The Spoken Word Committee of Watermark Art Center introduces First City Poetry Reads, a new series that will take place in unique and nontraditional literary spaces around Bemidji. The series is designed to bring poetry to new venues and listeners in and around the First City on the Mississippi, adding a unique source of energy, interest and creativity to the spoken word. Each event will feature a local or regional poet, followed by short readings by other area authors. The one-hour programs include a theme tied to the event location. All events are free and open to the public.

Interested in pre-registering to read at an event? Contact Marsh Muirhead at 218-556-6313 or Poets are asked to keep their reading to 3 minutes and provide family-friendly content.

First City Poetry Reads Schedule

           WHERE                                 THEME                                     Featured Poet                       WHEN

Bemidji Aviation (Airport)          flight, adventure                     Cate Belleveau               2 p.m. Sat., July. 29

Bemidji Fire Department          rescue and disaster                  LouAnn Muhm              2 p.m. Sat.,, Aug. 19

Cantabria Coffee Company      from Italy to Bemidji –         Dr. CarolAnn Russell      4 p.m., Sat., Sept. 16th                                                                                                                      Gypsy Taxi

Beltrami County History Center      our place in history        Anthony Swann            4 p.m. Sat., Nov. 11

Anytime Fitness                         our physical selves                   Erin Lynn Marsh           7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 13

Sanford Hospital              health, wealth, and illness                Dr. Diane Pittman          2 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27

2018 Dates/Locations:

Wollman Coffee – poetry about poetry                                                           February, 2018

Lake Bemidji State Park — food and drink                                                     Spring, 2018