The Utah Poetry Festival Will Be Online April 16-18, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Utah Poetry Festival will be virtual. Beginning Friday, April 16 and ending Sunday, April 18, 2021, the festival will feature poetry pedagogy roundtables, moderated conversations and public Q&A’s with poets from around the state, and two headline reading events.

The Utah Poetry Festival is hosted by Utah’s poet laureate, Paisley Rekdal, and is funded by fellowships and grants from The Academy of American Poets, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and Utah Humanities.


The Utah Poetry Festival is free and open to the public. Events can be watched live or streamed later via the Utah Humanities YouTube channel. Live events will feature public Q&As. All events will be closed captioned by AI Media. Only registered participants will receive a link to the Google Drive file with documents from the Saturday pedagogy panels. Registration is currently open. View the schedule to register. Festival attendees must register for each event they wish to attend.


To view the complete April 16-18, 2021 event schedule here.

Want to be Included in the Fest’s Month-long Celebration of Utah Poets?

Every day during the month of April, we’ll be promoting videos of Utah poets performing/reading an original poem on social media. The videos will be posted on the Utah Humanities Book Festival FacebookTwitter, and YouTube accounts. There will also be a playlist on the Utah Humanities Book Festival YouTube Channel, entitled Utah Poetry Festival 2021. Videos will be published, two per day, once at 8 AM and again at 6 PM. Find out more here.

Virtual Book Fair

Purchase the most recent titles of our readers and participants here.