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Helicon West Features Ashley Wells!

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On August 25th, 7PM MST at the CacheARTS Thatcher-Young Mansion in Logan (35W 100S), Helicon West is thrilled to feature Ashley Wells!

Ashley Wells earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from California State University, Fresno. Her book The Cowgirl and the Racehorse: A Recovery was published with Lantern Publishing and Media in October 2020. Essays have appeared with Connotation Press, Jezebel.com, and Women in Higher Education, and her 16-post guest blog series examining representations of women and horses in pop culture appeared with Bitch magazine. Ashley lives in Logan, Utah, where she is on the faculty in the English Department at Utah State University.

Helicon West is free, uncensored, and open to all. The featured reader will be followed by an open mic wherein everyone is invited to sign up to read up to seven minutes of their own original work. Complimentary Caffe Ibis coffee will be provided by the Logan Library.

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Last Open Mic of Summer – July Helicon West

Helicon West concludes its Open Mic Summer events on July 28th at 7PM. Unlike our other events, this Helicon will take place at the Riverpark Senior Housing Clubhouse (784 Riverwalk Parkway) in Logan. 

As always, we will serve Caffe Ibis coffee and be absolutely free, uncensored, and open to all. Everyone is invited to read up to seven minutes of their own creative work of any genre at the open mic! YOU are the summertime’s featured readers! 


Bring your voice and your pen–we’ll see you then!


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June Open Mic at Helicon West!

Missed the May Open Mic? Bring your work and join us in June!
The June Helicon will take place at the CacheARTS Thatcher-Young Mansion and will be a Zoom hybrid night.
All summer Helicon events will start at 7PM MST, serve Caffe Ibis coffee, and be absolutely free, uncensored, and open to all. Everyone is invited to read up to seven minutes of your own creative work of any genre at the open mic! YOU are the summertime’s featured readers! 
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All Open Mic Summer!

This summer, Helicon West is pleased to announce all open mic nights on May 26th, June 23rd, and July 28th. 


The May and June Helicons will take place at the CacheARTS Thatcher-Young Mansion and will be Zoom hybrid nights; the July Helicon will take place at the Riverpark Senior Housing clubhouse in Logan.


All summer Helicon events will start at 7PM MST, serve Caffe Ibis coffee, and be absolutely free, uncensored, and open to all. Everyone is invited to read up to seven minutes of your own creative work of any genre at the open mic! YOU are the summertime’s featured readers! 


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USU’s Creative Writing Contest Winners Reading at Helicon West!

Join us Thursday, April 28th at 7PM in Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library room 101 (& on Zoom) for a celebratory reading from this year’s USU Creative Writing Contest winners! 


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Helicon West Presents Union of Table Scraps on April 14th!

Formerly known as Poetry at Three, Union of Table Scraps is a poetry group hell-bent on making you feel stuff and question things. Members of the group include Aaron Timm, Isaac Timm, Asher Blakely, Terysa Dyer, Brock Dethier, Shanan Ballam, Millie Tullis, and Britt Allen. This Helicon West will take place at the Riverpark Senior Housing Clubhouse (784 Riverwalk Parkway) in Logan at 7PM on Thursday, April 14th.

An open mic will follow the group’s reading, during which audience members are invited to share up to seven minutes of their own original work.

Helicon West is free, uncensored, and open to the public. Caffe Ibis coffee is provided.

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Helicon West features the USU Bull Pen Slam Team!

Helicon West features Utah State University’s Bull Pen Slam Team on Thursday, March 24th at the CacheARTS Thatcher-Young Mansion in Logan and on Zoom. The Bull Pen is the University’s Creative Writing club and they have annually been sharing their slam poetry with Helicon since 2014. 

An open mic will follow the featured readers. Attendees (in person and Zooming in) are welcome to sign up to read up to seven minutes of their own creative work. 

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Helicon West Presents Shaun’s Front Room (A Writing Group) on March 10!

Helicon West features SHAUN’S FRONT ROOM, a post-pandemic writing group that will be making its debut on Thursday March 10th at 7PMat the CacheARTS Thatcher-Young Mansion in Logan and on Zoom! 

