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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Anne Vinsel

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Anne Vinsel

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 feature a poem by Anne Vinsel, first place winner...

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Reflections on Modern Manhood: Joey Franklin's My Wife Wants You to Know I'm Happily Married

Reflections on Modern Manhood: Joey Franklin’s My Wife Wants You to Know I’m Happily Married

by Meg McManama Joey Franklin, Utah author and BYU professor, is an average-Joe-Mormon who contemplates hilarious and poignant moments of boyhood, manhood, and fatherhood. Franklin’s collection of 14 essays brought out the immature teenage humor in me, and at other moments had me meditating on the huge responsibility of life as a parent, as a...

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“From fallen angels to exploding stars”: Rock Canyon Poets to Release Second Anthology

“From fallen angels to exploding stars”: Rock Canyon Poets to Release Second Anthology

  PROVO — “In these pages,” says poet Lance Larsen  “you’ll find starlings and stars, red rocks and coffee shops, turntables and wishing wells, burritos and razorbacks and reruns of The Sound of Music.” Utah’s Poet Laureate is talking about Orogeny, a Rock Canyon Poets anthology which will have its launch Tuesday, June 14 at...

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2016 15 Bytes Book Awards: Poetry Finalists

2016 15 Bytes Book Awards: Poetry Finalists

The 4th Annual 15 Bytes Book Awards is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 Poetry Award. Finalists were determined  by 15 Bytes’ staff and guest judges based on three criteria: Quality of Writing/Artistry Provides Insight into Utah landscape and/or culture and/or author has a connection to Utah (i.e., is or was a Utahn)...

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2016 15 Bytes Book Awards: Fiction Finalists

2016 15 Bytes Book Awards: Fiction Finalists

      The 4th Annual 15 Bytes Book Awards is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 Fiction Award. Finalists were determined  by 15 Bytes’ staff and guest judges based on three criteria: Quality of Writing/Artistry Provides Insight into Utah landscape and/or culture and/or author has a connection to Utah (i.e., is or...

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Judith Freeman's The Latter Days:  A Memoir

Judith Freeman’s The Latter Days: A Memoir

Judith Freeman is best known as a fiction writer who frequently weaves Mormon themes into her stories. Her novel The Chinchilla Farm (1989) won an award from the Association of Mormon Letters, and Red Water (2002) centers on the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Her latest book is a memoir about growing up female and Mormon in...

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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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