The Last Night of the Carnival: Book release and workshop

The Spoken Word Committee of Watermark Art Center announces an upcoming release party, reading, and discussion by Marsh Muirhead to celebrate Last Night of the Carnival, Muirhead’s new collection of haiku, published by Red Moon Press of Winchester, Virginia.

The event will place in the Forks Room at Sparkling Waters restaurant in Bemidji on Thursday evening, May 23, at 6:30 P.M.  Admission is free and bar service and appetizers will be available.

In both the reading and writing of haiku, Muirhead will share the idea that haiku are not only a form of poetry, but also work as photograph, memoir, meditation, revelation, and humor. “Haiku explore the connection between ourselves and others, the natural world, and even inanimate objects, the ‘oneness’ of human experience,” he says.

Copies of Last Night of the Carnival will be for sale at the event. Muirhead will also be offering a workshop on the writing of haiku on Saturday, the 25th, from 9:00 A.M. until noon. The event will give students the opportunity to learn about and write haiku. Cost is $25 and includes a lunch with social time following the class.

The workshop will be held on the porch of the author’s home, on the banks of the Mississippi River, just east of Bemidji (address provided at sign-up). The setting will offer a rich environment, in the fullness of spring, for inspiration.

For information about both events, contact Marsh Muirhead at or 218-556-6313.

Disability Isn’t Sexy: Book launch at Watermark Art Center

The Spoken Word committee of Watermark Art Center announces an upcoming book launch by local poet Erin Lynn Marsh. On Saturday, April 6, hear Marsh read from Disability Isn’t Sexy, her new poetry book that explores the longing, vulnerability and strength experienced while in a disabled body.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the reading beginning at 6:00. A Q&A and book sales/signing will follow. Due to the sensitive subject matter, parental discretion is advised.

Disability Isn’t Sexy has been praised by several award-winning writers. Jim Cohn of the Museum of American Poets says, “Marsh invites us to access within ourselves the truth that Disability lives matter. Her poems are transformational invitations, stripped bare, openings to reflect upon and consider a re/visioning.”

Christy Merry

Opening the reading at Watermark will be special guest Christy Merry of Minneapolis. Merry writes colorful absurdist landscapes that take the listener on a journey, as well as more concrete work that touches on social issues, relational issues and struggles with faith, grief and identity.

Poetry Workshop

On Tuesday, April 9, from 6 – 9 p.m., Marsh will lead a poetry workshop at Watermark. The class is only $40. Register here.

Workshop Description:

Reframing Life’s Difficulties:  How Perspective Can Transform Our Poetry

Can poetry help us reframe a difficult situation? During this 3 hour class, participants will discuss sample poems, techniques to alter a poem’s perspective, and do some writing and discussion of each other’s work. Please bring one poem (your own or someone else’s) that you think offers a unique perspective.

Erin Marsh

Erin Lynn Marsh earned her MFA through Lesley University’s low-residency MFA program in Boston, MA. She has been published in Post Road Magazine, Sugar House Review, Paper Darts, Emrys Journal, the Hers Anthology and She currently lives, writes and teaches in Bemidji, MN.