SALT LAKE CITY — After a three-year hiatus, Utah Arts & Museums’ Literary Arts program is re-launching its Bite-Size Poetry project. The project features notable Utah poets reciting short poems they’ve written. TWIG Media Lab has created videos of the recitations, and a video will be released each month throughout 2015.
In January, Rob Carney read “What Any Stone Can Tell You.” Carney, a professor in the English department at Utah Valley University, is the author of three books and three chapbooks of poems, most recently Story Problems (Somondoco Press, 2011) and Home Appraisals (Plan B Press, 2012). He is the winner of the 2014 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation Poetry Prize and the 2013 Terrain.org Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Mid-American Review, Redactions, Sugar House Review, and dozens of other journals, as well as in the anthology Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton, 2006).
You can view Rob Carney’s Bite-Size video on YouTube.
February’s poet is Star Coulbrooke reading “Sky’s the Limit.” Coulbrooke teaches in the English department at Utah State University, where she directs the USU Writing Center and teaches writing workshops. She also coordinates Helicon West, a Cache Valley open readings/featured readers series. Her poems have been published in Poetry International, Ellipsis, Hunger Magazine, and others. Coulbrooke co-authored a chapbook, Logan Canyon Blend (Blue Scarab Press, 2003), with the late Kenneth W. Brewer, former Utah Poet Laureate.
Watch Star Coulbrooke’s Bite-Size video on YouTube.
“We’re thrilled to be reinstating our Bite-Size Poetry project,” says Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “It was the brainchild of former Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles, and our current Poet Laureate, Lance Larsen, was one of our original Bite-Size Poets in 2009. It’s a wonderful way to infuse a little poetry into everyday life.”