June 2016 NorthWords

OPEN MIC FOR PROSE WRITERS returns to Amazing Grace Café!
June 13 (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 Cafe. Hosted every second Monday of the month by member Paulette Warren, the series promises to be an eclectic mash up of ideas and imaginings. Warren, who writes as P. A. Pashibin, suggests readers 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.


Cow CallsBart Sutter’s Cow Calls in Dalarna
Book launch and related events in June

LSW member Bart Sutter is publishing a new chapbook of poems, Cow Calls in Dalarna, about the summer pasture camps of Sweden, with Red Dragonfly Press. The book will be launched in conjunction with the premiere performance of his play for readers’ theatre, which is based on the same cycle of poems and shares the same title.

Cow Calls in Dalarna: A Reader’s Theatre Play in Verse with Folk Music, directed by Sheryl Jensen, will have its initial performance at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 North 11th Avenue East, Duluth. The play evokes the spirit of the summer pasture camps of Sweden, where, for centuries, village women herded cows in bogs and forests, producing cheese and whey butter to help carry their communities through winter. The story of this feminine culture is conveyed by four women played by Mary Jo Uhlenkott, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Heidi Lyle, and Mary Lee. The play is musically charged with folk songs, fiddle tunes, cow calls, cow horns, and cow bells.

Sponsored by the Swedish Cultural Society of Duluth, the performance of Cow Calls in Dalarna will be preceded by a Swedish midsommar dinner at 5:30 p.m. Combination tickets, which include both dinner and show, cost $25 for adults, $12 for children 5 -12. (Combination tickets must be purchased by June 10.) Show only tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 children 5 -12. Call 218-940-2292 for tickets.

The performance of Cow Calls in Dalarna is part of an expanded version of the annual Midsommar Celebration offered by the SCSD.  The celebration continues the following day, Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the same venue, with arts activities and song-games for young and old, guided by Alison Aune and Ross Sutter. At 3 p.m. Ross and Bart Sutter will present “Greet the Folks at Home,” a program of original poems and traditional music that explores the experience of Scandinavian immigrants and their descendants. A $5 donation is requested.



June 10 (Fri) 5:30-7:30 – Marley Kaul will be at Barnes and Noble in the Miller Hill Mall signing copies of his new book, Letters to Isabella: Paintings by Marley Kaul presents 77 egg tempera works each accompanied by a letter written to his granddaughter. It offers beautiful full color reproductions of his paintings and is an intimate look at his artistic process and the unique personal and professional influences reflected in his work.

June 11 (Sat) 11 am – 2 pm – Young Adult Literature Reading and Discussion, Barnes & Noble, Miller Hill Mall, Duluth. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet some of our area’s top YA writers in person, hear from their books, and participating in a panel about the genre. Margi Preus (Enchantment Lake), Tom Isbell (The Capture/Prey Trilogy), Ann Treacy (The Search for the Homestead Treasure: A Mystery), Andrew Hunkins (No Such Thing as Evil: Book 1 in the Circle of Six Series) and Kelly Dupre, Illustrator. The event is a fundraiser for Laura MacArthur Elementary School; mention the school when you make purchases at the checkout.

sweetgrassDrury Lane Books on the East Bay in Grand Marais has two Writers’ Salons in June. All salons are on Saturdays at 5 PM at Drury Lane Books. Join us to hear authors read from their work, answer questions, and discuss writing and literature. June 11 (Sat) 5 pm – Linda Legarde Grover will read from The Road Back to Sweetgrass, and on June 25 (Sat) William Kent Krueger will read from his new book Manitou Canyon.

June 22 (Wed) 6:30 pm – Bookstore at Fitger’s in Duluth will sponsor a publication reading for Bart Sutter’s Cow Calls in Dalarna and Peter Geye’s new novel, Wintering, from Knopf. August Fitger Room, 3rd Floor, 600 E. Superior Street. Free. Call 888-270-2665 for more information.



