April 2016 NorthWords


April 9 (Sat) 2-4:30 pm
Lake Superior Writers Office, downtown Duluth
Instructor: JIM JOHNSON

Participate in this one-day workshop in which Duluth Poet Laureate Jim Johnson will share his ideas on the writing process, share some poems, and lead you as you write your own poem(s).  The workshop will be held at Lake Superior Writers’ new downtown digs—Suite 308, Board of Trade Building, 301 West 1st Street.  Cost: $20/members; $55/non-members, which includes membership.  To sign up (and you must, soon, as space is limited), call Marty Sozansky at 218-341-4363, or email msozansk@d.umn.edu.



April 28 (Thur), 6:30-8:30 pm
FEATURED POETS: Gary Boelhower, Sharon Chmielarz, Julie Gard, Jim Johnson, Ellie Schoenfeld, Francine Sterle and Barton Sutter
Featured authors will sign copies of their books

Join us for a great evening of poetry, featuring seven of our region’s most acclaimed poets. A Night of Poetry will include a discussion about poetry in the Northland, a reading by our featured poets, an open mic…and shopping! (A portion of sales, including food and beverage purchases, will benefit Lake Superior Writers.) Learn from our panel of featured poets who will discuss their work, offer tips about where to submit your poetry as well as discuss how to develop a poetry collection. The evening will end with an open mic where you can share your poetry or a poem you love. Bring your friends and family!

Can’t make it to the event? Any purchases you make at http://www.barnesandnoble.com on April 28 will benefit LSW if you use the code 11841822 at check out.


Author Anthony Bukoski is photographed on Tower Avenue in Superior. Photo by Julia Cheng.

Sunday May 22, 5-7 pm
LSW’s Annual Member Gathering and Contest Reading
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth
835 West College Street
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Anthony Bukoski, author of North of the Port
Hors d’oeurves & cash bar

Don’t miss our annual celebration of Lake Superior Writers!

We’re pleased to announce that Anthony Bukoski, whom The New York Times Book Review calls “a sure-handed, lyrical writer” will speak about his long career as a short-story writer. Bukoski has published five short-story collections set among the immigrant communities of Superior, Wisconsin: Twelve Below Zero, Children of Strangers, Polonaise, Time Between Trains, and North of the Port. He is currently revising a manuscript of stories called The Blondes of Wisconsin. His essays and stories have been broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio and his story “Time Between Trains” on National Public Radio. He has won awards from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and elsewhere.

FREE to current LSW members! Meet your writerly friends and make new ones, and hear winners of our “Going Coastal” writing contest read selections from their short story entries.  Mark your calendar, and please watch your mailbox for your invitation postcard! If you think your membership has lapsed and you’d like to renew and attend, please contact us at writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org. We will also take membership payments at the event on May 22.


LSW Editing & Mentoring Program

Would you like a writing coach to help you with your writing or does your manuscript need some editing? We’re pleased to announce that the LSW Editing and Mentoring Program has been relaunched, and writers and editors/mentors are being paired up. You can check it out here: https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/editors/ If you’re interested in finding an editor or mentor, you can read through our profiles and contact the individual you would like to work with directly. If you are interested in becoming an Editor or Mentor, please email us at writer@lakesuperiorwriters.org.


KUDOS – News about our members

James Brakken was interviewed on the Larry Meiller Show of Wisconsin Public Radio about Saving Our Lakes & Streams: 101 Practical Things You Can Do Today. The book is being launched this month.

Frank Bures, who offered a free LSW workshop in 2015, has published The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes. http://www.amazon.com/The-Geography-Madness-Strangest-Syndromes/dp/1612193722

Eric Chandler’s nonfiction “Anything Will Help” was published in Line of Advance, a literary journal that promotes writing by veterans.

Shelley Getten’s poem “Farm Girls of Summer” will be published in the summer issue of spillway.

