April 2015 NorthWords

possible?THE POETRY OF FAMILY
A workshop by MAX GARLAND, former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin
April 25 (Sat), 2 – 4:30 pm
Marshall Professional Building Conference Room
1301 Rice Lake Rd., Duluth, MN
$15 LSW members, $35 nonmembers

Max Garland will examine the notion of “family” through the lens of poetry, looking at notable examples from different time periods. Participants will write in the second half of the session.

Garland says, “I think of Tolstoy’s famous sentence, ‘All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,’ and I wonder if poetry tends to verify, or contradict that statement. I also remember Rilke’s belief that anyone with a childhood had endless material for poetry. Certainly there’s a wealth of examples. But the question comes to mind, ‘Does our understanding of family depend upon a poetic rendering? Is the “family” in some ways an ongoing work of imagination?’ ” To register, leave a message at 218-730-0105, or send us a note at writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org (Please be sure to include the name and date of the workshop/event you are registering for, as well as your name, phone number and whether you are a member of LSW or will be registering at the non-member rate.)

Jim JohnsonFEELINGS, IMAGES & POETRY
A workshop with JIM JOHNSON, Duluth Poet Laureate
May 21 (Thur) 1 – 3 pm
UMD Library Rotunda
$25 LSW members, $40 non-members

Jim Johnson is the featured speaker at the Northeast Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) program the evening of May 21 in Kirby Ballroom, UMD. A well-known poet and educator in Northeast Minnesota, Johnson will lead workshop participants in the essentials of writing poetry to express feelings and evoke images. Cost (payable at the workshop) to Lake Superior Writers’ members is $25; cost for non-members is $40, which includes a membership in LSW. To register, email LSW at writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org, or call Marty Sozansky at 218-341-4363. (Please be sure to include the name and date of the workshop/event you are registering for, as well as your name, phone number and whether you are a member of LSW or will be registering at the non-member rate.)

BE PART OF A READER’S THEATER
Thunder of Freedom Readers’ Theater
May 26 (Tue) and May 28 (Thur) 7 pm
Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St., Duluth.

Participate in a performance commemorating the 1920 Duluth lynching of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie. After a teen vocalist is assaulted by white policemen, she joins the civil rights movement and helps break Mississippi legislature’s color barrier. Inspired by the book, Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi by Sue (Lorenzi) Sojourner with Cheryl Reitan. Auditions in May 2015. Interested? Email cherylreitan@hotmail.com

For the performance, a donation of $10 at the door is suggested. All proceeds will go to the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Committee. Partial support provided by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the McKnight Foundation and voters, through the Minnesota legislature. Screenplay by Cheryl Reitan. Learn more at the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1041891365840250/

When LSW was founded in the 1990s, we adopted a crow as our mascot.

SAVE THE DATE!
Lake Superior Writers Celebration of the Literary Arts
May 17 (Sun) 5-7 pm
Tweed Museum of Art
KEYNOTE: Linda LeGarde Grover, author of The Dance Boots and The Road to Sweetgrass
READING by LSW 2015 Super + Natural Contest Winners
ANNUAL MEETING (brief)
Plus: Cash bar, delicious hors d’oeurves, entertainment. Free for current LSW members; bring a guest! WATCH FOR YOUR INVITATION IN THE MAIL!

KUDOS – News about our members

Farzana-HeratLOAD POEMS LIKE GUNS: Women’s Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan Holy Cow! Press anounces the publication of LOAD POEMS LIKE GUNS: Women’s Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan, edited and translated by Farzana Marie. 184 pages, $16.95 paperback. A ground-breaking collection of poetry by eight contemporary Afghan women poets in English translation en face with the original Persian Dari text. These poets live in Herat, the ancient epicenter of literature and the arts. Frazana Marie is a doctoral student in Middle Eastern Literatures at the University of Arizona. She served as an active duty officer for over six years including two years of deployed service in Afghanistan. Farzana is President of Civil Vision International, a non-profit that focuses on influencing international relationships. For more information, please contact Holy Cow! Press, 218-724-1653, holycow@holycowpress.org

Gary Banker’s first book of poetry From A Yellowed Photo will be published by Savage Press in Superior with a launch date of May 20. A launch party will be held at Superior Elk’s Club on that date from 4-7 pm.

J. A. Bernstein, LSW member and Assistant Professor of English at UMD has an essay, “The Jerusalem Forest” in the current (March/April 2015) print issue of The Boston Review. Another essay, “Of Musk and Beer: Remembering Chicago Stadium,” is forthcoming in print in Sport Literate, and two other pieces appeared recently in Fiction Writers Review, an online journal. His short story, “Ponderous Things,” was awarded finalist honors in the Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction and is forthcoming in print in The Madison Review.

