Literary Arts Performances

Literary Arts Performances

Let words transform you at two venues of literary programs. At the Big Mouth Stage you’ll find national and local award-winning poets, comics and storytellers.

Literary Headliners

Write About Now

Sat, June 23, 3PM, Big Mouth Stage

Write About Now (WAN) is a community-oriented collective of poets from Texas that seeks to provide a multimedia platform for poets to share their work. WAN will be joining the Festival this year to record various performance poets who may be featured through various multimedia channels. WAN will also host an open mic/cypher on the Big Mouth Stage at the Utah Arts Festival.

Bill Moran

Sat, June 23, 6PM, Big Mouth Stage

A spoken word poet from Austin, Texas who has won numerous slam championships, ‘Good Ghost’ Bill Moran is known for blending spoken word poetry with solo musical accompaniment and live projections to create an ethereal experience.


Sun, June 24, 2PM, Big Mouth Stage

bassam is a spoken word poet, member of the League of Canadian Poets, and executive board member with Spoken Word Canada. bassam earned the title of national slam champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) in 2016 with the Guelph Poetry Slam team and was a Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) finalist in 2017. bassam is the author of three full-length poetry collections.

Indie Poetry Slam Finals

Sun, June 24, 8:30PM, Big Mouth Stage

Poetry Slams are raucous, raw, unruly, irreverent, and downright borderline gospel. The poetry slams at the Utah Arts Festival always gather large crowds. Watch the preliminaries throughout the weekend, and catch the finals on Sunday night. Get to the Big Mouth Stage early if you want a seat!

Team Poetry Slam Finals

Sun, June 24, 9:30PM, Big Mouth Stage

Slam teams from across the nation will make their way to the Big Mouth Stage to compete for the title of Utah Arts Festival Slam Champions. Come see an eclectic mix of styles and group pieces at the Big Mouth Stage, as teams also prepare for the National Poetry Slam competition, which will be held in Chicago this August.

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