December 2016 NorthWords

Happy Holidays from Lake Superior Writers!

Snow Globe With Christmas Tree Mountains ClipartTHANK YOU to all of our wonderful members for your support of Lake Superior Writers and our writing community in 2016. We’re pleased to announce that our membership has grown this past year to 219 members in northeastern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin (plus Michigan, Arizona, Ohio…and the Twin Cities! THANK YOU to our terrific board members, who have been working on planning new events for 2017, including our annual writing contest. Watch for more details in the next issue of NorthWords, which will be coming out in mid-January. Have a joyous holiday–and best wishes in your writing, editing and publishing pursuits in 2017!  – Gail T.

29th Annual NEMBA Call for Nominations

The 29th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) will be presented at a public celebration on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Kirby Ballroom on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. The celebration will include a featured speaker, book fair, and refreshments. Nominations are now being accepted, along with a $25 non-refundable entry fee for each nominated title. Deadline:  February 1, 2017. Nominations may be submitted in one of six categories:

1) Nonfiction: nonfiction works such as history, biography, guidebooks, cookbooks, books about science and nature, and scholarly works.
2) Fiction: novels, short stories, plays, and other works of narrative fiction.
3) Art, Photography: books that primarily serve to showcase (and annotate) the visual art contained in them.
4) Children’s Literature: books of any type intended for children and young adults.
5) Poetry: collections of poetry or a single poem of book length.
6) Memoir: books that examine some aspect of the world from a highly personal perspective whether in the form of a memoir, personal essay, or other work of creative nonfiction.

Reading teams will choose a winner and honorable mention in each category. If a book is nominated in more than one area, the Library NEMBA Team will determine the category for the entry. For complete guidelines visit

Holy Cow! Press releases new edition of memoir by Brenda Ueland

brenda-uelandHOLY COW! PRESS is pleased to announce a new printing of Me: A Memoir by Brenda Ueland. Out of print for twenty years, this new edition is published to commemorate Ms. Ueland’s 125th birthday (born 1891, died 1985 at age 93).

Brenda Ueland was born in Minneapolis and grew up there. For many years of her adult life she lived in New York, working mostly as a freelance writer and disliking her work. Returning to Minneapolis, she began to teach writing in various community settings in the Twin Cities. She said of herself that she was born on Lake Calhoun “in a happier time before automobiles.” Brenda Ueland was the author of four books: If You Want to Write, ME, Strength to Your Sword Arm, and O Clouds, Unfold, many articles and short stories, and was a long-time teacher of writing. She was knighted by the King of Norway and set an international swimming record (for over-80-year-olds). She lived by two rules: to tell the truth, and not to do anything she didn’t want to do.

“I can think of no book that gives a sharper sense of what it must have been like to be alive and educated—a rule-breaking woman—in one of the proud and provincial cities of the American interior before the Second World War…. With ME, Brenda Ueland wrote a true book and it is her masterpiece.”–from the Introduction by Patrica Hampl

364 pages, perfectbound, $16.95, with an introduction by Patrica Hampl. Available for purchase at local bookstores, through, or from the publisher,

WANTED: Readers to help launch poetry anthology “Birdsong”

New York’s Foothills Publishing has released an anthology featuring 104 poems from 79 poets, on the theme “Birdsong.” A perfect gift for birders and poetry lovers, “Birdsong” is a 120-page, hand-stitched paperback that chronicles birds of many feathers, through the lens of poetry.  LSW member Paulette Warren, whose poem “Waiting for Fox” is included, is seeking readers who will share a few of the book’s poems at an open mic or future reading event, along with a “birdlike” poem of their own. Interested? email:   For those interested in purchasing the anthology directly from the publisher:

Workshop “Writing Your Life Story” coming to Superior in January

Writing Your Life Story
Instructor: Mary Beth Frost
Jan 31 – March 14
Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
WITC – Superior campus, room 206
Class # 24133
Cost: $64.00/ $34.25 Seniors
Register online at or call 715-394-6677, ext 6367

Give your friends and family a lasting treasure by recording your memories–your life story. LSW member Mary Beth Frost is a personal historian and published writer who will show you how to tackle this daunting task by breaking it down into simple, fun, creative writing exercises. You will have the opportunity, and the option, to share your memories with classmates in a safe, friendly environment. Be ready to laugh and even shed tears together as you take this incredible journey. Writing experience/expertise is not required. All ages are welcome!

