May 2022 NorthWords

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May NorthWords includes:

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Notes from the Board Room

We are adding this new message to our newsletter to keep you, our members, informed on what the Board has been focusing on, new opportunities we have coming up, and help you feel a part of this organization.

The events of the past two years and counting have left me feeling disconnected. Even now, making forays out in the world to rejoin humanity I find it is hard to overcome the habits formed during our isolation. Are you feeling the same way?

The same may be true of Lake Superior Writers. It’s hard to feel like a member of this vibrant community when we are not able to gather, to network and support one another in person. But your Board Members are working hard to find ways to help you engage despite these hurdles!

For starters, you might want to get to know who we are – have a look at our pictures and bios on the website. We have welcomed two new board members in recent months – Lynn Johansen and Doug Lewandowski – and are still looking for others to join us as we experience the normal board term turnover. It is exciting to have new faces and perspectives to generate ideas for our programming! Have you ever thought of joining the Board? We can always use new talent and skills, and it’s a great way to get involved. Email us at if you have an interest or any questions.

Next, plan to join us at our Annual Membership Event on May 21. In the interest of safety, we have chosen to hold a Virtual event again this year, but that should not diminish the great offerings we have in store for you! Our very own member, Carol Dunbar, will take us on her journey to publishing her first novel, and the valuable lessons she has learned about the publishing industry. The winners of our Writing Contest will read from their entries, and we have some great door prizes. It’s a great way to connect with your fellow writers and gain that sense of community you may have been missing. Full details and registration information is available here.

Finally, we would love to hear from you! We have plans for a membership survey coming out soon, to help us know what you would like to see from this organization. How can we serve you better? What kind of classes are you interested in? Would you like to get involved as a volunteer? Help us shape Lake Superior Writers to be better than ever. You can always send us an email at to let us know your thoughts. After all, this is your organization.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Membership Event. I’m eager to get reconnected! How about you?

Molly Hoeg, Board Chair

Virtual Annual Membership Event

Lake Superior Writers invites you to gather with your fellow writers for a morning of inspiration and camaraderie. We are excited to have local author Carol Dunbar speaking on “Getting the Book Deal: What I know now that I wish I knew then.

Join us Saturday, May 21, 9:30 – 11:00am

We have planned a full morning including:

  • A review of the year just completed
  • A preview of events planned for the year to come
  • Keynote speaker Carol Dunbar
    • Carol will share: What I’m learning about the publishing industry, advice that turned out not to be true, advice that I’m really glad I took, and what I wasn’t prepared for on the road to publication.
  • Readings from our Writing Contest winners
  • Drawings for fabulous prizes, meant just for writers (you must be virtually present to win)
    • 3 $50 gift cards – Zenith Books & Fitgers Bookstore in Duluth, Honest Dog Books in Bayfield
    • 5 $10 gift cards for area coffee shops

Come and network with other writers from the comfort of your own home!

To register, email and we will send you a Zoom link.

You must be a member of Lake Superior Writers to attend. If you haven’t joined or renewed your membership yet, this is a great time to do so! Click here to join online or mail in your membership form. We would love to have you!

CAROL DUNBAR is a former actor, playwright, and coloratura soprano who left her life in the city to move off the grid. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe South Carolina ReviewMidwest Review, and on Wisconsin Public Radio. She writes from a solar-powered office on the second floor of a water tower in northern Wisconsin, where she lives in a house in the woods with her husband, two kids, and a giant Alaskan malamute. Her debut novel, The Net Beneath Us, will release in the fall of 2022. She is also a long-term member of Lake Superior Writers.

In the aftermath of her husband’s logging accident, Elsa has more questions than answers about how to carry on while caring for their two small children in the unfinished house he was building for them in the woods of rural Wisconsin. Told over the course of a year, The Net Beneath Us is a lyrical exploration of loss, marriage, parenthood, and self-reliance; a tale of how the natural world—without and within us—offers us healing, if we can learn where to look.

Virtual Writers’ Café

Saturday, May 14 (note the date change), 9:30 am-11 am

The May Writers’ Café will focus on “Submitting Your Work.” We’ll explore submitting to contests, print and online journals and zines. During our discussion, we’ll create a list of places to submit, both regional and beyond. We’ll also discuss how to deal with rejection and not get discouraged.

NOTE: The Writers’ Cafe will take the summer months of June, July, and August off and return in September. 

This event is free and membership is not required.

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

Registration Deadline for the next gathering: Friday, May 13 by noon

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Superior Shares – Open Mic Night

Last Open Mic for the season – don’t miss it!

Wednesday, May 11, 6 pm-7pm

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

Registration Deadline: Monday, May 9, 2022

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

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Literary events

Writing to Wholeness Collective is resuming free virtual creative writing workshops for those who have experienced interpersonal violence (intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, trafficking). You do not have to see yourself as a writer, all are welcome. These writing sessions are led by experienced writing instructors Elena Anderson Eggert and Wendy Brown-Baez. This is a space for exploration, tapping into our creative minds and connections. Accommodations for accessibility are available upon request. The first Tuesday of each month 6:30-8:00 PM CST Registration required: For questions: or call (612) 234-7015. Next meeting May 3,6:30 pm-8:00 pm.

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Writers/Creatives: Self-Directed Retreats on a magical Lake Superior 5-acre woodsy property. Month-by-month, some openings left for this Summer/Fall; two different units for 1 – 2. Special amenities/furnishings for your work; recommended by Sarah Stonich and Danielle Sosin. Single/shared occupancy (can share the month or split it). Please view all the details and photos on the FB Page, Writers/Creatives Self-Directed Retreats Contact Ramona:

Great River Writers’ Retreat Contest: The Great River Writers Retreat winner is selected from an applicant pool of writers from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin across multiple genres, and allows the winner to spend a week working on a specific writing project they have underway. The retreat this year will be held at The Benet House Retreat Center in Rock Island, IL from August 29th through September 4th, COVID-19 restrictions permitting. For more information visit

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KUDOS – News about our members

Gavin Glen’s poem “Going Anywhere” will be published for this year’s issue of The Nemadji Review, releasing at the UW-Superior campus on May 2.

Cary Griffith releases the latest in the Sam Rivers series, Cougar Claw on June 14th. In this outdoors mystery, special agent Sam Rivers investigates the unexplained—and very unlikely—cougar attack that killed a wealthy business owner.

Tim Moder’s poem “All True Heavens” was published in The Coop 03/28. Poem “The Idea of Apples” was published in The Coop 04/11 His poems “Strange” and “Sudden Ease” were published at Zin Daily 03/28 His poem “Brothers” was published in Paddler Press on 04/08

Two historic sites in Boston, MA are hosting LSW member Kathleen (K.M.) Waldvogel for book signings. Waldvogel will appear at the Old North Church on May 6, 2022 at 2PM and the following day, May 7, 2022 at 1PM, she will sign books at the Paul Revere House in Boston. Both locations stock/sell her middle-grade book, “Spies, Soldiers, Couriers, and Saboteurs: Women of the American Revolution.” See Waldvogel’s website for more details:

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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:

Our blog currently features “Reasons to Attend an Author’s Book Chat (Even If You Don’t Write Books)” by Victoria Lynn Smith