April 2017 NorthWords

LSW Anthology “Going Coastal” Book Launch
April 29 (Sat) 4-6pm
August Fitger Room, Fitger’s Mall
Sponsored by the Bookstore at Fitger’s

Lake Superior and its surroundings are the focus of short stories published in Going Coastal, a new anthology by nine authors from northeastern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. Just released by North Star Press, the book features winning tales from a 2016 writing contest by LSW. Like the horizon blurs between sky and water, reality and fantasy merge in these tales of human struggle on the edge of one of the world’s largest lakes. Anthology authors are Theresa Allison-Price of Superior; James Brakken of Cable; Evan Sasman of Ashland, Johnna Suihkonen of Lakeville; and Judy Budreau, Eric Chandler, Phil Fitzpatrick, Maxwell Reagan and Marie Zhuikov of Duluth. The authors will read excerpts from their stories and there will be free appetizers and a cash bar by The Boat Club Restaurant.

Going Coastal will be available for purchase at the event; it is also available for $12.95 at Fitger’s Bookstore and online through North Star Press.

Save the Date!
LSW’s Annual Membership Gathering & Contest Reading
May 21 (Sun) 3-5 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Duluth

Watch for details in next month’s NorthWords as well as an invitation in the mail to attend Lake Superior Writers’ annual membership gathering on Sunday, May 21, 3-5 pm, where the winners of the 2017 Rivers: Mapped and Unmapped writing contest will read from their winning works. We’ll also feature an exciting, to-be-named keynote speaker. A cash bar and refreshments will be provided. Free and open to members of LSW. (If you like, you can always renew your membership or join LSW that afternoon at our registration table.)

Holy Cow! Press releases books by Gary Boelhower and Crystal Gibbins
Publication Celebration April 23 2-4 pm
Peace Church, 1111 North 11th Avenue East, Duluth
Music by singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen

Holy Cow! Press is pleased to announce the publication of Now/Here, Poems by Crystal Spring Gibbins and Naming Rites, Poems by Gary Boelhower. The publication celebration on April 23 is free and open to the public; refreshments will be available, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

Now/Here focuses on the diversity and power of the natural environment, examining the tensions and oppositions that exist within climate, land, time, and change. Rather than focusing on the quiet and idyllic beauty of the rural, many poems describe the harshness and hardships of the extreme and highly versatile landscape and weather. Crystal Spring Gibbins grew up on Lake of the Woods, Minnesota/Ontario. She is the editor of Split Rock Review and the recipient of fellowships from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth and lives on the south shore of Lake Superior. This is her first published collection.

Naming Rites explores the ways we are named and branded with multiple identities. Gary Boelhower has taught ethics, leadership, and spirituality at the undergraduate and graduate levels for 30 years. He is the author of Marrow, Muscle, Flight: Poems, which won the Midwest Book Award for poetry. He currently teaches at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth.

Both books are available at local bookstores, through amazon.com, or http://www.holycowpress.org. 2017 is the 40th anniversary of Holy Cow! Press.

Drury Lane Books presents a Spring Writing Contest

Get your creative juices flowing! Enter our Arboreal writing contest: 300 words on tree-inspired fiction or nonfiction. Deadline April 29. Email finished piece to store@drurylanebooks.com. Winners announced mid-May. Winners, participants and the public invited to hear pieces read aloud 7 pm Sat May 20 at Drury Lane Books, 12 E. Wisconsin St., Grand Marais. Author Josh MacIvor-Andersen will also read from his new anthology Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction and share stories on writing and editing. For more info contact Gwen at store@drurylanebooks.com or 218-387-3370.

Women’s Protest and Resistance Anthology seeks poetry submissions

The women’s march sent a visual message–now let our voices be heard.  Editor and LSW Member is seeking women’s poetry for an anthology to be published in 2018.   Send the work, previously published or not, which best captures the importance and the mood.  Topical focus on protest, resistance, healing, political social and environmental justice; your creative illuminations of the need to effect change and find humanity in a small or global sphere.  Limit 3 poems with contact info on each page.  Please include SASE (no electronic submissions) and requested $5 reading fee (if not prohibitive) and send to:  Editor L. P. Angelos, Women’s Protest and Resistance Anthology, P.O. Box 513, Carlton, MN  55718.  Payment in copies.  Portion of profits to support artistic education for girls.  Deadline June 1, 2017.

Literary/Artistic Review and Criticism

LSW member Judy Budreau posed a question on the LSW Facebook page recently about literary review/criticism, and linked to a blog post she wrote. There aren’t many people in the Twin Ports and surrounding region writing book reviews, or literary criticism, or art reviews/arts criticism, and she wonders if that’s something the region needs to develop, hone and maintain to keep its artistic and creative edge. Judy is exploring how other communities do this, and what might work in Duluth. This could involve writers writing about writing, or reviewing/critiquing books or art shows or a performance. An example: KC Studio in Kansas City, MO. If you’re interested, please read Judy’s blog and comment there, or email her at judybudreau@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

April 8 (Sat) 6-7 pm – Poetry reading at the Bayfield Public Library featuring Howard Paap (Bayfield’s Poet Laureate),Ted Gephart and Lucy Tyrrell.

