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High-wire artist Philippe Petit says that discovering our hidden creativity is essential for making a wondrous life. The Utah Arts Festival and KUER's RadioWest are hosting the Creative Utah Project, a series of art challenges to help Utahns young and old discover their hidden creativity and unleash their artistic powers. YOU are the artist. Check back here for the weekly challenges or subscribe to the RadioWest podcast. Then, send us your works of art by tagging #creativeutah on social media or by emailing radiowest@kuer.orgUtah Arts Festival runs June 25 - 28th. Get more information.If you're looking for inspiration, you can also listen to this collection of RadioWest conversations on the creative process.

#CreativeUtah: Haiku

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For the first in our #CreativeUtah Challenges, a partnership with Utah Arts Festival, we're asking you to write a haiku. It's the very short, traditional Japanese poem with a particular structure: usually (but not always) 3 lines - 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. We sat down with Jackie Osherow, Utah poet and distinguished professor of English at the University of Utah. She doesn't write haiku herself, but she's a fan. We asked her to read some classic examples and talk about what the masters have to say about the form.

Email your haiku to radiowest@kuer.org. We'll share them on our Facebook page, or you can share them across social media with the hashtag #CreativeUtah.

Poems selected from Robert Hass' The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa [Indiebound|Amazon]

Jackie Osherow's latest book is called Ultimatum from Paradise: Poems [Indiebound|Amazon]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.