Farzana Marie’s translated selection of eight Afghan women poets LOAD POEMS LIKE GUNS (Holy Cow! Press, 2015) is one of ten finalists for the Best Translated Book Award Poetry Longlist. The complete list of finalists can be viewed at http://www.rochester.edu/College/translation/threepercent/index.php?id=16992
The winning title—for which both the author and translator will receive a $5,000 cash prize—will be announced May 4 online at The Millions.

Clear Day in January by Mark Maire, winner of the 2015 Emergence Chapbook Prize, has just been published by Red Dragonfly Press.

Ruth Schmidt-Baeumler’s poem “A Walk on Water” was accepted by the Crossings at Carnegie poet-artist collaboration being shown the month of April in Zumbrota, MN. The poet-artist reception starts at 6:30 pm, Saturday, April 16, at the gallery. There will be a chapbook printed.

Francine Sterle’s poetry collection What Thread? (Red Dragonfly Press) has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is a finalist for a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA) and Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award.

Ann Treacy’s middle grade novel The Search for the Homestead Treasure (University of MN Press) will be released in May.

Marie Zhuikov’s story “A Cruise Across Time” was published in the May issue of Lake Superior Magazine. Marie will read a poem about the St. Louis River during a “One River, Many Stories,” reading hosted by Wisconsin Public Radio, Wed., Apr. 27, 7-9 p.m. at UWS. The reading will also be broadcast on WPR stations in Superior and Ashland, Wis.

Upcoming Events

April 2 (Sat) 1-7 pm – James Brakken launches his new book Saving Our Lakes & Streams: 101 Practical Things You Can do Today at the 2016 Annual Trout Unlimited Fishing Expo and Auction, Northland College Ponzio Center. Free family event.

April 4 (Mon) 5:30 pm – Lynette Reini-Grandell will read from Approaching the Gate: Poems (Holy Cow! Press, 2014), winner of the 2015 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Jim Dan Hill Library, University of Wisconsin Superior. Q&A and booksigning to follow. Reini-Grandell’s poetry is informed by her Finnish-American heritage, a reverence for nature, and her love of horses. Her work has appeared in It’s Animal but Merciful, The Understanding between Foxes and Light, MNArtists.org, Poetry Motel, Revolver, Poetry City U.S.A., and Evergreen Chronicles. She has received grants for her work from the Finlandia Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board as well as a Pushcart Prize nomination. Based in Minneapolis, she performs regularly with the Bosso Poetry Company and teaches at Normandale Community College. She holds an MA and PhD in Literature from the University of Minnesota. Refreshments provided by the Writing and Library Science Dept. Free and open to the public.

April 13 (Wed) 7-9 pm – LSW member Alice Marks is teaching “Six Weeks to Better Writing” through Duluth Community Education. The class will begin on April 13 at Lincoln Park Middle School and continue for 5 more weeks. To register, call the Community Ed office at 218-336-8760, Ext. 5.

April 13 (Wed) 6-8 pm – North Shore Poets and Writers hold their monthly critique night at the Two Harbors Public Library. Contact: shelleygetten@gmail.com.

April 21 (Thur) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic at Beaner’s Central, 324 N Central Ave, Duluth. Hosted by Tina Higgins Wussow and featuring Anna Tennis. Half-priced wine, trivia and prizes! Show up to sign up!

April 21 (Thur) – Open mic for National Poetry Month at Red Mug (corner of Broadway and Hammond in Superior). Sign-up begins at 5 with reading starting at 5:30. Read a poem by your favorite poet or one of your own. Hosted by Red Mug and Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase from Red Mug.

April 27 (Wed) 6-8 pm – The Elements of Poetry: A poetry workshop sponsored by North Shore Poets and Writers at the Two Harbors Public Library. There is no cost, but pre-registration is requested by emailing:  shelleygetten@gmail.com. The workshop will include a combination of lecture/discussion and in-class writing.

April 27 (Wed) 7-9 pm – As part of One River, Many Stories, KUWS will hold a “Writers Read” event in the Great Room at Yellowjacket Union, on the campus of UWS.

