July 2019 NorthWords


Hello to our Members!

As we begin our new year at Lake Superior Writers on July 1st, I’d like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for your continued support.Schneiderhan Mug Shot

Your involvement – from attending panels and events, sharing writing news on our social media page, and sending us suggestions – all help Lake Superior Writers fulfill its mission to create a vibrant literary community in the Twin Ports area. Thank you to everyone who has renewed their membership from the 2019-2020 year; your annual dues help offer excellent programming and support writers at all levels in our area, including the NEMBA awards, poetry workshops in the St. Louis County Jail, our monthly newsletter, and more. (If you have not yet renewed your membership, you still can on our website.)

We have some outstanding programming coming in the next year:

  • The second annual manuscript swap will start in October.
  • Another series of panels devoted to the writing process will help inspire and motivate your work.
  • Writers Café will continue meeting every second Saturday at Perk Place in Duluth.
  • NorthWords will continue to appear in your inbox each month.

We are now setting our workshop schedule and looking at ways to offer more publishing opportunities for our members. Look for news on our website and our social media page.

And as always, the “Lake Superior Writers Group Discussion” Facebook page is available to all our members. Please post your writing news. Share resources and meet other writers. This is an opportunity for our members to stay connected and learn from each other – even when you’re writing at 3 o’clock in the morning!

On behalf of the entire board, thank you for the opportunity to serve you as you grow as writers. We are grateful for the chance to be part of this vibrant literary community, and we look forward to another creative year ahead.


Felicia Schneiderhan, Board Chair


2019 Manuscript Swap!

Looking for feedback on your latest manuscript from a peer? Willing to provide feedback to another local writer in return?

open-books-2We hope you’ll attend our annual Manuscript Swap on Saturday, October 5! Some guidelines, including word count, have been adjusted since last year. For complete details visit: Manuscript Swap


Writers’ Café

July 13 (Saturday), 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Perk Place, 1336 W Arrowhead Rd, Duluth

Join us at Perk Place 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. Casual, friendly, and fun – join us!


Literary events in our region

July 9 (Tues) 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – The Sami Cultural Center is holding a Book Market. Featured authors and publishers are… summer book market
Black Bears and Blueberries 
Kathleen Cargill
Holy Cow! Press
Katharine Johnson
Thomas Peacock 
Sami Cultural Center 
Sharon Shuck
Arlene Putikka Tucker 
Marlene Wisuri   

This will be a great opportunity to meet authors and purchase signed copies. Free + summer refreshments. The Center, 4915 East Superior Street, #205, Duluth. Please use the Pitt Street entrance. 

July 20 (Sat) 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Cary J. Griffith will be signing copies of his book Gunflint Burning at Wilderness Outfitters in Grand Marais, MN.

July 30 (Tues) 6:00 pm – Award-winning Bayfield County author James Brakken will give a reading at Superior Public Library. His new book INFAMOUS: The Crimes of John Henry Seadlund, tells the true story of a Northwoods man who turns to a life of crime and becomes Public Enemy #1 during the Great Depression. This event is free and open to the public with refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave, Superior, WI.  

Drury Lane Books events All events held at Drury Lane Books, 12 E Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN.

  • July 6 (Sat) 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Shannon Gibney will read from her new young adult novel Dream Country, a Minnesota Book Award 2019 winner!
  • July 13 (Sat) 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Cary Waterman will read from her poetry collection ThresholdNew and Selected Poems, take questions from the audience, and sign books.
  • July 21 (Sun) 5:00 pm – Book Group. July book is Dream Country.

Zenith Bookstore events All events held at Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN.

  • July 1 (Mon) – 2nd Anniversary Celebration Two days of prizes, giveaways and sales to say thank you to customers and community for two amazing years.
  • July 10 (Wed) 5:30 pm – Poetry Book Club facilitated by former Duluth Poet Laureate, Sheila Packa. This book club is for everybody who loves to read poetry. Reading: “House of Fact, House of Ruin” by Tom Sleigh



Saturday Morning Writing Workshops – July 13, 27, Aug 3 (Sat) 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Three craft-driven workshops offering robust, connective explorations into the art of writing as well as forays into submission and collaborative opportunities will take place in Ashland, WI. Opportunities for work to be discussed in a positive, focused and supportive process will be presented. $50 for three workshops or $20 for drop ins. A pay-what-you-can option is available. Contact cdownyocean@aol.com or 715.292.6532 for more information.

