Thursday, April 23, 2015

Plan now to attend PIP 2016!

It's not too early to make your lodging reservations for the annual POETRY in the PARK 2016...details below. This successful event now in its seventh year will expand to include two full days in Zion Park and an optional separate Redrock Writers seminar on Sat, March 5 in nearby St. George Utah


Thursday March 3 from 7-9  pm FREE program featuring our poet DAVID J. ROTHMAN in Springdale adjacent to Zion Park at the Canyon Community Center. Learn more about Plein Air Poetry: A Brief History from this learned scholar and poet. How did nature poetry and writing began with examples of some of the classics explored and performed. Sponsored by Z-Arts in partnership with Poetry in the Park. You won't want to miss this entertaining and informative evening. 

Friday, Mar 4th from 8:30 am to 4 pm POETRY IN THE PARK workshop with DAVID J. ROTHMAN at Zion Lodge in Zion Park. Plan to come early and explore the beauties of Zion Park first hand. Those staying at Zion Lodge and registering for Poetry in the Park will receive free entrance to Zion Park. Nature walk included, bring writing tools, walking shoes, camera and light jacket plus a sack lunch.


Friday, Mar 4th from 7-9 pm in St. George (43 miles away) CHAPARRAL CONTEST Program. Winners in the youth and adult divisions will be read their poems at the Social Hall. FREE.

Saturday, Mar 5th from 9 am to 4 pm REDROCK WRITERS SEMINAR at Social Hall in St. George. Additional charge to attend. See for details. DAVID J. ROTHMAN will present and three other excellent poets and writers.

LODGING INFO: you will be responsible for making your own reservations with your choice of lodging. Reduced rates available Mar 1-4, 2016 at ZION LODGE which is where POETRY in the PARK will be held or you can stay in nearby Springdale, Utah or carpool from St. George. 

In Jan 2016 we'll accept registrations for the workshop. Lodge reservations are available NOW at or call DeeDee Bow 435 772-7752. If you are staying for two nights or more you only need to reserve the first night with a deposit of that night's lodging. Cancellations with full refunds are available up to 48 hours before you arrive. It's smart to reserve your accommodations now as they will fill up quickly during Spring break.

There will be a free poetry reading with my poet David J. Rothman on Thursday night from  7-9 pm in Springdale next to Zion where there are also available less expensive lodging if wanted. The workshop Friday is from 8:30 am to 4 pm at Zion Lodge Park in the meeting room. If you wish to stay overnight on Thursday and Friday, be aware that the Lodge's weekend rates go into effect on Friday, and you can see the difference in price online. Let me know if I can be of more help. I'm going to make my reservations very soon to insure I can stay at the lodge. Lin Floyd

Reduced rates at ZION LODGE in Zion Park: 

1. HOTEL ROOMThe majority of hotel rooms at Zion Lodge include two queen-sized beds (while a few rooms are available with on king-size bed.  These rooms feature a full private bath and either a balcony or a private porch.  Other amenities include a 37-inch flat-screen television with satellite reception.  The hotel rooms are located in a separate building from the main lodge, but they are located within easy walking distance from the lodge as well as many hiking and walking trails. WiFi access available. 

Reduced winter prices include all taxes and charges (Mar 1-4) Regular price: (Mar 5 they are slightly higher.)
$154.42  (1- 2 people=$77.21 each), 
$165.45  (3 people=$55.12 each)
$176.48  (4 people =$44.12/person) 
Rollaway beds are available in some rooms for an extra charge of $12.

2. WESTERN CABINThe Western Cabins have either two double beds or one queen bed.  These cabins include a full private bath and a private porch.  All cabins also include a gas log fireplace.  These cabins are within walking distance of the main lodge. No Internet or WiFi access. 
Reduced prices including taxes, other charges: 
$148.91 (1- 2 people=$74.45 each)
$159.94 (3 people=$53.31 each)
$170.97 (4 people =$42.74/person)
All reservations need to be made directly through Zion Lodge, Red Rock Grill available in the lodge for meals, horseback riding and trails available nearby. 

