News and Events

Andy Hedges in concert at Blue Gate Studio

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Place: Blue Gate Studio, 239 W SR 9,  Virgin, Utah
Time: 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Seats: Suggested donation: $10, 18 & under free. All proceeds go to Andy. In the tradition of house concerts everywhere, you are invited to bring finger food to share at intermission.

Seating is limited. For reservations, send a check to Blue Gate Studio, PO Box 790159, Virgin, UT 84779 or contact us.  Learn more here.

Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore in Concert at Blue Gate Studio

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Place: Blue Gate Studio, 239 W SR 9,  Virgin, Utah
Time: 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Seats: Suggested donation: $15, 18 & under free. All proceeds go to Mollie and Rich. In the tradition of house concerts everywhere, you are invited to bring finger food to share at intermission.

Seating is limited. For reservations, send a check to Blue Gate Studio, PO Box 790159, Virgin, UT 84779. Or purchase tickets online

Listen to Mollie and Rich on their website

For more information, contact Hal Cannon and Teresa Jordan

Teresa Jordan to perform at the 33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

February 1-4, 2017

Her shows include “Let the Mystery Be” with Paul Zarzyski, and “The Ties that Bind,” a night of stories that grew from a collaboration between the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and The Moth from New York City.

See the full National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Schedule here.

If you aren’t familiar with The Moth, get a taste as Ted Conover tells “Sing Sing Tattoo.”
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Three-Woman Show at Phillips Gallery

With Trent Alvey and Meri DeCaria. Preview the exhibit here.

June 17 – July 8, 2016
Opening Reception June 17, 6-9 pm
The Phillips Gallery
444 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, (801) 364-8284


Snow College Convocation Arts & Lectures Series

“The Open Road: A journey towards a creative life”
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Eccles Performing Arts Center
300 E. Center St, Ephraim, Utah
12:30 – 1:20 pm
Free and open to the public

The 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

January 25-30, 2016
Elko, Nevada
See the program here
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Stakeholder’s Breakfast
G Three Bar Theater
501 Railroad Street
Friday, January 29, 8:00 -9:30 am


Now Available…

Paperback and editions have been released in time for the holidays. Put them under your tree!

Available in hardback, paperback, audiobook and e-reader formats from your local independent bookseller, Barnes & Noble,, and




The Utah Book Award!

The Utah Center for the Book, in conjunction with Utah Humanities and the Salt Lake City Public Library, has given The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off) the 2015 Utah Book Award in Non-Fiction.



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Salt Lake City Weekly Readers choose The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off) as Nonfiction Book of the Year.

“Author and visual artist Teresa Jordan set to herself a unique task: a year of meditation on virtues such as temperance, moderation, cleanliness, chastity and humility in the form of an online diary, taking the weekends off for a few vices. The result, however, was far from an uptight series of lectures on right living. Instead, the funny, deeply personal essays crafted by Jordan offered insight into the way we think about virtues, and how they manifest themselves in our lives in ways we don’t always expect.” –Salt Lake City WeeklySeptember 9, 2015.

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Escalante Canyon Arts Festival
Escalante, Utah
Friday, September 25, 7:30 PM
Escalante High School Auditorium
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The Illuminated Idea: The Quirky Marriage of Images and Words

A workshop on the illustrated journal
Escalante Canyon Arts Festival
Escalante, Utah
Friday, September 25, 7:30 PM
Escalante High School Auditorium
More information here has purchased audio rights for The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off). Expect the audio book by Christmas. 

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Profile in Continuum Magazine

Continuum, the magazine of the University of Utah, profiles Teresa and her work in their Summer 2015 issue. As part of a “mid-life expansion,” Teresa received her second bachelor’s degree, a BFA with an emphasis in painting and drawing, from the University of Utah in 2002. You can read “Virtue and Vice” by Ann Floor here.



 wisdom Village thumbnailWisdom Village Publications has purchased publication rights for The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off) in India and will publish it in both English and Hindi. Wisdom Village specializes in books related to mind, body and soul, as well as ethics in business.



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The Year Wins Eric Hoffer Grand Prize

The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off) has won the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize, selected from some 1200 nominees in nearly 20 categories. Earlier, it won an Eric Hoffer Da Vinci Eye Award for cover art. The cover features one of Teresa’s “Chicken’s from the Dark Side.” Great credit is due to Counterpoint Press, and especially to cover designer Natalya Balnova.

Eric Hoffer was a longshoreman turned moral and social philosopher, best known for The True Believer, which grew out of his concern over the rise of totalitarian governments.

Other winners of the 2015 Da Vinci Eye Award are: Artist Spaces, Tina Freeman and Morgan Molthrop, University of LA at Lafayette Press; Beautiful Evil Winter, Kelly K. Lavender; Folly Beach Dances, Sheree K. Nielsen & Russell A. Nielsen, Ocean Spirit Photography; The Family Cannon, Halina Duraj, Augury Books; and Tweeting da Vinci, Ann C. Pizzorusso, Da Vinci Press.

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The Writer’s Pilgrimage, Teresa’s yearlong workshop in book-length creative nonfiction, will wind up its year at the Fishtrap Gathering on Wallowa Lake near Joseph, Oregon, beginning July 6. The Gathering extends through the weekend and features workshops, readings, panels and lectures from a stellar group of writers including National Book Award winner Timothy Egan.

