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Miraculous Knots: Nancy Takacs' new volume of poetry is full of startling imagery and delicate revelations

Miraculous Knots: Nancy Takacs’ new volume of poetry is full of startling imagery and delicate revelations

reviewed by Richard Hedderman   If for a moment you imagine language as a length of rope, a poem forms when you start tying knots in the rope and pulling them tight, snugging them and squeezing all the air out. The poet may then submit to the reader that his imagination run over the knots...

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Adventures in Ekphrasis

Adventures in Ekphrasis

ARTLandish | there’s no place like time: a novel you can walk through a retrospective of video artist Alana Olsen Tuesday, January 31 | 7 pm | FREE Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium, UMFA Collaborative artists Lance and Andi Olsen present there’s no place like time, a novel you can walk through—an...

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The Poetic Finesse of Katharine Coles’ Flight

The Poetic Finesse of Katharine Coles’ Flight

Katharine Coles’ writing style is pared-down and precise. The former Utah Poet Laureate (2006-2012) often uses punctuation in order to minimize verbiage, and favors “erasures” to create new poems by eliminating words from an existing text. The effect can seem a bit chilly, though it set the perfect tone for her marvelous The Earth is...

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Unfinished Analogies: A Profile of Lynn Kilpatrick

Unfinished Analogies: A Profile of Lynn Kilpatrick

A profile of SLC-based writer Lynn Kilpatrick, author of In The House, who will be part of the upcoming READ LOCAL series at Finch Lane Gallery, Thursday, January 12.

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Vessels from a Hindu goddess to Mae West: Paisley Rekdal’s Imaginary Vessels.

Vessels from a Hindu goddess to Mae West: Paisley Rekdal’s Imaginary Vessels.

Paisley Rekdal, who won the 2013 15 Bytes Book Award in Poetry for “Animal Eye” (as well as an impressive number of other fancier prizes), has published a new book of poetry with the prestigious Copper Canyon Press. As with her previous books, Imaginary Vessels is sheer pleasure to read. Words tumble over each other...

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An ecstatic, mystical encounter with the divine: Alex Caldiero’s Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance?

An ecstatic, mystical encounter with the divine: Alex Caldiero’s Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance?

This past September, after I came home from a weeklong river trip, a friend told me I needed to read Alex Caldiero’s new book, Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance (Saltfront, 2016). The book is a facsimile of a poetic journal Caldiero kept on a six-day trip on the Colorado River through Cataract...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jan C. Minich

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jan C. Minich

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. 15 Bytes regularly 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 present Jan C. Minich, who divides his time between Wellington,...

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Feminist Reality, Feminist Mystery: Julie J. Nichols' Pigs When They Straddle the Air

Feminist Reality, Feminist Mystery: Julie J. Nichols’ Pigs When They Straddle the Air

Some titles, like Many Things Have Happened Since He Died by Elizabeth Dewberry and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, have made me want to read a novel when I know nothing at all about the author and haven’t read a review. The title itself creates a sort of tension that seems...

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A Kind of Deep-Felt Sadness: Andy Hoffmann's "The Edge and End of Water"

A Kind of Deep-Felt Sadness: Andy Hoffmann’s “The Edge and End of Water”

This chapbook documents a trip from Utah to Argentina in three brief chapters, each with a poem, an essay, a photograph, and epigraphs taken from the work of poet Pablo Neruda. The first section, “Punta Norte,” describes a wildlife preserve on the Península Valdés in Argentina which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site established for...

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Jumping Naked in the Backyard: Zoe Murdock's "Man in the Mirror" explores the interior and exterior world of Alzheimer's

Jumping Naked in the Backyard: Zoe Murdock’s “Man in the Mirror” explores the interior and exterior world of Alzheimer’s

reviewed by Phyllis Barber Old age is a terrain most of us have not traveled. We’ve not been there before (and most people think they’ll never get there, either, keeping the reality, as well as the idea, at bay. Except, there are those times when a brush with old age cannot be helped!). Old age...

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Sor Juana Poetry Prize and Utah Book Awards

Sor Juana Poetry Prize and Utah Book Awards

The City Library and Utah Humanities announced the winners of the Sor Juana Prize and the Utah Book Awards, Thursday, October 20 at the Library as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival. Artes de Mexico en Utah, whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Mexican art in Utah, founded and administers the annual...

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Utah Literary Award Winners Announced

Utah Literary Award Winners Announced

“It wasn’t easy – all very strong work.” “I am simply blown away with how strong these submissions are – they’ve been a pleasure to read.” “I can’t even tell you how difficult it was to make a final decision.” These are just some of the laudatory remarks from the judges in this year’s Utah Original Writing Competition (UOWC)...

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A Nuclear Alphabet for Downwinders: Michael McLane's Trace Elements

A Nuclear Alphabet for Downwinders: Michael McLane’s Trace Elements

Michael McLane is the man behind the Utah Book Festival, which this month is bringing authors and book lovers together across the state. But he's also a writer, and in this companion piece to our podcast on Trent Alvey, Amy Brunvand takes a look at McLane's Elik Press publication Trace Elements: Mapping the Great Basin...

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Identity, Self and Purpose:  A Review of Brian Evenson’s The Warren

Identity, Self and Purpose: A Review of Brian Evenson’s The Warren

Human identity can be said to rely on two things: who we are, and what we do. This being and action gives humans purpose. As a Mormon boy growing up in Utah, the knowledge of my ancestors and faith told me who I was, and what I was supposed to do. Not only was I...

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"A Vast, Playful and Sometimes Frightening Place": Readings by Rice and Richardson

“A Vast, Playful and Sometimes Frightening Place”: Readings by Rice and Richardson

Authors Doug Rice and Marc Anthony Richardson will be reading from their new books in Salt Lake City on Monday, Oct. 3rd, at 7 PM at Weller Book Works, 507 Trolley Square. The event is part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival and is in partnership with Western Humanities Review where excerpts from both works...

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