April 12 (Wed) 6-8 pm – North Shore Poets and Writers critique group at the Two Harbors Public Library. New members and all genres welcome. Contact gettencreative@gmail.com

April 13 (Thurs) 6-8 pm –  Breaking the Ice Poetry at the Two Harbors Public Library. Join poets Candace Ginsberg and Ellie Schoenfeld for a conversation and poetry reading. As spring breaks up the ice on Lake Superior, so does poetry melt a certain kind of ice inside of us. Candace and Ellie have been in a writing group together for twenty years and they look forward to sharing some poems, talking about their writing processes, and finding out about yours.

April 15 (Sat) 11 am – Authors William Durbin and Barbara Durbin to read from and sign copies of their new middle-grade book Dead Man’s Rapids at Bookstore at Fitger’s, 600 E Superior St., Duluth. William Durbin is a writer and former teacher who lives on Lake Vermilion at the edge of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A winner of the Great Lakes Book Award and a two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award, he has published 11 novels for young readers, including The Broken Blade and Wintering. Barbara Durbin is a lifelong educator who has worked as an elementary school teacher and a teacher of gifted and talented programs.

April 20 (Thurs) 4:30-6 pm – Open mic to celebrate National Poetry Month at Red Mug in Superior (corner of Broadway and Hammond). Sign-up begins at 4:30 with reading from 5-6:00 pm. Email wfoppres@gmail.com for more information.

April 20 (Thur) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic at Beaner’s Central, Duluth featuring The Darn Good Readers sharing selections from FootHill Publishing’s new anthology, Birdsong, as well as other selections celebrating our feathered friends. Show up to sign up for 10 minutes on the stage to share your work. All genres welcome. Half-priced wine, trivia and prizes! To join the Darn Good Readers group, send an e-mail to paulette.pash.warren@gmail.com

April 20 (3rd Thurs) May 18, June 15, July 20 etc. Monthly writing group at the Grand Marais Public Library. Writing tends to be solitary– so let’s meet up! Whether you write novels or notes, essays or emails, you are welcome in our community. Each month we get together to chat about what we’re up to, and to do a few writing prompts. Bring your notebook, and your discussion topics. Facilitated by Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux. For more info email rosearrowsmithdecoux@gmail.com

April 22 (Sat) 7:30 pm – Spirit Lake Poetry Series reading in the Prøve Gallery features Jennifer Knox, the author of four books of poems. The New York Times Book Review said her latest, Days of Shame and Failure, “hits, with deceptive ease, all the poetic marks a reader could want: intellectual curiosity, emotional impact, beautiful language, surprising revelation and arresting imagery.” Her first three books of poems are The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway, Drunk by Noon and A Gringo Like Me. Jennifer teaches at Iowa State University.

April 24 (Mon) 5-7 pm – A reception to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day will be held at the Duluth Art Institute, featuring artist Sandra Brick’s multimedia work, which illustrates the memoir of her husband, Fred Amram, whose Jewish family fled Nazi Germany to the U.S. This dramatic collection of 24 artworks is paired with abbreviated stories, providing an emotional reminder of a dark period in history. Early modern items from the David Karpeles Collection provide further context. Amram’s book, We’re in America Now: A Survivor’s Stories (Holy Cow! Press, 2016), will be for sale at the DAI.

April 29 (Sat) Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Drury Lane Books. Children’s Story Hour with the Muffin Man at 11 am and a reading with Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld at 5 pm.

May 1 (Mon) 6:30 pm – Open Mic night at Words and Lyrics on at the Lyric Annex, 516 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia, MN. Words and Lyrics is a Spoken Word event at The Lyric Center for the Arts occurring on the first Monday of the month at 6:30pm.  It is free and open to the public.

May 2 (Tues) 6 pm – Best-selling author Brian Freeman will appear at Barnes & Noble, Miller Hill Mall, Duluth to read from and sign copies of his new Jonathan Stride mystery Marathon. “On a rainy June morning, tens of thousands of people crowd into Duluth for the city’s biggest annual event: the Duluth Marathon. Exhausted runners push to reach the finish line and spectators line the streets to cheer them on. Then, in a terrifying echo of the Boston bombing, there is an explosion along the race course, leaving many people dead and injured. Within minutes, Jonathan Stride, Serena Dial, and Maggie Bei are at work with the FBI to find the terrorists behind the tragedy.”

June 10 (Sat) 7:30 pm – Spirit Lake Poetry Series reading in the Prøve Gallery features Northern Minnesota poet Francine Sterle, author of What Thread? (Red Dragonfly Press, 2015), winner of the David Martinson—Meadowhawk Prize; Nude in Winter (Tupelo Press, 2007); Every Bird is One Bird (Tupelo Press, 2001), winner of the Editor’s Prize; and The White Bridge (Poetry Harbor, 1999). Her poems have appeared in such journals as Ploughshares, the North American Review, Poetry International, and Nimrod, and her poems have been anthologized in Written on Water, Letters to the World, To Sing Along the Way,The Cancer Poetry Project, and 33 Minnesota Poets. Sterle’s awards include ten Pushcart Prize nominations, a Los Angeles Book of the Year nomination, a Loft-McKnight Foundation Award, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, and a Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Award.

