Leaves of Grass – Illuminated
A solo performance by Patrick Scully
Celebrating Walt Whitman
Wed Sept 12, 7 pm
Teatro Zuccone, Downtown Duluth
Tickets $10; at and at the box office

Patrick Scully as Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman is considered to be America’s great poet, but his work was very controversial for its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass (1855). Leaves of Grass was described as obscene for its overt sexuality, while it received praised from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. In Leaves of Grass—Illuminated, Patrick Scully embodies Whitman in his “multitudes,” exploring his inclusiveness and embrace of all humankind.

PATRICK SCULLY is a Minneapolis-based performing artist. Leaves of Grass–Illuminated has premiered in New York City and Minneapolis, and will be performed July 12-14, 2019, at the Guthrie Theater, shortly after the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth.

This activity is made possible by the voters of MN through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

This performance includes video projections depicting nudity. 

Author Michael Fedo
Writing Workshop & Book Release Party
Sept 16 (Sun)
Workshop: 2-3:30 pm
Reading and book signing: 4 pm

Lake Superior Writers and Holy Cow! Press present a writing workshop and book release party celebrating Michael Fedo’s new memoir, Don’t Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at the August Fitger Room in the Fitger’s Complex, 600 E. Superior St., Duluth. The workshop will take place from 2-3:30 PM, followed by the reading and book signing at 4 PM.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author recounts the five-decade writing career of Michael Fedo. This book should engage general readers curious about the literary life of a workaday writer, as well as aspiring authors-in-waiting.

Fedo’s writing workshop will focus on crafting publishable op-ed essays. His op-ed pieces have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, and the Providence Journal, among others. Fedo will discuss types of op-ed essays and publications. For the first ten enrollees, Fedo will read and critique individual op-ed pieces. Submissions should run 600-800 words. The workshop costs $10 for Lake Superior Writers members; $20 for non-members. To register, contact

Michael Fedo has published hundreds of articles and essays in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest, and elsewhere. Don’t Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author is his tenth book.

Writing for Beginners
Workshop with Alice Marks
4 sessions Saturdays in October

Alice Marks

This class is for the beginning writer; someone who has always wanted to write. Writers will be encouraged to write in their prefered genre as they learn some of the “tricks of the trade.” Each class will provide timed writing opportunities, including exercises and personal creating. Participants will learn the art of gentle critiquing as each reads and asks for critiques. While not denying that writing can be hard work, this class will stress the joy and therapeutic value of writing and strive to make the writing fun, rather than daunting, for each new writer.

This is a four-session class, and will take place every Saturday morning in October 2018 (Oct 6, 13, 20, 27) from 10am-12pm at Duluth Sister Cities (the Lake Superior Writer’s office).

Cost: $50/LSW members, $85/non-LSW members (includes one-year Lake Superior Writers membership).

Scholarships are available. To sign up, please email Jenna at