July 2016 NorthWords

shutterstock_196343966OPEN MIC FOR PROSE WRITERS!

Amazing Grace Café
July 11 (Mon) 5:30 to 7pm
(Every second Monday)
Amazing Grace Bakery and Cafe
394 South Lake Avenue, Duluth
Sign up: 5:30 pm
Readings: 6 to 7 pm

LSW announces the return of Open Mic prose readings in the cozy kitsch of Duluth’s Amazing Grace Bakery and Café, hosted every second Monday of the month by member Paulette Warren. Readers are asked to bring a one-sentence bio and two selections to each session: first, a sentence or two or a particularly descriptive phrase from another writer you find interesting or inspirational. Then, your own piece that you’re sharing. The two don’t need to be thematically connected.

Readers should plan (and practice) for a five minute turn at the mic. More time will be given depending on the number of readers who sign up. All prose is welcome, including prose poetry, so consider your fiction, nonfiction, memoir, character sketches, letters to editors, howls…polished or just out of the chute.

Sign up starts at 5:30 PM. Readers are selected in sequence. Come early to enjoy the eatery. Amazing Grace, winner of a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, serves delicious “scratch” food and beer in a hometown setting. Readings commence at 6 pm and close with the cafe at 7 pm.


21 Poets/ 21 Seconds
Thursday, July 7, 7 – 9 PM
DAI Galleries

In an event related to Tim White’s current In and Out of Context exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute, which features the words of 21 regional wordsmiths paired with White’s black-and-white photography, “21 Poets/21 Seconds” will take place from 7 – 9 PM on Thursday, July 7. The event will put an irreverent spin on the sometimes solemn proceedings of conventional poetry readings, giving each participating poet just 21 seconds to share their words, conveying sharp insights or droll humor in less than a minute’s time. Paul Lundgren, Perfect Duluth Day’s wry publisher, and Bob Monahan, Red Herring owner and resident raconteur, will moderate this evening of playfully terse verse. Participating poets include Linda Grover and Liz Minette (among others); and the Duluth Art Institute welcomes anyone to participate. The reading will take place in the DAI Galleries, 506 W Michigan St, and is free and open to the public.


Ephemeral Poetry Workshop
Saturday, July 23, 10 AM – 4 PM
DAI Lincoln Center for Arts Education, 2229 W 2nd St. Duluth

Write a declaration in the sand and offer it to Lake Superior. Melt a snowball from last winter over words in watercolor. Sing your hopes into Miller Creek. Literally eat your words. This day-long workshop is dedicated to working with other poets on the process of writing, without a focus on the end product. We are creating a space for creativity without the pressure of something to show for it. Poets Liz Minette and Jill Hinners will help facilitate, in connection with the DAI’s In & Out of Context exhibition. The event is free and registration is required. To register, email info@duluthartinstitute.org with your first and last name.


Cow CallsPerformance of Bart Sutter’s play Cow Calls in Dalarna
July 22-23, American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Bart Sutter’s play for readers’ theatre in verse with folk music, Cow Calls in Dalarna, will be performed at the American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, at 6:30 p.m. on Fri., July 22, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sat., July 23. Each performance will feature a brief front set by Vikarbyns Lilla Spelmanslag, a young adult fiddle group from Dalarna, Sweden. The play, about the feminine culture of the summer pasture camps in Sweden, is directed by Sheryl Jensen. The roles of the cowgirls are performed by Mary Jo Uhlenkott, Heidi Lyle, and Patricia Dorn–all of the Twin Ports–and Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux of Grand Marais. The playwright takes the one male role. The actors are supported by Frances Olson of Minneapolis on fiddle. Besides fiddle tunes, the play is musically charged with folk songs, cow horns, cow calls, and cow bells. Tickets are $15 for members of the American Swedish Institute, $20 for non-members, $5 for ages 6 -18. For more information, contact info@asimn.org



Every Thursday night in July and August, Farmstead Creamery in Hayward is hosting a family-friendly poetry reading, with featured readers at 7 pm and an open mic at 8. For a map, please visit http://www.northstarhomestead.com Thursdays are Pizza Farm Night and there is plenty to see and do, including a farm tour. Come spend the afternoon and evening.

Writers’ Salons in July at Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais. All salons are on Sat 5 pm at the bookstore. Join us to hear authors read from their work, answer questions, and discuss writing and literature.
July 9 – Mary Sharratt The Dark Lady’s Mask: A Novel of Shakespeare’s Muse
July 19 – Full moon reading with Hannah Barker Nickolay
July 23 – Kim Alan Chapman & James Armstrong: Nature, Culture, and Two Friends Talking

July 21 (Thur) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic at Beaner’s Central. Featured Guest: Katherine Hansberry. Hosted by Tina Higgins Wussow. Show up to sign up, half-priced wine and trivia.

