August 2017 NorthWords

We hope you’re having a great summer and finding time to write (or at least dream about writing from your hammock). We are back on our monthly schedule for NorthWords. The deadline for the September issue is Friday, August 25, so let us know about readings and publications as well as opportunities for writers in our region. Watch for a reminder in your in-box.

Get Published! A new LSW web page

Sometimes it can be difficult to find information about local literary journals and contests. We’ve compiled a listing of local and regional journals and contests that offer opportunities for publication. You can find it here.

If you know of any local journals or contests that we missed, let us know and we’ll add them to the list. Just email us at

And thanks to Marie Zhuikov for compiling the list!

Dedication of the Connie Wanek Wildflower Trail
August 26 (Sat) 2-4 pm
Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Avenue, Duluth

Connie Wanek

Join Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld as she dedicates a wildflower trail in honor of the extraordinary poet Connie Wanek at Hartley Nature Center.

The trail will feature posted excerpts from many beloved Connie Wanek verses as well as native wildflowers to delight visitors. The event is free and open to the public. (The main parking lot next to the nature center is now open.) Refreshments will be served and books available for sale.

Connie Wanek’s first book, Bonfire, won the New Voices Award and was published in 1997 by New Rivers Press. Her second, Hartley Field, appeared in 2002 from Holy Cow! Press. On Speaking Terms, her third book, was released in 2010 by Copper Canyon Press. Her newest book of poetry is Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems, published by University of Nebraska Press, the second in the Ted Kooser Contemporary Poetry Series. She and Mr. Kooser have coauthored a book of poetry for younger readers, which will be published by Candlewick Press.

In 2006, US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser named Connie a Witter Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress. She also served as a co-editor with Joyce Sutphen and Thom Tammaro on the comprehensive anthology, To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present, which appeared in 2007 from New Rivers Press, and which has won several awards. In 2014 she published a book of prose, ten stories, called Summer Cars with Will o’ the Wisp Press. Wanek was deeply honored to receive the George Morrison Artist of the Year Award in 2009, which recognizes an individual artist whose body of work has made a significant contribution to the arts in Northeastern Minnesota.

Community Book Fair & Zenith Bookstore Grand Opening
Sept 16 (Sat) 1-4 pm
318 N. Central Ave., Duluth

Zenith Bookstore, the new independent bookstore in Duluth, invites you to join them for the store’s Grand Opening and a community Book Fair on Saturday, Sept 16.

The grand opening will be a celebration of books and reading as well as the vibrant literary community in the Northland. (They also want to thank all their friends for the amazing support they have received since they opened our doors on July 1.)

Zenith Bookstore invites publishers, local authors, and organizations dedicated to books and reading to participate and reserve a spot at their Book Fair. There is no fee, but you must provide your own table, as well as any materials you may need, such as chairs and supplies, as well as protection from possible sun and rain. Zenith Bookstore is not asking for any percentage of sales to exhibit at the fair. However, to support local reading efforts in Duluth, they are asking that all participants donate 10% of their sales at the fair to the Big Red Bookshelf in Duluth, a program of the Duluth Children’s Museum that supports reading programs in the Twin Ports area.

The Fair will take place from 1-4 p.m. in the parking lot between Zenith Bookstore and Beaner’s Central Coffeehouse, at 318 N Central Ave, with set-up starting at noon. There will be music, food, and fun activities. Featured speakers, as of this writing, include Brian Freeman, Lorna Landvik, Linda LaGarde Grover, and Barton Sutter. Teague Alexy will be among the musicians performing.

For more information and to register, contact Bob and Angel Dobrow, Zenith Bookstore, (218) 606-1777,

Literary events in our region

Aug 7 (Mon) 7:30 pm – Full Moon Reading with Mary Ellen Ashcroft. Drury Lane Books, 12 E. Wisconsin St., Grand Marais MN.

