June 2019 NorthWords


Lake Superior Writers 2019 Contest Winners

The winners of LSW’s annual writing contest were announced on May 18 at our member event. Their winning entries are posted on our website — just click on the titles to read their pieces. 


Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted their work!


Writers’ Cafe

June 8 (Saturday), 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Perk Place, 1336 W Arrowhead Rd, Duluth

Join us on Saturday, June 8 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!


Manuscript Swap

Working on a longer manuscript this summer? We’d love to see you at the second annual LSW Manuscript Swap this fall. Details to come!


Literary events in our region

Jun 6 (Thurs) 6:00 pm – Poetry Evening–Remembering the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Featuring readings of poems of war, remembrance, and peace. Also open mic poetry, any subject. Bayfield Carnegie Library, 37 N Broad St, Bayfield, WI. (715) 779-3953.

Jun 27 (Thurs) 5:30 pm – Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice, published by Michigan State University Press, will have the next stop on the book tour featuring Deborah Cooper, Howard Paap, Sheila Packa, and Ellie Schoenfeld. Duluth Public Library, 520 W Superior St, Duluth, MN.

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

  • Jun 6 (Thurs) – David Sedaris. Best-selling author and renowned humorist David Sedaris will read from and sign his recent top-selling book Calypso, to be released in paperback. Calypso – deeply personal and darkly hilarious – was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018. See www.zenithbookstore.com for information.
  • Jun 12 (Wed) 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Poetry Book Club facilitated by former Duluth Poet Laureate, Sheila Packa. This book club is for everybody who loves to read poetry. Reading: “Don’t Call us Dead” by Danez Smith.



Playing with Words: A Poetry Retreat – Friday, June 14 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm) through Saturday, June 15 (8:30 am – 4 pm). Playing with Words is designed to free writers from self-imposed limits, using a variety of writing activities and exercises. We will have fun playing with words and also sharpen how we listen for the right word as we use revision to hear a poem’s truest voice. The retreat is for writers at every stage of the process who enjoy interactive learning and find well-designed conversations a rich source of learning. St. Scholastica Monastery, 1001 Kenwood Ave, Duluth, MN. $90/person / $160 with an overnight stay. Register at Retreatduluth.org.

Ashland Writing Workshops – 6/15, 6/29, 7/15, 7/27, 8/3, 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Five craft driven writing workshops, offering robust, connective explorations into the art of writing as well as forays into submission and collaborative opportunities. Additionally, the workshops will present the opportunity for individual work to be discussed in a positive, focused and supportive process. $75 for five workshops or $20 each for drop-ins. Contact Parker at cdownyocean@aol.com or (715) 292-6532 for more information.  

“Haute Bourgeoisie and Live-in Domestics,” Wednesday, June 19 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, will be an informal discussion, sponsored by Duluth Community Education, of a chapter from Milan Kovacovic’s memoir Ma’s Dictionary: Straddling the Social Class Divide. This section of the book chronicles his experience living in the Paris mansion of a wealthy household of twelve – including a domestic staff of six – as the adolescent son of the cook, his widowed mother. The session will take place at Ordean Middle School, 2900 E 4th St, Duluth, MN. If interested, please email Milan directly at mkovacov@d.umn.edu to receive registration information and an electronic copy (included in the $5 registration fee) of the chapter to be discussed.  


KUDOS – News about our membersPrint

Eric Chandler’s poem “Sawhorse” was accepted for publication in the upcoming anthology Level Land: Poems for and about the I-35 Corridor. Chandler’s poem “Presentiment” was accepted for publication in Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors (Vol.8). Chandler’s poem “Rotate” was accepted by the literary journal The Deadly Writers Patrol. Chandler wrote a book review of It’s My Country, Too that was published in the online literary journal The Wrath-Bearing Tree.

Thomas Wayne King of Solon Springs, WI, read poems in Icelandic, Michif, POW Tap Code, and Modern International Morse Code at the 13th annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire International Poetry Reading on April 24, 2019, with poems in Tap Code and Morse Code being his original works, and on May 5, King presented “Writing as Part of Recovery” as the featured program with the Barron County Brain Injury support group.

Mark Munger’s short story, “Brule River, Minnesota,” was read by award-winning Canadian novelist Guy Vanderhaghe (The Last Crossing) and awarded second place in the fiction category in the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (Thunder Bay) annual writing contest. The story will be included in a future issue of NOWW’s literary magazine. Guy’s comments regarding the story were: “This story places a man in crisis in the midst of a masterfully described natural world…”

Mark will be a featured speaker at Finn Festival 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ontario (6/21-23/2019) and will discuss the writing of his Finnish historical novels, including the forthcoming, Kotimaa: Homeland, the final chapter in a trilogy. More information about the festival can be found at: http://www.finnfestivalcanada.com/.

Andrea Northwood will have a poem published in Talking Stick Volume 28, an annual publication of Jackpine Writers’ Bloc that comes out in September.

Open LSW Writing Groups

June 12 (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.

Jun 16 (third Sun) 1:30 pm – Lake Superior Writers’ Memoir Group meets at the home of facilitator Ray Allard, 210 W Kent Rd, Duluth, MN.

Jun 19 (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.