Tomorrow, January 23rd, I’ll be returning to Logan, UT, where I lived for nearly a decade, to give a feature at Helicon West. I can’t really explain how excited this opportunity makes me. Logan is where I first stepped into my poetry and became comfortable with my voice as a writer. Helicon West is where I very first cut my teeth performing. It was at Helicon West that I gave my first reading ever. It was through Helicon West that I learned to feel comfortable sharing my work in front of others. Now, almost a decade after I first walked into Citrus and Sage to try my luck at an open-mic, I feel like I’ve finally become comfortable with my voice as a performer. This is a chance to visit with old friends and mentors and to try and share something with an audience, a city, that has given so much to me.
I spend a lot of my time working to strengthen and grow the writing community here in Saint George. One of my favorite way to do this is by finding diverse opportunities for our writers to share their work. I’m pleased to announce a fabulous step in this process. This Saturday, May 11th, three great local writers and I will be teaming up with several Cedar City writers for a performance. The show will feature myself, Erika Larsen, Michael Jurgensmeier, and Jancie Brooks. It will take place at Main Street Books (25 N. Main Street) in Cedar City at 7pm. There will be a $2 cover at the door to help raise funds for “Lit Fest,” a larger event coming up on the 25th of May which may also feature some of our St. George writers. I want to offer special thanks to Robert Durborow for both pulling this event together and allowing us to participate.
I’m pleased to announce that a very eclectic mix of my poems appeared in the March issue of Synchronized Chaos–an interdisciplinary art, literary, science, cultural, and travel writing webzine.
Here is what their editors had to say about my work:
“We can move from the specific to the general, from the individual to society and life itself, with Darren Edwards’ poetry, including “Sandcastles” and several other pieces. He uses humor, wry observations, and colorful images from childhood, mythology, and popular and literary culture to advocate authentic communication, compassion, empathy and balance. And he pokes fun in creative ways at the bombastic and powerful among us, thus highlighting our human and societal fragility.”
Two of my poems, “At the Open Mic” and “Afflatus” will be published in the new issue of The Southern Quill, and I will be reading them as part of their 2013 release party and reading. It will be held Wednesday, May 1st from 6:30-8:30pm in room 457 of the Holland Centennial Commons on Dixie State University campus.
The event is free and open to the public. I’d love to see you all there!
This Saturday at 1:30 I will be performing my poem “Reality is Only Just a Word” as part of Poetry in Motion, an event put on by the Saint George Dance Company as part of the Saint George Arts festival. Three dancers will be presenting an interpretation of the poem through dance as I perform the actual poem. We did a rehearsal for the event this evening, and I’m thrilled with the work these dancers are doing. It’s been a wonderful challenge trying to make my performance fit the music and match up the the timing of the dancers. The event is free and there will be many other poems and dances. If you’re in the area you should definitely check it out.
Tomorrow, Sunday, October 28th, I’ll be performing as part of “Innerspeaker.” This poetry event is a joint effort between Storm the Mic (Saint George’s weekly creative writing open-mic) and Janice Brooks. I’ll be sharing the stage with Ryan Rutkoskie and Chelsi Sutton. If you’re going to be down around southern Utah, you should come check it out. Ryan and Chelsi are both fantastic poets. See the flyer below for details.
On the 12th of September, I will be performing as part of the “Poetry Under the Stars” showcase presented by the Kayenta Arts Foundation. The event will take place at the Kayenta Outdoor Theater in the Coyote Gulch Arts Village, 800 Kayenta Parkway, in Ivins Utah. The show starts at 7:30pm and will cost $5 a person. The box office opens 1 hour before the show.
I’m excited to share the stage with some fabulous poets: John Chavez, Janice Brooks, Cheryl Collins, Robin Hampton, Andrew Mallek, and Ryan Rutkoskie. This will be an outstanding evening of poetry performances, and I look forward to seeing you there!