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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Janine Joseph

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Janine Joseph

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Each month, 15 Bytes offers works-in-progress and / or recently published work by some of the state’s most celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and memoir. Today we are featuring Ogden-based poet Janine Joseph, who writes of...

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Eric C. Robertson reads from The Salted Earth

Eric C. Robertson reads from The Salted Earth

Eric C. Robertson's novel The Salted Earth won the Utah Division of Arts & Museum's 2015 Original Writing Contest for Novel. In this video he reads the first chapter, accompanied by images from Utah photographer Christine Baczek.

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Utah Original Writing Competition and READ LOCAL

Utah Original Writing Competition and READ LOCAL

The Utah Original Writing Competition (UOWC)  is one of the country’s oldest, continuously curated state-run writers contests.  Past winners have included Poets Laureate Lance Larsen and Katharine Coles and a slew of other writers, including the likes of Utah native Ron Carlson, who have gone on to wide acclaim as poets, novelists, short story writers...

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Terry Tempest Williams: Mormon Songdog

Terry Tempest Williams: Mormon Songdog

The Salt Lake Tribune reports today that University of Utah professor Terry Tempest Williams has tendered her resignation after a dispute with the University over the nature of her courses within the Envrionmental Humanities Program. This seemed an appropriate time to post Camille Pack’s essay on the acclaimed author that appeared in our 2014 publication...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Amy Brunvand

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Amy Brunvand

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Each month, 15 Bytes offers works-in-progress and / or recently published work by some of the state’s most celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and memoir. Today we are featuring Salt Lake City-based poet Amy Brunvand who here...

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Read Local: Our New Reading Series with the Salt Lake Arts Council starts Thursday

Read Local: Our New Reading Series with the Salt Lake Arts Council starts Thursday

The Salt Lake City Arts Council and Artists of Utah are collaborating on a new reading series that features writers Utah writers discussing their craft. Curated by David G. Pace, Literary Editor of Artists of Utah’s online magazine 15 Bytes, the Finch Lane Gallery Reading Series will bring together emerging writers who have won local...

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The Holy Scripture of Our Life: Shawn Vestal's "Daredevils"

The Holy Scripture of Our Life: Shawn Vestal’s “Daredevils”

Author Shawn Vestal will read from and sign his debut novel Daredevils on April 27, 2016 at The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 E. in Salt Lake City at 7:00 pm. David Pace reviews the work in our Sunday book review.

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Wade Bentley

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Wade Bentley

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Each month, 15 Bytes offers works-in-progress and / or recently published work by some of the state’s most celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and memoir. Today we are featuring Salt Lake City-based poet C. Wade Bentley who...

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Melanie Rae Thon

Melanie Rae Thon

“Our only hope of finding grace was to tell our stories to each other,” writes Melanie Rae Thon in an essay titled “You Can’t Avoid Trouble: First, Body.” Both the line and the essay’s title are apt descriptions of Thon, who has been crafting graceful and haunting stories rife with bodily and spiritual harm for...

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Poetry as Mineralogy: Craig Dworkin's Conceptual Poetry Crystalizes in Alkali

Poetry as Mineralogy: Craig Dworkin’s Conceptual Poetry Crystalizes in Alkali

Craig Dworkin, a professor of English at the University of Utah, is a bright star in the avant-garde conceptual poetry movement.  Conceptual poetry is the opposite of what most people think of when they think of poetry.  Rather than using expressive language to explore the human condition, conceptual poets design their poems according to rules...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Melody Newey Johnson

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Melody Newey Johnson

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Each month, 15 Bytes offers works-in-progress and / or recently published work by some of the state’s most celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and memoir. Today we are featuring Salt Lake City-based poet Melody Newey Johnson who here...

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Rituals and Routines: Nancy Takacs' Blue Patina

Rituals and Routines: Nancy Takacs’ Blue Patina

I have long been acquainted with Nancy Takacs’ poetry through her beautiful chapbooks. Thus, it was a pleasure to read so many of her poems in her latest collection, Blue Patina, published by Blue Begonia Press. In these poems, I continue to see how deeply the natural world is embedded in her language. The first...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jana Richman

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jana Richman

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Each month, 15 Bytes offers works-in-progress and / or recently published work by some of the state’s most celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and memoir. Today we are featuring novelist and narrative nonfiction writer Jana Richman. I...

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Based on a True Story: The Versatile Elaine Jarvik Plays It Where It Lays

Based on a True Story: The Versatile Elaine Jarvik Plays It Where It Lays

I had forgotten she plays the drums. Or that she once wrote the Itty Bitty Salt Lake City feature for the Deseret News. Amazing what you discover while researching a piece on someone you thought you already knew a lot about. Elaine Jarvik is a woman of numerous talents: 27 years as a writer with...

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Parting a Moving Veil: Lisa Bickmore's Flicker

Parting a Moving Veil: Lisa Bickmore’s Flicker

by Nancy Takacs I am drawn to these truthful, soulful poems in Flicker. They are natural in their telling, in a voice that trusts itself, and is wise, although it doesn’t mean to be. The poet tries to transcend grief through repentance, to know what will work, searching for a way, here on the cusp...

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