Fishtrap: Writing and the West
Wallowa Lake, Oregon
July 6-12, 2015
More information here


Listen to Teresa’s Interview with Doug Fabizio on RadioWest






Teresa Jordan and Hal Cannon at Western Wyoming Community College

Thursday, March 25, 2015
The Illuminated Life: The quirky marriage of images and words (Workshop with Teresa) 1 -3:30 pm, Room 1406
Documenting the Ephemeral: How to Get Great Interviews (Workshop with Hal) 1-3:30 pm, Room 1309
Saints and Sinners: Songs and Stories of the West (Concert) 7 pm, Room 1302



Stories and Songs related to The Year of Living Virtuously   

With Hal Cannon
Friday, February 13, 7 p.m.
Ken Sanders Rare Books
268 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT

Expect an evening full of winds, winos, Wyoming cowboys, and other particularly Western versions of virtue and vice.

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Friday, February 20, 7 p.m.
Springdale Canyon Community Center
126 Lion Blvd.
(Beside the Springdale Town Hall)
Springdale UT 84767

Presented by Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council with support from the Utah Humanities Council and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums


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Teresa Shows with the Wild Women Artists

Duncan Little Creek Gallery
Reception: Thursday, January 29, 5-8 PM
Friday, January 30: Noon – 8 PM
Saturday, January 31: 10 AM – 6 PM
518 Commercial Street Elko, NV 89801

Learn about the Wild Women Artists here.

Cowboy Poetry Gathering

“Listening and Living Virtuously”

Humanities Lecture at The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Friday, January 30
11:30 AM
Elko Convention Center, Turquoise Room

Learn more about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering here.

The Salt Lake Tribune chooses The Year for their January book club.

Online UtahLit book club discussion Friday, Jan. 30, 12:15 p.m.
Use the link at the top of to access the discussion (link will activate at the above time).
After the fact, watch the webcast or download the podcast here.

Read the article here.

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Open Mic at Blue Gate Studio

Sunday, January 11
4–6:30 pm
Blue Gate Studio
239 W SR 9, Virgin

Sign up here. Please limit your reading to no more than 5 minutes. That’s really short, approximately two double-spaced pages if you are reading prose, but enough to give us a delightful taste. PLEASE time yourself in advance so you don’t have too much material. You WILL be gonged if you go over! And staying within the time limit is a lovely gesture of respect for the other writers.

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Book Launch at Blue Gate Studio

Saturday, November 29
Blue Gate Studio (old Red Coyote Cafe)
239 W SR 9, Virgin

Open House starting at 3. Short reading and music by 3hattrio starting at 4:30


Kings EnglishReading and Book Signing  at The Kings English Bookstore

Tuesday, December 9,
7 p.m.
Kings English Bookstore
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 484-9100


Reading and Book Signing at Sundance Books and Music

Thursday, December 11,
4 p.m.
121 California Avenue
Reno NV 89509
(775) 786-1188



“The Open Road, the Open Mind, and a Surprising Life of the Imagination”

A talk for The Colleagues Lunch at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah.

Monday, November 3
12:00 Noon
Lecture Hall 156 of the Taylor Health Science Center, located at 1526 East Medical Center Drive (south of Lowe’s and east of River Road)

Free and open to the public, the event is hosted by DSU President, Dr. Richard B. Williams, and former DSU President, Dr. Douglas D. Alder.

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Yearlong Workshop at Fistrap

Make this the year you finally write that book! Work with Teresa on a book-length project of narrative nonfiction,  July 2014 – July 2015, through the low-residency program at Fishtrap. Learn more here.

Update: this class is full and charging full speed ahead, but check with Fishtrap for classes starting in July 2015.


squaw ValleySquaw Valley Community of Writers Summer Workshops

Join Teresa and a host of other writers, editors and agents

July 8 – 15

Squaw Valley, California

Learn more here


Harried + 9.5 X 11.5 + Hand-colored monotypeTeresa Jordan and Don Athay February 15–March 8, 2013

The Phillips Gallery
444 E. 200 S.
Salt Lake City, UT  
(801) 364-8264
February 15 – March 18
Reception: February 15, 6-9pm
Preview Teresa’s work
Read Teresa’s Artist’s Statement
Visit Phillips Gallery

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Wild Women in Elko during National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, 2013

Duncan LittleCreek Gallery
518 Commercial Street, Elko, NV
(775) 738-3426
Gallery Show:  January 11 – February 2
Marketplace with the artists: Fri, Feb 1, 10am-8pm, Sat, Feb 2, 10am-6pm
Reception: Friday, Feb 1, 5-8pm
Underwood Story Hour: Sat. Feb 2, 11am
Susan Glaser Church, metal
Kathleen Durham, storyteller and Goddess of Underwood
Kristen Franzen-Orr, glass
Karel Krystin Hendee, silk painting
Teresa Jordan, monotypes
Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk, ceramics
Gail Rappa, Jewelry
Deon Reynolds, Photography
Trish Reynolds, Photography
Sidne Teske, Pastels

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Teresa Jordan, Fae Ellsworth, Leia Fox and Joy Stein at Blue Gate Studio, Jan. 19-21, 2013

Join Zion Canyon artists Fae Ellsworth (collage), Joy Stein (watercolors and photography), Leia Fox (jewelry) and Teresa Jordan (monotypes and watercolor) for art, demonstrations, refreshments and plenty of laughter Saturday, Sunday and Monday, January 29-21.

Blue Gate Studio (the former Red Coyote Cafe) is one of over three dozen artists’ studios from St. George to Zion National Park open to the public on the tour.Tickets for the entire tour are $10.

Saturday, Jan 19, 10am-6 pm
Sunday, Jan 20, 1pm-6 pm
Monday, Jan 21, 10am – 6 pm
Blue Gate Studio on the south side of highway SR9 between 300 W and 100 W in Virgin, Utah
$10, online at

4pm SAT: SPECIAL MUSICAL GUESTS: Hal Cannon joins Mark and Marsha Rasmussen on banjo, guitar, and mandolin for old-time tunes

For more information, tickets and a tour map: