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Literary Arts
SUNDAY BLOG READ: Craig Dworkin

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Craig Dworkin

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 poet and University of Utah professor Craig Dworkin favors us with...

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Wolves That Lope Into Your Dreams: Rob Carney's "88 Maps"

Wolves That Lope Into Your Dreams: Rob Carney’s “88 Maps”

Every now and then I run across a poem so tasty I’m greedy for more by the same poet, which is how I felt after finding Rob Carney’s prize winning “Seven Pages from The Book of Sharks” on terrain.org. The poem tells a wholly invented myth of sharks in plainspoken and often lighthearted language. I...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Kirstin Scott

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Kirstin Scott

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, 15 Bytes features Salt Lake City-based novelist Kirstin Scott...

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Bite-Size Poetry: Nancy Takacs

Bite-Size Poetry: Nancy Takacs

“Bite-size poetry” is a program of the Utah Department of Arts & Museums that features Utah poet reading one of their works, with some video production by TWIG Media Lab. This month’s feature is Nancy Takacs, who has been featured in our Sunday Blog Read (here). She lives in Wellington, Utah, and spends summers in...

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Before Language: Poet Nano Taggart responds to the art of Andy Marvick

Before Language: Poet Nano Taggart responds to the art of Andy Marvick

Nathaniel “Nano” Taggart first saw the work of artist Andy Marvik at the Braithwaite Gallery at Southern Utah University, where both of them work. “If I hadn’t already decided that the arts had to be at the center of my life,” reports Taggart, “I suspect that standing in front of [Marvik’s] ‘And all the streets...

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Passing Through: Richard Menzies' existential journey across America’s outback

Passing Through: Richard Menzies’ existential journey across America’s outback

by Christine Baczek America’s West is full of lonely roads and desolate countryside where a paper map and spare tire are more important than a cell phone. These roads set the stage for Passing Through, in which author and photojournalist Richard Menzies recounts the “existential wonderland of a rabbit hole” he encountered in the rural...

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Jeri Parker's Unmoored

Jeri Parker’s Unmoored

by Krystal K. Baker Rennie’s dad is dead, and with his death, the life she’s known shrugs from her shoulders like a worn coat. Devastated and confused by the incidents surrounding his mysterious death, she is just as devastated by her father’s exit from her life as she was by his presence in it. Like...

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A Mormon Bishop’s wife solves another crime: "His Right Hand" by Mette Ivie Harrison

A Mormon Bishop’s wife solves another crime: “His Right Hand” by Mette Ivie Harrison

In a recent article, The Salt Lake Tribune said Mormon mysteries have become a hot new genre, with Mette Ivie Harrison’s 2014 national bestseller The Bishop’s Wife leading the pack. Her second in the Linda Wallheim series, “set in Mormon Utah,“ however, offers little mystery and a lot of Mormon. And much of the Mormon...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Lisa Bickmore

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Lisa Bickmore

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, 15 Bytes features West Jordan-based poet Lisa Bickmore who...

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Laura Stott's Boundaries

Laura Stott’s Boundaries

In our efforts to expand our coverage of the literary arts in Utah, we’re publishing Utah Arts & Museums’ monthly “Bite-Size Poetry” here on our blog. Look for it as one of our Sunday literary posts. Laura Stott recites her poem “Boundaries.”

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Literary Gems on Radio West

Literary Gems on Radio West

When we’re in the office working on 15 Bytes, we love listening to music on KRCL and listening to news and talk on KUER. So, we know, like most of Utah, that Doug Fabrizio’s Radio West is a state treasure. In the past week Radio West has posted a trio of programs (two radio shows...

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David G. Pace's Dream House on Golan Drive

David G. Pace’s Dream House on Golan Drive

reviewed by Eric Samuelsen In the beginning was the word, and in it, revealed, through its fullness, the possibility of both blasphemy and redemption. Both/and. Because Mormonism is a vast tent, and also an unbalanced one, most of its stakes on one side. Less and more active, perfection and atonement, sexual purity and the purity...

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Kirsten Jorgenson's Sediment & Veil

Kirsten Jorgenson’s Sediment & Veil

The ”Sediment” in the title of this book of poems is radioactive dust blown downwind from nuclear explosions at the Nevada Test Site; the “Veil” is a Mormon symbol that represents the separation between God and man, but also, according to the LDS.org website, “a God-given forgetfulness that blocks people’s memories of the premortal existence.”...

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Paisley Rekdal's Self-Portrait as Mae West Anagram

Paisley Rekdal’s Self-Portrait as Mae West Anagram

In our efforts to expand our coverage of the literary arts in Utah, we’re publishing Utah Arts & Museums’ monthly “Bite-Size Poetry” here on our blog. Look for it as one of our Sunday literary posts. Paisley Rekdal recites her poem “Self-Portrait as Mae West One-Liner.”

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Dirt: A Love Story. 36 Writers Get Down To Earth

Dirt: A Love Story. 36 Writers Get Down To Earth

What does DIRT taste like? Here are 36 different ways of tasting, seeing, feeling, and experiencing dirt. Reading this collection, skillfully collected by Barbara Richardson, is like being served a small plate dinner with 36 different tastes. Richardson, a past winner of the Utah Book Award, is the master chef. She says her own dirt...

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