April 2019 NorthWords


“The Final Stages”

April 27 (Saturday), 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Downtown Duluth Public Library, Green Room

Join us for our final panel of this season, “The Final Stages,” when four writers and editors share their experience in critiquing, editing, rewriting, and rejection. Panelists include Konnie LeMay of Lake Superior Magazine, Editor Cary Plocher, YA Writer and Teacher Elissa Hoole, and Duluth News Tribune Managing Editor Peter Baumann. Come hear about this crucial final push to the finish line.


Lake Superior Writers Annual Member Celebration

Keynote Speaker: Julie Buckles

May 18 (Saturday), 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Estuarium, 3 Marina Dr, Superior, WI

At this year’s annual member celebration, come hear keynote speaker Julie Buckles, author of Paddling to Winter, and organizer of Northland College’s annual WritersRead event. You’ll also get to hear this year’s contest winners read their work and learn about all the happenings of LSW in the past year. We’ll have plenty of time to meet fellow writers and eat a delicious brunch. A great way to spend a Saturday morning!


Writers’ Cafe

April 13 (Saturday), 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Perk Place, 1336 W Arrowhead Rd, Duluth

Join us on Saturday, April 13 at Perk Place for a chance to meet up with other writers and talk about writing. The Writers’ Cafe meets the second Saturday of each month. It’s a great way to meet fellow LSW members, network, and find members for your writing group. Casual, friendly, and fun – join us!


Literary events in our region

Apr 7 (Sun) 2:00 pm – Poetry reading to benefit The BRICK Ministries, IncAll are invited to read or listen to poems relating to the topics of hunger and poverty. Free will cash donation or donation of personal care items requested. Liz at (715) 682-7425 or Jan (open mic questions) at wfoppres@gmail.com. The BRICK Ministries, 420 Ellis Ave, Ashland, WI.

Apr 20 (Sat) 7:30 pm – The Spirit of the Lake Poetry Series will present a free reading in Duluth by poet Heid Erdrich. Prøve Gallery, 21 N Lake Ave, Duluth, MN.

Apr 24 (Wed) 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire International Poetry Reading. Thomas Wayne King will read works in four languages: Icelandic, Michif, International Morse Code, and POW Tap Code. Everyone is invited to listen, accompanied by excellent treats. The annual event is free and open to all. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Ojibwe Room, 105 Garfield Ave, Eau Claire, WI.

Apr 26 – 28 (Fri-Sun) – Spring Conference 2019 of the League of Minnesota Poets. A keynote and workshop will be presented by Sheila Packa. For more information, visit https://www.mnpoets.org. Grand Lodge, Ely, MN.

Zenith Bookstore Events

  • Apr 9 (Tues) 7:00 pm – Author’s Event: The Girls Are GoneJoin authors Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann for readings from their new book, which tells the true story of two sisters who went missing, the father who kept searching, and the adults who conspired to keep the truth hidden.
  • Apr 10 (Wed) 5:30 pm -7:00 pm – Poetry Book Club facilitated by former Duluth Poet Laureate Sheila Packa. Reading: “Duende” by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. 
  • Apr 16 (Tues) 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Test your Harry Potter knowledge at Harry Potter Trivia Night. Cookies, drink & prizes. Costumes encouraged (but not required). There’s no entrance fee, and we encourage teams of 1-4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has been named as the 2019 One Book Northland selection. 
  • Apr 19 (Fri) 7:00 pm – Adult Storytime. Sit back and relax with the lights down low and enjoy short stories, essays and book excerpts read to you by bookstore staff and friends.
  • Apr 28 (Sun) 2:00 pm – Readings by Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice. Featuring eight poets from the new anthology Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice, edited by Ron Riekki and Andrea Scarpino.

Zenith Bookstore events All events held at Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN.

Apr 27 (Sat) – Independent Bookstore Day. This one-day national party takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. 

  • The Bookstore at Fitger’s – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Allison Mann and Michael Brodkorb will be signing their book The Girls are Gone. The Bookstore at Fitger’s, 600 E Superior St, Duluth, MN.
  • Drury Lane Books – Children’s Story Hour 11:00 am with the Muffin Man. Reading and signing with Betsy Bowen and Phyllis Root and their new children’s book The Lost Forest at 5:00 pm. Drury Lane Books, 12 E Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN.
  • Zenith Bookstore – Prizes, free food, special sales and all-day giveaways. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN.

