Our Community Calendar is a volunteer-run resource offered to all qualified nonprofits. Community Calendar events are highlighted live, on-air throughout the day on KCPW. Featured events are chosen at random. You will also find all current Community Calendar events listed here at kcpw.org.

The Community Calendar also has a physical home. Following the criteria listed below, mail or bring professional materials (no handwritten signs please) promoting your event to the KCPW studios at 210 East 400 South, Suite 10, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. We’ll happily hang them in our window for all Library Square traffic to see.

To submit an event to the Community Calendar, the event must meet the following criteria:

  • The event must take place in Utah.
  • The organization promoting the event  must be a qualified 501(c)(3) charity or political subdivision.
  • The event cannot promote a religious organization or individual.

If your event meets these criteria, click “Post Your Event” below. Include your contact information in case we have any questions. Otherwise, your event may not get published.

We would like to encourage you to make the most of your post by adding a featured image and links to your organization.  Utilize the provided field boxes (i.e. location, ticket information) to display information as accurately and quickly as possible.

Please do not submit duplicate postings for the same event. If you are posting a class or workshop that requires registration, list just the first instance in the date and time, and include the details for subsequent classes in the description.

NOTE:  approved events are typically posted to the Community Calendar within seven days of your submission.

Please submit requests at least 14 days before your event – listings read on-air are chosen at random, the week of the event.

 

Sep
20
Fri
Prometheus Bound at Harman Thetare @ Harman Theatre
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm
Prometheus Bound at Harman Thetare @ Harman Theatre |  |  |

The Classical Greek Theatre Festival presents Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus, translated by William Matthews, and directed by Emilio Casillas. Prometheus Bound tells of the fall of the Titan Prometheus at the hands of the newly crowned king of the gods, the Olympian Zeus. Bound to a rock at the bottom of a ravine in the far flung Caucasus, Prometheus is visited by the Oceanids – nymphs of the world’s many springs, their father Oceanus – the primordial world-encircling river, Io—the mortal woman loved by Zeus and harried by Hera, and finally by Hermes—the young Olympian chosen as the emissary of Zeus.

Sep
26
Thu
Ayja Bounous and Zack Podmore Meet & Greet @ Fisher Brewing Co.
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Ayja Bounous and Zack Podmore Meet & Greet @ Fisher Brewing Co. |  |  |

Join Torrey House authors Zak Podmore and Ayja Bounous for a short pre-release reading of their upcoming books followed by a meet-and-mingle night of food, drinks, and conversation at Fisher Brewing Company, presented in partnership with Save Our Canyons and Patagonia SLC.

Confluence: Navigating the Personal & Political on Rivers of the New West sets out to explore exploited Western rivers—and some of the most pressing environmental justice issues of our time. After losing his river-running mother to cancer, Zak Podmore disappears into the American West’s iconic canyon country to heal. He kayaks down a rare release of water in the Colorado River Delta, investigates uranium tailings on Ute Mountain Ute lands near the San Juan River, and interrogates the treatment of asylum seekers crossing the Rio Grande. Confluence presents an up-close, personal perspective on our responsibility to rivers and to each other.

Zak Podmore is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Outside, Sierra, High Country News, and Canoe & Kayak. He lives in Utah where he reports for The Salt Lake Tribune.

From mountain ecology to population pressure, Shaped by Snow: Defending the Future of Winter examines the environmental impacts of the ski industry—even as Ayja Bounous celebrates a legacy of snow and love from a family instrumental in its development. Exploring threats to winter due to climate change, Bounous realizes how deeply her personal relationships are tied to a disappearing season.

Climate activist and third-generation skier Ayja Bounous holds an MA in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. She lives at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Salt Lake City.

This event is presented by Torrey House Press, Fisher Brewing Co., Patagonia SLC outlet, Save Our Canyons, and the Utah Humanities Book Festival. This event is supported in part by Utah Humanities; the Utah Department of Arts & Museums; and SLCo Zoo, Arts & Parks.

Oct
1
Tue
Impossible Worlds: Fantasy Writing @ SLCC Community Writing Center
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Impossible Worlds: Fantasy Writing @ SLCC Community Writing Center  |  |  |

3-Part Workshop October 1, 8, & 15 (Tuesday), 6-8 pm

From the Hobbit to Harry Potter, fantastical fiction has long captivated our imaginations. Join the CWC as we explore the magical worlds of Fantasy literature.

