August 2016 NorthWords


Applications are now open for the selection of the 2016-2018 Duluth poet laureate. Poets who have lived or worked in the Duluth, Minnesota area for five of the past ten years, and who provide the requested application materials according to the guidelines, are eligible. Applicant poets must live in Duluth or within 30 miles of Duluth in Minnesota. The 2016/2018 Duluth poet laureate will be selected by a committee of representatives from Duluth’s literary community, related businesses, colleges and universities and those interested in the field of poetry.

The Duluth Poet Laureate project was established in 2005; Barton Sutter was chosen as its first poet laureate in 2006; Jim Johnson was selected as Duluth’s second poet laureate in 2008, Sheila Packa in 2010 and Deborah Cooper in 2012. Jim Johnson returned for a second term as 2014-16 Duluth Poet Laureate.

Since the establishment of this award, several Minnesota cities have selected poet laureates, including Saint Paul, Red Wing , Rochester, and Winona. Robert Bly was appointed Minnesota’s first state poet laureate in February, 2008; Joyce Sutphen was appointed in Fall, 2011 as Minnesota’s second state poet laureate in recent times.

The 2016-2018 Duluth Poet Laureate will be awarded a $3,000 honorarium for a two-year term. Funding for the poet laureate project is provided by area organizations who are represented on the poet laureate selection committee.

Applications guidelines and more information about the 2016-18 Duluth poet laureate project are available by writing to: Duluth Poet Laureate Program, 711 Woodland Avenue, Duluth, Minnesota 55812, or by e-mail: Copies are also available at the main branch of the Duluth Public Library, information desk, 520 West Superior Street, Duluth.

The application deadline for the 2016/18 Duluth Poet Laureate program is September 2, 2016. A crowning ceremony and reception for the new Duluth poet laureate will take place in October, 2016.


shutterstock_196343966OPEN MIC FOR PROSE

Aug. 8 (Mon) 5:30 to 7pm
(Every second Monday)
Amazing Grace Bakery and Cafe
394 South Lake Avenue, Duluth
Sign up: 5:30 pm
Readings: 6 to 7 pm

Readers should plan (and practice) for a five minute turn at the mic. More time will be given depending on the number of readers who sign up. All prose is welcome, including prose poetry, so consider your fiction, nonfiction, memoir, character sketches, letters to editors, howls…polished or just out of the chute.

What to bring: a one-sentence bio; a short piece of prose written by someone who inspires you; and your own prose writing that you will read.



As you may know, Lake Superior Writers relocated to downtown Duluth, in the historic Board of Trade building, 301 W. First Street, Suite 308. The 50-ft. tall brick chimney collapsed during the recent windstorm, making the building unsafe for tenants. F.I. Salter manages the building, and due to some structural damage, it could be some time before we can get back into our space. Thanks to the internet, that hasn’t impacted the day-to-day operation of LSW, but writing groups who were meeting there should check with Gail Trowbridge at before scheduling any meetings in our space. Thanks for your patience!



Every Thursday night in August, Farmstead Creamery in Hayward is hosting a family-friendly poetry reading, with featured readers at 7 pm and an open mic at 8. For a map, please visit Thursdays are Pizza Farm Night and there is plenty to see and do, including a farm tour. Come spend the afternoon and evening.

Aug 1 (Mon) 6:30 pm – Words and Lyrics is a Spoken Word event at the Lyric Center for the Arts, Virginia. On August 1st we will celebrate BLUEBERRIES! Bring a poem, essay or short story of your own about blueberries or a favorite by someone else to share, or come, sit back and listen.

August 11 (Thur) Book Launch for James Brakken’s Annotated Early Life Among the Indians: The 1892 Memoir of Benjamin Armstrong. Douglas Co Historical Museum, 1101 John Ave, Superior, 5:00- 7:00 pm. Powerpoint slideshow. Refreshments. More! See the Armstrong book at

Aug 14 (Sun) BOOK LAUNCH: James Brakken’s Annotated Early Life Among the Indians: The 1892 Memoir of Benjamin Armstrong. Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center near Ashland, WI, 1:00- 3:30 pm. Powerpoint slideshow at 1. Live music by string musician Eric Schubring 2 – 3:30. Refreshments. Local historical societies are partners in this free family event. Join us!