Shaun’s Front Room group was formed in response to the creative burnout that so many have experienced over the course of the past few years. The group meets twice a month to gather around a prompt and write together. When they share their work together, they have four essential agreements: 1. All are invited to share, but no one is required to. 2. They assume all work that’s shared is fiction, to provide the writer distance from their work. 3. What they share in the writing group stays between them (unless they’re reading it at Helicon West). 4. They welcome feedback, but focus on helping the writer see what’s working well in their piece. 
Members of Shaun’s Front Room include Jay Paine, Terysa Dyer, Millie Tullis, Shaun Anderson, Jessie Hahn, Jack Bylund, Kylie Smith, Star Coulbrooke, Camille Sleight, and many beautiful others.

An open mic will follow the featured readers, where attendees (in person and Zooming in) are welcome to sign up to read up to seven minutes of their own creative work. 

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Helicon West Features Amanda Luzzader February 24

Helicon West features Amanda Luzzader Thursday, February 24th at the CacheARTS Thatcher-Young Mansion in Logan. From her website:

A.M. Luzzader is an award-winning children’s author who writes chapter books and middle grade books. She specializes in writing books for preteens. A.M.’s fantasy adventure series ‘A Mermaid in Middle Grade’ is a magical coming of age book for ages 8-12. She is also the author of the ‘Hannah Saves the World’ series, which is a children’s mystery adventure, also for ages 8-12.


A.M. decided she wanted to write fun stories for kids when she was still a kid herself. By the time she was in fourth grade, she was already writing short stories. In fifth grade, she bought a typewriter at a garage sale to put her words into print, and in sixth grade she added illustrations. Now that she has decided what she wants to be when she grows up, A.M. writes books for girls and boys full time. She was selected as the Writer of the Year in 2019-2020 by the League of Utah Writers.

A.M. is the mother of a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old who often inspire her stories. She lives with her husband and children in northern Utah. She is a devout cat person and avid reader.

A.M. Luzzader’s books are appropriate for ages 5-12. Her chapter books are intended for kindergarten to third grade, and her middle grade books are for third grade through sixth grade. Find out more about A.M., sign up to receive her newsletter, and get special offers at her website: http://www.amluzzader.com.

An open mic will follow Amanda’s reading, where attendees (in person and Zooming in) are welcome to sign up to read up to seven minutes of their own creative work. 

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Helicon West Postponed – No Meeting February 10th

There will be NO Helicon West on Thursday, February 10th. 


We are thrilled to reconvene at the end of the month on Thursday, February 24th, at the CacheARTS Thatcher-Young Mansion (& on Zoom!) to hear local prolific writer Amanda Luzzader!


Stay tuned for the flier and learn more at amluzzader.com


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January Helicons: Open Mic & Stacie Denetsosie!

Helicon West is ready to welcome in 2022 with an open mic for all of you on January 13th at 7PM at our new home for the season, the CacheARTS Thatcher-Young Mansion in Logan. For those unable or uncomfortable with attending in person, Helicon West is pleased to offer Zoom hybrid capabilities all spring long. 

On January 27th at the same time and location (and Zoom-ability), we are excited to host Stacie Denetsosie (she/her/hers), a Diné (Navajo Nation) fiction writer and poet. Her clans are Todích’íí’nii (Bitterwater ) and born for Naakaii (Mexican). She is from Kayenta, Arizona but currently resides in Logan, Utah, and works at Utah State University. Stacie recently graduated with her M.F.A in Fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Stacie is a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: Diné Writers’ Collective. Her work has appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Phoebe Magazine, and Blossom as the Cliffrose: Mormon Legacies and the Beckoning Wild via Torrey House Press. Stacie has a short-story collection forthcoming in Fall 2023.  


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Helicon West is Having an All Open Mic Birthday Party December 9th!

Please join us December 9th at Logan City Hall (either in person or via Zoom) for Helicon West’s first ever birthday bash and fundraising event! This special night will be hosted by one of Helicon’s founders, Star Coulbrooke, and her guitar-slinging sweetheart, Mitch Butterfield. 


