Local Author Joanna Dymond Book Signing Sat. Dec. 1

Come to Brigid’s Pub on 317 Beltrami Avenue in Bemidji at 3:30 on Saturday for a book signing and reading from local author Joanna Dymond’s mystery novel, Crazy as a Loon.

Enjoy an Irish stuffed egg-roll (a Brigid’s specialty), speak with the author, and pick up a signed copy of this crime caper set in our very own backyard.

Joanna Dymond is a fall 2012 McKnight/R2AC Individual Artist Grant recipient. Grant funds will go toward the creation of a website promoting her novel, Crazy as a Loon.

Fall 2012 Writers’ Retreat: Healing the Psyche through Writing

Sign up today for a Fall Writer’s Retreat with Dr. Carol Ann Russell, poet and professor, and Reverend Eric Hucke.

This retreat will be held Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, Bemidji, MN. Cost is $60.  Please call HSMA at 218-444-5606 to register.


As writers, teachers, artists, and thinkers, we can evoke eternal patterns, “archetypes”, whose ancient stories and dramatic roles help to open new territories for our imagination which, formerly, may have been unconscious to us.

Writing exercises will be given which will stimulate the connection between conscious memory and the transcendent, which can assist in “making whole” (i.e., healing) areas of the psyche from which creative power comes.

The Retreat offers a quiet space to which you may withdraw for rejuvenation and inspiration. Innovative and creative opportunities for writers will comprise most of the retreat, along with chances to share ideas and insights.

This activity is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council “No-Risk” workshop grant.

Local Author Wendell Affield Presents for Spoken Word Series

Wendell Affield reading from his book "Muddy Jungle Rivers"
Wendell Affield reading from his book “Muddy Jungle Rivers”

On Saturday June 16, 2012,Bemidji Community Art Center’s  Spoken Word Series presents a Book Release & Reading of Muddy Jungle Rivers by author Wendell Affield. 

Reception with refreshments starts at 4:30, reading begins at 5pm with Q&A and book signing to follow.

Location: Headwaters School of Music & the Arts
519 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
For More Information: http://bcac.wordpress.com     218-444-7570
Free Admission

Affield is the recipient of a 2012 Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, to be used for marketing his work.

Great Twin Cities Poetry Road Show in Bemidji this Weekend!

May 11th and 12th, 2012 – Great Twin Cities Poetry Road Show: Reading and Workshops

Reading Friday May 11th, 2012 5:30 to 7:00pm: Hosted at the Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship located at 522 America Ave. Downtown Bemidji.

The BCAC presents the “Great Twin Cities Poetry Road Show” as a part of the 2012 Spoken Word Series.  Join us on Friday May 11th from 5:30 to 7pm for an artist reception and reading featuring Matt Mauch, Paula Cisewski, Sean Hill and LouAnn Muhm.  Reception with refreshments start at 5:30, reading begins at 6:00pm with Q&A and book signing to follow.  The artists will be reading their own work including selections from “Poetry City, USA Vol. 2″

Workshops on Saturday May 12th to be hosted at Bemidji Public Library Conference Room – 509 America Ave.  Downtown Bemidji.  Workshop is $45 for one, $80 for both (students $20 per session with student ID).  Limit 20 per session, early registration recommended.  For more info. http://bcac.wordpress.com/spoken-word-series/2012-sw-series/  To register call 218-444-7570 or visit the art center at 426 Bemidji Ave.

Morning Workshop – 9:00 am to 12-noon – Poets Matt Mauch and Paula Cisewski
“No discovery for the writer, no discovery for the reader”

Afternoon Workshop – 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Poets Sean Hill and LouAnn Muhm
ast Inspiration: Using Historical Research in Poetry and Creating Found Poems from Historical Documents.”

The 2012 Spoken Word Series is made possible by a Region 2 arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota Voters on November 4, 2008.


Arts Downtown Park Rapids TONIGHT 5-7 p.m.

Rebby Lee will play at Bella Caffe

It’s April 19th, the third Thursday of the month, and the arts are alive in Park Rapids, Minnesota. Head over to Beagle Books to listen to LouAnn Muhm’s students from Nevis High School read their original poetry.  The Bella Caffe  is featuring Rebby Lee and Good Life Cafe hosts the Northern Bass Family Band. What a night!

Rebby Lee will be featured from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè. A singer, songwriter, lyricist, pianist, guitar player, violinist, drummer, poet, writer and photographer, she has played at Itasca State Park once or twice a year since 1999 and will return to the park this year on Aug. 4 and Sept. 15. She writes songs of nature and people, inspired by the north woods. “I love the area and am grateful for its inspiration,” she says.  Among the songs she will share are “In the Woods” and “Dance of the Norway Pines.”

In honor of National Poetry Month, LouAnn Muhm, poet and English instructor at Nevis High School, will bring students to read their original poetry from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Beagle Books.

Northern Bass Family Band will play from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe. Band members are Brian Bass on drums and vocals, Louise Bass on keyboard, bass and vocals, and Dan Bass on guitar and vocals. They have been playing together since 2006 and perform a variety of music including early rock ’n roll, surf instrumentals and standards. They were featured on a Lakeland News “In Focus” segment and enjoy playing at assorted venues and fundraising events. The Bass Family likes spending time playing together and living in rural Northern Minnesota.

