Arts Council - Guest Writers Series

The Salt Lake City Arts Council co-sponsors the Guest Writers Series (GWS) with the University of Utah Department of English and Creative Writing Program. A monthly series, scheduled on Thursday evenings, brings in contemporary writers from across the county. The public readings at the Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane, are free and followed by a reception for meeting the writers. On the Friday following each reading, the authors participate in a public, informal lunchtime conversation from noon to 1:30 pm, also at the Art Barn. Call 801.596.5000 for details.

The readings begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by a reception for the authors. A lunchtime conversation is scheduled the next day at the Art Barn from noon to 1:00 p.m. all events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 801.596.5000

2014-2015 Guest Writers Series Season


August 28

Wecome Back Reading with
University of Utah Creative Writing Graduate Students


Next Reading

September 18

Frank Bidart

Frank Bidart’s most recent collection of poetry, Metaphysical Dog, won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His other books include include Watching the Spring Festival (FSG, 2008), Star Dust (FSG, 2005), Desire (FSG, 1997), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965–90 (FSG, 1990). He is also the co-editor of the Collected Poems of Robert Lowell (FSG, 2003). His many awards and honors include the Wallace Stevens Award, the Bollingen Prize, the Shelley Award from the Poetry Society of America, and The Paris Review’s first Bernard F. Conners Prize for “The War of Vaslav Nijinsky” in 1981. From 2003 to 2009, Bidart served as a chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

“Bidart writes through passion, but also through subtraction, leaving out all but the statements that seem essential to the soul, the desire, the wisdom or the memory at hand. The results, however austere, can be revelations: his poems are doors best opened with cautious attention — behind them you might even see yourself.”

Stephen Burt, New York Times Sunday Book Review, June 28, 2013.