Oct
2
Wed
Craig Childs & Claire Taylor Book Launch: Virga and Bone @ The King's English Bookstore
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Craig Childs & Claire Taylor Book Launch: Virga and Bone @ The King's English Bookstore |  |  |

Join us at The King’s English Bookshop for the launch of author Craig Childs’ new book of essays, Virga & Bone: Essays from Dry Places, illustrated by local SLC artist Claire Taylor.

Dwelling on a vivid series of desert icons—a sheet of virga over Monument Valley, white seashells in dry desert sand, boulders impossibly balanced—Virga & Bone delves into the primacy of our starkest landscapes and the profound nature of the more-than-human.

Craig Childs has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including The Secret Knowledge of Water and his most recent, Atlas of a Lost World. He has won the Orion Book Award and has twice won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, the Galen Rowell Art of Adventure Award, and the Spirit of the West Award for his body of work. He is a contributing editor at Adventure Journal Quarterly and his work has appeared in the Atlantic, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. He lives in southwest Colorado.

Claire Taylor is an artist and illustrator based in Salt Lake City, UT. Her work is inspired by the liminal space between the wild and urban, encounters with other species and experiences of the sublime. She has a master’s of science in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. Her website is www.clairetaylor.art.

This event is presented by The King’s English Bookshop and Torrey House Press. Spots in the signing line are reserved for those who buy their book from The King’s English (pre-order it by visiting their website or by calling to let them know you’ll be at the event). This event is supported in part by the Utah Humanities Center for the Book; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks; and Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts.

Oct
3
Thu
Author Event: Scott Graham and C. Joseph Greaves @ Back of Beyond Books
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Author Event: Scott Graham and C. Joseph Greaves @ Back of Beyond Books |  |  |

Authors Scott Graham and C. Joseph Greaves approach conservation through the lens of expanding hearts and minds where our experience is most personal—in a book. Join us at Back of Beyond Books for an author conversation and reading of Graham’s new National Park Mystery, Arches Enemy, and Greaves’ new novel Church of the Graveyard Saints. In Arches Enemy, a famed sandstone arch in Utah’s Arches National Park collapses and takes a woman atop it to her death, ensnaring archaeologist Chuck Bender and his family in lethal questions of environmental monkeywrenching and political intrigue. As more deaths follow, Chuck and his wife Janelle race to uncover the killer even as they become murder targets themselves. You can never go home again. Whether as caution or lament, the adage meant nothing to Church of the Graveyard Saints protagonist Addie Decker because when she left the rural Southwest for college in Los Angeles, she vowed never to return. But when her grandmother’s death calls Addie back, she confronts a landscape both familiar and foreign as a sudden boom in gas development threatens her family’s ranching heritage—even as it promises vital prosperity to her old hometown. With her lover in tow, her high school sweetheart in waiting, and a sagebrush militia lurking in the wings, Addie must navigate a minefield of greed and obstinacy, love and violence. Scott Graham, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, is the author of Canyon Sacrifice, Mountain Rampage, Yellowstone Standoff, and Yosemite Fall, books one through four in the National Park Mystery Series. Graham is an avid outdoorsman who lives with his wife, an emergency physician, in Durango, Colorado. C. Joseph Greaves has been a finalist for most of the major awards in crime fiction including the Shamus, Macavity, Lefty, and Audie, as well as the New Mexico-Arizona, Oklahoma, and Colorado Book Awards. He is the author of five previous novels including Hard Twisted and Tom & Lucky, a Wall Street Journal “Best Books of 2015” selection and a finalist for the 2016 Harper Lee Prize. He lives in southwestern Colorado. This event is free and open to the public and is presented by Back of Beyond Books and Torrey House Press. It is supported in part by the Ballantine Family Fund, Utah Humanities, and Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts.

Zak Podmore Book Launch: Confluence @ Bears Ears Education Center
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Zak Podmore Book Launch: Confluence @ Bears Ears Education Center |  |  |

Bluff writer Zak Podmore presents his debut collection of nonfiction essays, Confluence: Navigating the Personal & Political on Rivers of the New West.