In addition to being free, uncensored, and open to all ages and abilities, this Helicon will feature a silent auction, opportunity drawings, catering, and an open mic all evening long for anyone to join in the celebration by sharing up to seven minutes of their original work with us. 


Invite your friends, bring your pens, and we’ll see you there!


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Helicon West Hosts USU’s Creative Writing Club on November 11th!

Helicon West is thrilled to present members of the Bull Pen, Utah State University’s Creative Writing Club, on Thursday November 11th at 7PM in the Caine Room (second floor of the Family Life building) at Utah State University in Logan. 


The parking lot directly to the west of the Family Life Building (next to the Ray B West building) will be open and free to park in after 6PM.

An open mic will follow the featured readers during which audience members are invited to read up to seven minutes of their own original work.


Helicon West is free, open to the public, and uncensored. Caffe Ibis coffee will be provided. 


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Helicon West Teams Up With Utah Teen Poetry Festival October 21!

On October 21st, Helicon West will be having a special event in conjunction with the Utah Teen Poetry Festival and Utah Humanities. Helicon West will take place in the CacheARTS Thatcher-Young Mansion in Logan at 6:45pm and feature Logan City Poet Laureate Shanan Ballam and an open mic as part of the Utah Teen Poetry Festival programming. 


You do not have to attend the other events at the Utah Teen Poetry Festival (or be a teen nor educator of teens yourself) to attend Helicon West or read during the open mic portion of the evening. 
Helicon West will start earlier than usual the evening of the 21st (at 6:45pm instead of 7pm) to accommodate the participants of the Utah Teen Poetry Festival who wish to attend The Moth Storytelling event that evening at 7:30pm. 


The Thatcher-Young Mansion is located at 35 W 100 S in Logan, UT 84321. 


No registration is required for any of the Utah Teen Poetry Festival events; spread the word!




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Helicon West Features Water Stories Oct 14 – Hybrid Zoom Event!

On October 14th, Helicon West has partnered with the Bear River Heritage Area to feature Water Stories, the results of a writing workshop series centered around our native waters as part of the Smithsonian exhibit H2O Today, now in Hyrum City! Those who choose to attend in person will gather at the Elite Hall in Hyrum City and are invited to explore the H2O Today exhibits housed in the nearby Hyrum City Museum as well.
This will be Helicon’s first-ever hybrid meeting; featured readers, open mic participants, and audience members alike are invited to attend the evening via Zoom. Remote attendants and readers will be featured via projector at the venue. Open mic readers are not limited to reading work about water.

Helicon West is free, uncensored, and open to all ages and writing abilities. An open mic will follow the reading. Caffe Ibis coffee provided.
Donations are gratefully accepted at  https://www.sugarhousereview.com/save-helicon-west. Donations can also be made at the event. 

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Helicon West Features Chadd VanZanten on Sept 23!

Please join us Thursday September 23rd at 7PM at the Utah State University Amphitheater to hear Chadd VanZanten read from his new collection, On Fly-Fishing the Bear River Watershed. 

Helicon West is free, uncensored, and open to all ages. An open mic will follow the reading. Caffe Ibis coffee provided.

The USU Amphitheater is located on the southern side of Old Main Hill and is wheelchair accessible from the bottom south-west corner and top north-east corner of Old Main Hill. Parking is available at the bottom of Old Main and in some USU Parking Lots after 5PM. 

Donations are gratefully accepted at  https://www.sugarhousereview.com/save-helicon-west. Donations can also be made at the event.


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Helicon West at Stokes Nature Center on September 9th

FeaturedHelicon West at Stokes Nature Center on September 9th

Please join us on Thursday September 9th at the Stokes Nature Center in Logan Canyon to hear readings from the writers behind Soul, Sand & Sky: Stories and Poems from the Great Outdoors, an anthology from The Writer’s Cache!

