Coming to Helicon this week: Darren Edwards

Hey there Heliconers,

Scratching your head about what to do this Thursday? Well, luckily for you, Helicon West happens to be this week, and we are featuring the one and only Darren Edwards. Darren is a graduate of USU’s English program and a current instructor, slam poet, and overall awesome individual at Dixie State University. He’s leaving sunny St. George and venturing to [equally sunny] Logan, Utah, just to perform for us.

If that isn’t enough to get you excited, then maybe the fact that there will also be individuals from USU’s creative writing club, The Bull Pen, reading their slam poetry to a captive audience. Be prepared to hear from Jeannie Woller, Brittney McDonald, Alex Bullock, Millie Tullis, Jace Smellie, Jordan Roberts, Jeremy Wald, Alyssa Utley and Travis Williams.

After being positively inundated with the spoken word, if you want to contribute your own verse (or essay, or short story, or whatever), bring something to read at the open mic, which will be held at the end of Helicon West. Keep your work to seven minutes and arrive early to sign up lest we run out of spots!

Got all of that? Good. See you on Thursday, March 26th, at 7:00 PM in the Bridger Room of the Logan Library, 255 N. Main.

Keep calm and Helicon,

-Caitlin

Darren Edwards and Bull Pen 2015

Round out February with a little bit of romance…

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Hi there Heliconers! I hope you don’t have plans for February 26th already, because if you do, you’ll probably want to cancel them. Helicon West will be featuring New York Times best-selling author, RaeAnne Thayne! That’s right, if you go you can cross “Breathed same air as NYT best selling author” off your bucket list. Who doesn’t want to do that?

Haven’t read the NYT lately? Out of the reading loop? That’s okay! Here’s a bit of info about Mrs. Thayne:

RaeAnne Thayne is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly fifty books. Her books have won many honors, including four RITA nominations from Romance Writers of America, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence and a career achievement award from Romantic Times magazine. Her latest book, SNOW ANGEL COVE, hit the New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller lists and spent six weeks in the top 15 of Nielson Bookscan’s bestselling romance titles. It is also a finalist in the Romantic Times reviewers’ choice award for contemporary love and laughter.

Her stories – described as “poignant and sweet,” with “beautiful, honest storytelling (that) goes straight to the heart” – have sold more than four million copies and have been translated into more than two dozen languages. She finds inspiration from the beautiful northern Utah mountains, where she lives with her family.

She sounds like a pretty awesome individual. You should definitely come hear her read her work, and then maybe you can follow in her footsteps (literally) and read your own! Bring seven minutes of whatever-you-want for the open mic portion of the reading, and serenade your audience with poetry, prose, song lyrics, legal jargon…the sky’s your limit!

As always, Helicon will be held in the Jim Bridger room of the Logan City Library, 255 N. Main, at 7:00 PM. Come for the reading, stay for….more reading. and Caffe Ibis coffee. And the camaraderie that comes with a community writing series. And all the things. Hope to see you there!

Keep calm and Helicon,

-Caitlin

Pencil it in! League of Utah Writers on February 12th

Hi there Heliconers!

Got plans for Thursday, February 12th yet? Hope not. Otherwise, you won’t be able to come hear award-winning prose and poetry from the League of Utah Writers winners at Helicon West, and that would be a travesty. I mean, just look at the flier! I’m kind of hoping for a 70’s throwback. But either way, it’ll be great.

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So, pencil it in, and make sure you bring 7 minutes worth of awesome poetry/prose/play/research paper/really-whatever-you-want-as-long-as-it’s-seven-minutes-max, to read at the Open Mic!

As usual, Helicon West will be held at the Logan City Library at 255 N. Main Street and will begin at 7:00 PM. See you there!

Keep calm and Helicon,

-Caitlin

Spring 2015 Schedule

Hi there Heliconers!

Wondering what’s in store for Helicon West this semester? Well, you’re in luck. Look no further for all dates and featured readers for Spring.

February 12

League of Utah Writers contest winners

February 26

 RaeAnne Thayne, novelist

March 26

 Darren Edwards, Dixie State Spoken Word Poet, w/ the USU Bull Pen Slam

April 9

Poetry at Three, local poetry writing group

April 23*

 Scribendi Readers, winners of the USU Creative Writing Contest

*Note that this reading will be held at the Merrill Crazier Library, Rm 101, rather than the Logan City Library.

Make sure you mark your calendars!

Keep calm and Helicon,

-Caitlin

Want to be published? Read at Helicon and you might be featured on a broadside!

Hey there Heliconers,

With a new semester comes new material (at least, we hope!), and with that comes new broadsides! Our broadsides are impeccably designed and feature both the writing and artwork of our very own Helicon West community. Check out the most recent one right here on the blog:

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Thoroughly impressed? If you’d like your very own copy on fancy paper and everything, hunt down a Helicon West volunteer at our events, or contact Star at starcoulbrooke@usu.edu. Or, maybe you want to be featured on a broadside. If that’s the case, we need to hear your work. So come to Helicon, sign up for the open mic, read the best stuff you’ve got, and it might be your name up there in fancy typeface. :) Broadside publication can be a line on a resume, CV, or just something to brag about at dinner parties. Don’t miss out on the opportunity!

Until next time, Heliconers. Keep an eye out for the Spring schedle, as well as a recap of January 22nd’s events.

-Caitlin

Coming up…Thursday, Jan. 22nd: Courtney Moser

Hey there Heliconers!

Got plans for this Thursday yet? We hope not, because Helicon West is just around the corner and the featured speaker is a treat. Courtney Moser, known drag queen and columnist, will be there, and afterwards, there will be an open mic! Bring yourself and, if you’re brave, some writing to share (keep it to seven minutes or less, please).

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As usual, Helicon West will be held in the Bridger Room at the Logan LIbrary, 255 N. Main, promptly at 7:00 PM. See you there!

Keep calm and Helicon,

Caitlin

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,

Caitlin