February 2018 NorthWords

Lake Superior Writers – Call for Submissions
2018 Writing Contest
Theme – “Rescue”
Deadline:  April 1, 2018

We’re accepting entries in multiple genres for our 2018 writing contest. The theme is “Rescue.” Categories include: Poetry (up to 3 poems), Short-Short Fiction (1 or 2 submissions of up to 500 words), Short Fiction (a single submission of 1,500-5,000 words), and Creative Nonfiction (a single submission of 1,500-5,000 words). One winner in each category will receive a prize of $250 and publication on the Lake Superior Writers website. Go to https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/2018-writing-contest/ for complete contest guidelines.

LSW Writer’s Cafe
Sat Feb 10, 9-11
Perk Place, 1336 W. Arrowhead Road, Duluth

Join us on Saturday, February 10 from 9-11 am at Perk Place, 1336 West Arrowhead, Duluth for a chance to meet up with other writers and talk about writing. The Writer’s Cafe meets the second Saturday of each month. It’s proving to be a popular way to meet fellow 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).

Check out LSW’s new podcast! Plus more changes…

In January, the LSW board launched a monthly podcast featuring area writers reading their work and talking about their craft. The first episode features Marie Zhuikov, LSW Board Chair, talking about the organization. Thank you to board member Brooks Johnson who has volunteered to record and edit our podcast each month. You can find it on the right hand side of this page, as well as at Soundcloud, iTunes and Google Play.

Also, LSW has created a new business Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lakesuperiorwriters/ Be sure to check the box to show you Like it! This new page will allow us to create events and reach even more writers. Stay tuned…

LSW Panel: “Writing for Money”
March 3 (Sat) 2-3:30 pm – FREE
Green Room, Duluth Public Library downtown

Can you really make money with your writing? Join us in the Green Room at the downtown public library to learn from a panel of accomplished writers who earn their living by putting pen to page. Panelists will discuss how they earn money from a variety of writing roles, from working a full-time job to managing projects as a freelancer. This panel will be helpful to anyone curious about the writing business – including how to submit work for publication, working with clients, and earning your entire living from writing.

“Writing for Money” is the second in a series of three free panels on topics important for the writing life.  These panels are offered free of charge to LSW members and the general public. (Watch for dates and times about our third panel, “Getting That Grant!” in future issues of NorthWords.)

One-Day Poetry Workshop – (one spot left)
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. Jan has poems appearing in Plath Poetry Project, Pure SlushAriel Anthology, We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Zoetic Press) and Of Burgers and Barrooms (Main Street Rag)Her chapbook of Holocaust and war poetry titled Casualties is available on amazon.com or from Jan at whispertreepress@gmail.com. Jan 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 susangailwood@gmail.com.

Introduction to Channeled Writing
Feb 11 (Sun) 1-4:30 pm
Cook County Community Center
317 West 5th Street, Grand Marais

Reach deeper wisdom through a state of alert relaxation. Join Jennifer Shoals, author of Grandmother Dreams, Conversations Across the Veil as we explore the tools that enhance intuition and practice channeled writing. No previous writing experience required. $45 (trades considered). Teas and light snacks will be provided. Please bring your own preferred writing supplies (laptop, tablet, pen/pencil/paper, etc.). The instructor recommends no alcohol or other drug use 24 hours before workshop. Please do not wear fragrances. All cell phones will be off during workshop. To register: 218.370.2663 or connect@jennifershoals.com

Make a Digital Story Workshop Series
Instructor: Lisa Larson
Location: Marshall School computer lab
Be a part of the new Twin Ports mobile story collection!

Make a Digital Story Level 1: Get Started – $30
March 3 (Sat), 10 am – 5 pm
March 17 (Sat), 10 am – 5 pm

Make a Digital Story Level 2: Add Augmented Reality – $30
(Participants must have attended one of the Level 1 sessions)
March 24 (Sat)  10 am – 5 pm

Make a Digital Story: Finish Your Story
April 7 (Sat), 10 am – 5 pm
(Free to all who have attended one of the Level 1 sessions)

All workshops will be held at: Marshall School Computer Lab, 1215 Rice Lake Road, Duluth.

Stretch your imagination and broaden your audience by writing a story that readers experience on a mobile device. In this workshop, you’ll learn to use a free authoring tool called Aris Editor to create your own story that unfolds as readers interact with it. Your story can be text alone, or can include still photos or videos. Once published, your story will be available to all. To advance through your story, readers can walk or drive to locations. Additional content is made available via GPS location. Or, for indoor stories, you can have readers scan QR codes for additional content. No technical experience or equipment is needed.

Lisa Larson used Aris Editor to develop new learning game modules with augmented reality for the Minnesota Historical Society for a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. See https://duluthworkshops.wordpress.com/  for details and contact info.

This workshop series was 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 & cultural heritage fund.

Literary events in our region

Feb 2 (Fri) 7 pm – “In Tandem, Song Inspired by Story” is a collaboration between a story writer and song writers featuring short fiction by Tina Higgins Wussow and music by Jacob Mahon, Jen West, Dave Mehling and Ann Kathryn. Beaner’s Central, 324 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

Feb 3 (Sat) Noon-3 pm – Katharine Johnson will be signing The Wind and the Drum at Barnes & Noble. The book has been selected as the One Book Northland read for 2018. This is part of a fundraiser for the Sami Cultural Center. Stop in, meet the author as well as representatives from the Sami Cultural Center. Be sure to mention the Sami Center at the checkout and BN will donate a percent of your purchase to the Center.