This collection features work from many local and regional writers who explore the power of venturing outdoors. Whether it’s a solitary pilgrimage up a mountain, a family camping trip gone wrong, or shooting the rapids with strangers, these writers were changed by the natural world around them. The stories and poems in Soul, Sand & Sky celebrate nature and the way it transforms us. You can purchase it at https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Sand-Sky-Stories-Outdoors-ebook/dp/B096LZ3TJF/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=soul%2C+sand+%26+sky&qid=1630596088&sr=8-2 .

Helicon West is free, uncensored, and open to all ages. An open mic will follow the reading. Cafe Ibis coffee provided.




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Affluents: A Water Writing Workshop Series

Don’t forget to sign up at  https://forms.gle/Z9TqmDqzWzjpbX5i6 !

Explore the other H2O today programs here

If you have any questions, you can send them to heliconwestlogan@gmail.com or to camilles@brag.utah.gov . 



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Helicon West Welcomes Josi Russell in August!

FeaturedHelicon West Welcomes Josi Russell in August!

August 26th 7PM – 8:30PM 

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Josi Russell’s science fiction novels explore familiar human relationships in unfamiliar contexts. She currently teaches creative writing and fiction courses as an Associate Professor of English for Utah State University Eastern. She lives in the alien landscape of the high desert American Southwest with her family and a giant tortoise named Caesar. Josi is captivated by the fields of linguistics, mathematics, and medicine, by the vast unknown beyond our atmosphere, and by the whole adventure of being human.​


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July’s Helicon West at the Whittier Center!

FeaturedJuly’s Helicon West at the Whittier Center!

Join us on July 22nd at the Whittier Center in Logan (290 N 400 E), 7PM through 8:30PM. Our featured reader will be our own coordinator Britt Allen, presenting her new chapbook Harvest, being published this month by Finishing Line Press!

Britt Allen takes revenge on the circumstances of her life by being blunt, bare, and brave on the page. She contends with a male-dominated society and abusive childhood as she moves into adulthood and the supposed saving grace of a marriage. Her speaker confesses traumatic memories, marital betrayals, and harmful coping mechanisms in a lyrical way, adding her voice to the abused poets of past and present who have also asked themselves – how can a raped daughter grow up to love a man? To break the silence forced upon her by an abusive parent, the speaker examines the pattern of sexual failures in her life, as well as her roles as a female, daughter, sister, and wife through poetry. Follow her work at brittallen.org.


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Helicon West is IRL June 24th!

FeaturedHelicon West is IRL June 24th!

Happy summer to all! 


Our June Helicon West will be in person once again, held at the beautiful outdoor space of the Utah State University’s Amphitheater with plenty of fresh air and social distancing space for all! Masks will not be required, but please do what makes you feel most comfortable and safe and respect the boundaries of others. 


Our featured reader will be Laura Stott, the author of two collections of poetry Blue Nude Migration (Lynx House Press, 2020) and In the Museum of Coming and Going (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2014). Her poems can be found or are forthcoming in various publications, including Barrow Street, Sugar House Review, Western Humanities Review, Copper Nickel and Mid-American Review. In 2020 she received an Ogden City Mayor’s Award in the Arts for making a difference in the community through the Literary Arts in Ogden, Utah. She holds an M.F.A. from Eastern Washington University and teaches at Weber State University. 

Be there and bring a friend! See you soon,

Britt

USU Creative Writing Contest Winners Come to Helicon!

FeaturedUSU Creative Writing Contest Winners Come to Helicon!

On May 27th at 7PM MST, Helicon West will be hosting the winners of Utah State University’s 2021 Creative Writing contest! This annual event is making its Zoom debut and will be hosted by Interim Contest Director Russ Beck. 

You can preview the contest issue online now at: https://issuu.com/sinkhollow/docs/cwc-issue-sinkhollow-v3-spreads__1_  


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April Helicon

Be sure to join us for an incredible Helicon on April 22nd! Our featured readers for this month are brought to you by the Utah State University Inclusion Center. 