Eric Chandler’s poem “Four Things” was published in the Spring 2015 edition of the Grey Sparrow Journal – read it at https://greysparrowpress.sharepoint.com/Pages/Spring2015PoetryChandler.aspx

Carol Dunbar’s essay “Truce” was recently published at Literary Mama, an online magazine listed as one of the 101 best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest. Read it at http://www.literarymama.com/creativenonfiction/

Viola LaBounty has had three pieces of art accepted as well as her poem, “Mourning” into the Thunderbird Review Anthology, 3rd issue. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, in Cloquet, MN will hold a publication party on April 28th.

Mark Maire was recently named one of three finalists for the Codhill Press Poetry Award. The annual award is given for a full-length (48+) poetry manuscript. For more information, visit www.codhill.com

Liz Minette’s short fiction piece “Bookstore, New Year’s Eve” has been published online at Golden Walkman Magazine, a literary magazine for your ears. Listen to the story at www.goldwalkmag.wordpress.com

Kathy McTavish and Sheila Packa have been accepted into a one month arts residency, “Enter Text,” for poets, writers and text-based artists. Arteles is near Tampere, Finland. http://www.arteles.org/residency_programs.html#other

Sheila Packa will have four poems presented by The Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on Feb 4, 5, and 6 2016. This is a world premier of music by Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas’ Migrations, with the YL Male Voice Choir and mezzo Lilli Paasikivi singing text by Duluth-based poet Sheila Packa. And Sheila will be featured on WDSE’s The Playlist on April 9 (see upcoming events)!

Creative writing class offered by LSW member through Duluth Community Ed

Alice Marks is teaching a six-week creative writing class through Duluth Community Education. Although the class began April 1, there will be no class on April 8 and late registrations will be taken for the remaining sessions of the class if received before April 15. The class meets from 7 to 9 pm at Lincoln Park Middle School on Wednesdays. For more information call Janis at 336-8708.

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 6 (Mon) 6:30 pm – Words & Lyrics Open Mic – Writers and readers are invited to bring original or favorite prose and poetry to the First Stage of the Lyric Center for the Arts, 514 Chestnut St., Virginia. This event is part of an ongoing monthly series for appreciation of the written and spoken word.

Apr 9 (Thur) 9 pm – WDSE The Playlist features an interview with Sheila Packa and poems from Night Train Red Dust along with an interview with David Aho and a video tour of the Mitchell Yard in Hibbing (historic site of an old roundhouse).

April 9 (Thur) 10 am – 12 noon – Open Writing Group “Ink Slingers” meet April 9 (Thur) & April 23 (Thur) in private home. The members of the newly formed Writers’ Group decided at their third meeting upon the name of “Ink Slingers.” In April they will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays from 10:00 until noon. Currently they meet in a private home. For more information or directions, please email Alice Marks at amarks001@centurylink.net

April 12 (Sun) 6 pm – Amazing Grace LSW Prose Writers’ Open Mic – Reading begins at 6:30, but arrive at 6 pm to order food and socialize with fellow writers! Bring up to three pages of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction) to read. This newly formed group ordinarily meets on the first Sunday at Amazing Grace Café in the DeWitt-Seitz Building in Canal Park, but because the first Sunday in April is Easter, we decided to change the meeting date for this month. Open to all.

April 13 (Mon) 7 pm – Publication reading of LOAD POEMS LIKE GUNS: Women’s Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan, edited and translated by Farzana Marie, published by Holy Cow! Press. Event will be held at UMD Library Rotunda. Farzana Marie’s reading is sponsored by the Alworth Institute. Free and open to the public; books for sale; refreshments.

April 16 (Thur) 7-9 pm – Spoken Words Open Mic at Beaner’s Central. Featured guest: Felicia Schneiderhan. Hosted by Tina Higgins Wussow. All Genres welcome, half-priced wine, book exchange, trivia and prizes.

April 17 (Fri) 7 pm – St. Paul author Andy Steiner will read from her book How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People at the Bookstore at Fitger’s.

April 21 (Tue) 12 noon, Cloquet Public Library – One Book, One Community event – Duluth author Mark Munger will interview award-winning novelist, Linda LeGarde Grover about her novel, The Dance Boots, as well as talk about writing and life. Bring a bag lunch. Free and open to the public. Signed copies of the book available at the event.

April 21 (Tue) 1 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, Duluth – Author Mark Munger will address a gathering of church librarians on the future of libraries, his writing, and his latest book, the historical novel, Sukulaiset: The Kindred.

April 22 (Wed) 6:30 pm – Jim Johnson will read poetry at the Two Harbors Public Library. Free and open to the public. Two Harbors Public Library, 218-834-3148.