KUDOS – News about our members

Gary Boelhower’s poem “How the Light” was published in the Winter volume of Plainsongs.

Nancy Carroll had an Op-Ed piece published in the Duluth News Tribune in March.

Eric Chandler writes about the Duluth Folk School and how to hike with kids in the April issue of Northern Wilds. He also wrote “Lakewalk Love Letter” in the April issue of Silent Sports about Duluth’s iconic path.

Imelda Dickinson has published her first book, Personally Yours, at 87 years old! She will be signing copies and reading selections from her book 5:30-7 pm on Tues April 27 at the Vaughn Library, 502 St. W., Ashland, Wisconsin.

Amber Laura recently published her romance novel, Topaz and Lace (LitLiber, 2017). It’s available for purchase on Amazon Kindle and at her blog http://litliber.com/product/topaz-and-lace-epub-version/

Marlene Wisuri has written for, edited, and designed a special issue of Báiki:  The International Sami Journal devoted to the North American Sami Community Collection of the international art project Imago Mundi. A number of artists from the region are included in the collection and are featured in the publication with their art work, artist statements, and biographical information. More information about the Italian based Imago Mundi project can be found on the web site http://www.imagomundiart.com. The Báiki publication will be available in early April at the Sami Cultural Center of North America, samicenterna@gmail.com or 218-525-4757.

Midwest Writing Center offers writing residency

The Midwest Writing Center, located in Rock Island, Illinois is offering a chance to participate in a free writing residency.  Spend a week on secluded country setting grounds in comfortable lodging and have your meals cooked for you. If you need time to finish a project; make a project closer to finish then this is a contest for you. Submission deadline is June 15. See http://www.mwcqc.org/contests/writers-retreat/ for more details. Questions to redwineandgarlic@yahoo.com.

Six Weeks of Fun, Inspiration and Tips for Writers
Wednesdays, April 12 to May 17
7 to 9 pm
Instructor: Alice Marks
Lincoln Park Middle School

Writers of all levels are invited to join this class, taught by an educator and published author. In a relaxed and affirming setting you will be encouraged to share your poems, stories, and memoirs. Each week you will have a writing prompt to inspire your creativity and you will learn techniques for improving your writing. Fun with other writers is guaranteed. Alums of this class include one who had a humor piece published in the Duluth News Tribune, one who published a novel, and one who became employed in the writing field. Call 336-8760 extension 5 to register for class #5179. $36

The McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers

The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers provide Minnesota writers of demonstrated ability with an opportunity to work on their craft for a concentrated period of time. Four $25,000 fellowships are offered in alternating years to writers of creative prose and poetry.  Creative prose includes fiction and literary nonfiction such as memoir, personal essay, and autobiography. During the poetry cycle, three fellowships of $25,000 are offered alongside one $25,000 fellowship for a spoken word artist. A $25,000 fellowship is awarded each year in children’s literature, including poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. This year’s award is offered to a writer for children 8 years of age or older. These fellowships do not support the work of playwriting, journalism, or nonfiction that is written primarily for educational or technical use. Guidelines for the McKnight Fellowship are generally available in September at http://www.loft.org

Hal Prize Contest deadline May 1

Each fall, the Peninsula Pulse invites people of all ages, backgrounds and artistic abilities to submit stories, photographs and poems for a chance to be published in our annual Hal Prize literary and photography issue. The Hal Prize is held in the spirit of the late Hal Grutzmacher, a professor and Door County bookstore owner, by offering commentary and encouragement to promising writers and photographers. The contest offers publication to a readership of more than 17,000, cash awards for first place winners, a week stay at their partnering organization, Write On, Door County, and other prizes. To see last year’s winners, go to https://issuu.com/doorcountyliving/docs/ppv22i32_issuu. Deadline for this year is May 1, 2017. Complete guidelines at https://thehalprize.submittable.com/submit

Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop and Retreat  Madison June 26-30

The University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Continuing Studies offers a week-long “Write-by-the-Lake” Writers Workshop June 26 through 30. Immerse yourself in hands-on mini-workshops, critiques, and time to focus on your writing. Choose from fourteen sections in fiction, nonfiction, freelancing, and poetry. Master classes including full-novel critique. See complete details and registration here.

LSW Open Writing Groups

April 15 (Sat) 1:30 pm – Memoir Group – We will meet at the home of Mara Hart, 205 W. Kent Road, Duluth. All are welcome.

April 19 (3rd Wed) 6 pm – Third Wednesday Writing Group meets on the 3rd floor of the Board of Trade Building, 301 West First Street. All genres are welcome.   Questions? Contact Rodney at r.a.savary@gmail.com.

April 20 (3rd Thur), 11 a.m. Writers’ Square Table. Place: Sami Center, 4915 E. Superior Street, Ste# 205. Enter from Pitt Street. All are welcome.

LSW Mentoring and Editing Program

Would you like a writing coach to help you with your writing or does your manuscript need some editing? Check out the LSW Editing and Mentoring Program where you can pair up with an editor or mentor 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 writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org.