June 2015 NorthWords

Instructor: Felicia Schneiderhan
4 Wednesday Sessions
Marshall Professional Building Conference Room
June 17 & 24, July 1 & 8, 6-8 pm
Includes one private conference with instructor
$75 LSW Members; $90 Nonmembers
To register call Gail Trowbridge at 218-728-1354 or email her at gailwill@chartermi.net
Payment will be taken on June 17 5:45-6 pm

This class is for people who have been writing fiction for some time, and would like to work on their writing in a workshop setting. The class will include such topics as point-of-view, rewriting and publishing. Felicia Schneiderhan holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and journalism have appeared in dozens of publications. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing classes at colleges and universities in Chicago and Duluth, and Lake Superior Writers. Her new memoir is Newlyweds Afloat, published by Breakaway Books.



We’re pleased to announce the winners of Lake Superior Writers 2015 Writing Contest. Our theme “Super + Natural” drew over 80 entries from our members.

Poetry – “Life After,” by Deborah Rasmussen https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/annual-writing-contest/2015-writing-contest-winners/poetry-deborah-rasmussen/

Short-short fiction – “The Ladder,” by Phil Fitzpatrick https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/annual-writing-contest/2015-writing-contest-winners/2015-short-short-fiction-winner-3/

Short Story – “Trail Through the Tamaracks,” by Eric Chandler https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/annual-writing-contest/2015-writing-contest-winners/2015-creative-nonfiction-winner/

Creative nonfiction – “My Evening With Andrei,” by Mara Hart https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/annual-writing-contest/2015-writing-contest-winners/2015-short-story-winner/

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted. Each writer received $250 and read at Lake Superior Writers’ Literary Celebration on Sunday, May 17 at The Tweed Museum of Art.

Thank you so much to our contest coordinator, Marie Zhuikov, and our panel of judges:

Marion Gustafson
Tina Higgins
Sheila Packa
Mike Savage
John Sorensen
Marty Sozansky

KUDOS – News about our members

In May, Eric Chandler’s poem “Maybe I Should’ve Lied” was published in Ash & Bones. http://ashandbones.com/maybe-i-shouldve-lied-by-eric-chandler/  Also in May, his nonfiction story “Isolationist” and three poems appeared in Line of Advance (Vol. 4). http://www.lineofadvance.org

Four poems by Terry Falsani will be published this summer:  “Mist in May,” “Downwind of American Can—The Wasteland, Revisited,” and “Closure” will appear in the Peace River Center for Writers Anthology: August 2015, Florida Southwestern State College, Punta Gorda, FL and “To See the World” will appear in the inaugural issue of 805 Literary and Arts Journal, founded by Manatee County, Florida Public Library System.

Holy Cow! Press announces the publication of Out of the Depths: Poetry of Poverty, Courage and Resilience, edited by Susan Deborah King 194 pages, perfectbound, $18.00. A project of the Poverty Initiative of the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Out of the Depths is a compelling anthology of over 100 poems by well-known poets (such as Martin Espada, Naomi Shihab Nye, Gregory Orr, Marilyn Nelson, Wendy McNair, Brendan Galvin, Julia Alverez, Natasha Tretheway, Kevin Young) as well as emerging poets and those never-before-published about first-hand experiences of poverty. While the poets hail from diverse locations, cultures and ethnicities, their work shares common elements of vivid detail, determination of spirit (either quiet or passionate), and compelling artistry. The stark realism of these poems itself bears witness to the courage of these writers to face the truth of their ordeals and cut through the shame and stigma associated with the endurance of poverty. Minnesota poets whose work is included: Jim Johnson, Heid Erdrich, James Lenfestey, Sharon Chmielarz, Roseann Lloyd, and Ethna McKiernan. Susan Deborah King is the author of five poetry collections including Coven, One-Breasted Woman, Bog Orchards, and Dropping into the Flower. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including Tar Rivers Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Willow Review. She teaches creative writing and leads retreats on spirituality and creativity in Minneapolis and Maine. Available at local bookstores and at www.holycowpress.org

Paulette Warren (aka P. A. Pashibin) reports that she will be one of the readers of poetry submissions to the next edition of The Mom Egg Review, published by Half Shell Press of Bardonia, NY. The submission period is June 1 through September 1 and the theme of this edition will be “Change.” For more information or to submit poetry, prose, or visuals, visit the publisher’s website at:  http://www.themomegg.com/themomegg/Home.html


June 9 (Tue) 7 pm – Bart Sutter will give a publication reading for his new collection, Chester Creek Ravine, at The Loft, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, sharing the stage with two other poets, Greg Watson and Michael Moore, who also have new books from Nodin Press.

