2017 Spoken Word Series


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 mgmuirhead@midco.net. Poets are asked to keep their reading to 3 minutes and provide family-friendly content.


July 29, 2017
Bemidji Regional Airport
2 p.m.
Theme: Flight, Adventure

Come hear great local poetry while sitting among airplanes! Featured will be local poet, essayist and playwright Cate Belleveau. Audience members are invited to share original poetry that focuses on the theme. The evening will conclude with a drawing for a free scenic plan ride for two by local poet and pilot Marsh Muirhead.

Vintage-British-Aviation-Posters-19Cate Belleveau

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      around the world to                Dr. CarolAnn Russell      4 p.m., Sat., Sept. 16th                                                                                                          downtown Bemidji

Bee-loud Glade Party          home, hearth, slam and cheese     Julia Oxenreider         4 p.m., Sat. Oct. 7

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


Future First City Poetry Reads:

Sanford Hospital – health, wealth, and illness with Dr. Diane Pitman     January, 2018

Wollman Coffee – poetry about poetry                                                           February, 2018

Lake Bemidji State Park — food and drink                                                     Spring, 2018