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Larkin Weyand: We Will Be a Thing

READ LOCAL First represents Utah’s most comprehensive collection of celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and memoir. This week we bring you Larkin Weyand, who teaches courses in English education, creative writing, and composition at BYU. He taught high school English and art for nine years at American Fork High […]

Andrew Haley: Romeo

READ LOCAL First represents Utah’s most comprehensive collection of celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and memoir. This week we bring you poet, fiction writer, essayist, and translator Andrew Haley. Haley received a Master’s of Arts in British and American Literature from the University of Utah and now […]

Todd Robert Petersen, self-portrait, taken near his shed with a 50mm prime lens.

Todd Robert Petersen: The Impeccable Driver

  READ LOCAL First represents Utah’s most comprehensive collection of celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and memoir. This week we bring you Todd Robert Petersen. The excerpt was originally from a short story, which took 2nd Place in the 2002 Utah Original Writing Competition. It is now […]

Tim Glenn: Forever Desolation

READ LOCAL First represents Utah’s most comprehensive collection of celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and memoir. This week we bring you an excerpt from Tim Glenn’s 2017 Original Writing Competition First Place novel manuscript, Forever Desolation. Glenn is a historian and museum director living in Green River, Utah. He earned […]

Aaron Cance: Solomon

READ LOCAL First represents Utah’s most comprehensive collection of celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and memoir. This week we bring you an excerpt from Aaron Cance’s novel-in-progress, The Past Day Will Shine. Cance, proprietor of Sandy-based indie bookstore The Printed Garden, earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of […]

Reiser Perkins’ West Temple

READ LOCAL First represents Utah’s most comprehensive collection of celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, and memoir. This week we bring you Reiser Perkins, a Utah native who currently lives in Hawaii. She joins a distinguished group of writers, including Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal, former Utah Poet Laureate Katherine […]

Clifton H. Jolley: Four Poems

READ LOCAL First represents Utah’s most comprehensive collection of celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and memoir. This week we bring you four previously unpublished poems by Clifton H. Jolley. A widely published poet and essayist, Jolley joins Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal and former Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles, […]

Susanna Barlow: Not in My House

READ LOCAL First (RLF) is a READ LOCAL monthly installment of fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction and memoir by some of Utah’s most celebrated and promising writers. Formerly “Read Local Sunday” and originally “Sunday Blog Read,” 15 Bytes founder Shawn Rossiter and Literary Editor David Pace launched the publication in […]

READ LOCAL First: Barbara Richardson

For today’s installment of READ LOCAL SUNDAY we feature Kamas-based author and editor Barbara Richardson, winner  of the 15 Bytes inaugural Book Award in fiction for her novel Tributary. Most recently the editor of a collection of essays by environmental writers on the subject of “dirt,” she returns here to fiction with this excerpt […]

READ LOCAL First: Matthew Ivan Bennett

For today’s installment of READ LOCAL SUNDAY we feature Salt Lake City-based  Matthew Ivan Bennett, resident playwright at Plan-B Theatre Company, listed by American Theater magazine as one of 14 companies nationwide exemplifying social action and civic engagement. A fixture in the local theater scene and beyond, Bennett is currently working on a new […]

READ LOCAL First: Akramah Cofie

For today’s installment of READ LOCAL SUNDAY we feature Springville-based fiction writer Akramah Cofie. His novel-in-progress, “A Fortnight in ’79,” tells the story of  Emilia, a woman who refuses to let die her dream of getting an education. It also gives a glimpse of Ghana, in the latter part of […]

READ LOCAL First: Gerald Elias

For today’s installment of READ LOCAL SUNDAY we feature Gerald Elias, violinist and former Utah Symphony associate concertmaster and author of the Daniel Jacobus mystery series, the most recent of which, Playing with Fire (Severn Press, 2016), is a finalist for this year’s 15 Bytes Book Award in fiction. 15 Bytes caught up with […]