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2023 Diamond Quills Winners

Stonebearer's Redemption by Jodi L. Milner

BattleTech: Ghostbird by Bryan Young

2023 League Book Releases

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We Are Dangerous: The League of Utah Writers 2023 Anthology

“BEWARE OF ARTISTS: They mix with all classes of society and are therefore the most dangerous.” ~ A propaganda poster circulated during the McCArthy Era

Writers are among the most dangerous of artists. Their ability to imagine futures of peace, equality, and acceptance have the potential to inspire our reality and model better ways of being, and even more important, thinking.

This collection of stories and poems dares to explore dangers real and fantastical and perhaps through their enjoyment, we will all dare to imagine a world made better through art.

Featuring fiction and poetry from: C.H. Lindsay, September Roberts, Alex Jay Lore, Denis Feehan, C.W. Allen, David Rodeback, Bryan Young, Susan J. Wurtzburg, Monica J. Williams, Debra Birdwell Winkler, Danielle Harward, Annika Wildenradt, Christian Bradley, Rachel DeFriez, M. Rohr, Lillian Angelovic, H.L. Voss, Linné Elizabeth, C.R. Langille, Lorraine Jeffery, J.L. Milligan, Talysa Sainz, Gail Boling, Pat Partridge, Wayne F. Gledhill, Logan Sidwell, Tim Heare, Nicole Dvorak Klunder, Daniel Yocom, Heidi Voss, Josie Hume, Lucy Tayco Price, Michelle Chamberlain, Valarie Schenk, C.M. Greathouse, Margot Monroe, Steve Capone, Jr., Jacquelyn Dohoney, and Shawn Pollock

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Utah's Best Poetry and Prose 2023

A collection of the year’s best fiction, poetry, and personal essays, featuring thirty-seven recipients of the Olive Woolley Burt and Typewriter Awards.

Featuring work by: Linda Allison, Alice M. Batzel, Joseph A. Batzel, Lauryn Christopher, Emily Robyn Clark, Megan Condie, Vince Font, Gina G, Alexis Hansen, Jo Lynne Harline, Danielle Harward, Amanda Hill, Lorraine Jeffery, Rachelle Knapp, L. S. Kunz, Caryn Larrinaga, C. H. Lindsay, Terra Luft, Inna V. Lyon, Wm David Mallery, Paula Murcia, Eve Oeme, John M. Olsen, Pat Partridge, Erica Richardson, Rebecca Robertson, David Rodeback, Talysa Sainz, Valarie Schenk, Shakira Smith, Linda F. Smith, Matt Surface, Candace J. Thomas, Cassidy Ward, Johnny Worthen, Daniel Yocom, and Bryan Young

League Anthologies

Art & Sedition

Art & Sedition

"The artist in our time has two chief responsibilities:
(1) art; and (2) sedition."
- Edward Abbey

Whether or not an artist intends to do so when creating their work, art—and especially writing—has a profound impact on our history, our communities, and our trajectory as a society. Writers have played a critical role in pushing back against tyranny and authoritarianism through poetry, newspapers, songs, firsthand narratives, and even fiction. Put simply, writing can change the world.

While some change is on a grand scale, other change is more personal, impacting the direction of one life at a time for better or for worse. The poems and stories in Art & Sedition explore the sparks ignited by art and artists in fictional worlds, the here and now, and possible futures that feel all too near.

Featuring New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole

With fiction and poetry by C.W. Allen, Bradley S. Blanchard, Abby Feenstra, Alexis Hansen, C.R. Langille, Brooke J Losee, J.L. Milligan, Margot Monroe, Willy Palomo, Talysa Sainz, Johnny Worthen, Bryan Young, and J.E. Zarnofsky

Beyond Beehives: Poetry & Prose Commemorating Utah's First 125 Years of Statehood

Beyond Beehives: Poetry & Prose Commemorating Utah's First 125 Years of Statehood

Edited by Sarah Murtagh
Foreword by Gilder Lehrman Utah History Teacher of the Year
Quinn Rollins

Shadowed Hourglass: A Collection of Poetry and Prose
(2021)

Shadowed Hourglass: A Collection of Poetry and Prose
(2021)

Time rushes past like a river, sculpting us as it flows. The award-winning stories and poems in this collection explore how we change as the sands run through the hourglass, and the knowledge we gain from those experiences.

Featuring work by Amanda Barusch, Cherie Butler, Jayrod P. Garrett, Krystal C. Gerber, Claudene B. Gordon, Donna Graves, Kam Hadley, Josie Hume, Lorraine Jeffery, Grace Diane Jessen, Sue Stevenson Leth, C. H. Lindsay, M.H. Lopez, Vicky Oliver, Cara O'Sullivan, David Rodeback, Elizabeth Suggs, Marie Tollstrup, Sara Wetmore, Johnny Worthen, and Bryan Young

Metamorphosis: A Collection of Poetry & Prose
(2019)

Metamorphosis: A Collection of Poetry & Prose
(2019)

Award-winning Utah authors and poets explore moments of change--both internal and external--in this collection of poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction.

