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Featured Readers

Helicon West is a featured readers/open microphone series held every second and fourth Thursday of the month. Creative writers of all genres are invited to read up to 7 minutes of their original work. Arrive early to sign up. Caffe Ibis coffee & refeshments served. Readings are free, open to the public and uncensored.

Bull Pen Slam

Spring 2017 Helicon West

Jan. 12 League of Utah Writers

Jan. 26 Sunni Wilkinson & Bethany Shultz Hurst  

Feb. 9 Natasha Saje & Heidi Hart

Feb. 23 Shannan Ballam's Advanced Poetry Writing Class  

Mar. 23 Bull Pen Slam/Flash

Apr. 13 Poetry at Three  

Apr. 27 Scribendi Readers

Fall 2016 

Sept. 8 Helicon West Anthology Book Launch, Bluebird Restaurant, Third Floor  

Sept. 22 Patrick Madden

Oct. 13 Lisa Bickmore & Liz Kay in partnership with Utah Humanities

Oct. 27 Karen Brennan and Lex Williford, in partnership with Utah Humanities

Nov. 10 Ben Gunsberg and his Advanced Poetry Class

December 8 The Ken Brewer/Will Pitkin Memorial Reading with Bill Strong, Jerry Fuhriman, and Paul Crumbley. w/ Emcee Marina Hall

All events are held at the Logan Library, 255 North Main, 7:00 PM, in the Brider Room, except for the September 8 reading.

Helicon West Information

What: Helicon West is an open microphone series with featured authors.

When: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM.  

Who: Creative writers of all genres are invited to read up to 7 minutes of their original work.

Where: Logan Library Bridger Room, 255 North Main

How: Arrive early to sign up.

Caffe Ibis coffee will be served. Readings are free, open to the public and uncensored.

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Helicon West Archive of Featured Readers 2006 - 2016

Spring 2016 Helicon West 

Jan. 14 All open mic

Jan. 28 Open mic plus poet Brock Dethier, author of Reclamation

Feb. 11 Open mic and the League of Utah Writers Valentine Special

Feb. 25 Open mic plus poet Nancy Takacs (Blue Patina) & novelist David Pace (Dream House on Golan Drive)

Mar. 24 Open mic and the Bull Pen Slam

Apr. 14 Open mic and Poetry at Three

Fall 2015 Helicon West

Sept. 10 Lisa Roullard, winner of UAC 2013 writing competition & John Engler, USU lecturer and nonfiction author (click here for flyer)

Sept. 24 Chadd VanZanten & Russ Beck, authors of Fly Fishing the Northern Rockies

Oct. 8 Amanda Luzzader et al and other authors from Old Scratch and Owl Hoots: A Collection of Utah Horror

Oct. 22 Gary Dopp and the USU Bull Pen Flash

Nov. 12 Rob Carney, poet and UVU professor

Dec. 3 Bethany Zohner, YA fiction writer, former USU graduate student, and Jill Bowers, YA fantasy author and USU student

2015

Jan. 22: Courtney Moser, SLC Drag Queen/Columnist

Feb. 12: League of Utah Writers Cache Valley Chapter, State contest winners: Tim Keller, Amanda Luzzader, Felicia Rose, Isaac Timm, Chad VanZanten, Emily Wheeler

Feb. 26: RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times Bestselling Author, Romance Writer

Mar. 26: Slam Master Darren Edwards and the USU Creative Writing Club Bull Pen Slam

Apr. 9: Poetry at Three fifteenth annual reading: Shanan Ballam, Jesse Betts, Star Coulbrooke, Brock Dethier, Ben Gunsberg, Robb Kunz, Phi Parisi

Apr. 23: Scribendi Readers: USU Creative Writing Contest winners at Merrill Cazier Library

May 28: Logan High School poets and writers

June 25: Isaac Timm, poet and essayist

July 23: Nikki Garrett, local fiction writer

August 27: Presenters from the annual League of Utah Writers conference: Darren Edwards, Chadd VanZanten, Jack Remick, Owen Egerton, Maxwell Alexander Drake

