What Is the Utah Monthly?

The Utah Monthly is a free weekly online newsletter that provides Utahans with discussions and perspectives on Utah politics, art, history, religions, culture, environment, ideas, and current events. Our mission is to strengthen local Utah communities and culture by fostering deeper understanding of local issues and situations, elevating important ideas and debates, and developing and showcasing local literary, artistic, and creative talent. In essence, borrowing from George Will’s idea of “statecraft as soulcraft,” we imagine our content as placecraft—working to replace placelessness with placefulness.

The Utah Monthly is run entirely by dedicated unpaid volunteers serving as the newsletter’s editors and monthly contributors. To give voice to a wide range of Utah-related perspectives, opinions, and experiences, the Utah Monthly welcomes contributions. We invite anyone interested in contributing an article, generally between 700-2,500 words, to submit a brief outline of your proposed article to utahmonthly@gmail.com.

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What readers say.

“Utah can be a peculiar place, but it’s sometimes hard for me to put my finger on what makes it special. The Utah Monthly gets at exactly the kinds of details that I feel matter to understanding our state. The essays, history, interviews, and poetry share a kind of curiosity and openness to others’ experiences. It’s been some of my favorite and most memorable reading of the last year.”

- Ryan Davis, BYU Professor of Political Philosophy

“The Utah Monthly is good food for the soul, even if you don't live in Utah, but especially if you do. It offers consistently wise insights into the complex reality of contemporary Utah life and is an important companion in the quest for a vibrant and sustainable sense of place in Utah.”

- George Handley, BYU Professor and Provo City Council member