Sugar House Review is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit poetry publisher based out of Utah. Our mission is to promote an eclectic range of poets through publishing and live events to build nationally connected literary communities and foster the literary arts in Utah. We are excited to be some of the first people to see your work and to help the best of that work become available to a larger audience.
Sugar House Review was founded in 2009 by John Kippen, Nano Taggart, Jerry VanIeperen, and Natalie Young. At the time, it was the only independent, print poetry journal in Utah. Our name is based on both our location and desire to publish sticky, heart-racing, sweet, sweet addictive poetry. Sugar House is a neighborhood within Salt Lake City, named after the sugar beet factory of the Deseret Manufacturing Company (1851–1855).
“The editors of Sugar House Review take to heart the proverb that if a job is worth doing, it's worth doing well . . . A very fine poetry magazine that would make an excellent addition to any collection of contemporary American poetry.”
Submitting work to Sugar House Review is an act of generosity: Sugar House Review is honored that poets submit their work to be considered for publication. Unlike many literary magazines, submissions are read by at least two readers—usually more. We are invested in our contributors and we take their work seriously.
Poetry and the literary arts are sacred vehicles through which ideas become conversations. We believe that the transaction between writer and audience, reader and listener, can teach life-affirming habits of patience, empathy, self-awareness, and critical thinking.
Sugar House Review is committed to collaborating to achieve its mission statement and to help like-minded organizations and partners to achieve theirs. In the past, we have worked with churches, bookstores, art galleries, advocacy groups, grant makers, coffee shops, schools, universities, individual artists, and other literary projects.
We believe that a remarkable variety of exciting things are happening in contemporary poetry. We work to assure this excitement continues by publishing and promoting as wide a range of poets, voices, and styles as possible.
We celebrate the diversity of gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, race, religion, creed, region, and any other category that informs creativity and identity. We do not celebrate opinions and perspectives that can’t share this celebration. Poetry is an assertion of voice that is strongest when enacted and celebrated by a “teeming nation of nations” (as Walt Whitman described).
We are committed to treating our poets with kindness, professionalism, and just a bit of whimsy to keep things fresh. Our lives center around poetry because we choose that they should. Our intent is that anyone who publishes with us, reads for us, or works with us feels valued throughout the process and is pleased with the results of our relationship.
Our Board of Directors
General and Book Reviews:
Sugar House Review
P.O. Box 13
Cedar City, UT 84721
Sugar House Review is proud to partner with and serve as fiscal agent to Helicon West, to extend the reach of our own mission. In order to give the literary arts more exposure and accessibility and to promote diversity and democracy in Cache Valley, Utah, Helicon West provides a regularly-scheduled place and time for members of the writing community to give their work a public voice, with no restrictions on levels of skill and no censorship of ideas or craft. Helicon West features published authors of local, regional, and national acclaim and invite unpublished and aspiring writers from every walk of life to read their work to an appreciative audience.