June 2018 NorthWords

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

Join us on Saturday, June 9, 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).

LSW Contest Winners

The winners of LSW’s annual writing contest were announced on May 19 at our member event. Their winning entries are posted on our website — just click on the titles to read their pieces. Congratulations!

Creative Nonfiction – Winner: “Dear Lorraine” by Michael Creger, Honorable Mention: “Natural Consequences” by Avesa Rockwell

Poetry – Winner: “Minnesota Headline 2018: Undocumented Immigrants Follow a Perilous Path to Canada” by Deborah Rasmussen, Honorable Mention: “Bird Called Memory” by Hannah Fordice

Short Story – Winner: “The Drowning Man” by Tim Strom, Honorable Mention: “Black Like Swede” by Maria Macioce

Short-Short Story – Winner: “Footing” by Terry Spangler Dunham, Honorable Mention: “Safety” by R.A. Savary

Thank you to our judges — CREATIVE NONFICTION: Brooks Johnson and Justin Powers; POETRY: Ramona Marozas and Gail Henderson; SHORT STORY: Felicia Schneiderhan and Catherine Lange; and SHORT-SHORT STORY: Julie Tersteeg and Naomi Musch. You can read about our judges here. A big thank you to LSW board member Maddie Cohen who coordinated our contest this year.

NEMBA Award Winners Announced

Winners of the 30th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards were announced on May 24 at a public celebration at the Northland Country Club, and Lake Superior Writers members’ submissions made a good showing (including our 2017 anthology Going Coastal garnering an honorable mention in the fiction category). The NEMBAs were presented by UMD’s Kathryn Martin Library and Friends of the Duluth Public Library. We’ve highlighted those authors who are members of Lake Superior Writers. Congratulations!

FICTION – Family Trees: A Pine County Mystery, by Dean Hovey, published by Moose Town Press.

Honorable Mention:  Going Coastal: An Anthology of Lake Superior Short Stories, by Lake Superior Writers, published by North Star Press. The authors are Max Reagan, Eric Chandler, James Brakken, Evan Sasman, Marie Zhuikov, Judy Budreau, Theresa Allison-Price, Phil Fitzpatrick and Johnna Suihkonen. The NEMBA reviewers said: “The stories in Going Coastal are all deeply personal, and reflect the lake as a source of beginnings and endings-a source of inspiration, loss, and renewal. The anthology contains a variety of very different stories, touching us in many ways, and connecting us to the power of Lake Superior.”

POETRY – Now/Here: Poems, by Crystal Spring Gibbins, published by Holy Cow! Press.

Honorable Mention:  Blue Window: Poems, by Deborah Gordon Cooper, published by Clover Valley Press.

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE – Grandpa Alan’s Sugar Shack, by Alan Page and Kamie Page, illustrated by David Geister and published by the Page Education Foundation.

Honorable Mention:  Dead Man’s Rapids, by William Durbin and Barbara Durbin, published by the University of Minnesota Press.

MEMOIR – Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year, by Linda LeGarde Grover, published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Honorable Mention:  Deep Woods, Wild Waters: A Memoir, by Douglas Wood, published by the University of Minnesota Press.

NONFICTION – Duluth’s Historic Parks: Their First 160 Years, by Nancy S. Nelson and Tony Dierckins, published by Zenith City Press.

Honorable Mention:  Flames of Discontent:  The 1916 Minnesota Iron Ore Strike, by Gary Kaunonen, published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Crafting the Prose Poem
Workshop with Julie Gard
June 16 (Sat) 2018, 1-4 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, Duluth

Julie Gard

Writers working in any genre can benefit from learning how to “go short” and create resonance and meaning in a paragraph or two that is its own coherent piece. Participants will work with elements of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction during a series of writing exercises, with time for sharing and feedback. Participants will leave the workshop with prose poem drafts or seeds, along with a list of reading suggestions and ideas for where to submit their own flash work.

Julie Gard is an associate professor of writing at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Her prose poetry collections include Scrap: On Louise Nevelson (Ravenna Press); Home Studies (New Rivers Press), which was a finalist for the 2016 Minnesota Book Award; and the chapbooks Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series (Finishing Line Press) and Russia in 17 Objects (Tiger’s Eye Press). Find her online at www.juliegard.com.

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN VENUE: The workshop will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 835 W. College Street. Cost is $25 for Lake Superior Writers members or $35 for nonmembers (includes LSW membership). Scholarships are available; please visit LSW’s scholarship guidelines for more information. To register, email Marie Zhuikov at mzhuikov@msn.com. The workshop is limited to 12 people.

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.

Literary events in our region

June 7 (Thur) 7-8:30 pm – Julie Gard presents her new book Scrap: On Louise Nevelson, released by Ravenna Press in March 2018 as part of their Pocket Book Series. These linked prose poems are based on the art and life of this important American sculptor. Zenith Bookstore, 318 Central Ave. N., Duluth.

June 9 (Sat) 2-4 pm – Meet Phyllis Root and Kelly Povo and hear about their newest book Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers, a beautifully illustrated, family-friendly guide to Minnesota’s native wildflowers and how to find them. Zenith Bookstore, 318 Central Ave. N., Duluth.

June 9 (Sat) 11 am- 1 pm – Katharine Johnson will be discussing and signing her book The Wind and the Drum at the Schroeder Cultural Center on Saturday.

June 12 (Tues) 7-8:30 pm – Iron and Water is Grant J. Merritt’s memoir of his life’s work on behalf of Minnesota’s people and environment and also the story of a significant family in state history. Join us at Zenith Bookstore to hear Grant talk about his book. Grant will field questions from Susan Maher, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at UMD. Zenith Bookstore, 318 Central Ave. N., Duluth.

