Carol Ann photoDr. Carol Ann Russell is the featured poet for the next First City Poetry Reads event, set for 4 p.m., Saturday September 16th in the back room of Cantabria Coffee Company. Russell is an English professor at Bemidji State University and the author of several books of poetry — FeastThe Red Envelope, Silver Dollar, and Lost on Highway 61. A world traveler and multiculturalist, Russell will channel both world at large and the particular in her presentation: “From Italy to Bemidji – Gypsy Taxi.” 

First City Poetry Reads is free and open to the public. The event will be followed by an open mic. Anyone interested in pre-registering to read can contact Marsh Muirhead at 218-556-6313 or Poets are asked to keep their reading to 3 minutes and provide family-friendly content.

This is the third of several readings in the First City Poetry Reads series, sponsored by the Spoken Word Committee of Watermark Art Center. The series is designed to bring poetry to new venues and listeners in and around the First City on the Mississippi. The concept aims to add unique sources of energy, interest and creativity to the spoken word.

Future First City Poetry Reads events includes will be held at Beltrami County History Center, Anytime Fitness, Sanford Hospital, Lake Bemidji State Park and more. Each event is a one-hour program with a theme tied to the event location. To learn more, visit go to our Spoken Word 2017 page.