Workshops at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Road, Fridley, MN

“Finding Poetry” begins June 15 – Taught by Morgan Grayce Willow. This class will give you ideas about generating poems of different styles and varieties by looking at text, art and nature in and around Banfill-Locke. It runs for three weeks starting on June 15 at 1pm.

“Writing Place” begins June 14 – Katherine Schaefer, Banfill-Locke’s outgoing Writer in Residence, will be offering a class about the settings that make our stories memorable. Make your stories come alive for the reader by using specific sensory details to amplify emotions. This class will start June 14 at 12:30pm for three weeks.

Each class is $60 for non-members or $55 for members. We have special pricing of 10% off through June 10 so get your registration in now to take advantage of this. To register, contact Liz Parker, Education Coordinator at 763-574-1850; office hours: Tues, Wed and Fri; 10 am tp 3 pm.


Submissions Open for The Mom Egg Review!

Submissions are open for MER’s fifteenth annual print issue. In their words: “This issue will be un-themed. We are seeking the best work by mothers who are writers and by others about mothering and motherhood. Some of our guidelines have changed, so please be sure to read the full guidelines at http://themomegg.com/themomegg/Submit.html

Submissions period is May 15, 2016 to August 15, 2016.  We will respond by January 1, 2017.” Submitter’s Special–Get a PDF copy of the current issue for only $5 or a print copy for $15 plus shipping. Order at href=”http://themomegg.com/themomegg/Community_Rate_2016.html”>http://themomegg.com/themomegg/Community_Rate_2016.html

KUDOS – News about our members

Eric Chandler’s poem “The Stars and Stripes is Free” won the 2016 Col Darron L. Wright Award through the literary journal Line of Advance. His short piece “Hugging This Rock” was published in the Spring-Summer edition of Sleet Magazine. His essay “I Did Love the Place Then” was published as a Saturday Essay at Perfect Duluth Day as part of the One River, Many Stories project.

Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) Announced – Congratulations to LSW members who were recognized at the NEMBA Awards: Jim Johnson won in the poetry category for his book Yoik; Jim Perlman of Holy Cow! Press (editor and publisher), Mara Hart and Pamela Mittlefehlt (editors) for their honorable mention for Amethyst and Agate: Poems of Lake Superior; and Jim Perlman of Holy Cow! Press for an honorable mention for Portrait of an Artist. And congratulations to everyone who had a nominated book this year.

Joe Field recently published his debut book, a thriller called Brown Sugar in Minnesota. When a ruthless drug dealer from Minneapolis murders his competitors in their own backyard, he lays claim to the lucrative heroin networks in northern Minnesota. He seems all but unstoppable until Cooper Smith, a young, enthusiastic reporter, stumbles upon the story. Soon he is using his Minnesota Public Radio credentials and voice recorder to wage war against the dealer. The book is available on Amazon as a paperback and eBook at amazon.com/author/joefield. Visit Joe Field’s website at joefield.net.

Liz Minette has work published in the anthology I Only Wanted One Time To See You LaughingA Prince Tribute, anthology, edited by Sarah Frances Moran, published by Yellow Chair Review.


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.

June 19 (Sun) 1:30 pm – The Memoir Group will meet at Mara Hart’s home: 205 W. Kent Road. Call or e-mail Mara for further information: 218:728-1253; marakirkhart13@gmail.com. All are welcome, whether you’re writing memoir or another genre.

June 15 (Wed) 6-8 pm – The 3rd Wednesday Writers Group will meet at the Lake Superior Writers office, 301 W. 1st Street (the Board of Trade Building), Suite 308.

June 16 (Thur) 11 am – The Writer’s Square Table will meet at the Sami Center of North America (4915 E. Superior Street–enter from Pitt St.) Suite 205. Topic: Publishing your manuscript, facilitated by Marlene Wisuri.  All are welcome to this group, which always has lively discussions.

The Ink Slingers will not meet during the months of June, July and August, but will resume again the second and fourth Thursdays, beginning in September.  Members should watch for e-mails regarding social events and excursions during the summer.  Many members will travel to Solon Springs for the Northwestern Wisconsin
Writers Conference on July 23.


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.