Third Thursday events are designed to bring audiences to see and hear visual artists, musicians, writers and other artists in businesses in downtown Park Rapids on the Third Thursday of the month. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to make a free will donation to the artists. Contact Lu Ann Hurd-Lof at 652-4081 or luann47@gmail.com.

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Two Upcoming Gatherings for Literary Artists

Region 2 Arts Council announces two upcoming opportunities for literary artists.  The first is a collaborative opportunity for writers currently involved in literary groups.  The second is a conference for all writers.

A Literary Collaboration Meeting, April 21 in Wadena

Attention Region 2 literary groups! Please consider sending one representative from your group to a collaboration meeting for literary groups in West Central and Northern MN.

This literary collaboration meeting will take place on April 21 from 10- 3:30 p.m. at the Depot on 100 Aldrich Ave SW in Wadena.

Please come for a time for networking, idea exchange, open mic readings and a prize drawing for one free registration to “The Poetry Conference” May 18-20.  There is no fee to attend and lunch is included.

Registration Deadline: April 11. Call 218-751-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org to register.

Writers residing in Region 2 Arts Council, Lake Region Arts Council and Five Wings Arts Council will be present at this meeting. Together we can strengthen the literary arts in northern Minnesota!

2nd Annual Writers Conference, April 21 & 28 in Fosston

Writers’ workshops at the 2nd Annual Writers Conference are offered at two levels~$55 each or $90 for both. Registration covers workshop, refreshments and noon meal. Conference Presenter: Jamie Lee, a published, award winning author and creative writing teacher.

The “I Always Wanted to be a Writer” Workshop
Level One – Saturday April 21, 9-4:30

Whether you are just getting started or have been scribbling for a while, this workshop will explore how to generate creative ideas, develop your personal voice, and sharpen your structure and style

Self-Edit Your Way to Success
Level Two – Saturday April 28, 9-4:30

All writers can improve their style by enhancing their self-editing skills. The morning session will introduce fun techniques for both the ear edit and the paper edit, and the afternoon session will focus on self-editing both individually and as a critique group. Participants should bring a sample of their work (3-5 pages) for this session.

For a registration form contact Bonnie Stewart at stewart@gvtel.com / 218-435-6119.

Cocktail Hour, Dinner, and Readings by LouAnn Shepard Muhm and Kathryn Kysar

Beagle Books and the Y-Steak House in Park Rapids have teamed up for a very special event on Sunday, August 28th:  an evening of good food and poetry readings by LouAnn Shepard Muhm and Kathryn Kysar.  Tickets are $30 and available at Y-Steak House and Beagle Books, or by calling 218-732-4565.  All tickets must be purchased in advance.

Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and she edited Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. She has received fellowships from Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Kysar recently served on the board of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and teaches at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the Loft Literary Center and lives with her family in St. Paul.

LouAnn Shepard Muhm is a poet and teacher from northern Minnesota.  Her poems have appeared in a number of literary journals, including Dust & Fire, The Talking Stick, North Coast Review, Alba, Red River Review, Eclectica, Poems Niederngasse, and CALYX, and she was a finalist for the Creekwalker Poetry Prize (2007) and the Late Blooms Postcard Series (2007). Muhm was the featured poet in the Minnesota State Arts Board’s “What Light” series in February and June, 2008 and was a recipient of the 2006 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in Poetry.  She has received multiple grants from Region 2 Arts Council.  Her chapbook, Dear Immovable, was published in 2006 by Pudding House Press, and her full-length poetry collection Breaking the Glass ( 2008, Loonfeather Press) was a finalist for the Midwest Book Award in two categories: Poetry and Cover Design.

“20×20” Collaboration: 20 Writers, 20 Artists at the Blank Canvas Gallery in Park Rapids

The Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in conjunction with the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc is presenting their “20×20” project at the Blank Canvas Gallery, 311 Main Ave. S., in downtown Park Rapids. The public is invited to view the works in the gallery 10:00 to 5:00 Monday through Saturday and 12:00 to 4:00 on Sundays. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge and is on display now through mid-July.  This is the second time this type of project has been taken on by the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc.

This creative project is a collaboration of 20 artists and 20 writers. Twenty pieces of artwork were selected and twenty writers have then each written a poem or short story about one of the art pieces. The result is displayed in the gallery–each creative writing piece and the piece of artwork that inspired it are shown next to each other. In addition, a book has been published illustrating all the artwork paired with the creative writing efforts of the authors and it will be available at the gallery at a later date.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Hope House Art Show: June 3rd at the Bemidji Public Library

Hope House members will be displaying their art work and reading from their published book, “Here and Not Forgotten,” on Friday, June 3, 3:00-5:00 PM at Bemidji Public Library.  Hope House is a comprehensive, community-based support program for persons with serious and persistent mental illness.  Our mission is to provide support and skills training to help people remain hospital-free and to use their talents in the community.  There will be a short reading from the book at 3:30 PM.  The book and individual art pieces will be available for purchase.  The art work will be on display through June 30. 

This activity is funded in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.