Linda LeGarde Grover to read from and sign her new novel In the Night of Memory at several upcoming Duluth area events:

  • Apr 4 (Thurs) 7:00 pm – Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN.
  • Apr 10 (Wed) 4:00 pm – Kathryn A. Martin Library, UMD, 416 Library Dr, Duluth, MN.
  • Apr 13 (Sat) 1:00 pm – Barnes & Noble, Miller Hill Mall, 1600 Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth, MN.
  • Apr 14 (Sun) 1:00 pm – The Bookstore at Fitgers, 600 E Superior St, Duluth, MN.



Minnesota Author Project – This contest recognizes self-published authors in the genres of young adult and adult fiction. Hosted by the Arrowhead Library System and other libraries across the state, the contest is accepting submissions from April 1 through May 31, 2019. Details can be found here: Minnesota Author Project

Alice Marks will teach a class on poetry for beginners during National Poetry Month at Lincoln Park Middle School from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm on the following Wednesdays: April 3, 17 & 24, and May 1. Class cost is $24. To register call 218-336-8760 and select building where class is being held.

2019 Hal Prize – The Hal Prize is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and to photographers throughout the United States. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, May 1, 2019. For complete submission guidelines and to submit your creative work, click here.

9th annual Nonfiction Writers Conference May 8-10, 2019. Learn more about the event: https://nonfictionwritersconference.com/register-for-the-2019-nonfiction-writers-conference/.

Northern Colorado Writers mixed-genre anthology call for submissions, deadline May 1, 2019. Details found here: https://northerncoloradowriters.com/anthology/2019-ncw-anthology 

The Priory Retreat will be held this summer in Chippewa Falls, WI. Writers-in residence Nickolas Butler (fiction), Dasha Kelly Hamilton (poetry), David McGlynn (memoir) and Mary Mack (comedy writing for all genres) will be hosted, as well as the keynote address by former Wisconsin poet laureate, Max Garland. Applications due by May 1, 2019. Details can be found at http://www.cvwritersguild.org/2019retreat.

Split Rock Review seeks submissions of poetry, short creative nonfiction (1,000 words or less), hybrids, graphic narratives, comics, artwork, and photography for Issue 13, scheduled to be released in September. For more information and guidelines visit: https://splitrockreview.submittable.com/submit


KUDOS – News about our members

Gary Boelhower has two poems, “Upon Waking” and “Claim the Ancient Tribe” included in the newly published anthology LoveJets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman.

Dianna Hunter’s memoir, Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life, has been chosen for the 2019 Over the Rainbow Recommended Book List. This annual annotated bibliography of outstanding GLBTQ literature and nonfiction is aimed at promoting improved quality and accessibility of GLBTQ literature for general adult readers. The list has been posted at http://www.glbtrt.ala.org/overtherainbow/

Felicia Schneiderhan‘s short story, “Focal Point,” was a finalist in Hypertext Magazine’s first annual contest.


Open LSW Writing Groups

Apr 10 (second Wed) 6:00 pm – Monthly critique group hosted by North Shore Poets and Writers and Two Harbors Public Library. Writers of all genres (and ages 14 and up) are welcome to this monthly gathering, meeting every second Wednesday of the month. Share your writing for gentle critique, in-depth critique, or merely an audience, or just come and listen to stories and poems by local writers. See or contact our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/northshorepoets/ for more information. This is a free event held monthly at Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN.

Apr 17 (third Wed) 6:00 pm – The Third Wednesday Writer’s Group, an open genre group for all writing venues (poetry, memoir, long prose, short prose, fiction/nonfiction, etc.), will meet at Perkins restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall, 1302 Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth, MN. For more information, contact facilitator Rodney Savary, 218-464-7701, r.a.savary@gmail.com.

Apr 21 (third Sun) 1:30 pm – Lake Superior Writers’ Memoir Group meets at the home of facilitator Ray Allard, 210 W Kent Rd, Duluth, MN.