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Poetry in the Park welds nature and poetry beautifully in its setting in Zion National Park before the crowds start coming. This year, the event will be held at Springdale’s Zion Canyon Mesa and will feature a presenter energized by poetry, Utah State University English Professor Shanan Ballam. Ballam will engage the mind and senses, using the serene setting as inspiration. The experience will also include a guided nature hike in the park, silent poetry writing time, and time to share the poetry participants wrote that day to receive feedback on that poetry. Tuition for the event is $30 for adults and free for secondary students accompanied by their teachers. The event is Friday, March 8, 2024 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.




Shanan Ballam is a Senior Lecturer for the Utah State University English Department where she teaches poetry writing and composition. She is also the Internship Coordinator and the Poetry Faculty Advisor for Sink Hollow: An Undergraduate Literary Magazine.

Shanan has taught dozens of poetry writing workshops and was selected to teach Utah State Poetry Society’s 2018 Poetry in the Park workshop in Zion National Park and to be the featured speaker at the 2018 League of Utah Writers Redrock Writers Seminar. She taught for the League’s 2018 & 2019 Summer Writers Symposiums, the 2019 St. George Literary Arts Festival, and the 2019 Kanab Writers Conference. She will teach for the Kanab Writers Conference in Fall of 2021. In August 2019, Shanan was appointed to be the Poet Laureate for Logan City, Utah. As Poet Laureate, she created the digital publication “A Celebration of Cache Valley Voices” and aims to publish as many poems by current or former Cache Valley residents as possible. You can read the poems on Shanan’s website, https://www.shananballam.org/.






For more information contact:

Reuben Wadsworth [email protected]

PLEASE MEET AT: 8:45 am at the Zion Canyon Mesa – 145 Lion Boulevard in Springdale on March 8th

Google Map Link – https://goo.gl/maps/TnHLBnC6rSSb1xqH7


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March 8
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Free – $30.00
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Zion Canyon Mesa
145 Lyon Blvd
Springdale, 84767 United States