Poetry Reading with Utah Poet Laureate - Paisley Rekdal


The reading is free and open to everyone. Students, teachers, and community members are encouraged to attend.

The Utah Poet Laureate is a Governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state who presents in communities, schools, libraries, and public events.

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; a hybrid-genre photo-text entitled Intimate; and five books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos; Six Girls Without Pant; The Invention of the Kaleidoscope; Animal Eye, which was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize, the Balcones Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize; and Imaginary Vessels, which was a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Prize. Her latest nonfiction work, The Broken Country, won the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize. Her newest collection of poetry is Nightingale. Her work has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship, various state arts council awards, and has been included in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry series. She teaches at the University of Utah and is Utah’s Poet Laureate.

This reading is sponsored by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Helper City, Utah, The Rio Theatre - Helper, Utah, and Nancy Takacs.

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