December 2017 NorthWords

Happy Holidays from Lake Superior Writers!

THANK YOU to all of our wonderful members for your support of Lake Superior Writers and our writing community in 2017. Have a joyous holiday–and best wishes in your writing, editing and publishing pursuits in 2018!

LSW Writer’s Cafe starts up again in January 2018

Due to a scheduling conflict at Perk Place, we won’t be holding the Writer’s Cafe in December, but we’re all set to hold the next one on Saturday, January 13 from 9-11 a.m. at Perk Place, 1336 West Arrowhead, Duluth. We plan to meet the second Saturday of each month in 2018. The Writer’s Cafe is proving to be a popular way to meet LSW members, network, find critique partners for that unwieldy manuscript, and find members for your writing group. It’s casual and friendly (and Perk Place has really good coffee). See you in January!

One-Day Poetry Workshop
Feb 17 (Sat) 10am-2pm
Instructor: Jan Chronister
301 W 1st St, #308, downtown Duluth

Join poet and teacher Jan Chronister for this one-day “Cabin Fever Poetry Reliever.” This workshop is a great chance for poets to set aside a few hours to examine poems and then use them as inspiration for their own new work. Participants will look at examples of various formats, styles, and topics, discuss craft and revision techniques, and create new work. Submission opportunities will be shared as well as successful strategies for getting published in journals and anthologies.

Jan Chronister has taught several poetry workshops through WITC-Superior and Ashland. She enjoys working with adults who are genuinely interested in developing their craft and getting published. The workshop will take place at Lake Superior Writers’ Office, located in the Sister Cities Office, 301 W 1st St, #308, Duluth. (Located in the Board of Trade building downtown, across from the YMCA.) Bring your lunch and be prepared for a working lunch. Coffee and water will be provided. Parking is available on the street or in area parking garages.

Cost to Members: $20. Cost to non-members: $30. Scholarships are available; please visit LSW’s scholarship guidelines for more information. To register, contact Gail Henderson at

Go Coastal for the Holidays!

Remember to pick up a copy of the Lake Superior Writer’s anthology, “Going Coastal” for yourself or that reader on your gift list. Last we checked, copies were available at Fitger’s Bookstore, Zenith Bookstore, the Art Dock, Spirit Bay Trading Company, Duluth Pack, the Marine Museum Gift Shop, and the Scenic Café.

This collection of Lake Superior-inspired short stories features local authors who won our 2016 writing contest. The price is $12.95 (plus tax) and sales support Lake Superior Writers. “Going Coastal” is also available online through publisher North Star Press ,, and Barnes and Noble.

Do you write for children or young adults? 

A new Lake Superior Writers member is looking to start a weekly or bi-monthly group for LSW members working on Juvenile and/or Young Adult Fiction. If interested, contact Tashia at

Literary events in our region

Dec 4 (Mon) 6:30pm – Open Mic night at Words and Lyrics, Lyric Center for the Arts. The December prompt is “all is calm.” Get your pens, pencils, quills or keyboards busy and come read your work. There will also be time to write and share it. We’ll meet in the First Stage Gallery, but due to construction please enter through the Lyric Annex, 516 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia, MN.

Dec 7 (Thur) 7:30 pm – Gail Francis, author of Bliss(ters): How I Walked from Mexico to Canada One Summer will be speaking to the Duluth Explorers’ Club.

Dec 9 – Author readings and book signings at Zenith Bookstore: 10-11am Chris Monroe, 11am-noon Ellie Schoenfeld, noon-1pm Deborah Cooper, 1-2pm Shelley Getten, 2-3 pm Sarah Seidelmann, 3-4pm Larry Weber. 718 N. Central Ave., Duluth, Minnesota, specializing in quality, gently used books as well as new books. Call 218-606-1777 for information. Zenith Bookstore, 718 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

Dec 10 (Sun) 2pm – Peter Geye, award-winning author of Wintering, winner of the Minnesota Book Award, and the Northeast Minnesota Book Award will read from his work and sign books. Zenith Bookstore, 718 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

Dec 9 (Sat) 11 am-1pm – Margi Preus will be signing The Clue in the Trees, Storm’s Coming, and other titles at Barnes and Noble Miller Hill Mall.

Dec 10-24 – Zenith Bookstore celebrates two weeks of Jólabókaflóð (Icelandic for “Yule Book Flood”). Get your books gift-wrapped with a complimentary Terroir Chocolate bar. We will have many fun store activities over those two weeks, warm cider, author events, and more. Visit the Zenith Bookstore website  for details. Zenith Bookstore, 718 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

Dec 13 (Wed) 6-8pm – North Shore Poets and Writers meets every second Wednesday at the Two Harbors Public Library. For details contact Shelley at

Dec 16 (Sat) Noon-2pm Margi Preus will be signing The Clue in the Trees, Storm’s Coming, and other titles at The Bookstore at Fitger’s Dec. 16, 12:00 – 2:00.

Dec 28 (Thurs) 7pm – Twin Ports Reading Series. Come listen to poet Crystal S. Gibbins, author of Now/Here (Holy Cow! Press), read alongside local Twin Ports poets and writers at the First Annual Twin Ports Reading Series. This event is hosted by Up North Lit and Zenith Bookstore and is free to the public. Zenith Bookstore, 718 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

KUDOS – News about our members

Eric Chandler’s poetry collection Hugging This Rock: Poems of Earth & Sky, Love & War (Middle West Press, 2017) was published in November. It’s available at the Bookstore at Fitger’s, Zenith Bookstore and via Amazon.

