, gratitude, & clarity for our impermanent life in this world. Composting the ghostly reverberations of what is heard, & seen. Composing, decomposing, partnering in the dance of presence and absence. A poetry where even the cross-outs sing (softly). This is a beautiful blues music?of Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, & John Milton?reclaiming the moment when spirit speaks, speaking through the moment most clearly in its erasure, its disappearance. Places peopled deeply. A sustaining domesticity, an undercurrent of familial affection. Hauke's is an ethical way of writing, with deep roots in early American literature. The way to the heights is word by word, step by step." - Hank Lazer Join us for a book launch event celebrating the release of poet Nathan Hauke's new collection of work Indian Summer Recycling. Joining Nathan Hauke will be Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal. Both poets will be reading their work, discussing poetry and signing copies of their books. Take the night off, sit back, and enjoy some of the best new poetry produced in the state of Utah. This event will begin at 7:00 p.m.