Amand L. Hardiman is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University (USU). His research interests focus on: (a) the intersectionality of student-athlete identity (e.g., race, class, religion, and family); (b) organizational culture (i.e., secondary and higher education) and leadership development and (c) student-athlete development and career outcomes. Before pursuing his doctoral studies at USU, Amand obtained his Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and Bachelor of Science in Sport Management at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition to his research, Amand has coaching experience in high school and collegiate athletics. He devotes time to diversity and inclusion work as a founding member of the Graduate Students of Color Association (GSCA) and serving on several diversity committees. Amand is an author, motivational speaker, and is the founder and executive director of LearnYou Academy.

Gail Kingsbury is an 81-year-old retired teacher’s assistant who spent 30 years in a high school in Kansas City, Mo. Gail was the sponsor of a club she initiated, Students Open Suggestion (SOS), Crime Stoppers Club, Students Against Violence, and Peer Mediation. She was a trained mediator and trained her high school mediators to teach kids how to learn to deal with their conflicts without violence.Gail had written stories since she was in high school but had never tried to publish one. With the coronavirus epidemic she wrote a book, Grandma Tells Why, where she tried to answer simple questions a child would ask about what is happening in the world. Her granddaughter asked her to include something about racism
in the book, but Gail wanted to keep it focused on the virus and promised to write another –about racism. She did not want to make up a story so she asked Amand Hardiman, a best friend of her grandson, to write his experiences. Adam, a story about Roots, Racism and Friendship was born.

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Helicon West March 25th, featuring Siân Griffiths!

FeaturedHelicon West March 25th, featuring Siân Griffiths!

Helicon West returns Thursday March 25th at 7PM on Zoom! 
Siân Griffiths
lives in Ogden, Utah, where she teaches creative writing at Weber State University. Her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Cincinnati Review, American Short Fiction, and Booth among many other publications. She is the author of the novels Borrowed Horses and Scrapple and the short fiction chapbook The Heart Keeps Faulty Time. Currently, she reads fiction as part of the editorial teams at Barrelhouse and American Short Fiction. For more information, please visit sbgriffiths.com
The featured reading will be followed by the open mic portion of the event, during which everyone is invited to share up to seven minutes of their own original work.
“See” you there!

Britt Allen

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Helicon West is BACK (on Zoom)!

Happy 2021, everyone!

Helicon West will be returning this spring as a monthly Zoom event from 7:00PM to 8:30PM on the fourth Thursday of each month. We are excited to be going forward with a new coordinator, Britt Allen, as well as many new community partnerships, including Sugar House Review! 
Voluptuous flyers for our spring events will be landing in your inbox soon, but here are the dates and readers we have coming up this season so you can mark your calendars:

January 28th: OPEN MIC Theme: Rewrite

February 25th: Natalie Rogers & Amber Caron

March 25th: Sian Griffiths

April 22nd: “Rebel / Unite,” featuring the USU Inclusion Center   

As mentioned above, Helicon will be purely Zoom-based this spring. The Zoom Meeting ID and Password will be included on each event flyer, so keep an eye out for those and share with all your social media platforms! 

Stay sanitized,

Britt Allen

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Summer Events Canceled

Aaaand I’m back again:) Just to be on the safe side, Helicon West will be canceled through the summer. This should give everyone some time to polish up past projects and start new ones! Here’s hoping things will be better in September…

Stephanie

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Summer and Fall Helicon Schedules

Hello, my dear community members! I know it’s been a hot second since we’ve been able to meet together, and it’s been a stressful time for everyone, but we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to restart Helicon West over the summer.

So…summer events will *tentatively* begin every fourth Thursday of the summer months in the Bonneville Room of the Logan Library. Different room, but the rest of the drill is the same. 7 pm, with your wonderful writing.

  • May 28 Open mic night
  • June 25 Open mic night
  • July 23 Guest Dayna Patterson
  • August 27 Open mic night

We have a prospective schedule for Fall 2020 as well, though it seems that some events are still up in the air. Note that we’re getting another chance to hear from Amber Caron and Natalie Rogers. That’s an absolute gift 🙂

  • Sept 10 Guest Josi Russell, fantasy author
  • Sept 24 Guest David Lee, first poet laureate of Utah, in conjunction with Utah Humanities Book Festival
  • Oct 8 Guests fiction writer Sian Griffeths & poet John Sibley Williams, with Utah Humanities Book Festival
  • Oct 22 Guests Amber Caron & Natalie Rogers, fiction writers
  • Nov 12 To be determined
  • Dec 3 To be determined

More information will come as these events get closer, but this is what we have to hope for. Stay safe!

