Helicon West is a featured readers/open-mic readings series that will be held on the fourth Thursday of every month at various locations during COVID and the construction of a new Logan Library (see our blog for meeting details). At all events, creative writers are invited to read up to 7 minutes of their original work. Readings are free, open to the public, and uncensored.

Videos of previous events can be found on our YouTube channel. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

An anthology of work read at Helicon West during its first decade was published in 2016. It can be purchased here or checked out from the Logan Library here or the USU Merrill-Cazier Library here.

Helicon West is made possible with assistance from Sugar House Review, Utah Humanities, the Logan Library, Bear River Heritage Area, the USU Inclusion Center, the USU Department of English, and you.

You can donate to Helicon West here: https://www.sugarhousereview.com/save-helicon-west 

Mission Statement:

Helicon West is a live reading series that brings published local writers to read alongside community members in an open, uncensored forum. In order to promote the voice of every community member and democratic ideals, we honor all levels of skill, ability, and craft. In addition to featuring published authors to give the literary arts more exposure in Cache Valley and its surrounding areas, we invite and celebrate aspiring writers from every walk of life to find and share their voices with us. We are committed to the causes of inclusion, accessibility, and representation in our writing community.


Star Coulbrooke, former director of the USU Writing Center in the department of English, dreamed for years of starting an open reading series where students and community members could read their writing. In spring 2005, she met with Michael Sowder, a professor of creative writing who had the same dream, and they talked about ways to get something started. Sowder suggested the name Helicon West after the Greek mountain where the mythological muses lived.

The first event in fall 2005 had 11 people in attendance. Subsequent readings steadily drew more participants and audience members. The first event with featured readers was a February, 2006 memorial to the late Utah Poet Laureate Kenneth Brewer. Since then, USU faculty, out-of-town poets and writers, book authors, USU creative writing contest winners, local poetry groups, and others have been featured.

For most of 2020, events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Star’s retirement from the Writing Center. In January, 2021, Helicon West began holding events again, now coordinated by Britt Allen.

Venues over the years have included a University Inn conference room (2005), Citrus & Sage coffee shop (2006-2008), True Aggie Cafe (2008-2011), Citrus & Sage again (2011-2012), the Logan Library (2012-2020), and various locations during COVID and the construction of a new Logan Library 2021-2023.

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  1. Hail the Greek Culture

    Best Regards
    Just greet and introduce myself as part of Social Arts activities in Indonesia

    my name is adrian inspired from Helicon and founded Hilicon Musik Indonesia

    maybe in the right time can be established cooperation between countries in the Hilicon community together

    Thank you very much

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