February 2019 NorthWords

melting-hearts-3-1314176Call for Submissions

Lake Superior Writers 2019 Writing Contest

“I’m New Here”

Lake Superior Writers is accepting entries in multiple genres for our annual writing contest. 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.

lsw contest graphic fbThe theme is “I’m New Here.” We are looking for submissions that explore this theme, metaphorically or literally, though writers can interpret it as broadly as they wish. You might write about being a foreigner in a strange land or accomplishing one of life’s many firsts. There is no limit to the physical or emotional spaces you can explore.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019. Winners will be notified by May 3, 2019.

GUIDELINES: Visit lakesuperiorwriters.org/2019-writing-contest for rules and how to submit.


Lecture: The Nebulous Tangle of the Middle Book

Carol Dunbar

Sat February 2, 1-3 pm

Duluth Public Library, 520 W Superior St, Duluth

Join us at the Duluth Main Library on February 2 for this insightful and entertaining lecture by writer Carol Dunbar. How many writers start off their dream project with great drive, only to get bogged down in the nebulous middle? Why do we stop writing, and what kinds of tricks and writerly tools can help us get going again? Carol will share her experiences wrestling with the middle and offer practical techniques for pushing through to the end of a large project.

Carol’s work has been published in The South Carolina Review, Midwestern Gothic, The Midwest Review, Literary Mama, Great Lakes Review, and others. In 2018 she won the Hal Prize for fiction, and her novel, The Net Beneath Us, was a 2013 finalist for the Dana Award. Her essays about living off the grid air on Wisconsin Public Radio and as a freelance writer, she has ghostwritten more than 50 nonfiction books on the subject of financial planning.


Lake Superior Writers Conference Planning Committee

It’s not too late to join our planning committee for the summer of 2020! Our next meeting will be at Sir Bens on Tuesday, Feb 19 at 7 pm. We hope to see you there! Email Jenna with any questions.


Writers Cafe

Sat February 9, 9-11 am

Perk Place, 1336 W Arrowhead Rd, Duluth

Join us on Saturday, February 9 at Perk Place, 1336 West Arrowhead, Duluth for a chance to meet up with other writers and talk about writing. The Writers Cafe meets the second Saturday of each month. It’s a great way to meet fellow LSW members, network, and find members for your writing group. It’s casual, friendly, and most importantly, inside (brrrrrr)!


Literary events in our region

Feb 9 (Sat) 11 am – Poet Laura Hansen will read and answer questions from the floor at Book Ends, a monthly program connecting writers with readers. The Uptown, 224 Jefferson St S, Wadena, MN.

Feb 13 (Wed) 6 pm – Monthly critique group hosted by North Shore Poets and Writers and Two Harbors Public Library. Writers of all genres (and ages 14 and up) are welcome to this monthly gathering, meeting every second Wednesday of the month. Share your writing for gentle critique, in-depth critique, or merely an audience, or just come and listen to stories and poems by local writers. This is a free event held monthly at Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN.

Feb 15 (Fri) 6 pm – SVEA Bonfire Concert: A Capella Swedish Folk Songs & Stories. Blending four voices in Swedish and English, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Tina Hegg Raway, Elunia Steckelberg, and Erika Ternes create a connection to heritage and each other through story and song. Dress warmly! SVEA will sing outside around the bonfire, weather permitting. If it is too cold for vocal cords, the event will take place inside the bookstore. This event is in conjunction with the Many Tiny Lights PTA fundraiser for the Sawtooth Elementary School. Come see the lakefront decorated with hundreds of ice lanterns! Drury Lane Books Beachfront, 12 E Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN.

Feb 16 (Sat) 5 pm – Author Mary Ellen Ashcroft will read and sign her new book, OMG Growing Our God Images. Mary Ellen Ashcroft was an English professor at Bethel University and Kalamazoo College and is now vicar of Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church in Grand Marais. She has published a number of books, including Dogspell: The Gospel According to Dog, The Magdalene Gospel, and Spirited Women. She teaches a course using a narrative theology to invite people into scripture, and is also an active wilderness guild, part time bookseller, and grandmother. Drury Lane Bookstore, 12 E Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN.

