This event will be RESCHEDULED.

Watermark Art Center is excited to present the first of several poetry slam events as part of the 2020 Spoken Word series on Thursday, April 16 at 6pm at The Tavern on South Shore. 929 Lake Shore Dr. NE, Bemidji, MN.

Future Slam dates will be announced here.

 Contestants should prepare three original poems of under three minutes in presentation. Poets exceeding the time limit will be penalized.

Judges (selected from the audience) award each reading a score between 1 and 10.  The top seven poets from round one advance to round two, and  the top three from that group go on to  the final round.  Prize money is awarded to the finalists: $100 for the winner, $75 and $50 for second and third place, respectively.  Audience members are encouraged to make their feelings known about both the poems and the judges scores with jeers and cheers. 

Audience members are encouraged to make their feelings known about both the poems and the judges scores with jeers and cheers. 

There is no admission charge. The event is co-sponsored by the Tavern on the South Shore and Watermark Art Center. Poets may call Watermark at 218-444-7570 to register in advance,  or arrive at The Tavern one half hour before the event. Performance openings may be limited.