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Literary Arts
Making Life Out of Dust: Bev Magennis’ Alibi Creek

Making Life Out of Dust: Bev Magennis’ Alibi Creek

When Willa Cather wrote a female protagonist and gave an impression of male-ness to the hard, western landscape of her novel, O Pioneers, she probably wasn’t trying to do anything radical. She was writing what she knew. Though perhaps she also meant the book to be a deliberate misreading of the classic literary myth of...

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Nancy Takacs' Red Voices

Nancy Takacs’ Red Voices

by Ed Bennett The myth of Echo as we know it appeared in Book III of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.” She was a mountain nymph, part of a group with whom Zeus liked to dally. Whenever Zeus’ wife, the goddess Hera, attempted to find her husband during these interludes, she was distracted by Echo, who would engage...

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Jeri Parker, Winner of the 15 Bytes Book Award for Fiction

Jeri Parker, Winner of the 15 Bytes Book Award for Fiction

15 Bytes is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Fiction, Jeri Parker’s novel Unmoored, an “enthralling family saga” set in the area of the North Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. A Salt Lake City resident, Parker is the author of the memoir A Thousand Voices, nominated for...

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Nancy Takacs, Winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry

Nancy Takacs, Winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry

15 Bytes is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry, Nancy Takacs’ collection Blue Patina (Blue Begonia Press, 2015). A resident of Wellington, Utah, in Carbon County, Takacs is the author of three poetry chapbooks and two full-length books of poetry, Blue Patina and Preserves (City Art Press, 2004). In...

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Of Peripheries and the Sublime: Kevin Holdsworth’s Good Water

Of Peripheries and the Sublime: Kevin Holdsworth’s Good Water

In his collection of essays called Good Water, Kevin Holdsworth says, “To find and frequent the periphery is imperative for the artist, and dangerous—the margin is a sucking whirlpool.” Could there be a place more marginal or peripheral than the small town of Good Water in Wayne County, Utah from which his collection takes its...

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Fracture Lines: The Beautiful and the Grotesque in Nate Liederbach's Beasts You'll Never See

Fracture Lines: The Beautiful and the Grotesque in Nate Liederbach’s Beasts You’ll Never See

  Nate Liederbach’s collection, Beasts You’ll Never See, begins: When our youngest sister went anorexic at twenty-nine her cheeks sprouted mold-white peach hair, her gums grayed, her auburn mane scraggled dull and spit clumps, yet we couldn’t mention it. A beast? The story is titled, “Daddy Bird.” And from its opening the story sways equal...

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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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