Stephanie

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Helicon West Canceled!

Attention fellow community members! We all know that some crazy things have been going on with COVID-19, and unfortunately as a result, all USU-sponsored events have been canceled. While this news is sad, I hope that everyone will be able to stay safe and healthy. Take care of yourselves!

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Fiction Night at Helicon

It’s just about time for another night of Helicon West! We had a fabulous turnout for Nate Hardy’s reading in February, and this is a great opportunity to show some more of that community spirit. This week we have two fabulous fiction authors, Amber Caron and Natalie Rogers, coming to share their work with us. Amber Caron has had many publications and works as an Assistant Fiction Editor at AGNI. Natalie Rogers is currently one of the joys of USU’s English Department.

You know the drill: 7 pm on March 12th at the Logan Library in the Jim Bridger room. See you there!

12 Mar 2020

Stephanie

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Poetry with Nate Hardy

So far this semester we’ve had a stellar group of writers, but I promise that this next event is the one that you’re not going to want to miss. This Thursday, we will be joined by our very own Nate Hardy. He’s a spoken word poet, lyricist, and all-around genuine human being. It is always a joy to experience his readings and performances.

We’re meeting at 7 pm in the Bridger room of the Logan Library on the 27th. Don’t be late!

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Stephanie

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The Sweetest Valentines!

Do you want to know what the best way to get ready for Valentine’s Day this year is? Coming to Helicon West with your sweetheart and hearing from two extremely talented longtime Valentines 🙂 Natalie Young and Nano Taggart met in a USU English class in 2002, and on February 13th they’re bringing their local love story back to its roots. These two are the founding editors of Sugar House Review, and they’re going to be giving us a poetry reading.

So come! Whether it’s for a people date or an artist date, come brighten your February with good writing and good people at 7 pm in the Logan Library.

HW Feb 13

Stephanie

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TEA Time

It’s a very brave thing for students whose first language isn’t English to come to a university in northern Utah. Because there are students who are willing to take that risk, there are tutors at the Writing Center who are willing to help. TEA Time exists as an opportunity for English language learners to practice conversational English in fun and interactive ways. If you’re a student and you’d like that extra boost, come on over to Tea Time!

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Stephanie

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Cache Valley Community Writing Center

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Logan is full of all sorts of opportunities for writers to grow. Besides Helicon West, there is also the Cache Valley Community Writing Center, which meets every Wednesday from 5 pm to 7 pm in the Jim Bridger room. The first hour consists of a presentation on some aspect of writing, followed by an hour of tutoring with a tutor from the USU Writing Center. This month, we have upcoming presentations from Tyler Monson, Jack Bylund, Cari Phillips, and Emily Joy Powell. They are all so much fun, and it’s always good to learn more about writing!

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Stephanie

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First Featured Reader 2020

At our last meeting, we had a wide variety of readers and wonderful writing. Thank you to everyone who contributed and made it an fabulous night!

Our first featured reader of the semester is Chad Anderson, who in 2017 published his memoir Gay Mormon Dad. Why would anyone not want to hear from him? After the incredible open mic night that we had last time, it would just be unfortunate to miss the next opportunity to support community writers.

Meet us at the Logan Library at 7 pm in the Jim Bridger room on the 23rd!

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Stephanie

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Calling all Community Writers!

Happy New Year, everyone! Hopefully you’ve all had a productive–or maybe just happy–holiday break because it’s time to get back into the swing of things.  For this new semester, Helicon West is jumping right in with an entire night wholly dedicated to volunteer readers. It’s open mic night! This provides the perfect opportunity to share any writing projects you’ve been ruminating over.  Our open mic segments in the past few months have revealed all sorts of talent in our community, so even if you’re not quite ready to read for us, you’ll enjoy hearing from others.

