July 2018 NorthWords

Hoeg family finds meaning in Lake Superior Writers

Rich and Molly Hoeg on a biking trek.

Molly and Rich Hoeg recently donated $1,000 to LSW from their foundation. Molly, a writer and blogger who specializes in memoir and magazine stories about her bicycling adventures with her husband, said they like to “benefit organizations where the funds will add up to more than just another drop in the bucket. But they also have to mean something to the both of us.”

Molly said she’s found value in the activities that LSW offers. “I like the comradery and chance to network with writers. It’s always so useful to share information and hear how other writers do things.”

Molly and Rich hope that others will consider donating something extra to nonprofits like LSW that have a local impact. LSW is very thankful for their support!

Writers Cafe
Sat July 14, 9-11 am
Perk Place, 1336 W. Arrowhead Road, Duluth

Join us on Saturday, July 14, 9-11 am 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, 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).

Leaves of Grass – Illuminated
A solo performance by Patrick Scully
Celebrating Walt Whitman
Wed Sept 12, 7 pm
Teatro Zuccone, Downtown Duluth
Tickets $10; at zeitgeistarts.com and at the box office

Patrick Scully as Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman is considered to be America’s great poet, but his work was very controversial for its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass (1855). Leaves of Grass was described as obscene for its overt sexuality, while it received praised from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. In Leaves of Grass—Illuminated, Patrick Scully embodies Whitman in his “multitudes,” exploring his inclusiveness and embrace of all humankind.

PATRICK SCULLY is a Minneapolis-based performing artist. Leaves of Grass–Illuminated has premiered in New York City and Minneapolis, and will be performed July 12-14, 2019, at the Guthrie Theater, shortly after the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth.

This activity is made possible by the voters of MN through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

This performance includes video projections depicting nudity. 

Sponsored by Lake Superior Writers

Duluth Poet Laureate Project seeks applications for 2018-2010 Duluth Poet Laureate

The Duluth Poet Laureate Project announces its search for the 2018-2020 Duluth Poet Laureate. Founded in 2005, the project seeks to honor local poets and increase the public’s appreciation of poetry.  Minnesota poets who live within thirty miles of Duluth in the past five of ten years are eligible to apply. Once selected, the Duluth Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term and organize five public events, an inaugural reading, and attend monthly committee meetings. The Duluth Poet Laureate will receive an honorarium of $3,000.

Application guidelines are available at the Circulation Desk of the main Duluth Public Library, are downloadable at www.duluthpoetlaureate.org, and are also available by e-mail from holycow@holycowpress.org

The Duluth Poet Laureate Project is co-sponsored by area literary organizations, college and university English departments, and by donations from local businesses. The Zeitgeist Arts Center is the fiscal agent of the Duluth Poet Laureate Project. Application deadline is September 4, 2018. Please contact 218-724-1653 for further information.

Writing for Beginners
Workshop with Alice Marks
4 sessions Saturdays in October

Alice Marks

This class is for the beginning writer; someone who has always wanted to write. Writers will be encouraged to write in their prefered genre as they learn some of the “tricks of the trade.” Each class will provide timed writing opportunities, including exercises and personal creating. Participants will learn the art of gentle critiquing as each reads and asks for critiques. While not denying that writing can be hard work, this class will stress the joy and therapeutic value of writing and strive to make the writing fun, rather than daunting, for each new writer.

This is a four-session class, and will take place every Saturday morning in October 2018 (Oct 6, 13, 20, 27) from 10am-12pm at Duluth Sister Cities (the Lake Superior Writer’s office).

Cost: $50/LSW members, $85/non-LSW members (includes one-year Lake Superior Writers membership).

Scholarships are available. To sign up, please email Jenna at JennaMKowaleski@gmail.com.

Announcing the first ever Manuscript Swap!

