Monday, February 12, 2018

Not too LATE to register for POETRY IN THE PARK

Visiting poet SHANAN BALLAM
Join us for the 9th annual POETRY IN THE PARK at Zion Park Lodge. Lots happening March 1-3, 2018 in So. Utah.

 Th, March 1st at 7 pm Z-ARTS POETRY READING at  Springdale’s Canyon Community Center featuring award winning poet Shanan Ballam-visiting poet from USU’s English Department. (Jim Barton had to cancel because of illlness.) Free. Stay overnight in Springdale at winter rates and attend Poetry in the Park on Friday. No shuttles or crowds, beautiful weather and friendly folks.

Fri, March 2nd 9am to 4 pm POETRY IN THE PARK workshop at Zion Park Lodge featuring Shanan Ballam, A Celebration of Sound and Sense, optional nature walk in Zion. Bring sack lunch or eat at the Redrock Grill in the Lodge. Fee-$55 for daylong workshop. Register by Feb 15 to get free park pass by mail at

Fri, March 2nd CHAPARRAL POETRY AWARD PROGRAM, poetry readings by winners, students-7 pm, adults-8 pm at St. George Community Center behind the Sr. Center 250 W 250 N. Free.

Sat, March 3rd REDROCK CREATIVE WRITING SEMINAR 9am to 1:30 pm at St. George Comm. Center. Presenters will include Shanan Ballam who will speak on Elegant Solutions: Honesty in Facing Difficult Subject Matter, Lara Candland on The Art of Seeing, and DSU’s Cindy King on The Power of Creative Imagery in Prose. Fee-$65 or register before Feb 15th for discount. Details  

Friday, August 18, 2017


Lots of exciting plans see brochure for some details. Reserve some time for you and your muse. Registration and more details see

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Festival of Literary Arts 2017

Photo by  KayCee Clark
Plan now for a weekend of fun in Southern Utah in early spring. On Thursday March 2. 2017, our visiting poet Rosemerry Wahtola-Trommer, Colorado's Western Slope's Poet Laureate, will present Metaphors Everywhere in a Z-Arts Lecture at 7 pm at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale. This lecture is free to the public with housing available in Springdale that evening for those wishing to attend the Poetry in the Park (PIP) workshop the next morning Friday, March 3, at Zion Park Lodge. 

The PIP workshop is presented by Utah State Poetry Society in collaboration with Zion Park Historical Association and Zion Canyon Field Institute. Attendees will eceive a free Zion Park pass, guided nature walk plus a daylong poetry workshop on metaphors with our visiting poet. Fee-$50, register now at Come and be inspired by the beauty of Zion Park in early spring BEFORE the crowds or shuttles come. Funding for this weekend festival comes from grants through the Utah Department of Arts and Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contact lin at sunrivertoday dot com for assistance.

            Also this same weekend is the Redrock Creative Writing Seminar on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in nearby St. George,  Rosemerry Wahtola-Trommer will headline this seminar discussing Paradox in Poetry-How a Poem Turns; award-winning mystery novelist Tanya Parker Mills of St. George will present Finding the Poetry in Prose, and Joel Tucker award winning poet will explore Rhythm and Muse at the seminar.  Plan to attend the Social Hall of the St. George Arts Complex from 9am to 1:30 pm for  inspiration, and creative writing. Cost $60, more info at 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Another SUCCESSFUL fun Poetry in the Park 2016

Thanks to our official photographer Steven Leitch of Salt Lake City, a UTSPS member who attended our SPRING FESTIVAL of LITERARY ARTS which included a Thursday night Mar 3 free Z-Arts lecture with our visiting poet Dr. David J. Rothman who is a talented teacher and poet. He is Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western State Colorado University and Poet in Residence for Colorado Public Radio. Our theme was Plein Air Poetry. More photos available at

Dr. Rothman shares  Dylann Thomas; poetry at the
ZArts free lecture in Springdale, Utah. He also enthralled
us at Poetry in the Park and at the Redrock Seminar!
Interested poets listen to Dr. Rothman's instructions in Zion Park Lodge
for the day long workshop called Poetry in the Park-our seventh annual.
Lin Floyd Chair of Poetry in the Park welcomes and makes announcements.
Lenore Madden welcomes poets at the registration table for PIP!
Our nature walk was so fun as we had an assignment to write a list of words
that shared alliteration to work on later as we enjoyed a beautiful spring day.
Some of our group of poets who took the easy enjoyable nature walk.
Scholar shipped students and teachers from Hurricane Middle School and
Enterprise High School enjoyed the day of learning in nature.
Alma Richie director of Bedrock Seminar welcomes attendees on Saturday
in St. George at the Social Hall-part of the Pioneer Complex. 
Our speakers included Marleen Bussma, cowboy
poetess who gave an excellent presentation.
Brian Passey told us of his journey into Photo Journalism 
Marilyn Richardson informed of the need for tension in all our work.
Thanks to the many poets from St. George, UTSPS, Dixie Poets, Redrock Writers as well as Z-Arts, Zion Natural History Association, Zion Field Institute, St. George Arts Commission, Utah Division of Arts and Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts for their funding and support.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Time to register for Festival of LITERARY ARTS

Here's our brochure for the Festival of Literary Arts 2016 in Southern to enlarge information. More details on or email

Monday, November 23, 2015

New lodging option for Poetry in the Park

Stay next to the Virgin River in Springdale next to Zion Park entrance.
A lovely place to stay Cable Mountain Lodge-great views of Zion Park

Guests may call 877-712-3666 to book their reservations. Please ask for the ZARTS rate. This will extend a 10% discount for their entire stay. 

Rooms available:see only at 

Classic Suite with Wall Bed- $125.10 with tax $141.24 per night. This room has a private king bedroom, separate bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, queen wall bed near the kitchen and living room with a sofa sleeper. 

Luxury Suite- $116.10 with tax $131.08 per night. This suite includes a master king bedroom, separate bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and living room with a queen sofa sleeper, view from balcony or patio.

Classic Suite- $107.10 with tax $120.91 per night. This suite includes a master king bedroom, separate bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and living room with a queen sofa sleeper. 

Please let me know if you have any further questions, or if I may assist you further. 

Kind Regards,  Ruth Hammon

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.