June 10 (Wed) 6-8 pm (Every second Wednesday) North Shore Poets meet to read and critique poetry at the Two Harbors Public Library. This is an open group, we welcome newcomers, and it’s free. For more information contact Shelley at (612) 910-8496 or gettencreative@gmail.com

June 12 (Fri) 6pm – Jefferson People’s House, 12 S 15th Ave. E., Duluth – Swing on by JPH for the Duluth premier of Marlais Brand’s new book, The Hungry Coast. Set on Lake Superior, her bewitching tales take us on a hair-raising ride through fear, love, history, death and relentless hunger; illustrated by Grand Marais woodblock artist, Noah Prinsen. Also on hand will be Duluth’s own “internationally renown musical vanguard,” CYRUS PIREH https://www.facebook.com/events/478322905655040/

June 13 (Sat) – Bart Sutter and his brother Ross will present songs and stories, music and poems as The Sutter Brothers at Nisswastämman, the Scandinavian music festival which takes place at Nisswa Pioneer Village. $12 adults, $3 children, all day.

June 15 (Mon) – Bart Sutter is on the panel “Jon, the Person/Jon, the Writer” at the Jon Hassler Festival, Central Lakes College, in Brainerd. Also, The Sutter Brothers will perform in southwestern Minnesota June 23-24 at three different venues; see www.thesutterbrothers.com  for more information.

June 18 (Thur) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic at Beaner’s Central (every third Thursday) featuring the author of the memoir Ma’s Dictionary, Milan Kovacovic. Hosted by Tina Higgins Wussow. Half-priced wine, trivia, book exchange, and prizes.

June 20 (Sat) 11 am-1 pm – Duluth author Mark Munger will be participating in Author Fest at Beagle and Wolf Books and Bindery in Park Rapids, MN on June 20, 2015 from 11-1:00. Mark will be signing copies of his latest historical novel, Sukulaiset: The Kindred as well as his other books. Other authors participating in the Festival include Margi Preus, Shawn Otto, William Kent Krueger, Lin Enger, and many others. The complete listing of authors attending may be found at: http://beagleandwolf.com/events.html   Folks in the area, on vacation, or just passin’ through are encourged to stop in at the Fest on 6/20 and buy a signed book from their favorite Minnesota writer. Every book sold will help ensure that a wonderful Indie bookstore remains open and accessible to Minnesotans!

June 25 (Thur) 7 pm – Bart Sutter, Greg Watson and Michael Moore will read together at the Har Mar Barnes & Noble in Minneapolis.

July 8 (Wed) 6-8 pm (Every second Wednesday) North Shore Poets meet to read and critique poetry at the Two Harbors Public Library. This is an open group, we welcome newcomers, and it’s free. For more information contact Shelley at (612) 910-8496 or gettencreative@gmail.com

July 10 (Fri) 7 pm – Jefferson People’s House, 12 South 15th Ave. E., Duluth – Free – David Tromblay will read from his new novel, Ramblings of A Revenant: An Oral History of the Vampires and he’ll regale us with stories leading to the development of this genre-bending, interdisciplinary work. He’ll also have signed copies on hand for sale direct to you. “What David Tromblay has done with The Ramblings of a Revenant is combine the historical aspects of a documentary film with the passionate and heartbreaking story of a possible vampire existence. This novel is read as fact, absorbed as if hypnotized, and left etched in stone in your own complicit memory. A powerful story of loss, transformation, and vengeance.”—Richard Thomas, author of Disintegration.