Zak Podmore sets out to explore exploited Western rivers—and some of the most pressing environmental justice issues of our time. After losing his river-running mother to cancer, Podmore disappears into the American West’s iconic canyon country to heal. He kayaks down a rare release of water in the Colorado River Delta, investigates uranium tailings on Ute Mountain Ute lands near the San Juan River, and interrogates the treatment of asylum seekers crossing the Rio Grande. Confluence presents an up-close, personal perspective on our responsibility to rivers and to each other.

Zak Podmore is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Outside, Sierra, High Country News, and Canoe & Kayak. He lives in Utah where he reports for The Salt Lake Tribune.

This event is presented by Friends of Cedar Mesa and Torrey House Press, and it is supported in part by Utah Humanities and Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts.

Oct
5
Sat
Author Event: Scott Graham and C. Joseph Greaves @ The King's English Bookshop
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Author Event: Scott Graham and C. Joseph Greaves @ The King's English Bookshop |  |  |

Authors Scott Graham and C. Joseph Greaves approach conservation through the lens of expanding hearts and minds where our experience is most personal—in a book. Join us at The King’s English Bookshop for an author conversation and reading of Graham’s new National Park Mystery, Arches Enemy, and Greaves’ novel Church of the Graveyard Saints.

In Arches Enemy, a famed sandstone arch in Utah’s Arches National Park collapses and takes a woman atop it to her death, ensnaring archaeologist Chuck Bender and his family in lethal questions of environmental monkeywrenching and political intrigue. As more deaths follow, Chuck and his wife Janelle race to uncover the killer even as they become murder targets themselves.

You can never go home again. Whether as caution or lament, the adage meant nothing to Church of the Graveyard Saints protagonist Addie Decker because when she left the rural Southwest for college in Los Angeles, she vowed never to return. But when her grandmother’s death calls Addie back, she confronts a landscape both familiar and foreign as a sudden boom in gas development threatens her family’s ranching heritage—even as it promises vital prosperity to her old hometown. With her lover in tow, her high school sweetheart in waiting, and a sagebrush militia lurking in the wings, Addie must navigate a minefield of greed and obstinacy, love and violence.

Scott Graham, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, is the author of Canyon Sacrifice, Mountain Rampage, Yellowstone Standoff, and Yosemite Fall, books one through four in the National Park Mystery Series. Graham is an avid outdoorsman who lives with his wife, an emergency physician, in Durango, Colorado.

C. Joseph Greaves has been a finalist for most of the major awards in crime fiction including the Shamus, Macavity, Lefty, and Audie, as well as the New Mexico-Arizona, Oklahoma, and Colorado Book Awards. He is the author of five previous novels including Hard Twisted and Tom & Lucky, a Wall Street Journal “Best Books of 2015” selection and finalist for the 2016 Harper Lee Prize. He lives in southwestern Colorado.

This event is free and open to the public and is presented by The King’s English Bookshop and Torrey House Press. Spots in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase their books from the King’s English (visit their website or call them to pre-order, and let them know you’ll be at the event). This event is supported in part by the Ballantine Family Fund; Utah Humanities; Salt Lake City Zoo, Arts & Parks; and Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts.

Oct
11
Fri
Book Talk: Rebecca Lawton at The King’s English @ The King's English Bookshop
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Book Talk: Rebecca Lawton at The King's English @ The King's English Bookshop |  |  |

Author Rebecca Lawton has been deeply connected to water her whole life, as a river guide, fluvial geologist, and writer. Join her in conversation at The King’s English Bookshop for a reading and signing of her latest book of essays, The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West.

Water, the most critical fluid on the planet, is seen as savior, benefactor, and Holy Grail in many arid North American communities. Fluvial geologist and former Colorado River guide Rebecca Lawton follows species both human and wild to their watery roots—in warming deserts, near rising Pacific tides, on endangered, tapped-out rivers, and in growing urban ecosystems. The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West is both deep read and call to evolve toward a sustainable and even spiritual connection to water.

Rebecca Lawton grew up exploring rivers and deserts throughout the American West. Her work on water and climate has been honored with a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, the Ellen Meloy Award for Desert Writers, the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, a WILLA Award, Pushcart Prize nominations, and residencies at Hedgebrook, PLAYA, and the Island Institute. She lives in the Oregon Outback, where she directs PLAYA’s residency program for writers, artists, and scientists.