May 18 (Wed) 7 pm – Book launch for Ann Treacy’s middle grade novel The Search for the Homestead Treasure (University of MN Press) at The Bookstore at Fitger’s, Duluth. Free Public Event.

May 26 (Thur) – Northeast Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) – Book Fair 5-6:30, 6:30-8 pm Awards Presentation and Keynote by Michael Fedo, author of The Lynchings in Duluth, Zenith City: Stories From Duluth and other books. Kirby Ballroom, UMD.


Northwest Wisconsin Writers Conference July 23, 2016 

The St. Croix Writers of Solon Springs, Wisconsin will be hosting the 44th Annual Northwest Wisconsin Writers Conference on July 23, 2016 at the Solon Springs Community Center with events centered around the topic: The Power of the Process–Creativity, Persistence and Promotion. Keynote speaker will be New York Times best-selling author William Kent Krueger. A Minnesota author, he writes the Cork O’Connor mystery series set in Northern Minnesota. His work has won numerous awards including an Edgar for Ordinary Grace.

Sessions will include: Poetry; Marketing for Independent Authors; Pulling Your Readers Emotional Strings; Memoir Writing Roundtable; Edit Like You Mean It; Creativity; and Resources for Writers. There will also be a book fair. That evening there will be an outdoor concert at Lucius Woods Park Performing Arts Center (www.lwmusic.com.) Lucius Woods is a lovely park located on the shores of Upper St. Croix Lake. It features wooded trails, a brook, beach, and camping facilities.

You may want to make a weekend of it! Solon Springs is “nature’s playground” with much to offer! For more information, contact Jan Jenson at jkjenson01@yahoo.com.


Hal Prize Writing and Photography Contest
Deadline May 1

Each year the Peninsula Pulse newspaper in Door County, Wisconsin holds the Hal Prize writing and photography contest. Categories include fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as photography. Benefits include publication with a readership of more than 17,000, cash awards for first place winners, a week stay at Write On, Door County, and other prizes. An online version of the 2015 Hal Prize publication can be found here: http://issuu.com/doorcountyliving/docs/2015-pulse-lit-issue. The Hal Prize is held in the spirit of the late Hal Grutzmacher, a professor and Door County bookstore owner. Go to http://thehalprize.com/ for complete guidelines. For questions email contest@ppulse.com.


St. Croix Writers Group in Solon Springs seeking new members

LSW member Viola LaBounty reports that St Croix Writers Group in Solon Springs is open to new people. They meet every Tuesday morning 9:30-11:30. All genres; time to read & option for critique or not. St. Croix Writers Group member Viola says “It’s a good supportive group for people of all levels in their writing journey.”


LSW Open Writing Groups

April 20 (Wed) 6-8 pm – The 3rd Wednesday Writers Group will meet at the Lake Superior Writers office, 301 W. 1st Street (the Board of Trade Building), Suite 308.

April 21 (Thur) 11 am  – The Writer’s Square Table will meet at the Sami Center of North America (4915 E. Superior Street–enter from Pitt St.) Suite 205.  All are welcome to this group, which always has lively discussions.

April 17 (Sun) 1:30 pm – The Memoir Group will meet at Mara Hart’s home: 205 W. Kent Road. Call or e-mail Mara for further information: 218:728-1253; marakirkhart13@gmail.com. All are welcome, whether you’re writing memoir or another genre.

April 14 & 28 10 am to noon – The Ink Slingers meet the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 10 am until noon. This is a vibrant, fun-loving bunch of writers of mixed ages who improve writing skills through critiquing each other and through a short lesson on varied writing topics led by the leader. In April, we will explore poetry writing. The group meets at the home of Alice Marks on West Skyline Ave, near Piedmont Ave. We welcome “morning people” and will keep membership open until we run out of chairs! For more information contact Alice at amarks001@charter.net.

The Ink Slingers have spawned a new group in Superior for novelists. For more information, contact: Theresa Allison Price at theresa.allisonprice@gmail.com.