June 2020 NorthWords


Literary events in our region 

June 1 (Mon) 7:00 pm – Virtual Cocktail Hour with William Kent Krueger – Celebrating the paperback release of William Kent Krueger’s best-selling novel This Tender Land. Join us virtually for a live discussion with Kent. We’ll be siting back and relaxing with cocktails. And hostess Nikki promises to provide recipes for some book-themed libations. Hosted by Zenith Bookstore via Facebook Live.


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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.





Ariel Anthology – Submissions are now open for Ariel Anthology 2020: Discovery. All adult Wisconsin poets may submit. Please email arielanthology@gmail.com for complete guidelines before sending poems. Deadline is July 1.


SEZ Publishing Call for Submissions: Ghost Stories. Short Stories appropriate for world-wide audiences. Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller (not horror). Each story in the upcoming anthology will include characters encountering ghosts at some point in the story. Poetry: 1-3 poems; typed; Fiction/Non-fiction: 500-7500 words; typed, double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman. Please submit all written work as WORD DOC file. Please let us know that you are submitting and offer first rights permission for SEZ to publish your work in our anthology. If selected by the editors, your story or poem will appear in the anthology published in print and Kindle. All other rights remain with the author. Authors receive copy. All authors and poets must be 18+.Submit on or before July 1, 2020. Submit to: sezpublishing@hotmail.com. http://sezpublishing.blogspot.com/


St. Croix Writers audio-only phone teleconferences meet every Tuesday, 9:10-11 am. No charge. Any phone will work. Moderator Debbi King requests you call in at 9:10 – 9:25 am to join. Each reader gets about 7 minutes, time permitting. Dial in at 602.610.2058,  Conference code is 405424. If line is busy, try again. SCW welcomes you. More information, email Debbi at sunnycovestudio@gmail.com


KUDOS – News about our members


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




Former Duluth Poet Laureate Jim Johnson has published One Morning In June:  Selected Poems, a collection of work that acknowledges the interconnectedness of our species and the natural world.  The poems feature societal wolves, otter snow sliders, red fox voyeurs, gray jay working men, as well as white pines as witness and rutabagas as old school.

The book is available from Red Dragonfly Press. In these times of climate change, extinction of species, and increasing catastrophe, we must not ignore the community of plants and animals as their survival is connected to ours.




Janet Kay has just released her latest psychological suspense/wilderness adventure novel Rainy Lake Rendezvous. An intriguing tale of love, lies, and family secrets – with a supernatural twist, this is the long-awaited sequel to Waters of the Dancing Sky.Rainy Lake Rendezvous final e-cover - Janet Kay New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger commented, “Rainy Lake Rendezvous is a tale that begins with obsession and madness but becomes a journey with something quite different in mind. Janet Kay offers readers a rich tapestry of intrigue, history, Ojibwe lore and culture, even of ghosts – set against the stunning backdrop of the border country between Minnesota and Canada. If you’re in search of a true taste of the North Country, and a diverting tale to take you there, look no further than Rainy Lake Rendezvous.” Available in bookstores, Amazon.com and Ingram. For more information, check out the author’s website at www.novelsbyjanetkay.com.





Vi LaBounty’s poem, “Butterflies, Everyone” will be published in Talking Stick 29 Anthology, to be released in Sept. by Jack pine Writers Bloc, Park Falls, MN. Her poem, “Then & Now” & her acrylic /ink portrait, “Emerge” were displayed at The 5th Annual Art & Poetry Exhibition Where Artists & Poets Inspire Each Other, at the Foothills Library in Yuma Az. Feb 27-29, 2020. Titled: “Sharing One Dream” (41 artists & 30 poets) The Friends of the Foothills Library (a non-profit) & Mountain Shadow Artists Association, www.mtnsaa.org (both sponsors) also published a full size, full color book of all submissions.


Liz Minette has a poem published in Issue 8 of The Thunderbird Review. The Thunderbird Review is published by Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College. https://www.facebook.com/thethunderbirdreview/




Holy Cow! Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Wolf’s Trail: An Ojibwe Story, Told by Wolves, a novel by Ojibwe author Thomas D. Peacock. The Wolf’s Trail tells of Zhi-shay’, an elder wolf, and a litter of young wolves living somewhere on the side of a hill overlooking the river that flows through Nagahchiwanong in northern Minnesota. Zhi-shay’, who knows the whole story of the parallel relationship between wolves and the Ojibwe going all the way back to the Beginning, shares it with his nieces and nephews, and us. Replete with universal lessons, The Wolf’s Trail is the story of the Ojibwe, told by wolves, of what they were and have become, and the promise of their becoming. The 180-page paperback retails for $16.95 and is available at www.holycowpress.org, local bookstores, and amazon.com.




The Jackpine Writers’ Bloc of Park Rapids/Menahga MN area announces the release of Volume 29 of The Talking Stick. This publication is a collection of prose and poetry by writers with a connection to Minnesota, including the work of Duluth writer Avesa Rockwell. Books will be available for sale later this year at the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc web site at www.jackpinewriters.com and at Amazon.com.




Open LSW Writing Groups

The Third Wednesday Writers – June 17 (Wed) 6:00 pm – We are an open genre writing group that meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm. Our usual meeting place is the Perkin’s Bakery & Restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall. During the current pandemic we are meeting via conference call. The number is 623-600-3743; the conference code is 727334. Contingent on weather and taking direction from WHO, CDC, & emergency legislative action we will try to meet at Enger Tower for the summer months.