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Local Teacher And Award Winning Poet Releases Volume Of Poetry Roughly 30 Years In The Making

Local writer Margaret Pettis’s poetry is written to be approachable. That’s not to say unchallenging, but rather unpretentious and relatable for the reader.

“I don’t appreciate, when I’m reading poetry, being locked out,” Pettis said, explaining that sometimes poetry can be excessively abstract, which almost results in a shaming of the reader. “I would rather that you feel my poetry, and you relate to my language and my imagery.”


In October, Pettis released “In the Temple of the Stars,” her second book of poetry since she released “Chokecherry Rain” in 1993. Pettis said her latest release is a “scope of poetry,” accumulated over roughly 30 years. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.