April 23 (Thur) 10 am – 12 noon – Open Writing Group “Ink Slingers” meet. The members of the newly formed Writers’ Group decided at their third meeting upon the name of “Ink Slingers.” In April they will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays from 10:00 until noon. Currently they meet in a private home. For more information or directions, please email Alice Marks at amarks001@centurylink.net

April 25 (Sat) – Thresholds Writing & Movement Workshop with Lisa McKhann – 10 am – 3 pm Lafayette Park Community Building, on Park Point, Duluth. $45 suggested fee; scholarships available for any in need. Explore life changes — large or small, gradual or abrupt — any transition. Lisa McKhann will guide you in individual writing exercises and in simply powerful movement with the group. Use language, movement and space to gain new insight, and even delight.The workshop is open to all & easy for anyone to enjoy. No particuar writing or movement ability required. Lisa has led creative writing and mixed-arts workshops and teaches adult modern dance. Lisa’s motto ‘All for art, art for all’ reflects both her belief in each individual’s creative spark a and her commitment to making arts accessible. Space is limited. http://www.projectlulu.org/upcoming_events.html

April 25 (Sat) 7:30 pm – LINDA HOGAN reads from her poetry at Prove Gallery, 21 N Lake Ave., Duluth. Part of the Spirit Lake Poetry Series. During National Poetry Month, Spirit Lake Poetry Series concludes its season with a reading by Linda Hogan, an internationally recognized public speaker and writer of poetry, fiction and essays. Hogan’s newest collection, Dark. Sweet: New and Selected Poems, features her work since the 1970s and showcases her growth as an indigenous writer, thinker, environmentalist and woman caring for traditional knowledge. Her awards have included an Oklahoma Book Award, the Mountains and Plains Book Award, the Colorado Book Award, an American Book Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. She has also been a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, the International Impact Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hogan was inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame in 2007 for her writing.

April 26 (Sun) High School Student Poetry Reading at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 West 4th Street, Duluth, 2-4 pm. Jim Johnson, our 2014-16 Duluth Poet Laureate, has organized a poetry reading by area high school students. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments available. The Duluth Poet Laureate Project is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Minnesota Public Radio, Lake Superior Writers, the Arrowhead Reading Council, Zeitgeist Arts, Lake Superior College, and the English Departments at UMD and The College of Saint Scholastica. For more information, please call 218-724-1653.

April 28 (Tue) 4 pm -Thunderbird Review publication party in the Commons at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (2101 14th Street in Cloquet). Everyone invited. Contributors will read from their work. At 6 pm, Duluth poet Rocky Makes Room will read.This event is free and sponsored by the Creative Writing Club at FDLTCC. Coffee and treats will be served. Copies of the Thunderbird Review will be available for purchase. For more information please email anthology@fdltcc.edu

April 27 (Mon) 7:30 pm – Duluth Homegrown Poetry Showcase at the Underground in the Depot.

June 27 (Sat) – A conference and book fair will be held at Lakeside Event Center in Siren, Wisconsin. For more information, email NWRWriters@gmail.com

WRITING CONTEST
SLEUTHS’ INK 2015 WHODUNNIT CONTEST
Deadline: May 31, 2015

Write a short, solve-it-yourself mystery of no more than 700 words of the type published weekly in Woman’s World magazine. The count must include both the narrative and the solution. (Check out an issue of Woman’s World to get a feel for the story type and presentation. The magazine leans toward “fun” stories rather than “dark” stories.) Submit your entry via email in an attached Word document to whodunnitcontest2015@gmail.com Do not put identifying information (name, address, etc) on the document itself, but do include in the body of the email your name, address, phone number, email address. ENTRY FEES: Submit as many times as you like, but each submission must include an entry fee of $5.00. Visit Sleuths’ Ink website http://sleuthsink.blogspot.com/orhttp://bit.ly/1BtbISQ for complete instructions. Cash prizes. Deadline: May 31, 2015.

LSW WRITING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS – these groups are open to all writers!

“Ink Slingers” meet April 9 (Thur) & April 23 (Thur)
10-12 pm in private home – Open Group

The members of the newly formed Writers’ Group decided at their third meeting upon the name of “Ink Slingers”. In April they will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays from 10:00 until noon. Currently they meet in a private home. For more information or directions , please email Alice Marks at amarks001@centurylink.net

Amazing Grace LSW Prose Writers Open Mic will meet on Sunday, April 12 at 6:00 pm. Reading begins at 6:30, but arrive at 6 pm to order food and socialize with fellow writers. Bring up to three pages of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction) to read. This newly formed group ordinarily meets on the first Sunday at Amazing Grace Café in the DeWitt-Seitz Building in Canal Park, but because the first Sunday in April is Easter, we decided to change the meeting date for this month.

The Writers’ Square Table meets 11:30 am Thursday April 16 (third Thursday) at Chester Creek Café, 1902 E. 8th St., Duluth. Topic: Pros and cons of using present or past tense in your prose (and poetry?) Mara Hart will facilitate the discussion. All are welcome.

Memoir Group meets on Sunday April 19 (third Sunday) at Chester Creek Café, 1902 E. 8th St., Duluth, 1:30 pm. All are welcome.

Fiction/Poetry Writing Group will meet 6-8 pm Wed April 15 (third Wednesday) at Chester Creek Café, 1902 E. 8th St., Duluth. All are welcome.

Have news to share with Lake Superior Writers members? Send your news to calendar@lakesuperiorwriters.org anytime.

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