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Poetry SLAM! series returns Oct. 20

After a two-year break, Watermark Art Center is reviving the Poetry SLAM! series beginning Thursday, Oct. 20, at Fozzie's Smokin' Bar-B-Q, 114 Third St.

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Watermark Art Center is reviving its Poetry SLAM! series starting Thursday, Oct. 20, at Fozzie's Smokin' Bar-B-Q in downtown Bemidji.
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BEMIDJI — After a two-year break, Watermark Art Center is reviving the Poetry SLAM! series beginning Thursday, Oct. 20, at Fozzie's Smokin' Bar-B-Q, 114 Third St.

SLAM! poets are invited to pre-register for the first event of the season. The First Place winner of this SLAM! event will be invited to participate in the statewide "Blackberry Peach Qualifier Slam" in Minneapolis for an additional chance to go to the June 2023 National Competition in Daytona, Florida, a release said.

Poets should prepare three original SLAM! poems, each under three minutes of reading time. Judges, selected from the audience, are tasked to give each reading a score on a scale of 1 to 10. The poets with the highest scores move forward to a second, then third round. The top three in the final round win cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25, the release said.

Sign-in begins at 6:30 with the performance at 7 p.m. Performers may pre-register by calling Watermark at (218) 444-7570 or email Leah at lgrunzke@watermarkartcenter.org. Same-day registration at the venue is available based on space. There is no fee to participate or watch.

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