Aug 13, 27 & 31 – Writers’ Salons in July at Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais. All salons are on Sat 5 pm at the bookstore. Join us to hear authors read from their work, answer questions, and discuss writing and literature. August 13 – Michael McConnell & Jack Baker, The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World: America’s First Gay Marriage; August 27 – Mary Casanova Wake-Up Island and Ice-Out; August 31 – Faith Sullivan Goodnight Mr. Wodehouse.


KUDOS – News about our members

Judy Budreau has been awarded a Career Development Grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to work on her novel The Order of Love, including a week-long mentorship in fiction with Faith Sullivan at Grand Marais Art Colony later this summer.

Eric Chandler’s short story “Sweet Ride” was published in the Solstice edition of Aqueous Magazine.

Cary Griffith published a personal essay in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. You can read it here:

Viola Labounty’s watercolor “Estuary” has been accepted as the cover of the Talking Stick 25 Anthology, to be released at “The Patio” between Park Rapids and Hubbard, Minn. on County Highway 87 on September 17th. The Jackpine Writer’s Block book launch party will be at pm. Check their web site for further information about other activities earlier that day.

Mark Munger will be signing and selling his books, including his newest murder mystery/legal thriller, Boomtown, at the Northwoods Art and Book Festival on 08/13/2016 from 9:00am-3:00pm in Hackensack, MN. The event features dozens of national and regional authors talking about, signing, and selling their books. For more information, log onto: Boomtown is the tale of a family torn apart by tragedy amidst protests over copper/nickel mining in NE Minnesota and is set in Ely and Grand Marais. On 09/01/2016, Cloquet River Press will release Mark Munger’s newest novel, Boomtown in both trade paperback and eBook formats. A description of the book (and early reviews) can be found at: The book can be purchased through the CRP website, locally at The Bookstore at Fitger’s, at Northwind Books in Hancock, MI, and online. The eBook version is available through Kindle, Nook, or Kobo. News regarding a book launch at Fitger’s will be included in the September issue of this calendar.


NOTES (Stuff that didn’t fit anywhere else!)

An individual is seeking help writing his memoir, by way of interviewing, recording and writing it down. Please call 715-378-2414. He has wonderful “stories & experiences from his life” he would like to preserve.

Thank you to members of Lake Superior Writers who attended St Croix Writers Northwest Wisconsin Writers Conference in July. We appreciated your presence and enjoyed having you be part of this event, welcoming William Kent Krueger and his wife, Diane to our area. We hope to have this opportunity again when offered to host. We hope you enjoyed sharing the day and came away with helpful information for your writing journey’s. By your comments we felt it was a success and meeting you was a wonderful personal connection. – Vi LaBounty


Applications open for writing residency in Nebraska

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, located in Nebraska City, NE offers from fifty to sixty juried residencies per year to visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world.

The Center accommodates up to five artists at a time for stays that vary from two to eight weeks. Each resident is provided with private bedroom, private bathroom, their own studio space, fully equipped kitchen and a weekly $100 stipend for the duration of their stay.

All residents are selected by a discipline-specific panel of professionals with decisions based on the quality of the proposal and the support materials submitted. Nebraska artists and those transitioning from graduate school receive special consideration. Two application deadlines per year.  September 1 and March 1. Applicants are required to apply online through A non-refundable application fee of $35 applies. Check out their website for more information.


One-day Workshop
Oct. 8 2016
The Plaza Hotel & Suites, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Featured speaker: CANDACE HAVENS

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Entangled, Samhain and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion, and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. Sponsored by Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. For complete information, go to


LSW Open Writing Groups

A new writing group Novel Ideas is meeting in Superior. This group is designed for those writing novels who wish to read and be critiqued on longer pieces of writing. For more information, contact Theresa Allison-Price at

Aug  18 (Thur), 11 a.m. Writers’ Square Table. Topic: What you should do once your book is published. Presenter: Marlene Wisuri. Place: Sami Center, 4915 E. Superior Street, Ste# 205. Enter from Pitt Street. All are welcome.

Aug 21 (Sun) 1:30 pm – Memoir Group (change of date) – We will meet Sunday July 24 (rather than July 17) at the home of Mara Hart, 205 W. Kent Road, Duluth. All are welcome.

Sept 8 (Thur) – The Ink Slingers will resume meeting. The group will continue to meet the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 10 am until noon at the home of Alice Marks, Please contact Alice for directions.


LSW Editing & Mentoring 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 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