The Manuscript Swap is for authors with completed, unpublished novel-length manuscripts who are willing to review someone else’s novel-length manuscript in exchange for feedback on their own. It’s peer-to-peer feedback, hosted by LSW. This program is designed to connect local authors with serious, positive feedback from another local writer on an unpublished manuscript. Note that this program is not a good fit for authors seeking professional editing or proofreading services. Please visit Manuscript Swap for full information.

Call for Writers Cafe Hosts

We’ve been thrilled with the regular attendance of LSW members at the Writer’s Cafe at Perk Place the second Saturday of every month. To continue it’s ongoing success, we are looking for LSW members to volunteer to be hosts. We’re looking for six people to volunteer to host two Writer’s Cafes a year (about a 4-6 hour commitment a year, total).

As a host, you’ll be responsible for calling a week ahead to ensure the table is reserved at Perk Place, welcoming people at the beginning of the session, ensuring people feel welcome and introduce themselves, and facilitate meaningful conversations around writing. No experience or expert-level writing expertise is required; just a passion for writing and helping writers network in the northland! For training, we’ll have you co-host with someone so you can get a feel for it before you host solo. Couples and two-person host teams are also encouraged to apply.

If you’re interested in hosting, please email Jenna at JennaMKowaleski@gmail.com.

Call for volunteers to plan writers conference

LSW is exploring the possibility of hosting a Writers Conference in 2020! We’re looking for people who would in interested in joining a sub-committee to start planning this great event.

The first meeting will be Thursday, August 23, 7 pm at the Starbucks in Woodland (1002 Woodland Ave, Duluth, MN 55812). This is a first meeting to start brainstorming what this event could be and to start planning.

We hope to see you there! If you’re interested in helping with planning, but can’t make the initial meeting, or if you have questions about helping to plan this event, please email Jenna at JennaMKowaleski@gmail.com.

An Evening With Billy Collins
Sept 7 Central Lakes College, Brainerd

Poet Billy Collins

Verse Like Water: the visiting poet program of Central Lakes College presents An Evening with Billy Collins, September 7th, at 7:00 in the Tornstrom Auditorium in the Washington Education Center in Brainerd. America’s most beloved poet will read, sign books, and then greet the public at Prairie Bay Restaurant. This kicks off the seventh year of Verse Like Water programming, and Mary Szybist (October 15th) and Peter Balakian (November 7th) will follow. Tickets for Billy’s reading will be available online beginning July 9th here.

Literary events in our region

June 30 (Sat) 7 pm – Poet and prose writer Margot Fortunato Galt will read from her new chapbook, The Heart Beat of Wings (a 2017 Red Bird Chapbook winner), drenched in memories of summer, moments of winter awe, and childhood “spills of joy.” As Minnesota poet Margaret Hasse writes, each poem grows larger, “like a small bird that opens its great wings in flight.” Margot is also the author of “Turning the Feather Around: My Life in Art,” her 1998 biography of George Morrison, Minnesota’s premier Ojibwe artist. Drury Lane Books, 12 E Wisconsin St., Grand Marais.

July 1 (Sun) 10 am-4 pm – Zenith Bookstore 1st Year Anniversary. Join us to celebrate our first anniversary!! Cake, prizes, 10% sale, and hugs. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth. Phone: (218) 606-1777.

Photograph by Heidi Mae Niska.

July 5-28 – A photography and prose poetry collaboration featuring Heidi Mae Niska (photographer) and Julie Gard (poet) at Lyric Center for the Arts, First Stage Gallery, 510 Chestnut St., Virginia, MN. The gallery is open on Thursdays 11 am – 3 pm. The opening reception is July 7 (Sun) 6-8 pm with a Q&A and poetry reading at 7 pm.

Niska and Gard began their collaboration before they ever met, by means of a poetry and photography exhibit at the Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors in 2013. They decided to continue to work together and create more ekphrastic work inspired by each other’s photos and prose poems. The Threads exhibit is a culmination of this back-and-forth exchange and invites the audience to view the photographs, read and listen to the prose poems, and create and share their own writing and visual art. Photographs and poems are displayed traditionally, on paper, as well as on large pieces of hanging silk fabric.

