Spoken Word Series

Watermark Art Center’s Spoken Word Series celebrates the literary arts by hosting regional authors to lead readings and workshops in our Main Gallery. We also partner with other organizations to bring distant authors to our region. Past featured writers have included poet Jane Hirshfield and Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen, as well as novelist Maureen Gibbon and National Book Award nominee Kevin McColley.

Our 2015 Series will bring poet Diane Pittman in March. We will also host Bao Phi of The Loft Literary Center for an informational meeting regarding grants for emerging writers, and will sponsor the release of Secrets of Loon Lake by B.B. Church at Sparkling Waters restaurant in Bemidji. In September, a historical fiction reading and workshop will be led by author Lin Enger of Moorhead, MN. See our 2015 Spoken Word page for more details.

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Diane Pittman

Bao Phi

Bao Phi








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B.B. Church: sisters Betty Kuffel and Bev Erickson

Lin Enger

Lin Enger









Interested in viewing past lineups for the Spoken Word Series? Click on a year for full details!

2014 – Jane Hirshfield and Lauren Cobb
2013 – Tom Evans, Marsh Muirhead, Susan Carol Hauser, Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen, and Carol Ann Russell
2012 – Great Twin Cities Poetry Road Show, Wendell Affield, and Kevin McColley
2011 – Mark Christensen,  Heid Erdrich, and Susan Carol Hauser
2010 – Sean Hill and Maureen Gibbon
2009 – Anthony Swann and Marsh Muirhead



KatsBookNook_logoThe Spoken Word Committee would like to thank its sponsors: Kat’s Book Nook and  Ken K. Thompson Jewelry 

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008