Aug 8 (Tues) 10 am-2 pm – Mark Munger will be signing and selling all of his books at the Northwoods Art and Book Festival in Hackensack, MN. Mark’s table will be in the Community Center.

Aug 15 (Tue) 5:30 pm – Artist Jonathan Thunder will give an artist talk with a book signing, hosted by Kathy McTavish at Duluth Art Institute Galleries, Duluth Depot, 506 W Michigan St. Thunder is a painter and digital media artist who was born on the Red Lake Reservation, raised in Minneapolis, and studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Art Institute International Minnesota. This solo exhibit reveals a new body of paintings of Ojibwe deities placed in a contemporary context. A catalog with color images includes an intro by Anne Dugan and an essay by Mason Riddle, a Saint Paul-based arts writer. The DAI, in partnership with Thunder, is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of a Cultural Community Partnership grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Generous catalogue support is provided by CPL Imaging.

Aug 21 (Mon) 8:30 am – Listen to William Tecku (a 2017 Lake Superior Writers Contest winner) read from his poetry and short stories on Eric Schubring’s “Local Morning Edition” program on community radio WOJB 88.9 FM, Reserve, Wisconsin.

Aug 24 (Thurs) 6 pm – William Tecku will read his poetry inspired by living near Lake Superior at The Farmstead Creamery, 11077 Fullington Road, Hayward, Wisconsin, Visit for samples of William Tecku’s work.

Aug 25 – 27 – Mark Munger will be signing and selling all of his books at the Embarrass Region Fair in the Embarrass Community Center beginning at 2:00pm on Aug 25.

Aug 26 (Sat) 7 pm – Storytelling with Rose Arrowsmith Decoux. Drury Lane Books, 12 E. Wisconsin St., Grand Marais MN.

KUDOS – News about our members

Dale Botten is self-publishing his first novel A Nice, Relaxing Sea Cruise through Page Publishing of NY. The book is about an unassuming substitute teacher who inherits a house that contains coded directions to the treasure of Lima, Peru. The book should be out in November.

Since January 2017, Jan Chronister has had poems published or accepted by Nonbinary Review, Lost River Press, Portage Magazine, Red Cedar, Overwatch Press, Poetry Super Highway, Weekly Avocet, Minute Magazine, Weatherbeaten Lit, Truth Serum Press, Outrider Press, Blue Heron, Word Fountain, Talking Stick and Main Street Rag.

Joe Field’s thriller Black Gold in North Dakota was published in July. It’s the second book in a series starring Cooper Smith, a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio. Black Gold is a story of Smith’s quest to use his investigative skills to help find his wife’s best friend, the granddaughter of a prominent North Dakota state senator who is kidnapped from her hometown of Williston by out-of-state roughneck oil workers. The book is available in e-book and paperback on Amazon. For more information please visit the author’s website.

Laura Hansen of Little Falls, MN announces that her new poetry collection, Deja Vu, will be published by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, KY at the end of

Laura Hansen

this month. Deja Vu has garnered early praise from Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen, novelist Alison McGhee, memoirist Beryl Singleton Bissell and poets Edith Rylander and Susan Stevens Chambers. Laura’s prior collection, Midnight River, won the Stevens Poetry Manuscript Contest in 2015 and was published by N.F.S.P.S. Press in 2016 and named a finalist earlier this year for the Midwest Book Awards. She also won first place in the 2016 Brainerd Writers Alliance Poetry Contest and has agreed to judge their 2017 contest this fall.

“Laura Hansen’s wonderful new collection…covers a lot of territory for a chapbook, from honeybees and hummingbirds to forest fires in Canada and cold-blooded murders in her home town. These are generous and mature poems, honest assessments of relationships with one’s self and others.” – Joyce Sutphen

Advance orders can be placed at or by contacting Ms. Hansen at Deja Vu will also be available upon publication at and at select bookstores and art galleries.

