Helicon West started out with a bang and has consistently drawn large audiences. The USU Writing Center is a main support, with its sponsorship of events, featured readers, and broadsides production. Star Coulbrooke, USU Writing Center Director, co-founder and organizer of Helicon West, continues to donate at least ten hours each month to the program. Many student and community volunteers contribute their time and talent to help Helicon West promote literature and writing.
The Helicon West Open Readings/Featured Readers Series was founded by Star Coulbrooke and Michael Sowder in Spring 2005. Michael Sowder named the series Helicon West, for the western version of the ancient Greek mountain range where the muses lived.
In December 2005, Star moved the series off campus to Citrus and Sage, a downtown coffee shop on 130 North 100 East in Logan. Citrus and Sage closed in 2008 and the series moved to True Aggie Café. In 2011, it moved back to Citrus and Sage, under new ownership. Helicon West moved to the Logan City Library in 2012.
Our first featured readers were Jerry Fuhriman, Marina Hall, Will Pitkin, and Bill Strong, who gave a wonderful memorial reading of former Utah Poet Laureate, the late Kenneth W. Brewer’s poetry on February 23, 2006. We have since extended invitations to USU faculty, out-of-town poets and writers, book authors, creative writing contest winners, local poetry groups, and others.