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Muhm featured poet for First City Poetry Reads

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Park Rapids poet and teacher LouAnn Muhm is the featured guest for the next "First City Poetry Reads" event, a new series that takes place in unique and nontraditional literary spaces around Bemidji.

The reading will take place at the Bemidji Fire Station on Saturday, August 19 at 2 p.m.

The theme of this event is "Rescue and Disaster." Muhm and the Open Mic poets following her reading will explore the various rescues and disasters in both the larger sense (lights, sirens, 911), and in the daily victories and defeats of our lives.

The event is free and open to the public. Kids are welcome, too, and there is the chance that the

reading may be briefly interrupted by departure of fire and rescue units. In any case, Fire Department personnel will be on hand to give a tour of the station, its equipment and their role in keeping the local citizenry safe.

Muhm is the author of "Breaking the Glass," a book "of fierce heart and strong hands," according to reviewer Jane Hirshfield. She teaches English at Nevis High School.

This is the second event in "First City Poetry Reads," sponsored by the Spoken Word Committee of Watermark Art Center. The series is designed to bring poetry to new venues and listeners in and around the first city on the Mississippi. Each event will feature a local or regional poet, followed by short readings by other area writers.

Anyone interested in pre-registering to read can contact Marsh Muirhead at 218-556-6313 or mgmuirhead@midco.net. Poets are asked to keep their reading to three minutes and provide family-friendly content. To learn more, visit watermarkartcenter.org under "Programs, Spoken Word Series."

The First City Poetry Reads schedule includes future events at Beltrami County History Center,

Anytime Fitness, Sanford Hospital, Lake Bemidji State Park and more. Each event is a one-hour

program with a theme tied to the event location.

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