2022 Poetry SLAM! is Back


NEXT SLAM! Thursday, February 16, 2023 (TBA for April, June)

Same-day registration at event available based on space.

Sign in begins at 6:30; performances at 7pm. Call Watermark if you’d like to pre-register.
WHERE: Fozzie’s Smokin Bar-B-Q, 114 3rd St, Bemidji MN
FREE to participate!
FREE to watch!

A poetry slam is a competitive art event in which poets perform spoken word poetry before a live audience and a panel of judges. While formats can vary, slams are often loud and lively, with audience participation, cheering and dramatic delivery.

Watermark Art Center has revived the Poetry SLAM! series for the 2022-23 season and we’re collaborating with the League of Minnesota Poets.

Along with the $100 first place cash prize, each winner in this series will be awarded a one year membership in the League of Minnesota Poets and the option to pick up a guaranteed slot in the League’s BlackBerry Peach National Slam Qualifier in Minneapolis in May 2023.

The winner from there will go on to the 2023 National BlackBerry Peach Slam where thousands of dollars are awarded. That National Slam will be held in Des Moines, IA June 21st – 25th.

Poets should prepare three original SLAM! poems, each under three minutes reading time. Judges, selected from the audience, give each reading a score on a scale of 1 to 10.  The poets with highest scores move forward to a second, then third round. The top three in the final round win cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25. 

QUESTIONS? email Leah at lgrunzke@watermarkartcenter.org.

Poetry-SLAM October 2022

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.

To get an idea of what Watermark sponsors both in-house and throughout the community, please look at our previous years’ pages. 

If you would like to sponsor an event or inquire regarding an idea for an event, please call or stop by Watermark at 505 Bemidji Ave N, Bemidji. 218-444-7570.