2014 

Jan. 16: Featuring Liz Stephens, former USU instructor and author of The Days are Gods

Jan. 23: Featuring Darren Edwards, former USU instructor now teaching at SUU

Feb. 13: Featuring readers from the League of Utah Writers, Cache Valley Chapter

Feb. 27: All open mike

Mar. 27: Featuring the Bull Pen Slam, with students from USU's creative writing club

Apr. 10: Featuring the 14th annual Poetry at Three reading by a local writing group

Aug. 21: Jesse Parent, spoken word poet

Sept. 11: Chad VanZanten, Kase Johnstun, Joni Haws, authors for the anthology, Utah Reflections

Sept. 25: League of Utah Writers "Writer of the Year" Johnny Worthen

Oct. 9: Poets Cat Taylor & Natalie Taylor

Oct. 23: Poets Shannon Ballam & Laura Stott

Nov. 13: USU Creative Writing Club's Bull Pen Flash

Dec. 4: USU poetry professor Ben Gunsberg's advanced poetry writing class

2013

January 24, 2013: Heather Frost, USU student and Writing Center tutor, author of the Seers Trilogy 

February 14, 2013: League of Utah Writers Cache Valley Chapter: Chadd VanZanten, Tim Keller, Isaac Timm, Melanie Fowler, Amanda Luzzader, and Eric Bishop 

February 28, 2013: Pocatello Idaho writers: Poet and publisher Harald Wyndham (Blue Scarab Press) and fiction writer Leslie Leek 

March 28, 2013: Poetry at Three: Shanan Ballam, Star Coulbrooke, Brock Dethier, Robb Kunz, Phil Parisi, Susan Pesti-Strobel, Anne Shifrer, Shari Zollinger 

April 11, 2013: Scribendi Readers (Winners of the USU Creative Writing Contest): Sarah Thomas, Anna Brown, Jessica McDermott, Lorelle Frank, Kimberly Christensen, Caitlin Erickson, Jeff Howard, Esther Allen, Mary Ann Widerberg, Heather Williams 

June 27, 2013: Bryan Young, Salt Lake City fiction writer, author of Lost at the Con and Operation: Montauk

Sept.12, 2013: Jack Remick, League of Utah Writers 2013 conference speaker, novelist, author of Blood 

Sept.26, 2013: Eric Bishop, Logan novelist, author of The Samaritan’s Pistol 

Oct. 10, 2013: Aaron Timm & Cassandra Payne, for the National Federation of the Blind 

Oct. 24, 2013: Shanan Ballam, USU Poetry Writing instructor, author of Pretty Marrow; & Kristin Scott, poet, author of Motherlunge (Utah Book Festival event) 

Nov. 14, 2013: Jennifer Sinor, USU Professor and Memoirist 

2012

February 9, 2012: Helicon West regulars Chadd VanZanten, Diane Hardy, Isaac Timm, Tim Keller, and Eric Bishop.
Read selections of their winning work from League of Utah Writers Fall 2010 Round-Up.  

March 22, 2012: SLC Poets Rebecca Lindenberg and Timothy O’Keefe at Citrus and Sage 

April 12, 2012: Poetry at Three at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Fine Art 

April 27, 2012: USU Creative Writing Contest winners (Scribendi readers) at Merrill/Cazier Library 101 

September 13, 2012: Nationally-renowned essayist Dinty Moore at Logan City Library (new permanent venue) 

September 27, 2012: Local Memoirist Dianne Hardy   

October 11, 2012: Utah Poet Laureate Lance Larsen, former UPL Kate Coles, and local poet Star Coulbrooke, with panel moderator Rebecca Packard of Provo Orem Word, sponsored by Utah Book Festival 

October 25, 2012: Missouri poet laureate William Trowbridge and local poet Shanan Ballam, with panel moderator Brian Cook (USU grad student), sponsored by the Utah Book Festival 

November 8, 2012: USU Poetry Instructor Shanan Ballam’s advanced poetry writing students 

