July 2020 NorthWords


To Our Valued Members

Good news: Your Lake Superior Writers membership has been extended to the end of the year. Until now we’ve based our membership status and budget on a fiscal year that ended in June, but we’re switching to a January-December membership year to avoid confusion on renewals and just to keep things simple overall.


If you are able to donate to help cover our minimal overhead costs as we stretch our finances to make this transition it would be so greatly appreciated. Otherwise we’ll be asking for renewals come this holiday season. Donations can be made via this link: https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/membership/


We’re working on some virtual programming to jumpstart your pandemic writing and help us all connect and foster a strong literary community in the Northland. Thanks for being with us and stay safe, everyone.


VictoriaSmith_Author Photo3Lake Superior Writers welcomes our newest board member, Vickie Youngquist-Smith. She enjoys writing fiction and creative nonfiction. She’s working on a collection of short stories. She writes to classical music while her two standard poodles relax on the nearby couch. When she’s not writing, she loves to read and quilt or watch British comedies and mysteries. She has good times taking her grandchildren on local adventures involving Lake Superior. Her number one travel wish is to visit the Shetland Islands. She publishes her work as Victoria Lynn Smith.


Literary events in our region 


Online version of the Fiction Shop program. During and after these difficult times, a lot of us are going to have more stories to tell – and to write. To that end, a series of ten lessons on writing fiction and narrative non-fiction have been posted at Fiction Shop channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIgHMneCegC7xWxAsJlDcAw.


July 6 (Mon) 2:00 pm – K.M. Waldvogel Book Talk Wisconsin author K.M. Waldvogel will give a book talk about her research and writing of her middle grade book, Spies, Soldiers, Couriers, and Saboteurs: Women of the American Revolution. The talk will focus on Waldvogel’s years of research on little-known women who risked their lives to help the Patriots defeat the British. Waldvogel spent six years researching and writing her book which was published by Orange Hat Publishing in 2019. Testimonials by Wisconsin authors Jerry Apps and Bill Stokes grace the back cover of the book. Event information can be found at https://www.winchesterpubliclibrary.com/events/2020-07/. To read a review of Waldvogel’s book, visit the Wisconsin Writers Association page at https://www.wiwrite.org/book-reviews/8582708?tpg=2. Winchester Public Library, 2117 Lake St., Winchester, WI.





The Bedford Competition (International Short Story & Poetry Awards) contest. More information at https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/homepage.php.


In Isolation Contest. More information at https://www.writerssidekick.com/in-isolation-contest.


KUDOS – News about our members



Jan Chronister is co-editing Ariel Anthology Volume Seven: Discovery with Lucy Tyrrell, Bayfield Poet Laureate. Jan has poems appearing or forthcoming in LOCKDOWN 2020, Thunderbird Review, Red Cedar, Poems from Isolation, Under a Blue Sky: Poems about New Beginnings, Verdant (Truth Serum Press), Halfway to the North Pole (Door County Poets Collective), and 100 Lives, The Beautifulest, and The Tyranny of Bacon, all from Pure Slush Books.

Shelley Getten’s poem, “The Poet,” will be published in the forthcoming issue of The Talking Stick. https://thetalkingstick.com/.

The paperback edition of Linda LeGarde Grover’s novel In the Night of Memory (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) will be released on June 30, 2020. The story, which takes place in the Minnesota arrowhead region, is about a missing Native American woman, her family, and her tribal community.

Ruth Schmidt-Baeumler‘s poem, “Dinner for One,” will be published in Volume 29 of The Talking Stick. https://thetalkingstick.com/.

Victoria Lynn (Youngquist) Smith had two fictional stories, “Marlon Dabrowski and His Dreamy Coffee Bean Eyes” and “Nana’s Cautionary Tale” published in the Red Cedar 2020 Review. The review is published by students at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire-Barron County Campus.

Anne Stewart has two poems in the upcoming Talking Stick. “Winter Moon” and “Twin Flowers.” https://thetalkingstick.com/. She also has a poem, “The Chickadee (For Clay and Emily, a sonnet in honor of their marriage)” in the recent Minnesota Voices.

Marie Zhuikov’s short story, “The House,” was published on the Twin Ports Terror web page in July.






Open LSW Writing Groups

The Third Wednesday Writers – July 15 (Wed) 6:00 pm – On June 17 we held our first meeting in-person meeting since winter at Enger Park. Everyone there agreed that it was much more enjoyable than our conference call meetings. We will continue meeting at the Park as long as weather permits.