February 2017 NorthWords


Call for Submissions – 2017 LSW Writing Contest

Lake Superior Writers is accepting entries in multiple genres for our annual writing contest. Categories include:  Poetry, Short-Short Fiction (up to 500 words), Short Story (1,500-5,000 words), and Creative Nonfiction (1,500-5,000 words). Writers may submit in more than one category but can win in only one. One winner in each category will receive a prize of $250 and publication on the Lake Superior Writers website.

The 2017 theme is “Rivers: Mapped and Unmapped.” We are looking for submissions that use the theme of rivers, real or metaphorical. Writers have written about rivers as a metaphor for time, history, lifeblood and more. What will rivers, or a specific river, evoke in your writing? In her song River, Joni Mitchell wrote, “I wish I had a river I could skate away on.” What do rivers mean to you? Check out our complete guidelines.

LSW receives $15,000 operating support grant

We’re thrilled to announce that LSW has received a two-year operating support grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. The grant of $15,000 will provide support for LSW to pay our part-time Administrator, rent, insurance and will fund the creation of new marketing materials for our organization.

Operating support is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Feb. 4 (Sat) 3 pm – DSSO Chamber Music Series – “Winter Notes” at the Depot’s Great Hall, Duluth. $10 Students/ $15 Adults. The DSSO Chamber Ensembles, conducted by Dirk Meyer, will be joined by local Poet Laureates Barton Sutter, Deb Cooper, Sheila Packa and current Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld.

Feb 6 (Mon) – Noon – Mark Munger will be appearing at the Brainerd Public Library on Monday, reading from and discussing his latest novel, Boomtown, a legal thriller/murder mystery set in Ely, Minnesota. Mark’s appearance is part of the library’s Brown Bag Lunch Program. Free and open to the public.

Feb 6 (Mon) 6:30 pm – Words & Lyrics celebrates International Night at the Lyric Annex, 516 Chestnut St., downtown Virginia. The Scots celebrate poet Robert Burns, their national bard, on January 25 and on March 26, some Finns celebrate the Kalevala, their national epic poetry. The Iron Range has a wealth of ethnic diversity based on our immigrant population. In a time when some see our nation turning away from the open doors of our past, let’s honor our immigrant heritage at our next Words & Lyrics! Bring poetry or prose to read that represents the homeland of your ancestors.

Feb. 8 (Wed) 6-8 pm – North Shore Poets and Writers meet for their monthly critique group at the Two Harbors Public Library. Contact the library or Shelley at gettencreative@gmail.com

Feb 10 (Fri) 5:30 pm – Nordic Tales and Poetry by the SVEA Singers (Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux and Erika Ternes) at Drury Lane Books, 12 E. Wisconsin St., Grand Marais. Bonfire, full-moon rise and part of a hygge weekend.

Feb 17 (Fri) 6 pm – Book talk and signing by Tom Isbell, on the release of the last title in his YA Prey Series Trilogy, The Release. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Duluth.

Feb. 25 (Sat) 11 am – Bart Sutter will give a talk, with readings, about his lifelong exploration of Scandinavian themes in his writing as the keynote address for Norden Folk, The Midwest Institute of Scandinavian Culture, at their annual Beaver Creek Scandinavian Retreat near Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The retreat runs from Feb. 24 – 26. For more information, see www.visitnordenfolk.org.

Feb 27 (Mon) North Shore Poets and Writers and the Two Harbors Public Library host MOVIE NIGHT:  The Practice of the Wild – A documentary about environmental activist/poet Gary Snyder 6 – 8 pm  Pat Eller will lead a discussion following the movie. Popcorn will be served. Contact the library or Shelley at gettencreative@gmail.com for more information.

Feb 28 (Tue) 6 pm – Book discussion and signing by Lucie Amundsen, author of Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm – from Scratch, which will be released in paperback on this day. Locally Laid has been chosen for the One Book One Community Read for Duluth in 2017. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Duluth.

March 15, 22, 29 & 5 (Wednesdays) 6-8:30 pm – Jan Chronister is teaching “Jumpstart Your Poetry” at WITC in Ashland beginning March 15. The class runs for four Wednesdays (last class April 5). It is suitable for beginners through published poets. Follow this link to register online. Type “poetry” in the first field and the class should come up. Email questions to wfoppres@gmail.com

March 25 (Sat) 12:30-2 pm – Grand Marais Art Colony’s 2016 Mentorship in Fiction gather with regional writers at the Grand Marais Public Library to read from nearly-completed manuscripts, answer questions and talk about the writing life. Hosted by Judy Budreau of Lake Superior Writers, and free and open to the public.

KUDOS – News about our members

Lucie Amundsen’s book Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm – from Scratch, has been chosen for the One Book One Community Read for Duluth in 2017. 

Nancy Carroll’s poem BREATHE Loss and Life Through Poetry will be published in the Crosswinds Poetry Journal.

Kirkus Reviews named Sharon Chmielarz’s The Widow’s House one of the best 100 Indie books in 2016.

Parnell Thill recently published his book Killing the Devil and Other Excellent Tricks. Learn more at www.killingthedevil.com.

Miriam Karmel named winner of Holy Cow! Press First Fiction Award

Minneapolis author Miriam Karmel and her short story collection “Subtle Variations and Other Stories” has been selected as the winner of the inaugural Holy Cow! Press “First Fiction” award. Her book will be published in October. Ms. Karmel will receive a $5,000 cash prize, a standard publication contract, and have her book distributed nationally by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution.

Some 65 manuscripts were received from writers living in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan in an open competition. Noted author Linda LeGarde Grover selected “Subtle Variations and Other Stories” from six finalist manuscripts.

Miriam Karmel is the recipient of Minnesota Monthly’s Tamarack Award for her short story “The Queen of Love.” She has received numerous other prizes for short fiction, including the Waasnode Short Fiction Prize, the Kate Braverman Short Story Prize, Moment Magazine/Karma Foundation Short Fiction Prize, and the Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines. She is author of the novel Being Esther (Milkweed Editions, 2014). The “First Fiction” contest is sponsored by the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation. 2017 is the 40th anniversary of Holy Cow! Press (1977-2017).

Writing the Novel and Crafting a Career in Minneapolis April 29

The Loft in Minneapolis is offering a one-day conference for writers called Writing the Novel and Crafting a Career Conference Saturday, April 29, 8 am-6 pm, at The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall) The conference is designed to help you take the next steps toward completing your novel and launching your career. Featuring Angela Flournoy, Kiese Laymon, Charles Baxter, and many more novelists, editors, and book people. See the full conference schedule and how to register here.

Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop and Retreat  Madison June 26-30

The University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Continuing Studies offers a week-long “Write-by-the-Lake” Writers Workshop June 26 through 30. Immerse yourself in hands-on mini-workshops, critiques, and time to focus on your writing. Choose from fourteen sections in fiction, nonfiction, freelancing, and poetry. Master classes including full-novel critique. See complete details and registration here.

LSW Open Writing Groups

Feb 16 (Thur), 11 a.m. Writers’ Square Table. Place: Sami Center, 4915 E. Superior Street, Ste# 205. Enter from Pitt Street. All are welcome.

Feb 19 (Sun) 2 pm – Memoir Group – We will meet at the home of Mara Hart, 205 W. Kent Road, Duluth. All are welcome.

Feb 22 (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 r.a.savary@gmail.com.

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 https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/editors/ 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 writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org.