Literary Arts Performances

Literary Arts Performances

The literary arts program and Big Mouth stage at the 2019 Utah Arts Festival focuses on literary readings and performers by local and regional literary talent with an emphasis on underrepresented voices and communities. Performers this year come from a variety of literary genres, including poetry, slam poetry, cowboy poetry, fiction, nonfiction, storytellers, hip-hop and spoken word, and scientists.

For information about the workshops for kids and adults in the Community Writing Center, visit the Literary Workshop page.

Literary Highlights

Poetry Slams

Back by popular demand, the Poetry Slam competitions are back with team and indie slams and expand to include a high school slam featuring winners of the Utah State High School Championship.

Women Who Rock Day

New this year, we're hosting Women Who Rock Day on Friday at the Big Mouth Stage, featuring several women performers, including poet Star Coulbrooke, authors Nan Seymour and Beatrice Washburn, cowboy poets JoLynne Kirkwood and Sam DeLeuuw, and storyteller Lynn Wing.

Cowboy Poets

Some of the state's most well-known and loved cowboy poets, including C.R. Wood who is considered the patriarch of cowboy poetry in many circles, Sam DeLeeuw, and more. Plus, be sure to catch 15-year-old cowboy poet, Thatch Elmer. 

WordFest in the Kids Art Yard

Insects love poetry! Come learn how to write a short poem about your favorite bug and display it in the Kids Art Yard. Ladybugs and spiders, bees and centipedes, oh my! 1:00 - 4:00pm each day of the festival courtesy of Rock Canyon Poets.

Workshops in the Main Library

In conjunction with Utah Humanities, no ticket is necessary to attend these workshops and open mic.

Be sure to catch great workshops including Poetry with by Lance Larson, Slam Poetry with Jesse Parent, Storytelling with Lynn Wing, Cowboy Poetry with Sam DeLeeuw, and Western Fiction with Rod Miller.

Also, you can be part of an Open Mic hosted by Write About Now in the library.


For only 25 cents, get a poem from well-known Utah poets, including our poet laureates.


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