Once again, we’re in the Bridger Room of the Logan Library at 7 pm this Thursday, January 9th.  Don’t miss out on this!

HW Jan 9

Stephanie

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Winter Workshop

This January, Adam Fagin is offering a workshop session to our community.  He will be touching and fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, so this an ideal opportunity for any kind of writer.  There is further information on the flyer below.

Workshop Class

Stephanie

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Nonfiction Night

Hello, hello to everyone out there.  First off, I’d like to remind you that we will not be having Helicon West again during the month of November due to that wonderful national holiday of feasting and gratitude that we all love.  As disappointing as this news is, I hope that you can all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We’re not done with our events for the year though! On December 5th, the lovely Jennifer Sinor’s students will present their nonfiction essays.  I’ve had the privilege of interacting with several of these writers as they’ve drafted their essays, so I can promise that it’s going to be a night worth attending and remembering.  These people are strong writers with creative minds.  There’s enough variety in the students attending that I guarantee there will be a topic for everyone in the audience to relate to.  Don’t miss this! 7 pm at the Logan Library 🙂

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Stephanie

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Featured Poetry

Have you heard of our broadsides? Created by the fabulous Terysa Dyer and Jessica Hahn from the USU Writing Center, the Helicon West broadsides feature poetry from readers at open mic night.  They always look beautiful, and the writing will enrich your artistic experience. Here are our most recent broadside publications:

Phillip Watts Brown was chosen for the 75th broadside, which hung on the podium for the duration of the evening at a recent event. Personally, I think the fact that there’s a fox on the poster should be enough to convince you to read the poem.  However, if that’s not a compelling argument, it’s also a chance to consider your relationship with the world around you.

Broadsides 75

At our upcoming Helicon West event on the 14th, we will feature two more recent broadsides with poetry by Nathan Allen and Adrian Thomson.

In Broadside #76, Nathan Allen has taken advantage of a poet’s love of lists to bring us the depth and complexity of a “simple” life.  I found myself being reminded to remember the lives that other people experience and how they differ from mine.

Broadsides 76

Adrian Thomson, a graduate instructor at USU, favored us with his poem “Sage Grouse” at our last meeting, and it has become Broadside #77. Curious about what barbed wire has to do with this animal?  He can give you some thoughts on the subject with vivid imagery and sharp prose.

Broadsides 77

Stephanie

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That Creative November Work

Once again, we prepare to reconvene for Helicon West.  I know it’s a busy month for NaNoWriMo participators and students alike, but everyone should take a break to come listen to Danielle Susi and Ryan Ridge.  Danielle has a poetry chapbook called The Month in Which We Are Born from Dancing Girl Press.  She also has a history in stand-up comedy and has received awards for her journalism.  Ryan has four books and an upcoming short story collection.  He is the recipient of fiction awards.  They’re both guaranteed to be wonderful to hear from.

Join us in the Bridger room of the Logan Library at 7 pm on November 14th! Whether you want to share your own work or just hear from other writers, it will be a great night for everyone involved.

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Stephanie

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Autumn Poetry at Helicon

For those of you who didn’t come to our last Helicon West, I have to let you know that you missed a performance that you can never get back.  Sunni and Star both gave us stunning poetry, from serious to hysterical.  I laughed so hard I almost started crying.  We had great open mic readers as well–lots of crazy talent.

On October 24th, we’ll be hearing from two more poets, Nancy Takacs and Jan C. Minich.  With the streak of great poets we’ve had lately, I can guarantee they will both be wonderful.  So I hope to see many, many people in the Jim Bridger room of the Logan Library on the 24th at 7 pm.

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Stephanie

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Stellar Women at Helicon West

For Helicon West on October 10th, we are delighted to be hearing from Logan’s Poet Laureate Emerita, Star Coulbrooke.  Star is the co-founder of our Helicon West meetings, so we are all grateful to her for that, but in her time as Poet Laureate she also gathered Logan together for poetry walkabouts.  Her book City of Poetry commemorates her experience as our first Poet Laureate.  She has recently published Thin Spines of Memory and Both Sides from the Middle in Helicon West Press.  Besides all that, Star has directed the USU Writing Center for eleven years, and we all love her there.  She does so much to bring poetry and writing to our community.

