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