Color file photoDr. Diane Pittman is the featured poet for the next First City Poetry Reads event, which will be held Saturday, January 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the east end of the main lobby at Sanford Hospital in Bemidji. The theme and title for this presentation is “Health, Wealth, and Illness.”

Pittman is a life-long poet and has been a family physician in the area for over 30 years. In both her poetry and medical practice, Pittman focuses on a balanced cycle of life, a connection with nature both physical and spiritual.

An open mic session will take place at the event. Area poets are encouraged to share their work surrounding the theme. Anyone interested in pre-registering to read can contact Marsh Muirhead at 218-556-6313 or Poets are asked to keep their reading to three minutes and provide family-friendly content.

The First City Poetry Reads series, sponsored by the Spoken Word Committee of Watermark Art Center, 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 readings will be held at Wollman Coffee, Lake Bemidji State Park and more.