On Veterans Day, Eric Chandler’s story “The Big Red One” was selected by guest editor Brian Castner (author of The Long Walk) as the Winner (Nonfiction) for a Veterans Day Edition of the Columbia Journal.

Sam Cook’s article about Gail Francis’ new book Bliss(ters): How I Walked from Mexico to Canada One Summer in the Duluth News Tribune has been picked up by the Tribune News Service and has been carried in newspapers across the country.

Linda Glaser’s newest children’s book, Way Too Many Latkes, has just been published.

Amber Laura recently published her women’s fiction novel, Twenty-Seven Tiered Almond Cake (LitLiber, 2017). It’s available in ebook format for Amazon, Kindle, and Barnes & Noble NOOK​.​

Paulette (Pashibin) Warren is honored to have her mosaic crossword piece included in the Resist and Protect exhibit that has been extended through December at the Zeitgeist Atrium. Her mosaic is titled “Trump’t:  Mark My Words.” Many thanks to Eileen Hudelson and Penny Perry who designed and curated this important mixed media show that also displays poetry from many LSW members.


Bridging the Gap Writing Workshop coming to Duluth June 2-3, 2018. Bridging the Gap is a writing workshop for both civilian and veteran writers designed to improve their skills in telling stories about military life. Writers will be offered classes in the craft of writing, motivation, networking, and lessons in how to get published. This workshop is open to writers of any background that want to improve their skills at storytelling about military life. Anyone is welcome: civilians, family members, and/or veterans. On Saturday night, 2 June, from 7-9 PM in the Northern Lights Theater there will be a free Public Reading + Panel Discussion with Dave Chrisinger, Randy Brown, Mary Doyle, Andria Williams, and LSW member Eric Chandler (Director, Bridging the Gap). This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. For details visit the Bridging the Gap website

2018 UntitledTown Book and Author Festival in Green Bay, Wisconsin seeks pitches from writers of all genres – The UntitledTown Book and Author Festival in Green Bay, Wisconsin will be held April 20-22, 2018. They are seeking pitches from writers of all genres, agents, editors, arts advocates, illustrators, and book-making folks of all sorts. The festival features events for readers and writers of all ages and levels of expertise.

The first UntitledTown Festival hosted a book expo as well as events and workshops by 70+ writers, including Nickolas Butler, Ben Percy, Dan Chaon, Michael Perry, Lorna Landvik, Kate Harding, Sherman Alexie, and Margaret Atwood. Held in walkable downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin, the 3-day festival drew crowds of up to 2000 people, and garnered high praise from participants of all ages. All events were free and open to the public.

To learn more about the 2018 festival, go to The Call for Pitches online application form  is available hereUntitledTown will accept individual pitches as well as suggested panels via this form until November 15, 2017. Questions? Contact

Glimmer Train seeks short story submissions – Glimmer Train welcomes new stories about families of all configurations. (Previous online publication is fine.) The 1st-place winner will be published in Glimmer Train and will receive $2,500 and 10 copies of that issue. Second- and 3rd-place win $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700. Most submissions run 1,000 – 5,000 words, but they are open to stories as long as 12,000 words. They’re also running the last Very Short of 2017. Deadline 1/2. Word count: 300-3,000. First place wins $2,000 and publication. Second- and 3rd-place win $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700. (Previous online publication, as always, is fine.) One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train continues to actively champion emerging writers. The magazine is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the Midwest, the O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, Best of the West, New Stories from the Southwest, Best American Short Stories, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.

WritersRead at Northland College – This annual community event in mid-winter event (Jan. 27 at Northland College) is a hoot.

Call for Writers to Read at Lyric Center for the Arts – Since 2006, the Lyric Center for the Arts has featured a spoken word event on the first Monday of each month. This event is free and open to the public and takes place at the Lyric Center, downtown Virginia, MN. Writers who would like to be considered for a reading should email with the following: your name, pen name (if applicable), titles of most recent work, website address, genre, daytime phone number and email address. Questions? 218-741-5577.

Northern Community Radio is producing a show called Wordish. This is an opportunity for writers to record their poetry, creative essay, short-short fiction (up to five minutes) and have it aired on the radio. If you’re interested, visit the or email This will be an ongoing program for the next two years and airs once a week. Robert Jevne produces the segments from his home and can be reached at You may submit either text or audio. You will also need to provide biographical info to be read before your recording. Listen to samples on the website. To date, Joyce Sutphen, Todd Boss, Larry Gavin, Sharon Chmielarz, Ryan Vine have been featured on Wordish.

Open LSW writing groups

Dec 17 (Sun) 1:30 pm – Memoir Group will meet at the home of Mara Hart, 205 W. Kent Road. This will be the last time Mara Hart will facilitate the group (she has been facilitating the Memoir Group for 17 years! THANK YOU, Mara.), but the group plans to continue in 2018. Watch for more details in the January 2018 NorthWords.

Dec 20 (3rd Wed) 6 pm – Third Wednesday Writing Group meets at the Miller Hill Mall Perkin’s Restaurant, 1302 Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth. Contact Rodney at

Dec 21 (Thur) 11 am – Writers Square Table will meet at 4915 E. Superior St., Ste. 205.  (Enter from Pitt St.) All are welcome.