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.