Includes work by:
C.H. Lindsay, Caryn Larrinaga, Lorraine Jeffery, Keri Montgomery, E.B. Wheeler, Gregory Lemon, Sariah Horowitz, Denis Feehan, David Rodeback, Marie Tollstrup, J. Anthony Gohier, Joni B. Haws, Krystal Gerber, Pam Tucker, Kathy Davidson, Katharine Goodman, Samantha Thorup, Dianne Hardy, and C.H. Hung.

Intersections: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose
(2017)

Intersections: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose
(2017)

Award-winning short fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by Utah authors examines the moments when paths converge, doors open or close, and new possibilities and understandings emerge.

Mirrored Realities: A Collection of Prose & Poetry
(2016)

Mirrored Realities: A Collection of Prose & Poetry
(2016)

Mirrored Realities is a perception- bending collection of prose and poetry by some of today’s best up-and-coming authors. Infused with whimsy, sadness, and even a little horror, this collection spans the spectrum between childlike innocence and the inner demons within us all.

Utah's Best Poetry and Prose 2022

Utah's Best Poetry and Prose 2022

A collection of the year’s best fiction, poetry, and personal essays selected by the League of Utah Writers 2021 Writer of the Year, Caryn Larrinaga.

Featuring twenty recipients of the Olive Woolley Burt Awards for Creative Writing: Kylie N. Birch, Tracey G. Boyle, Liz Christensen, Kevin Lane Dearinger, Denis Feehan, Greg R. Goodman, Amy Lynn Hardy, Aren K. Hatch, Lorraine Jeffery, McKel Jensen, Grace Diane Jessen, Rachelle Knapp, C. H. Lindsay, September Roberts, Joyce Schmid, Rufo Tolentino, Marie Tollstrup, Heidi Voss, Johnny Worthen, and Bryan Young.

Strong at Broken Places:
The League of Utah Writers 2021 Anthology

Strong at Broken Places:
The League of Utah Writers 2021 Anthology

"The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”

- Ernest Hemingway

What does it mean to break, to fall, to fail, to suffer? When we emerge from life’s trials, are we the same people we were before they began? In Strong at Broken Places, members from across the League of Utah Writers explore challenges and adversity, illuminating the hope, joy, and triumph of finding strength in the choices we make.

Featuring fiction, poetry, and personal essays by C.W. Allen, Brad Blanchard, Lauren Brockmeier, Jennifer L. Collins, Linné Elizabeth, Denis Feehan, Joseph Gordon, Kam Hadley, RG Hughes, Lorraine Jeffery, Sean C. Jones, Keyra Kristoffersen, Andria Nerdin, Whitney Oliver, John M. Olsen, Brenna Perry, Steve Prentice, Marie Robertson, Talysa Sainz, Amira Shea, Linda F. Smith, Peter Steele, Marie Tollstrup, Holly Voss, Heidi Voss, Johnny Worthen, Ben Wright, and Bryan Young.

Chasing Tomorrow:
A Collection of Poetry and Prose
(2020)

Chasing Tomorrow:
A Collection of Poetry and Prose
(2020)

"Time is like a river of passing events, and swift is its current."

This collection of award-winning poetry and prose from the League of Utah Writers takes the reader on journeys through the currents of time, warming in the glow of nostalgia, weathering grief, finding hope for the future, or hoping the past doesn't catch up.

Featuring fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from Virginia Babcock, Elizabeth Watson Barnes, Robyn Buttars, Denis Feehan, Matthew Funk, Brenda Birch Gallaher, Krystal Gerber, Robin Glassey, Lorin Grace, Amanda Hill, Josie Hulme, Jef Huntsman, Lorraine Jeffery, C.H. Lindsay, Christine McDonough, Chris Todd Miller, John Saporito, Valarie Schenk, Richard Timothy, Marie Tollstrup, Johnny Worthen, and Bryan Young.

At First Glance: A Collection of Poetry and Prose
(2018)

At First Glance: A Collection of Poetry and Prose
(2018)

This collection of award-winning poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction from Utah authors explores the terror, beauty, and magic just beneath the surface of the everyday world.

Volatile When Mixed: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose
(2016)

Volatile When Mixed: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose
(2016)

This collection of poetry and prose by award-winning Utah authors explores moments of change - large and small - and the chain reactions that result from them.

Between Places:
A Collection of Prose & Poetry
(2014)

Between Places:
A Collection of Prose & Poetry
(2014)

Between Places comprises work by award-winning writers from around the West working in prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Each piece in this collection has its own style and theme. Help yourself to levity, tragedy, history, and sci-fi. On one page you will fin yourself looking at the world through the innocent eyes of a child. On the pages that follow you will gaze out on a dystopian battlefield, hear the siren song of a mighty locomotive, bear witness to newfound friendships, and find the love that was always there. Although each voice is distinct, if you listen closely you'll notice each speaks with the same passion for writing.

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