July 10 (Tue)  7 pm – Authors Event: Crystal Gibbins and Jennifer Case. Case will read from her memoir Sawbill: A Search for Place. Crystal Gibbins will read new and selected poems from Now/Here. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth. Phone: (218) 606-1777.

July 12 (Thur) 7 pm – Book of Beasties Book Launch Party. Celebrate the launch of Sarah Bamford Seidelmann’s new book! The Book of Beasties is all about the magic of the beasties and how seeking out the messages of animals and their spirits can REALLY help! Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth. Phone: (218) 606-1777.

July 14 (Sat) 7 pm – Bart Sutter will read from his new book Nordic Accordian: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood. Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais. 218-387-3370.

July 17 (Tue) 7 pm – Poetry Reading: Sharon Chmielarz and Bart Sutter. Both poets will read from their latest collections. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth. Phone: (218) 606-1777.

July 19 (Thur) 7 pm – Author Event: Roger Thompson. Join us at Zenith Bookstore to hear Roger Thompson talk about his latest book, No Word for Wilderness: Italy’s Grizzlies and the Race to Save the Rarest Bears on Earth. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth. Phone: (218) 606-1777

July 26 (Thur) 7:30 pm – Full Moon Music with Roxann Berglund & Briand Morrison. Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais. 218-387-3370.

July 28 (Sat) 11 am – Yvonne Pearson Story Time: Sadie Braves the Wilderness. Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais. 218-387-3370.

KUDOS – News about our members

Shirley Greves (writing under the pen name Rosemary Vaughn) is a 2018 Next Generations Indie Book Awards Finalist in two categories: Regional and Romance for her debut novel Love on the Misty Isles. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest worldwide not-for-profit indie awards program. She will be participating in the Northwoods Art and Book Festival, August 11, 2018 in Hackensack, MN.  You can visit her website at www.rosemaryvaughn.com

Doug Lewandowski

Doug Lewandowski has had his short story, “Haircut” included in the 2018 edition of The Nemadji Review, a publication of UW Superior. Doug has also published his first novel, Woman River, that stands in the tradition of Staggerford and Winesburg Ohio. It interweaves themes of belief, doubt, and commitment to values in traditional and unconventional ways. It is available at Zenith Bookstore on Central Avenue in West Duluth. You can see more of his writing at www.douglewandowski.com.


Ariel Anthology seeks poetry submissions

Submissions are now open for the Ariel Anthology, Issue 5. The theme is journeys. Open to Wisconsin poets over 18. Deadline is September 16. For complete details and guidelines, please email arielanthology@gmail.com

REWILD Writing Workshop
Sept 7-9, Gunflint Trail

REWILD is an immersive workshop where you spend a weekend “on assignment” as a nature writer. The inaugural workshop will be held at a historic camp on the edge of the Boundary Waters.

REWILD 2018 will take place in northern Minnesota. You’ll venture out on a day trip to a hidden waterfall in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Take time to journal, swim, practice your photography, or simply relax. Immerse yourself in seminars, practicums, and creative experiences. At a comfortable lakeside lodge, a working professional writer will guide you step by step through the process of writing your own nature vignette—a miniature version of the kind of story you see featured on magazine covers.

At the end of the workshop, you’ll have a chance to give a reading and be applauded for your work. You may also choose to have your story published on the forthcoming Wildhaus Studio blog.  Before and after the in-person workshop, you’ll enjoy three private mini-workshops delivered live online (and recorded for your convenience) to jumpstart your writing practice for 2019. For curious writers of all levels, REWILD is a weekend to develop as a writer and inspire new possibilities for your creative life.

INSTRUCTOR: Shelby Gonzalez is a senior writer for REI Co-op and founder of Wildhaus, an independent writing studio. Her background includes an adventure column (Miss Guided), hundreds of published stories, and a managing editor role at Northern Wilds magazine. Her most recent feature is about volcanoes and the search for alien life.