Star will be joined by Sunni Brown Wilkinson. We’re hoping to hear lots about her newly published collection, The Marriage of the Moon and the Field, which was a finalist for the Hudson Prize.  Sunni has been or will soon be published in Crab Orchard Review, Sou’wester, Adirondack Review, Sugar House Review, Cimarron Review, and Southern Indiana Review.  She received her MFA from Eastern Washington University and currently teaches at Weber State University.  We’re absolutely thrilled to have her with us this Thursday.

In case you haven’t gotten the idea yet, we’re going to have an stupendous gathering on the 10th 🙂  This is not the evening to miss Helicon West, so join us at 7 pm in the Jim Bridger room of the Logan Library!

HW Oct 10

Stephanie

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Helicon West Welcomes the Year of the Woman

We had a great meeting on the 12th with Rob Carney, but it was just the beginning of a wonderful semester.  This week for Helicon West, we will be joined by Danielle Beazer Dubrasky, an associate professor from Southern Utah University who directs the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values.  Danielle first received her MA in English/creative writing at Stanford, then her PhD in creative writing from the University of Utah. Her poetry has been published or recently accepted in Chiron Review, South Dakota Review, Ninth Letter, Main Street Rag, Pilgrimage, saltfront, Sugar House Review, Cave Wall, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, Under a Warm Green Linden, and Terrain.org. We’re excited to hear from her chapbook, Ruin and Light, which won the 2014 Anabiosis Press Chapbook competition.

Once again, we’ll be meeting at 7 pm on Thursday the 26th in the Logan Library Bridger Room.  It will be an amazing reading, so don’t miss it!

HW Sept 26

Stephanie

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Rob Carney at Helicon West

School has started up again, and as the kick-off reading for this semester, we will be hearing from poet Rob Carney.  He has authored five books of poetry, and we are very excited to have him come from Salt Lake City to share his work with us.

Now that the summer is over, we will be moving events back to the Jim Bridger room at the Logan Library, but we still start at seven. Hope to see you there!

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Stephanie

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Helicon West Summer Finale

This Thursday, August 22nd, is the Tyler Esplin Memorial reading, which will be hosted by Josh and Jess McDermott from Line Rider Press.  We are meeting at 7 p.m. in the Bonneville room in the Logan Library.  The evening is sure to be a wonderful capstone for the Helicon West summer events, so come check it out!

Stephanie

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Open Mic Night

Hello everyone! I know it’s short notice but tonight’s Helicon West event is an entire night of open mic.  This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who doesn’t feel like there’s enough time to psych themselves up for reading 🙂  We hope that lots of people can come share their talent tonight at 7 pm in the Lake Bonneville room of the Logan Library.

Stephanie

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Summer Writers Symposium

Summer Writers

Announcing the second annual League of Utah Writers and USU English Department Summer Writers Symposium, Saturday, June 15, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM, at the USU Eccles Conference Center, third floor. Presentations & workshops by Logan City Poet Laureate Star Coulbrooke; English Department professors & lecturers Brock Dethier, Ben Gunsberg, Shanan Ballam, and others; presenters from the League of Utah Writers, including local author Chadd VanZanten; and presenters from the Cache Valley Community Writing Center. Lunch included with registration:

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-summer-writers-symposium-league-of-utah-writers-registration-60967916680?aff=erelexpmlt

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Helicon West in May

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Even though Helicon West won’t be meeting as often during the summer, there will be still an event on the fourth Thursday of every month. For the month of May, we will be joined by Michael McLane.  He has been involved in some really cool events in Utah, and he’s sure to be an exciting presenter.  So come join our wonderful community on May 23rd at 7 pm! Keep in mind that the meeting will be in the Bonneville Room, not the regular Jim Bridger room.

Stephanie, from Rigby