Mary Beth Frost’s website is

Did you miss LSW’s event “Published! Four Writers’ First Books” October event?

Did you miss our Published! Four Writers’ First Books event on October 29? LSW member Judy Budreau has a great summary on her website, featuring photos by LSW board member Maddie Cohen, and thoughts and advice from four writers with very different first-book experiences: Alice Marks, Lucie Amundsen, Felicia Schneiderhan and Julie Gard.

Upcoming Events

Dec 8 (Thur) 4-6 pm – Mark Munger will be with other regional authors signing and selling their books at the Aurora Public Library, Free and open to the public.

Dec 10 (Sat) 10-3 pm – Mark Munger will be a vendor at the Joulu (Christmas) tori (market) at Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis. Dinner tickets available through the church website.  Visiting the vendors and the church (a National Historic site) is free and open to the public.

Dec 10 (Sat) 12 noon – Author and celebrated chef Beatrice Ojakangas will sign copies of her new memoir, Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food at The Bookstore at Fitger’s (600 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802). This memoir-cum-cookbook from celebrated cook Beatrice Ojakangas is chock-full of recipes, anecdotes, and a kind humor that bring to vivid life the Finnish culture of northern Minnesota as well as the wider culinary world. Homemade delivers the savory and the sweet in equal measures and casts a warm light on a rich slice of the country’s cooking heritage. “Beatrice Ojakangas makes her compelling family stories rich for all senses: we smell the cardamom in the bread cooling on the counter, savor the cream of morel soup, and long for chiffon cake. Best of all, we experience the joy of recreating these flavors ourselves with the recipes she provides. This book is a public service to history as well as to our stomachs.” —Lucie Amundsen, co-owner of Locally Laid Egg Company and author of Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm—from Scratch.

Dec 14 (Wed) 4-6 pm – Mark Munger will be at the Ely Public Library reading from and discussing Boomtown, his latest novel. Books for sale at the event will be provided by Piragis Bookstore. Free and open to the public.

Dec 18 (Sun) Noon-2 pm – Elissa Janine Hoole will be signing her books at the Bookstore at Fitger’s for her novels, The Memory Jar (flux books 2016), Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always (flux books 2013); and Kiss the Morning Star (Marshall Cavendish 2012). The Memory Jar just made the Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2016 list.

Jan 19 (Thu) 6-8 pm – Felicia Schneiderhan will read from her memoir Newlyweds Afloat and teach a memoir-writing workshop at the Cloquet Public Library. The event is free and all are welcome.

KUDOS – News about our members

Judy Budreau is the recipient of a 2017 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She’ll finish the manuscript of her first novel, The Order of Love, which centers on assumptions of blame, and the reverberations for one girl and her family. Set in the Arrowhead region’s wide landscape of forest and farm, snow and water, and within one family’s constricted emotional landscape, the story explores the often-present order or sequence of love in families, as well as the imperative element in how we humans experience love. Public events with and for regional writers are being planned for next year.

Eric Chandler’s story “The Day I Held My Fire” about some of his experiences in Afghanistan was published at The War Horse in October.

Jim Freeman gave a reading for his book of poetry Seventy-Three Summers at Edgewood Vista on October 20th. Cheryl Reitan arranged it and helped present the reading.

Three poems by Ruth Schmidt-Baeumler will be published in the Martin Lake Anthology coming out in December 2016. The poems are “Wrap it Up,” “Waiting for the Baby” and “The ADVENTure of Erika’s Quilt.”

LSW Open Writing Groups

Dec 15 (Thur), 11 a.m. Writers’ Square Table. Place: Sami Center, 4915 E. Superior Street, Ste# 205. Topic: Transitions between chapters and between paragraphs. Enter from Pitt Street. All are welcome.

Dec 18 (Sun) 2 pm – Memoir Group – We will meet at the home of Mara Hart, 205 W. Kent Road, Duluth for our annual holiday gathering. If you wish, bring something in the holiday spirit to read. And if you are able, bring some finger food to share. All are welcome.

Dec 21 (Wed) 6 pm – Third Wednesday Writing Group meets on the 3rd floor of the Board of Trade Building, 301 West First Street. All genres are welcome.   Questions? Contact Rodney at

LSW Mentoring and Editing 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