Mar 16 (Sat) 8:45 am-12 pmwwa-70 – Cabin Fever Writers Rendezvous, a free workshop hosted by St. Croix Writers and Wisconsin Writers Association. Join author and writing coach Kim Suhr, director of Red Oak Writing, Genesse Depot, WI, as she presents The Writer’s Path, sharing her writing journey and wisdom gained in mentoring other writers. Kim will read from her newly-released story collection Nothing to Lose and discuss the writing life. Participants are encouraged to read a five-minute original work in the open reading portion from 10:45 am-noon. You are also welcome to just listen. Light refreshments, plus samplings of excellent coffees will be available courtesy of U-Roast-Em.com, Solon Springs. Solon Springs Community Center, North Classroom, 11523 S Business Rd, Solon Springs, WI. (715) 378-2776.

March 25-26 (Mon-Tues) – Join Climate Generation for an engaging two-day workshop, Talk Climate Institute, to learn new ways to have conversations about climate change that build respect and understanding. Participate in interactive sessions that incorporate reflective writing and listening, activities, visual art, and storytelling. Discover your own personal climate story, and learn how to use it as a tool to inspire solutions. Get empowered to take action on climate change and make a difference in your community! Climate Generation is a nonprofit empowering individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change. More information at Talk Climate Institute and https://www.facebook.com/events/315177186021169/ Sliding scale of $75-$100. Scholarships available. American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), Duluth, MN.


Experienced writers interested in workshopping a YA or MG novel can sign up for StoryGuild, a national program designed to pair unpublished (in the field of YA or MG) writers with host authors. Duluth’s program will be hosted (not taught, just hosted!) by Margi Preus beginning this spring. For more information and to sign up go to https://www.thescop.com/story-guild/.

The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival is scheduled for November 7-10, 2019 in Grand Marais. Lake Superior Writers will sponsor an exhibit table in the event hub during the festival, and we also have the opportunity to host the Saturday Local Writers Reading Panel during lunch. This is where you—our members—come in. We are looking for three or four panelists to read from published work that is narrative and literary in style. If you are interested, please email writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org with a short bio and the work from which you plan to read. Each participating author will receive a complimentary lunch on Saturday and the opportunity to include their book(s) in the book sale area of the event hub at the Art Colony.


KUDOS – News about our members

Jan Chronister poems appear in Talking Stick, Ariel Anthology and Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press). She also has poems in Sloth, Wrath, and Envy, three of the Seven Deadly Sins anthologies from Pure Slush Books (Australia). Her poems will appear in two upcoming anthologies: The Milwaukee Anthology (BELT Publishing) and Small Town Poetry Anthology.

Shelley Getten’s poem “The Grass is Greener” appears in the current issue of The Talking Stick, and her poems “What’s Left of Her” and “Invisible” appear in the newly released issue of Earth’s Daughters.

Linda Glaser had two pictures books, Emma’s Poem, The Voice of the Statue of Liberty, and Hannah’s Way selected for the Association of Jewish Libraries “Love Your Neighbor” list created in response to the Pittsburgh tragedy. Find it here

Paulette A. Pashibin’s poem “Beta Splendens (Siamese Fighting Fish)” was published in the January 15 online edition of MER VOX, and several poems were selected along with works by other artists as part of Penny Perry’s fall/winter exhibit at Zeitgeist Art Cafe and Gary Boelhower’s Take Away Poetry project in various Duluth locations.

Avesa Rockwells’s prose poem “Recovery” was published in Gone Lawn 31 (Winter 2018); and another personal essay “Tributary, for Poetry and its Teachers” was published in Survive and Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine Vol. 4 Issue 1.

Tina Marie Higgins Wussow’s short story What About the Caterpillar won first prize in the short story anthology Crossroads, and can be read free through a Kindle trial.


Open LSW Writing Groups

Feb 17 (Sun) 1:30 pm – Lake Superior Writers’ Memoir Group meets at the home of facilitator Ray Allard, 210 W Kent Rd, Duluth, MN.

Feb 20 (Wed) 6 pm – The Third Wednesday Writers’ Group, an open genre group for all writing venues (poetry, memoir, long prose, short prose, fiction/nonfiction, etc.), will meet will meet at Perkins restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall, 1302 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth. For more information, contact facilitator Rodney Savary, 218-464-7701, r.a.savary@gmail.com.


At Your Service

Chilly greetings to you! I am Jeni Torgerson, new administrator for Lake Superior Writers. It is an honor to have a hands on role in supporting writers in our area, and I am looking forward to meeting many of you at one of the fabulous events and workshops abundant through LSW. Writing inspiration, and lots of messes, are found in raising up my three daughters with the accomplished assistance of my husband, Mike. Biking, photography, and care of various creatures under my roof and in my coop take up time not spent at my other job, engaging visitors at Split Rock Lighthouse. When I put it like that, I guess it’s time to get back to work!