June 14 (Thur) 8:20 am – Cary Griffiths will be on KUMD-Radio’s Minnesota Reads segment hosted by Lisa Johnson about his new book Gunflint Burning: Fire in the Boundary Waters.

June 16 (Sat) 4-5:30 pm – The Lion’s Binding Oath, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf’s collection of short stories, introduces readers to the people of Somalia and their struggles: their humanity, faith, identity, friendship, and family bonds, as whispers of war grow louder around them. Through stories that span the years before and during Somalia’s civil war, Yusuf weaves together Somalia’s political, social, and religious conflicts with portrayals of the country’s love of poetry, music, and soccer. Yusuf’s collection is a powerful examination of love and resilience in a country torn apart by war, and written with deep compassion for the lives of its characters. Zenith Bookstore, 318 Central Ave. N., Duluth.

June 21 (Thur) 6-9 pm – Gordon Marino, author of The Existentialist’s Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age, reads from his new book at the Oldenburg House, 604 Chestnut Avenue, in Carlton, Minnesota. Marino will discuss his work with Steve Ostovich, Chair of the Philosophy Department at the College of St. Scholastica.

June 23 (Sat) 2-3:30 pm – Meet Steve Johnson, author of Hiking Waterfalls in Minnesota. This Falcon Guide includes detailed hike descriptions, maps, and color photos for approximately 100 of the most scenic waterfall hikes in Minnesota. Hike descriptions also include history, local trivia, and GPS coordinates. Hiking Waterfalls in Minnesota will take you through state and national parks, forests, monuments and wilderness areas, and from popular city parks to the most remote and secluded corners of the area to view the most spectacular waterfalls. Zenith Bookstore, 318 Central Ave. N., Duluth.

June 27 (Wed) evening – James Brakken, will launch his new book Billyboy, the Corner Bar Bear Plus 36 Fairly True Tales from Up North, Wednesday evening, June 27, at the Sawmill Saloon Theater in Seeley, WI. The family event will benefit local historical society museums. Brakken and other storytellers will share tales of life in the old days near Lake Superior.

June 28 (Thur) 11 am – Cary Griffiths will be on WPR-Radio’s Larry Meiller Show, discussing his new book Gunflint Burning: Fire in the Boundary Waters.

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.

KUDOS – News about our members

Molly Hoeg’s story “The Purple Cow” will be published in the July issue of Adventure Cyclist Magazine, the publication of the Adventure Cycling Association and North America’s only magazine dedicated to bicycle travel.

Naomi Musch is thrilled to announce the release of her new novel THE SOFTEST BREATH, Echoes of the Heart, Book Two, a 1920s novel of romance and intrigue set in areas of Minnesota and Wisconsin, from St. Paul and western Wisconsin, to downtown Superior at a time when show places ran the length of Tower Avenue. The Deepest Sigh, from Desert Breeze Publishing, is available in both e-book and paperback from most online booksellers. Read an excerpt and learn more about the series on her site: naomimusch.com.

Holy Cow! Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Caregiver, Poems by Chicago-area poet Caroline Johnson. The Caregiver is Caroline Johnson’s first full-length publication. It includes 50 poems that were inspired by the 15 years she devoted to taking care of her aging parents. The gathering includes free verse, lyrical poems, prose poetry and some formal verse. Many of the poems won contests and have been previously published in online print journals and anthologies. The poems touch on the topic of grieving but go beyond and focus on the many difficulties a caregiver experiences―both emotional and physical―yet also recognize the spiritual gifts that come with helping a loved one. Caregiving is a significant issue for our times and will only become more important as our population ages. 90 pages, paperback, $16.00. Available at select bookstores, through amazon.com or at http://www.holycowpress.org


Self-Published Author Contest

Minnesota libraries are hosting their first annual self-published author contest to recognize the great writers in our state. Winners receive $1,000 and will be featured in Library Journal, a nationwide trade publication. Contest runs until June 30, 2018, and recognizes authors in the categories of young adult and adult fiction. Details here – https://indieauthorproject.librariesshare.com/minnesota/

Need help getting your book ready? Check out Pressbooks, an online platform you can use to organize and design your book, resulting in a professional, polished layout. Pressbooks is available for free thanks to Minnesota libraries. Access Pressbooks here:  http://www.mnwritesmnreads.org/create/


Three announcements from Split Rock Review:

Split Rock Review seeks poetry that celebrates and emphasizes the beauty, uniqueness, diversity, history, ecology, geological wonders, and importance of the Great Lakes and the communities surrounding them for publication in Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology.

Do you have poems that explore the history of transportation, migration, shipping and trade of the Great Lakes? Poems about the species that inhabit the mysterious waters? Poems that capture the awe-inspiring storms born from the lakes? If so, submit your best poetry to Split Rock Review! Submissions for the anthology are open May 1- June 30, 2018. No submission fee. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication. For submission guidelines, visit Split Rock Review.

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

June 20 (Wed) 6 pm – The Third Wednesday Writers Group will meet at the Perkins restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall, 1302 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth. We are an open genre group for all writing venues (poetry, memoir, long prose, short prose, fiction/nonfiction, etc.). The group is facilitated by Rodney Savary, 218-464-7701, r.a.savary@gmail.com.

June 17 (third Sunday) 1:30 pm – The LSW Memoir Group will meet at the home of Ray Allard, 210 West Kent Road. Participants are encouraged to bring something to read.

Writers’ Square Table 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.