2011

Feb. 10, 2011: Local fiction writer, Chadd VanZanten

Feb. 24, 2011: SLC poets Joel Long and Guy Lebeda

Mar. 24, 2011: Poet Maria Melendez

Apr. 14, 2011: Scribendi readers (USU CWC)

Apr. 28, 2011: Local group, Poetry at Three

Sept. 8, 2011: Charles Potts, Idaho poet

Oct. 13, 2011: Helicon West attends Barre Lopez reading at USU ECC

2010

Jan. 14, 2010: Anne Starks’ fiction writing class

Feb. 11, 2010: Shanan Ballam (The Little Red Riding Hood Papers)

Mar. 11, 2010: Dan Nyikos fiction writing class

Mar. 25, 2010: Chris Cokinos (cancelled for out of town engagement)

Apr. 8, 2010: Poetry at Three: Star Coulbrooke, Anne Shifrer, Brock Dethier, Shanan Ballam, Susan Nyikos, Carrie Farmer (designed chapbook collection of poems read by group), Phil Parisi, Will Pitkin

Sept. 9, 2010: Scribendi readers (USU Creative Writing Contest winners) Brian Cook and Bonnie Moore

Sept.23, 2010: Shanan Ballam (went to ER w/stroke, didn’t appear) and Robb Kunz

Oct. 14, 2010: League of Utah Writers contest winners: Chadd Van Zanten, Isaac Timm, E. A. Younker, Tim Keller

Oct. 28, 2010: New Poets of the American West anthology: Rob Carney, Elaine Christensen, Chris Cokinos, Katherine Coles, Star Coulbrooke, Michael Sowder

2009

January 22, 2009: Synecdoche radio show, recorded session: Diane Bush, Star Coulbrooke, Darren Edwards, Carrie Farmer,
Jacob Mendelkow, Jennifer Sinor, Chadd VanZanten. Whitney Olsen announcer, Marina Hall producer.

February 12, 2009: Michael Sowder’s graduate poetry writing class

February 26, 2009: Jan Minich and Katie Kingston

April 9, 2009: Poetry at Three: Star Coulbrooke, Anne Shifrer, Brock Dethier, Shanan Ballam, Susan Nyikos, Carrie Farmer (designed chapbook collection of poems read by group), Cynthia Nordgren (designed cover for chapbook)

April 23, 2009: Scribendi, Creative Writing Contest winners: Steve Watts, John Gilmore, Russ Winn, Ellen Reimschussel,
Jacoba Mendelkow, Zach Maughan, Elizabeth Benson, Whitney Olsen, Jeff Carr, Amanda Burnett, Heather Griffiths

Nov. 12, 2009: Jennifer Sinor and Michael Sowder

2008

April 10, 2008: Salt Lake City and Price Poets: Sandy Anderson and Nancy Takacs

April 20, 2008: Poetry at Three: Shanan Ballam, Star Coulbrooke, Brock Dethier, Carrie Farmer, Chelsi Linderman, Maria Melendez, Susan Nyikos, Julie Robertson, Anne Shifrer

October 23, 2008: Annette Haws

November 13, 2008: Jennifer Sinor

 2007

Feb. 2, 2007: Doug Airmet, Will Peterson, and Harald Wyndham, Pocatello poets

Apr. 12, 2007: Poetry at Three: Shanan Ballam, Star Coulbrooke, Brock Dethier, Carrie Farmer, Karl Germeck, Chelsi Linderman, Julie Robertson, Anne Shifrer

Oct. 11, 2007: Scribendi readers: Taylor Christensen, Elise Doney, Nathaniel Hardman, Kacy Lundstrom, Benny Nyikos, Samantha Robinson, and Robert Watkins

2006

Feb. 23, 2006: Jerry Fuhriman, Marina Hall, Will Pitkin, and Bill Strong read Ken Brewer poems

Sept. 28, 2006: Creative Writing Faculty: Chris Cokinos, Michael Sowder, Charles Waugh