Helicon West this week: Don’t miss it!

Hi there Heliconers,

Make sure you’re at this weeks Helicon West, which will feature prose readers from Utah State University’s creative writing club, the Bull Pen. It’ll be a post-Halloween/pre-Thanksgiving treat!

As always, there will be an open mic after the reading. Bring your work (new and old) and revel in your very own seven minutes of [Logan-centric] fame. See you there!

Bull Pen Flash Flier

Keep calm and Helicon,


September 25th, 2014: Johnny Worthen

Hi there Heliconers,

Worthen Flyer

Make sure you plan on coming to the next Helicon West, this Thursday, September 25th, to hear from Johnny Worthen, a well-known Utah author. You might have seen him on the convention circuit, or just around his hometown of Sandy, UT, but even if you’ve never seen him before, you probably want to. Check out his bio!

Johnny Worthen grew up in the high desert snows and warm summer winds of the Wasatch Mountains. He graduated with a B.A. in English, minor in Classics and a Master’s in American Studies from the University of Utah. After a series of businesses and adventures, including years abroad and running his own bakery, Johnny found himself drawn to the only thing he ever wanted to do—write. And write he does. Well versed in modern literary criticism and cultural studies, Johnny writes upmarket multi-genre fiction – thriller, horror, young adult, comedy and mystery so far. “I write what I like to read,” he says. “That guarantees me at least one fan and a hectic job for my publicist.”

Johnny has written many books and sold a bunch of them. His new young adult/paranormal trilogy The Unseen has just been begun with the release of Eleanor. His debut occult thriller, Beatrysel is available now along with its companion novelette Dr. Stuart’s Heart. Johnny’s short story, “The Point” appears in the dark fiction anthology Little Visible Delight. In 2015 Johnny will unleash an unlikely slacker detective upon the world named Tony Flaner in a new series beginning with The Finger Trap.

Johnny is a common sight at conventions and writing conferences including Comic Con, Wordharvest, and the League of Utah Writers. Traditionally published, Johnny is a blue-collar hard working “hands on” author with the scars to prove it. He thrives in crowds and gives good meeting.Johnny is a member or the Horror Writer’s Association and the new Utah Fantasy Authors. He’s a Freemason too, if you’re wondering.

When not pounding on his keyboard, attending conferences, Johnny Worthen can be found with his wife and two boys in Sandy, Utah wearing extraordinarily colorful shirts.

Check him out at www.johnnyworthen.com for more details.

As always, after the reading there will be an open mic. Everyone is invited to come and share up to 7 minutes worth of work with the Helicon crowd. Whether it’s your first novel, latest poem, or something in between, come share it! Make sure you arrive early to sign up, as space is limited.

So, Johnny Worthen. September 25th, 7 PM, Logan library. See you there!


Looking forward to Fall!

Looking forward to Fall!

Hi there Heliconers,

Brace yourselves–Winter is coming**. But before temperatures drop and snow descends onto our little valley, we have a few weeks of Fall. Fall means school starting, which also means the dawn of a new Helicon! We have an exciting line-up for you this semester, starting with the reading last Thursday, September 11th.  Authors Chadd VanZanten, Kase Johnstun, and Joni Haws read prose from the anthology Utah Reflections:Stories from the Wasatch Front. Check back for the video re-cap!

Want to know what’s next? Well, you’re in luck! Look below for the line-up for the rest of the semester:

On Thursday, September 25th, Johnny Worthen, author of the novel Eleanor and member of the Utah League of Writers, will come to visit and read. You won’t want to miss him!

On Thursday, October 9th, we’ll hear from Natalie Taylor and Cat Dixon. This reading is part of the Utah Book Festival, too, which only makes it more awesome.

On Thursday, October 23rd, Laura Stott will share some of her poetry with us.

On Thursday, November 13th, we’ll hear what the USU Bull Pen prose readers have to say.

Finally, on Thursday, December 4th, we’ll get to listen to poetry from both up and coming poets and experienced poets alike when Ben Gunsberg Advanced Poetry class reads. Come support your students, classmates, and community members at this final reading!

Remember, after each Helicon there’s an open mic session for anyone to come share their 7 minutes of work. Make sure you arrive early to sign up.

So, Heliconers, mark your calenders, and we’ll see you there!

Keep calm and Helicon,


**I totally don’t get credit for this phrase; George R.R. Martin does. Bear with me, I just came from Salt Lake Comic Con.

Helicon Recap: Scribendi Reading!

Hi there Heliconers,

At the end of April, we heard from the lucky winners of the USU Creative Writing competition, whose work was compiled and published in the 2014 Scribendi. The reading included grisly short stories, powerful poems, and poignant personal essays. It also included a multimedia element, with the art and design winners projected on a screen behind the readers as they shared their work. It was a packed room and a great evening. If you missed it, don’t worry– you can still catch the event right here on the blog. Check out the video below!


Also, if you are interested in purchasing a copy of the 2014 Scribendi (because it is just THAT awesome), contact Charles Waugh at charles.waugh@usu.edu for more details.

Keep calm and Helicon!


Helicon Recap: Poetry at Three (April 10th)

Hi Heliconers!

In April, we got to hear from Poetry at Three, a tremendously talented group of writers housed here in Logan, Utah. Readers included Shanan Ballam, Brock Dethier, Star Coulbrooke, Robb Kunz, Phil Parisi, Anne Shifrer, and Shari Zollinger.

Sad you missed it? Don’t fret–you can watch the video below and get caught up.


Keep calm and Helicon,