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.  


Bring your mask, your voice, and your pen—we’ll see you then!

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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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Time: December 9,  2021 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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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.
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Time: October 14,  2021 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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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. 

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Helicon West at Stokes Nature Center on September 9th

Helicon 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 .

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Affluents: A Water Writing Workshop Series

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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!

Helicon 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!

July’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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