February 2022 NorthWords

February NorthWords includes:

Book Club for Writers

Ever wish you could include a book’s author in your book club discussions?  Now you can!

In this Book Club for Writers series, we bring the author to the table to talk about craft, what it took to write the book, or life as a writer for 30 minutes.  Then we allow 60 minutes for a Q&A and book discussion.

You do not need to be a member to attend.

  • Register for each event by emailing writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org  
  • You will receive an email with a Zoom link close to the event.

We will be recording each event and making it available to those who register for one month afterwards. So even if you cannot attend, you can watch the session later!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2022

We encourage you to support your local independent bookstores, who may have these books in stock or would be happy to order them for you.

T. Marie Bertineau – The Mason House

February 3 – 6:30-8:00 pm by Zoom

Born amidst the copper mining ruins of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, T. Marie Bertineau is of Anishinaabe-Ojibwe and French Canadian/Cornish descent. She is a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on the L’Anse Reservation, migizi odoodeman. Her work has appeared online with Minnesota’s Carver County Arts Consortium; in Mino Miikana, a publication of the Native Justice Coalition and Waub Ajijaak Press; in the annual journal U.P. Reader; and is anthologized with the Chanhassen Writers Group of Minnesota. Married and the mother of two, she makes her home in the Great Lakes Region.

After her father’s untimely death, Theresa faced a rocky and unstable childhood. But there was one place she felt safe: her grandmother’s house in Mason, a depressed former copper mining town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Gram’s passing leaves Theresa once again at the mercy of the lasting, sometimes destructive grief of her Ojibwe mother and white stepfather. As the family travels back and forth across the country in search of a better life, one thing becomes clear: if they want to find peace, they will need to return to their roots.

The Mason House is at once an elegy for lost loved ones and a tale of growing up amid hardship and hope, exploring how time and the support of a community can at last begin to heal even the deepest wounds.

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

Virtual Writers’ Café

Pour a cup of coffee or tea and join us at 9:30 am for a meetup with fellow writers the first Saturday of each month. Hosted by long-time LSW member Gail Trowbridge, we’ll chat about our current writing projects, learn about upcoming events and opportunities for writers, and share the ups and downs of our writing lives. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a newbie, we’d love to have you join us.

Held on the first Saturday of each month from 9:30-11:00am.

Upcoming Date:

  • February 5

This event is free and membership is not required.

  • Register by emailing writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org  
  • You will receive an email with a Zoom link close to the event.

Registration Deadline for the next gathering: Thursday, February 3, 2022

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

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Superior Shares – Open Mic Night

Held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6-7 pm.  Upcoming dates:

  • February 9

Are you eager to share your latest piece of writing? 

          Yearning to read it to an audience of readers and writers?

Lake Superior Writers presents Superior Shares, our virtual open mic for local writers to share their work in progress, and for anyone else who appreciates the creative writing process.

This event is free to participants and audience, and membership is not required.

Readers are asked to please limit adult content and language. Graphic content that is violent or sexual in nature is prohibited.

Attendees will be encouraged to use the Chat function to share feedback.

There will be 10 five-minute slots available. Participants will be notified ahead of time if they have been selected to read.

To register, email writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org

**February’s event is full for readers, but there is still plenty of room to register to listen!

Registration Deadline: Monday, February 7, 2022

A Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event.

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Literary events

February 5 (Sat) 1 pm-2pm CSTWest of the Moon and Other Places You Can’t Find on GPS: Need to know how to make yourself invisible? Put a spell on a thief? These and other secrets will be revealed in Margi Preus’s presentation about West of the Moon, a novel inspired by an old family diary, true immigrant stories, and Scandinavian folk and fairy tales. Preus discusses how she combined history, fiction, and folklore to create this “mesmerizing tale of Astri’s treacherous and harrowing mid-19th century emigration to America.” (Booklist, starred review) Enhanced with pictures and storytelling, the presentation is appropriate and entertaining for all ages 10 and up. To register: https://www.livsreise.org/event/west-of-the-moon-a-book-for-children-of-all-ages-a-virtual-presentation/ Free virtual event virtual, sponsored by Livsreise Norwegian Heritage Center

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Opportunities

http://www.springthawmagazine.com/

2022 Freshwater Review is open for submissions. Deadline: 2/28/2022. All work considered for publication and the Rose Warner Prizes, cash awards in 3 categories: poetry, prose and visual art. Please, find these and other submission details at www.css.edu/freshwaterreview

Ink Slingers Looking for new members to join our weekly writing group. Please reply by email at tigershadow96@gmail.com. Next meeting Jan 6 (Thurs) 10 am – 12 pm via Zoom/teleconference.

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KUDOS – News about our members

Eric Chandler is happy to announce that his new book, Kekekabic, is for sale now at Finishing Line Press! From now until March 25, preorder a copy of the book and it will ship to you on May 20, 2022: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/kekekabic-by-eric-chandler/?fbclid=IwAR3sAJZLnryxXe-wiXEBgiM4ThoE3avzrcrDGovMsqRzaFk3p2YamtlyGcQ

“I’m thrilled to share this project. In 2018, I wrote a haibun after every cross-country ski, run, hike, and paddle. I logged my observations both at home in Duluth, Minnesota and while on the road as an airline pilot. I took one of the most adventurous, solo backpacking trips of my life that year. My dog Leo and I hiked for five days through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota. We followed the Kekekabic Trail, inspiring the book’s title. I hope you’ll enjoy the collection!”

Holy Cow! Press

Jane Yolen, author of Kaddish: Before the Holocaust and After, Poems (Holy Cow! Press), has been awarded the Sophie Brody Medal for 2022. The Sophie Brody Award is an annual award of the American Library Association. It is given for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature, for works published the previous year, in the US.

“Dear Ms. Yolen, I am pleased to tell you that you won the Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature. It is given annually by the American Library Association. The committee found Kaddish to be a beautiful and moving collection of poems. There will be a virtual announcement of all the book award winners on January 23rd at 4:30 p.m central time. Mazal tov, Barbar Bibel Chair, Sophie Brody Medal Committee”

Tim Moder‘s poem “Ameek” was published January 1st in the Tiger Moth Review.

Sheila Packa is a 2022 recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals Grant. She will create a web film with her poems to be used in exhibition space, book launch events, and online.

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Lake Superior Writers Blog

Lake Superior Writers invites members to submit guest posts for possible inclusion on our blog. Please visit our blog information page for more details: https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/blog/blog-submission-guidelines/

Our blog currently features Vital Connections on the Path to Publication by Carol Dunbar https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/blog/