Feb 8 (Thur) 7 pm – Engaging with Standing Rock: A Librarian’s Response. A librarian shares his experiences during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Sitting Bull College Library Director Mark Holman will speak at UMD’s Kathryn A. Martin Library in the fourth floor rotunda reading room. For Holman, the recent Dakota Access Pipeline protests presented opportunities and challenges in serving the unique community of thousands that came to Standing Rock. The college library had a role to play as both a tribal college and community library for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Standing Rock Reservation region in North and South Dakota. Throughout the protests, the library sought to serve visitors, stay in contact with camp organizations, and preserve a record of an important moment in history. Holman will describe his experiences and engage the audience in a dialogue about the role of the library and librarian during times of upheaval or significant change. For more information about this event, contact Jodi Carlson Grebinoski at (218) 726-7880 jlcarlso@d.umn.edu.

Feb 9 (Fri) 6:30-7:30 pm – SVEA performs poetry and a cappella Swedish folk songs around the bonfire as part of the 2nd annual Hygge Festival. Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais. Free.

Feb 11 (Sat) 7-8 pm – Grand Marais author and storyteller Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux performs folktales and discusses elements of oral storytelling. Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Finland, Minnesota.

Feb 15 (Thur) 6-7:30 pm – The Grand Marais Writers’ Guild meets on the third Thursday of the month. Come connect with fellow writers, and bring your notebooks– we’ll supply the writing prompts. For anyone who writes anything. Grand Marais Public Library. Free.

Feb 15 (Thur) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic – Open to all genres of writing, half-priced wine, and trivia every 3rd Thursday. Beaner’s Central, 324 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

Feb 20 (Tues) 6-8 pm – Chance ::: Poems – Reading and Book Release Celebration in the Sax Brothers Gallery, Tweed Museum at UMD. A quartet of poets, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Julie Gard, Sheila Packa, Kathleen Roberts have their work brought together into a book with full color visual art by Kathy McTavish. The poems explore humans versus machines, digital culture, and polyphony.

Feb 22 (Thur) 6:30 pm – Katharine Johnson will make a presentation about her book The Wind and the Drum, which has been selected as the One Book Northland read for 2018 at Heimsyn Norwegian Lodge at Bethel Lutheran Church in Cloquet. She will sign books after the presentation.

Feb 24 (Sat) 7:30 pm – Spirit Lake Poetry Series invites you all to an open poetry Saint David’s Day reading at Prøve Gallery, located at 21 North Lake Avenue in downtown Duluth. In honor of St. David, the patron saint of poetry, Spirit Lake invites you to bring either an original work, or a cherished poem by a favorite author to share. As in years past, a group of judges selected from the audience will select the best work of original poetry and award its author with the leek-legged poetry chair. Past winners include Julie Gard, Deanna Erickson, and Rocky Makes Room. Join us to celebrate this Duluthian tradition and warm our wintry minds with the glow of a poem. Spirit Lake Poetry Series is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing selected writers of regional, national and international renown to the Arrowhead Region. As it enters its twentieth season, Spirit Lake is delighted to bring a new group of exciting poets to our community. The series is grateful to its sponsors, Minnesota Public Radio and Lake Superior Writers.

Feb 25 (Sun) 1 pm – Jan Chronister and Peggy Trojan will read poems of WWII and the Holocaust from their recent chapbooks at the Douglas County Historical Society. The event is free and open to the public. DCHS is located at 1101 John Avenue in Superior.

KUDOS – News about our members

Nancy Carroll was recently hired as a copywriter, thanks to her listing on LSW’s website’s writing services page and a referral from another LSW member, for Razor Edge Systems in Ely. Nancy sends her thanks! (If you would like to be listed on our Writing Services page, send LSW an email.)

Jan Chronister has poems appearing in Pure Slush, Ariel Anthology, We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Zoetic Press) and Of Burgers and Barrooms (Main Street Rag). Her chapbook of Holocaust and war poetry Casualties is available on amazon.com or from Jan at whispertreepress@gmail.com

Carol Dunbar’s short story, “Winter’s Refugee,” will be published in the upcoming winter issue of Cowboy Jamboree Magazine.

Melissa Hepokoski received a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to finish a book-length manuscript. 

Katharine Johnson, author of The Wind and the Drum

Katharine Johnson’s novel The Wind and the Drum has been selected as the One Book Northland read for 2018. Johnson was a Language Arts teacher at Cloquet High School, and was later director of the school’s media center. In the late 1970s, she taught Spanish during her lunch breaks. She retired in 1999. Her previous publications are: “Company’s Here” in Ladybug magazine, “Ada,” “Forgiveness of Sins,” and several poems in anthologies.

Linda LeGarde Grover’s “Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year” is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award In the Memoir & Creative Nonfiction category.

Lake Superior Writers was well-represented at WritersRead in January. (Pictured, from left) Lucie B. Amundsen, Maddie Cohen, Avesa Rockwell, Molly Hoeg, Felicia Schneiderhan, Marie Zhuikov and Carol Dunbar.

Congratulations to LSW members whose works were selected and who participated in the ReadersWrite “Gut Instinct” reading at Northland College in January. Categories included Twitterature, microFiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry. They included: Lucie Amundsen, Maddie Cohen, Carol Dunbar, Molly Hoeg, Liz Minette, Avesa Rockwell, Felicia Schneiderhan and Marie Zhuikov.

Jessica Roeder’s short story “Wax”  appears in the January/February 2018 issue of the Kenyon Review.


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

Open LSW writing groups

Feb 21 (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 r.a.savary@gmail.com.

Feb 18 (Sun) 1:30 pm – LSW Memoir Group will be meeting Sunday, Feb. 18, at 1:30 pm at the home of Ray Allard/Gerri Williams, 210 West Kent Road, Duluth. Bring something to read or you can just listen. The meeting is open.