July 11th 7pm – Jefferson People’s House – 12 South 15th Ave. E., Duluth – FREE – Bao Phi is a Minnesota Grand Slam poetry champ and National Poetry Slam finalist who’s been on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. His first book, Sông I Sing, is taught in classrooms across the U.S., and enjoyed rave reviews, including the NY Times stating “In this song of his very American self, every poem Mr. Phi writes rhymes with the truth.” Bao’s new poems deal with his history as a Vietnamese refugee born during war and raised in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, through his new lens as a man of color raising his daughter. Bao Phi is also a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Opening the evening will be two talented Duluth writers, Adeline Wright and Donny Frank Morris.

Aug 12 (Wed) (Every second Wednesday) North Shore Poets meet to read and critique poetry at the Two Harbors Public Library. This is an open group, we welcome newcomers, and it’s free. For more information contact Shelley at (612) 910-8496 or gettencreative@gmail.com

NW Wisconsin Writers Festival
August 14-15

The 2nd Annual NW Wisconsin Writers Festival at UW-Barron County will be held during the pinnacle of high summer along the banks of the Red Cedar River beginning Friday afternoon August 14 and continuing Saturday August 15. This year, the NW WI Writers Festival will be part of a larger event, U-FEST, a celebration of arts and crafts, music and food and summer, at UW-Barron County. With a grant of $25,000 from the Wisconsin Tourism Board, we are hoping to draw thousands of visitors and local community members to campus for this event. U-Fest will include many bands, musicians, and performers, a craft fair, food vendors, a weekend full of events. The Writers Festival will include many different ways to share your work:

• Writers’ and authors’ tables included in a craft and artists’ fair all day Saturday, August 15, for displaying and selling your publications.
• Opportunities to read your writing on the main stage throughout the day Saturday.
• Presentations, panels, and creative writing workshops for community members, visitors, and other writers Friday late afternoon and Saturday morning.
• A “glow walk” for families along the Red Cedar River Friday evening, with writers sharing “campfire” stories and poems by lantern light.

Publish Your Own Book

Have you dreamed of being a published author? Turn your ideas into a great book! Whether you are a writer, photographer, historian, business person, or cook, learn how to create a book and publish it. Your instructor has been published in two women’s travel books plus has self-published 15 books including a family history, travel and recipe books, and children’s stories. You must be comfortable using a computer and the Internet. The free software needed to complete the project will be available in class. You will be able to purchase your book at the end of class. The cost is typically between $20-70 depending upon number of pages. Please be prepared to bring a USB flash drive (4GB or larger), or use Cloud or external HD storage to save your project.

Instructor: Jan Avenson Nelson
Instructor’s phone: (218) 310-1492
Class time & dates: 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday evening, beginning September 30th and ending November 11, 2015.
Class location: WITC, 600 North 21st Street, Superior, WI 54880
How to register: Register online at http://www.witc.edu under Continuing Education. Or call the college at (715)394-6677.

LSW WRITING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS – these groups are open to all writers!

June 18 (Thur) 11:30 am – Writers’ Square Table. We’ll meet at the Sami Cultural Center, 4915 E. Superior, Ste. 205.  Topic: The Seven Stories. Facilitators:  Arlene Anderson and Mara Hart. Coffee and tea are provided. Bring your lunch, if you wish. All are welcome.

June 21 (Sun) 1:30 pm – Memoir Group. We will meet at Mara’s home: 205 W. Kent Road. Please call for directions (728-1253; marakirkhart13@gmail.com)

The Ink Slingers will meet only once-a-month during June, July and August.  Meetings will be the second Thursday of each month from 10:00 AM until noon.  For information on the meeting place, call Alice Marks at 651-282-5010.

June 17 (Wed) 6-8 pm – 3rd Wednesday Open Genre Writers Group (coordinated/facilitated by Rodney Savary and Jill Hinners) is relocating due to the increase in meeting room fee at Chester Creek Cafe. On the 17th, we will be at the Caribou Coffee in Canal Park, on the upper level. If we feel at home there, it will become our new meeting space each month, going forward. We’ll keep you posted! Questions? Email Jill Hinners at jillmh218@gmail.com

Have news to share with Lake Superior Writers members? Send your news to calendar@lakesuperiorwriters.org anytime.

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