TUITION: $597;  save over $100 when you register by Sunday, July 8 at 11:59 PM CST

For more information: www.rewildworkshop.com


Split Rock Review seeks submissions for its Fall 2018 issue. Split Rock Review provides a venue for writers and artists of any background, in any stage of their careers, to showcase their best work. We publish poetry, short CNF, reviews, interviews, graphic narratives, comics, and artwork that explore place, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. We also host an annual poetry chapbook contest each spring and publish themed anthologies. To those who heed the call of the woods, kick off your boots and submit your work to Split Rock Review! Reading period: May 1 – July 31. For information about our submission guidelines, visit our website: www.splitrockreview.org

Split Rock Review is now considering manuscripts for its 2018 Poetry Chapbook Contest. Submit a manuscript of 12-24 pages of poems. We prefer manuscripts that explore place, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Entry fee is $10.00. Winner receives 10 perfect-bound chapbooks. Reading period: May 1 – July 31. For full submission guidelines, visit www.splitrockreview.org/submit.


2018 Pizza Farm Thursdays with Spoken Word Performances
Thursdays through August 30, 6-8 pm
Farmstead Creamery & Café

We’ve been exercising creativity all winter at Farmstead with a Creativity Workshop, now it’s time to put those words into performance and celebrate the writers of the Northwoods! If you are interested in being a guest artist, please call John Adler at 715-699-6023 to get your name on the schedule. Reserved artists will be asked to submit a performance photo and a one-to-two sentence descriptor of the type of work to be performed for publicity purposes. If you’d like to be an audience participant (more informal and still very fun), you can give us a shout or just come to one of the events!  All ages welcome. Please let us know in advance if your performance requires use of more than one microphone. Here’s to an awesome summer of spoken word!

Perks for Performers:  Please understand that this is only our second season for the project, which we hope will catch on and grow the potential for spoken word and interested audiences to gather.  Farmstead Creamery offers a pizza and gelato to the booked guest artists in compensation, and our famous chicken tip jar will be available.  Please feel free to bring materials that help spread the word about what you do (brochures, business cards, etc.) and any merchandise you have for your work (CDs, books, etc.).  Farmstead Creamery may be interested in carrying some of this work on consignment in our shop after the performance.


August 10-15 – Writers Retreat at Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin. Facilitator: Julia Walsh, FSPA. Find focus and get in touch with your creative spirit among a supportive Christian community at this writing retreat. Enjoy time away from your daily distractions to concentrate on your writing projects, plus input from experienced authors, shared contemplative prayer, opportunities for socials, writing workshops, and recreation such as kayaking and hiking in the Northwoods. Marywood is located just north of Minocqua on Hwy 51 on Trout Lake. We offer on-site programs and retreats in our center and lakeside cabins and travel throughout the region to present workshops and programs. $495 for a shared room and all needs. $595.00 for a private room in a shared cabin and all needs. $50 cabin discount if you register and pay in full by June 15. $100 deposit with registration, please. Commuters $275. Call 715-385-3750 or email marywood.center@gmail.com to register by Friday, July 13th. Space is limited. Register early!

Open LSW writing groups

July 18 (Wed) 6 pm – The Third Wednesday Writers Group is planning to hold their July 18 meeting at Enger Park.  At 5:00 pm we will have a picnic and social hour followed by our regular meeting at 6:00 pm. In the case of stormy weather and/or rain we will meet at our regular time and place at the Miller Hill Perkins at 6:00 pm. The group is facilitated by Rodney Savary, 218-464-7701, r.a.savary@gmail.com.

July 29 – 1:30 pm – The LSW Memoir Group will meet at the home of Ray Allard, 210 West Kent Road. We solicit the participation of those who are working on memoirs. It will start at 1:30 pm. Please bring something to read.

Writers’ Square Table discussion group meets at the Sami Center of North America, 4915 E. Superior St., Suite 205 (Enter from Pitt St.) Please contact marakirkhart13@gmail.com for date and time of meeting.