This event is free and open to the public and is presented by The King’s English Bookshop and Torrey House Press. Spots in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase their book from the King’s English (visit their website or call the store to pre-order your copy and let them know you’ll be at the event). This event is supported in part by Utah Humanities Center for the Book; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks; and Utah Division of Arts and Museums, with funding from the state of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Oct
15
Tue
Queer Identities & Re-Imagining Monsters @ SLCC Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Oct 15 @ 5:30 pm
Queer Identities & Re-Imagining Monsters @ SLCC Taylorsville Redwood Campus

3-Part Workshop October 15, 22 & 29 (Tuesday), 5:30-7:30 pm

Why do we find stories about monsters fascinating? How do we see ourselves and others in monsters? What are LGBTQ+ monster fiction fans’ on-going frustrations with the appropriation of queer narratives, or ‘queer-coding’, in past and present popular media both? How can LGBTQ+ monster and horror fans, writers, and creators re-imagine and reclaim explicitly queer figures, themes, and plots in monster fiction as a way to make more visible and myriad the representations of LGBTQ+ characters, experiences, and identities in this speculative fiction subgenre? In this three-part workshop series, participants will explore how monster fictions has been historically and culturally used to reaffirm and subvert stereotypes and myths about LGBTQ+ individuals and communities in order to create their own monster fiction or slash monster fiction to make more complex and, perhaps, more personal LGBTQ+ representation in stories about monsters, the monstrous, the misunderstood, and the mysterious. Workshop offered in partnership with the SLCC Student Writing Center.

Cost: Free. Registration is required.
Location: Taylorsville Redwood Campus (4600 South Redwood Road), Student Center (STC), Room 207

Oct
16
Wed
Author Event: Rebecca Lawton at Back of Beyond @ Back of Beyond Books
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Author Event: Rebecca Lawton at Back of Beyond @ Back of Beyond Books |  |  |

Author Rebecca Lawton has been deeply connected to water her whole life, as a river guide, fluvial geologist, and writer. Join her at Back of Beyond Books for a reading and signing of her latest book of essays, The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West.

Water, the most critical fluid on the planet, is seen as savior, benefactor, and Holy Grail in many arid North American communities. Fluvial geologist and former Colorado River guide Rebecca Lawton follows species both human and wild to their watery roots—in warming deserts, near rising Pacific tides, on endangered, tapped-out rivers, and in growing urban ecosystems. The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West is both deep read and call to evolve toward a sustainable and even spiritual connection to water.

Rebecca Lawton grew up exploring rivers and deserts throughout the American West. Her work on water and climate has been honored with a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, the Ellen Meloy Award for Desert Writers, the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, a WILLA Award, Pushcart Prize nominations, and residencies at Hedgebrook, PLAYA, and the Island Institute. She lives in the Oregon Outback, where she directs PLAYA’s residency program for writers, artists, and scientists.

Free and open to the public. This event is presented by Back of Beyond Books and Torrey House Press and is supported in part by Utah Humanities and Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts.

Oct
17
Thu
Celebrating the Desert of the New American West @ Star Hall
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Celebrating the Desert of the New American West @ Star Hall |  |  |

Join three Utah and Colorado writers in celebration of our beloved and contentious landscapes. Debut author and award-winning journalist Zak Podmore and seasoned writers Amy Irvine and Craig Childs talk red rock, rivers, and the joy of writing in and of the desert.

Craig Childs is the critically-acclaimed Colorado author of numerous books including The Secret Knowledge of Water. His latest book Virga & Bone: Essays from Dry Places focuses upon a vivid series of desert icons—a sheet of virga over Monument Valley, white seashells in dry desert sand, boulders impossibly balanced—and delves into the primacy of our starkest landscapes and the profound nature of the more-than-human.

Zak Podmore is an award-winning Utah writer who reports for The Salt Lake Tribune and is editor of the Canyon Echo. His new book Confluence: Navigating the Personal & Political on Rivers of the New West travels down the West’s most iconic wilderness rivers, from the Colorado to the Rio Grande. Part travelogue and part inquiry into environmental ethics, he presents an up-close, personal perspective on our responsibility to rivers and to each other.