Molly Hoeg had two stories published in Bicycle Times Magazine in June: “Lake Superior Half-Circle Route: Ferries, anyone?” and “Hostelling in Scotland”. Also, she will have a story in the August/September issue of Lake Country Journal “Finding the Lost 40.”

You can read Molly Hoeg’s blog post summary about a class she took in May from Kate St. Vincent Vogl on Making a Scene here.

Katharine Johnson’s book The Wind and the Drum will be coming out in the middle of September from Beaver’s Pond Press. She will be presenting at Cloquet Public Library 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 30. Official launch date is yet to be determined.

CJ McPherson-Heaney’s first novel Rough New Prizes, Book I in the Always and Forever Trilogy introduces the reader to Kelly and Sebastian, a married couple getting their cabin ready to sell while they’re thinking about splitting up. The book began as a 12-page short story back in 1993 when CJ was a nontraditional student in a writing class taught by Joe Maiolo. Now she’s out with her second novel The Frailest Leaves of Me, Book II in the trilogy.

Liz Minette is published in Issue #150 of Abbey, a ‘zine out of Columbia, Maryland

Lou Zywicki Prudhomme will have a story, “Circle of Kindness,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul, My Kind (of) America. The book will be in bookstores on Aug. 29.

Kelsey Roseth has had four articles published in Northern Wilds. You can read them here: “Blueberries: The North Shore’s Tasty Treat” ; “A rich history of transportation: Agate Bay” ; “New restaurant combines history with modern fare” ; and “Update on St. Louis River Area of Concern cleanup” .

Ruth Schmidt-Baeumler has two poems, “Big Red” and “Twenty to Four” In The Talking Stick, Volume 26.

Anne Simpson has just published a book about aging called Do You Feel as Old as You Are? Conversations with my Granddaughter. A mostly light-hearted series of vignettes on the subject, the book was inspired by questions her granddaughter asks. Copies are available from Huff Publishing, 4214 Alden Drive, Edina MN 55416, 651-645-3515 and through Amazon for $15.

Listen to William Tecku (a 2017 Lake Superior Writers Contest winner) read from his poetry and short stories on Eric Schubring’s “Local Morning Edition” program on community radio WOJB 88.9 FM, Reserve, Wisconsin. You can listen here:

Meet new LSW member Theresa M. Jarvela

New LSW member Theresa M. Jarvela lives in Brainerd, Minnesota and is the author of the “cozy” mystery series Tales of a Tenacious Housesitter. Three novels have been published in the series – Home Sweet Murder, Home for the Murder and Bring Home the Murder. Publisher – North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc. Theresa is also a freelance writer and has been published in several regional magazines. Her article, Facebook – Friend or Foe, placed in the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Theresa’s philosophy – “Life is full of adventures – live them, read them or write them! You’re never too old to enjoy them.”

Are you a new member? Would you like to introduce yourself to Lake Superior Writers? If so, send us a note at and we’ll include you in an upcoming issue. (And thanks for joining!)


Mom Egg Review seeks your best poetry, fiction, and creative prose for the 16th annual print issue. This is themed issue, MOTHER’S PLAY/MOTHER’S WORK. We publish work by writers who are mothers or by others about motherhood. Submissions are open until August 15, 2017. They use the Submittable platform for online submissions, and do not accept paper or email submissions. More info and full guidelines at

Open LSW writing groups

Aug 16 (Wed) 11 am – Writers Square Table. Topic: Writer back cover comment for your book. Sami Center, 4915 E. Superior St., Duluth, Suite 205 (Enter from Pitt St.) All are welcome.

Aug 16 (3rd Wed) 6 pm – Third Wednesday Writing Group meets for a picnic-meeting at Enger Park, 1801 W. Skyline Pkwy, Duluth.. All genres are welcome.   Questions? Contact Rodney at

Aug 20 (Sun) 1:30 pm – Memoir Group meets at 205 W. Kent Road, Duluth. All are welcome.