Other lodging also available in nearby Springdale, Utah. Leave a comment with any questions or email lin at sunrivertoday dot com.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

POETRY IN THE PARK 2015 is a huge success....

If you missed us this year, plan to come next year. Exciting plans for March 2016 to be announced soon. With 33 attending this year which included 8 high school students and 3 teachers we enjoyed our teacher Lola Haskins renowned poet from Gainesville Florida. The weather was delicious in Zion Park. We were even mentioned in the National Federation of State Poetry Society's newsletter by the new president Eleanor Berry. She said: The Utah State Poetry Society has a longstanding partnership with Zion Canyon Field Institute to conduct a 'Poetry in the Park' workshop in Zion National Park each spring. Nice to be recognized. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
We learned about making better Beginnings and Endings of our poems.
Lola Haskins shared many of her own poems.
Perfect weather for picnicking and hiking in Zion Parl. 
Scholarshipped students with their teacher Marisa
Ericksen from Enterprise High School

Monday, January 5, 2015

Time to REGISTER for Poetry in the Park 2015

Don't forget this same weekend is REDROCK WRITERS SEMINAR held in St. George.  You can attend both activities, but there is a separate charge and registration required.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

You can now REGISTER

See ZION FIELD INSTITUTE to register online for 2014 Poetry-in-The-Park or print off the registration from below.  Participants are limited to 34 so it's time to plan ahead.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's coming...SPRING 2014

        Mark your calendar for Friday, March 21, 2014 for the fifth annual POETRY in the PARK in Zion National Park. This year features John Resmerski or Rez as he prefers to be called, Minnesota Past POET LAUREATE with an exciting workshop entitled:

When Good Poems Go Bad––Diagnosis and Repair

 1. Too Little, Too Fast, Too Easy, Too Cool for School––Learning to spot weaknesses in poems.
 2. Assembling a Poetry Repair Kit––A guide to fixing your poems' problems.

         Make plans to join us. Registration is limited to 34 poets and available after Jan 2014. Fees are $60 for this workshop which includes class materials, a nature walk in Zion Park, free park pass, and snacks. Bring your own picnic lunch. Carpools available from nearby St. George, Utah. Contact Poetry in the Park Chair-Lin Floyd for more information. Discounts ($48) available for UTSPS ( Utah State Poetry Society members and Zion Natural History Society members. Other poetry events available on Saturday in St. George with Redrock Writers annual Seminar ( . Make it a poetry weekend.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Report of Poetry in the Park 2013

It was a crisp early Spring morning in Zion Park-Mar 22, 2013.

Time for Poetry In the Park, now in its fourth year
partially funded by Utah State Division of Arts & Museums,
and Natl. Endowment of the Arts plus the partnership of 
Utah State Poetry Society and Zion Natural History Association.

(l-r) Lyman Hafen of Zion Natural History Association
welcomes Lance Larsen our new Utah Poet Laureate, NEA
Fellow in Poetry, and English Professor at BYU

Held at the historic Zion Nature Center inside Zion Natl. Park

LaVerna Johnson began Poetry In the Park four years ago
with the support of Gary Christian of Redrock Writers Guild.

Lance taught two excellent workshops on "Coaxing the Muse"

and "Revising the Muse" to a full classroom

of students which included beginners to more experienced poets.

The day was full with time to write new poems plus

enjoy a guided nature walk with our knowledgeable
naturalist guide Michael Plyer of Zion Canyon Field Institute.

It was a productive, enjoyable day of writing, exploring
and making new friends while eating our sack lunches.
There were 32 who registered for this event.

Too soon it was time to say "Thanks, Lance
for an excellent presentation and sharing
your talents as a poet and inspiring teacher."

This year's new Chair of Poetry In the Park is
Lin Floyd who organized and publicized this event

including the scholarshiping of three teachers from Washington 
County School District and two high school students: Jadie Bell and
above Natalie Scoresby who is sharing a poem with the group.

It was a full day of creativity and self expression plus
nature viewing of the wild-life in Zion National Park.
Hope you'll plan to join us next Spring. Poet TBA.
(Photos from Thaya Gilmore and Lin Floyd)