Driftwords – July 14 (Sun) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Writers, artists, and photographers of all experience levels are welcome to meet at Wisconsin Point #7 with the Duluth Poetry Chapter. Permanent markers will be available for drawing and writing on driftwood, sidewalk chalk for writing poems on the concrete, and sticks to write in the sand. Participating writers are encouraged to bring along poems that contain words they would like to “wash away” or “wash up.” The poems marked around the beach during the event will be photographed as a part of our larger “DriftWords” project and displayed at the Duluth Poetry Chapter “Meet the League” event that will take place in the early fall.

Loon Song Retreat, a unique retreat for authors who write for children and young adults, will take place Sept 5 – 9 (Thurs-Mon). Visit their website for more information: Loon Song Retreat.

Northland Fall Writers Conference – Sept 28 (Sat) 8:30 am – Hosted by St. Croix Writers and Wisconsin Writers Association. Brian Freeman, international best-selling psychological thriller author, will present “Thrill Seeker: A Writer’s Life in the Brian FreemanNorthland.” Keynote presenter Freeman is well known for his strong, complex characters including Jonathan Stride, Frost Easton, and Cab Bolton, with the Stride detective series set in Duluth, MN. Additional guest presenters, book tables and sales, catered lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided. Registration begins at 8:30 am, Solon Springs Community Center, 11523 S. Business Hwy 53, Solon Springs, WI. Conference fee of $49.00 (WWA members $39.00). More information and registration available at Fall Writers Conference.


KUDOS – News about our members

Gary Boelhower‘s poem “All My Relations” won third place in the 2019 Orchard Street Poetry Contest. His poem “One Step” was selected as a semi-finalist and “Water Song” received an honorable mention. All three poems will appear in the 2019 edition of Quiet Diamonds, Orchard Street’s annual journal.

Sharon Durken‘s novella Hero’s Welcome is now available on Amazon.

Shelley Getten’s poem “Floating” has been published in the current edition of Martin Lake Journal  (Volume #2).

Cary J. Griffith‘s book Gunflint Burning has been issued in paperback by the University of Minnesota Press.

Katherine Schaefer’s short story, “Leopardess,” was published in the April issue of Hot Flash Fictionhttp://hotflashfiction.com/archive-april-2019/#feature_a. Katherine lives and writes in Minneapolis and Orienta, Wisconsin.

Ruth Schmidt-Baeumler‘s two poems, “Empty Pail” and “Empty Bowl” will appear in Volume 28 of The Talking Stick, published by the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc of Park Rapids/Menahga, MN.

Hiawatha ValleyKent Stever‘s book Historic Tales of the Hiawatha Valley, containing “Day on the River,” a previous honorable mention in the LSW annual writing contest, will be published nationally on July 20. Arcadia is Kent’s fourth book.





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Kathleen (K.M.) Waldvogel‘s middle-grade book Spies, Soldiers, Couriers, and Saboteurs: Women of the American Revolution will be published in August. The book focuses on little-known women who helped our country fight for independence. Some of the women performed one act of courage, while others played a more consistent role. Each of them did something remarkable.

The book will be available in August and is being published by Orange Hat Publishing of Waukesha.



Marie Zhuikov will have two of her poems in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s Great Waters 2019-2020 calendar. “Stockton Island” is featured on the August 2020 page and “Lake Superior Auntie” on December 2020. The calendar is being distributed at the Wisconsin State Fair, through regional DNR offices, and state and national park visitor centers.

Open LSW Writing Groups

July 10 (second Wed) 6:00 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. See or contact our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/northshorepoets/ for more information. This is a free event held monthly at Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN.

July 17 (third Wed) 6:00 pm – The Third Wednesday Writer’s Group, an open genre group for all writing venues (poetry, memoir, long prose, short prose, fiction/nonfiction, etc.), will meet at Perkins restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall, 1302 Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth, MN. For more information, contact facilitator Rodney Savary, 218-464-7701, r.a.savary@gmail.com.

NO MEETING – Lake Superior Writers’ Memoir Group which typically meets at the home of facilitator Ray Allard will not be meeting in July.