Redrock Writing Seminar 2018

When: March 3, 2018 @ 9am - 1:30pm

Where: St. George Community Building at 245 N 200 W

2018 Faculty

Shanan Ballam

Elegant Solutions

Shanan Ballam teaches creative writing at Utah State University and was named the 2014 Lecturer of the Year for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in several literary journals, most recently in DIAGRAM and Tar River Poetry. She is the author of the chapbook The Red Riding Hood Papers (Finishing Line 2010) and the full-length poetry collection Pretty Marrow (Negative Capability 2013). A semi-finalist for the Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes, the May Swenson Award, the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, and the Louise Bogan Award, in 2012 Pretty Marrow received first place in the Utah Division of Arts and Museum’s Original Writing Contest, judged by Sue Walker, former Poet Laureate of Alabama. In 2013, Shanan was appointed to the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors where she served a four-year term. 

Dr. Cindy King

The Power of Creative Imagery in Prose

Dr. Cindy King is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Dixie State University and Faculty Editor of DSU’s The Southern Quill and Route 7 Review. She also serves on the Artistic Committee of the Blank Theatre in Hollywood, California, reading scripts for their Living Room Series

Winner of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Workshop and the Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship in Poetry from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she was recently a Furious Flower Poetry Center Fellow at James Madison University.

Her work is published in Callaloo, North American Review, Cincinnati Review, American Literary Review, jubilat, TriQuarterly, Black Bird, River Styx, Cimarron, Black Warrior, Barrow Street, The Pinch, Cincinnati Review, and NASTY WOMEN POETS: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse.  It can be heard online on NPR’s Weekend America, The Cortland Review, and Rhino Poetry.


Lara Candland

The Art of Seeing

Lara Candland is the author of The Lapidary's Nosegay in the Rocky Mountain Poet's Series (Colorado State University's Center for Literary Publishing) and of Alburnum of the Green and Living Tree.  She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and appeared in many journals.

Candland writes plays, libretti, and hybrid genres, and is a co-founder and librettist for Seattle Experimental Opera and Deseret Experimental Opera.  Most recently, The Beekeeper's Journal was premiered by DEXO in October 2017.  Her work has been recorded and performed internationally.

Redrock Writers depends on the voluntary efforts of Southern Utah writers who participate in our collective learning, write and read their poetry, and help organize and lead our regular activities. We deeply appreciate the contributions of members of UTSPS Dixie Chapter, the Utah State Poetry Society, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, the Heritage Writers Guild and The League of Utah Writers. We also express appreciation to outstanding poets from across America who participate in blind judging our yearly contest.

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