Make sure you join us on November 14th! This week’s Helicon will feature Jennifer Sinor, the author of The Extraordinary Work of Ordinary Writing. Her essays have appeared in The American Scholar, Utne, Fourth Genre, Seneca Review and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Utah State University where she is an associate professor of English. Jennifer is a fantastic writer and longtime supporter of Helicon West, so pencil this event in your calendar. Or, if you’re not one for planners, just show up at the usual time place (Logan City Library, 255 North Main, at 7:00 PM).
Remember that there will also be an open mic, so bring seven minutes worth of material and share your best work with the world! (or, you know, Logan :)).
See you there!
~Blog post by Caitlin Erickson
Please join us for the next Helicon West event, Thursday, October 24, 7:00
PM at the Logan Library, 255 North Main, in partnership with the Utah Book
Festival, featuring Shanan Ballam and Kirstin Scott.
Shanan Ballam is an adjunct instructor for Utah State University, where she
teaches poetry writing and fiction writing. She earned her MFA in Poetry
Writing from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She is the author of the
chapbook The Red Riding Hood Papers (Finishing Line Press in 2010). Pretty
Marrow was a semi-finalist for the 2010 Brittingham and Polk Poetry Prizes,
the 2010 May Swenson Award, the 2010 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, and the
2012 Louise Bogan Award; in 2012 it received first place in the Utah
Division of Arts and Museums Original Writing Contest, which was judged by
Sue Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama.
Kirstin Scott¹s stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Hayden¹s
Ferry Review, Sonora Review, Western Humanities Review, PANK, and elsewhere.
She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Motherlunge is her first novel: Told with
dazzling prose, Motherlunge is a wry, luminous exploration of the legacy of
motherhood‹here, about the afflictions that may cycle through generations.
This is a thoroughly engaging novel, with wonderful turns of phrase in every
sentence, and its witty humor announces a welcome new voice in American
fiction, full of charm and tender wisdom.
The featured reading and discussion will be followed by an open microphone.
Creative writers are invited to share 7 minutes or less of their original
writing. Books will be for sale and Caffe Ibis coffee will be served.
See you there!
~Blog post by Caitlin Erickson
Hello Helicon West community!
For this who were not able to join us at any of the past three Helicons, or for those who simply want to relive the good writing, we’re pleased to announce that we have video of all three Helicon events from this semester. Check out the videos below, and be sure to share them with everyone you know! (Unintentional rhyme there).
Helicon September 12th featuring Jack Remick
Helicon September 26th featuring Eric Bishop
Helicon October 10th featuring Aaron Timm and Kasondra Payne
What’s been your favorite Helicon reading this fall? Let us know in the comments!
-Blog post by Caitlin Erickson
Hello, fellow Helicon West fans! Helicon is already underway, and we’ve got a great line-up for the rest of this semester! Make sure you join us to listen to hear some excellent writing and support your community.
Remember to mark your calendars for upcoming Helicon events!
Thursday, September 26: Eric Bishop
Logan novelist, author of The Samaritan’s Pistol.
Thursday, October 10: Aaron Timm & Cassandra Payne
Reading for the national Federation of the Blind
Thursday, October 24: Shanan Ballam, & Kristin Scott
Shanan is the author of Pretty Marrow and teaches poetry at USU. Kristin is the author of MotherLunge. This reading is a Utah Book Festival event.
Thursday, November 14th Jennifor Sinor
USU Professor and Memoirist
Thursday, December 12th Sian Griffiths
Director of Writing at Weber State, author of Borrowed Horses (debut novel!)
All readings are at 7:00 PM, Logan Library Bridger Room, 255 North Main. Reading are followed by an open microphone. Bring your work to read for up to seven minutes. Helicon West is free and open to all, so we’ll see you there!
Mark your calendars! This month’s Helicon West will be a special treat. Salt Lake City based writer Bryan Young, author of bestseller Lost at the Con, critically acclaimed novel Operation: Montauk, and numerous short stories, will be making the trek north to read at Helicon West. More than a novelist, Bryan also dabbles in film, and has worked as a producer on multiple films, including The Divided State and Killer at large. He frequently contributes to the Salt Lake City Weekly, Huffington Post, and Big Shiny Robot! (of which he’s also the editor). In all this writing kerfuffle, he also finds time to write and host The Big Shiny Geek Show Pub Quiz in Salt Lake, which was just voted the best Pub Quiz in Utah. In a week, Bryan will be accepting the Mayor’s Artist Award for literary arts at the Utah Arts Festival. His work is widely varied, reminiscent of Hemingway, and clearly the work of someone who writes more than he does pretty much anything else. You definitely don’t want to miss this reading.
As always, after Bryan’s reading there will be an open mic. Bring your newest, your oldest, and/or your favorite piece to read! Or, if you don’t want to read, come and listen to the work of other writers in the Logan writing community. Bring your family and friends, and we’ll see you on June 27th at 7:00 PM!
Summer Helicon West events happen on the fourth Thursday of the month, 7:00 PM, at the Logan Library, 255 North Main, May through August:
May 23: Bonneville Room
June 27: Bonneville Room
July 25: Bonneville Room
August 22: Bridger Room
Summer Helicon West planning committee:
Mary Ann Widerburg
The poetry group Poetry at Three read at Helicon West again this year, on March 28th.
There is only one more Helicon West left before the school year ends!
See you in the library.