Aug 1 (Mon) 6:30 pm – Words and Lyrics is a Spoken Word event at the Lyric Center for the Arts Enjoy the parades, food and fireworks with your friends and family. Come back on August 1st to celebrate BLUEBERRIES! Bring a poem, essay or short story of your own about blueberries or a favorite by someone else to share, or come, sit back and listen. There will be no Words and Lyrics in July.


KUDOS – News about our members

Linda LeGarde Grover’s poetry collection The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives has been selected by Red Mountain Press for their Editor’s Award and publication. Release/launch date will be Sept. 16, 2016.

Eric Chandler’s essay “Cabin Life Lessons” was published in the July issue of Northern Wilds.

Paulette Warren (who writes as P. A. Pashibin) participated in a poetry reading at Jules’ Poetry Playhouse in Albuquerque along with Lynette Reini-Grandell (Minneapolis), Barlett White (Rochester NY) and Singer/Songwriter/Musician Venus DeMars (Minneapolis), as well as hosts Jules Nyquist and John Roche. A lovely setting for the arts, workshops, gallery showings—anyone traveling to Albuquerque should check it out.

Marie Zhuikov’s poem “Universal Ticket” will be published in The Talking Stick this fall.


Northwest Wisconsin Writers Conference July 23, 2016
The Power of Process: Creativity, Persistence and Promotion

william kent krueger3The St. Croix Writers of Solon Springs, Wisconsin will be hosting the 44th Annual Northwest Wisconsin Writers Conference on July 23, 2016 at the Solon Springs Community Center with events centered around the topic: The Power of the Process–Creativity, Persistence and Promotion. Keynote speaker will be New York Times best-selling author William Kent Krueger. A Minnesota author, he writes the Cork O’Connor mystery series set in Northern Minnesota. His work has won numerous awards including an Edgar for Ordinary Grace.

Sessions will include: Poetry; Marketing for Independent Authors; Pulling Your Readers Emotional Strings; Memoir Writing Roundtable; Edit Like You Mean It; Creating Suspense and Conflict; and Resources for Writers. There will also be a book fair. That evening there will be an outdoor concert at Lucius Woods Park Performing Arts Center (www.lwmusic.com.) Lucius Woods is a lovely park located on the shores of Upper St. Croix Lake. It features wooded trails, a brook, beach, and camping facilities.

Conference registration fee is $20 in advance (JULY 8 DEADLINE) or $25 at the door. For registration information, check out our Facebook page at Northwest Wisconsin Writers Conference. Or contact Cathy at cjbecca52@yahoo.com or 715-375-2014. Authors wishing to reserve a table at the book fair should contact Barbara at 715-376-4451.


St. Croix Writers Group in Solon Springs seeking new members

LSW member Viola LaBounty reports that St Croix Writers Group in Solon Springs is open to new people. They meet every Tuesday morning 9:30-11:30. All genres; time to read & option for critique or not. St. Croix Writers Group member Viola says “It’s a good supportive group for people of all levels in their writing journey.”


One-day Workshop
Oct. 8 2016
The Plaza Hotel & Suites, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Featured speaker: CANDACE HAVENS

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Entangled, Samhain and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion, and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. Sponsored by Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. For complete information, go to http://wisrwa.org/fall-into-fiction-workshop-signup/


LSW Open Writing Groups

A new writing group Novel Ideas is meeting in Superior. This group is designed for those writing novels who wish to read and be critiqued on longer pieces of writing. For more information, contact Theresa Allison-Price at theresa.allisonprice@gmail.com.

July 21 (Thur) Writers’ Square Table. Topic: What you should do once your book is published. Presenter: Marlene Wisuri. Place: Sami Center, 4915 E. Superior Street, Ste# 205. Enter from Pitt Street. All are welcome.

July 23 (Sat) Members of the writing group Ink Slingers who need rides to the Northwestern Wisconsin Writers Conference in Solon Springs should contact Alice Marks at amarks001@charter.net. Alice Marks will sell copies of her suspense novel Missing and the anthology Masters of Time, in which her story “The End of the Road” appears at the conference.

July 24 (Sun) 1:30 pm – Memoir Group (change of date) – We will meet Sunday July 24 (rather than July 17) at the home of Mara Hart, 205 W. Kent Road, Duluth. All are welcome.

July 28 (Thur) – The Ink Slingers will meet at the home of Alice Marks to carpool to the home of member Ruth Schmidt-Baeumler at Castle Danger on July 28. Members of the group are asked to watch their e-mail for more information.


LSW Editing & Mentoring 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 writer@lakesuperiorwriters.org.