Amy Irvine is a sixth-generation Utahn living off the grid in Colorado and is the author of Trespass. Her latest book Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness imagines a conversation with the late Edward Abbey, admiring his impact on her life while challenging the “lone male” narrative—white and privileged as it is—that still has its boots planted firmly at the center of today’s wilderness movement.

This event is free and open to the public. This event is presented by Back of Beyond Books and Torrey House Press, and it is supported in part by the Utah Humanities Center for the Book and Utah Division of Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and National Endowment for the Arts.

Sites and Sightlines Chapbook Launch @ Ken Sanders Rare Books
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sites and Sightlines Chapbook Launch @ Ken Sanders Rare Books |  |  |

Join Torrey House Press as we launch our latest chapbook, Sites & Sightlines. Hear from essay contributors Karin Anderson, Zak Breckenridge, Katherine Bui, Taylor Cunningham, Ben Kilbourne, Easton Smith, Michelle Wentling, and others who unearth hidden environmental histories rooted in place.

Sites & Sightlines invites new ways to explore our home communities and ecosystems, starting where we are: Salt Lake City. As we immerse ourselves in overlooked sites and unmapped spaces, we may begin to see and hear neglected stories in our midst.

This chapbook grew out of Gretchen Henderson’s graduate writing seminar on Tectonic Essays. Through thoughtful noticing and research on chosen sites across the University of Utah campus, students excavated untold and unseen stories. In collaboration with this course, Torrey House Press has collected essays written by community members, bridging the words of students with those of the broader community. By connecting individual sites, we are hoping to set up collective sightlines: new paths to explore together.

Oct
19
Sat
Writing Workshop with Amy Irvine @ Bears Ears Education Center
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Writing Workshop with Amy Irvine @ Bears Ears Education Center |  |  |

The Bluff Arts Festival, Bears Ears Education Center and Amy Irvine present Writing as Though Our Lives Depend on It – Because They Do – an in-depth writing workshop with proceeds benefiting the Bears Ears Education Center.

Whether it’s a letter to your county commissioner, a personal essay, short story, memoir, or novel, this workshop will help you conjure the best details, and the sharpest thoughts–both necessary to tell the stories that insist on justice and sustainability–in forms both personal and political. Join award-winning author and public lands activist Amy Irvine for an afternoon of writing with both joy and ferocity in precarious times. Bring a pen, paper, hat, and water bottle. Proceeds to benefit the Bears Ears Education Center.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE, PLEASE REGISTER AND PAY THROUGH THE Bluff Arts Festival.

Amy’s most recent book, Desert Cabal, is published by Torrey House Press, the only literary, nonprofit book publisher focusing on conservation through literature in the West. In Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness, Amy Irvine admires the man who influenced her life and work while challenging all that is dated—offensive, even—between the covers of Abbey’s environmental classic. From Abbey’s quiet notion of solitude to Irvine’s roaring cabal, the desert just got hotter, and its defenders more nuanced and numerous.

Oct
26
Sat
NaNoWriMo ’19 @ SLCC Community Writing Center
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NaNoWriMo ’19 @ SLCC Community Writing Center  |  |  |

5-Part Workshop October 26, November 2, 9, 16, & 23 (Saturday), 1-3 pm

November is National Novel Writing Month! Join us for this fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. We’ll explore techniques for writing 50,000 words in 30 days and attempt to end the month with a rough draft. Don’t worry about mistakes; that’s part of the process. Coaching sessions will also be available throughout the month.

Oct
29
Tue
Writing for Change: Creative Non-Fiction @ SLCC Community Writing Center
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 5 @ 8:00 pm
Writing for Change: Creative Non-Fiction @ SLCC Community Writing Center  |  |  |

2-Part Workshop October 29 & November 5 (Tuesday), 6-8 pm

Creative nonfiction (memoirs, profiles, lyric essays, and more) has been used throughout history to shape cultural identities, open minds, encourage social action, and offer insider views into injustice and activism. Memoirs and other forms of creative nonfiction have the power to take readers inside your experiences to learn about and empathize with the histories, triumphs, struggles, and desires that shape the collective human experience via a personal, intimate lens. We’ll learn about and try out a few forms of creative nonfiction to discover how the personal is political.