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Utah Arts Festival

JUNE 28-30
Library Square




Literary Arts program announces writing and slam poet awards

The Festival's Literary Arts program has made awards for both writing and literary performance.

Literary Arts: Writing

The following awards were made for the Wasatch IronPen/UltraPen Marathons, managed by the Salt Lake Community College’s Community Writing Center located at the Main Library.


  • Youth Winner: Kellen Hunnicut for “The Dragon’s Heart”
  • Adult Winner: Trish Hopkinson for “Unlikely Companions”
  • Adult Honorable Mention: Rachel White for “Forsaken Lake Haibun, 2024”

Creative Nonfiction:

  • Winner: Justice Morath for “A Local Thought”


  • Youth Winner: Cairo Evans for “Inheritance”
  • Adult Winner: Matt Bateman for “The Lake Road”
  • Honorable Mention: Brooks Briggs for “The Chair”

Ultra Pen:

  • Winner: Laura Summerfield for “Agua not Fresca,” “Weren’t We the Salt in the Lake?”, and “Island Living Room”
  • Honorable Mention: Grey Bateman for “This Is Home”

Literary Arts: Performance

Poetry Slam Invitation

  • Youth Individual Poetry Slam: 1st: Evan Van Leuven, Bountiful, Utah (three-time champion)
  • Adult Individual Poetry Slam: 1st: Johnny Swoopz, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Team Invitational Poetry Slam: 1st: Ghost Phantom, Phoenix, Arizona (two-time champion)

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