August 2021 NorthWords

Lake Superior Writers

August NorthWords includes:

Superior Shares – Open Mic Night

Note: We are pausing these Open Mic nights for the summer – to let everyone enjoy our short season of warmth and beautiful weather! They will resume in September, right around the corner!

Held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6-7 pm.  Upcoming dates:

  • September 8
  • October 13

Are you eager to share your latest piece of writing? 

          Yearning to read it to an audience of readers and writers?

Lake Superior Writers presents Superior Shares, our inaugural virtual open mic for local writers to share their work in progress, and for anyone else who appreciates the creative writing process.

This event is free to participants and audience, and membership is not required.

Readers are asked to please limit adult content and language. Graphic content that is violent or sexual in nature is prohibited.

Attendees will be encouraged to use the Chat function to share feedback.

There will be 10 five-minute slots available on a first come first served basis, with priority given to Lake Superior Writer members. Time limits will be strictly enforced.  Participants will be notified ahead of time if they have been selected to read.

To register, email Please indicate if you would like to read.

A Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event.

Literary events in our region

Aug 3 (Tues) 7:00 pm – Helen Wecker will discuss her new book The Hidden Palace, the sequel to her award-winning and beloved novel The Golem and the Jinni. Signed copies of Wecker’s books are available at This Crowdcast virtual event is free, but requires registration at Wecker’s books are magical, historical, and interweave Jewish/Yiddish and Arabic folklore taking place in lower Manhattan at the turn of the 20th century.

Aug 26 (Thurs) 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Cary Griffith will be signing his book Wolf Kill at Lake Superior Trading Post in Grand Marais. On Aug 28 (Sat) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm he will appear with Mary Logue, author of The Streel, at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais.


Aug 10 (Tues) 9:30 am – Silent Writing Sessions – Online

Writers in the Northwoods and beyond are invited to join a supportive group of writers online on alternating Tuesday mornings for six free silent writing sessions for those trying to start or advance a writing project as well as those trying to get into the practice of writing. Sign up at

Call for Submissions: Bringing Joy: A Local Literary Welcome

On October 18, 2021, United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will visit the Northland. Through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the Bringing Joy Committee will create an e-book dedicated to art and poetry inspired by Harjo’s work. Local writers and artists are invited to submit work inspired by Harjo for publication in this anthology. Those whose work is chosen will receive a free copy of the ebook as well as entry into a drawing to attend Harjo’s reading and a feast at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on October 18.

Eligibility is limited to writers and artists living in Carlton County, St. Louis County, and the Native nations which share that geography, and any students enrolled in CSS, UMD, LSC, FDLTCC, UWS, WITC, or area K-12 schools.

To submit, please send up to four poems pasted in the body of an email or four high-quality photos of artwork pasted in the body of an email to no later than September 1, 2021. Any submissions sent after that date will not be considered.

In your email, please include the following:
• Your name, address, and phone number
• The title of a work by Harjo that inspired your piece(s)
• A bio of 30 words or less in third person

Bringing Joy: A Local Literary Welcome is made possible by these organizations: Minnesota Center for the Book, US Library of Congress, Fond du Lac Reservation, Carlton County, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, American Indian Community Housing Organization, Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Humanities Center, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and Northland Foundation.

Brian Malloy author talk and workshop. Tuesday, October 5, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Fitger’s Brewery Complex. Lake Superior Writers welcomes author Brian Malloy as he launches his new book, After Francesco.  Join us for a literary evening, as Brian reads from his book, answers questions and conducts a writing workshop. Visit the event page at: for more details and to register for the writing workshop. This event is made possible by the Minnesota State Arts Board.

KUDOS – News about our members

Book 4 in the Arrowhead Legends series will be coming out in early August! You can order here: The two-time reigning National Scooterball League champions, the Hawks of Capital East, are seeking a three-peat behind the exceptional scoot-and-shoot skills of their all-star player, Mack Sawyer. NSL new comer Huey Bombay of the Bayou South Crocs presents the biggest challenge for the Hawks after squashing their hopes for an undefeated regular season going into the playoffs. Political events in Arrowhead Nation surrounding a rebellious opposition called the Rhubarb Slayers begins to overshadows the NSL playoffs as the group threatens to overthrow the country’s crooked regime led by SL20 and his formidable TMA Rangers. Sawyer and Bombay soon find themselves as fierce opponents, not only on the NSL rink but on opposing sides of the fight to save Arrowhead Nation. Who will come out on top in this winner-takes-all match which that will decide the future of Arrowhead Nation?

Tim Moder’s poem “Song To The Prodigal Son” will be published August 1st with South Florida Poetry Journal.

Victoria Lynn Smith’s short story “Cloud Like a Lamb” took 3rd place in the Jade Ring Contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Writers Association.

Lake Superior Writers Blog

Lake Superior Writers invites members to submit guest posts for possible inclusion on our blog. Please visit our blog information page for more details:

Our blog currently features Victoria Lynn Smith