June 2021 NorthWords

Lake Superior Writers

June NorthWords includes:

Book Club for Writers

Ever wish you could include a book’s author in your book club discussions?  Now you can!

In this new Book Club for Writers series, we bring the author to the table to talk about craft, what it took to write the book, or life as a writer for 30 minutes.  Then we allow 60 minutes for a Q&A and book discussion.

You do not need to be a member to attend.

We encourage you to support your local independent bookstores, who will be happy to order these books for you.

Linda LeGarde Grover – In the Night of Memory

July 20, 6:30-8:00 pm by Zoom

Linda LeGarde Grover is professor emeritus of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and author of novels, short stories, poetry and memoir. A member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, she writes stories of the lives of Native American people set against the backdrop of histories and federal Indian policies. Her work has received the Flannery O’Connor Award, Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and the Minnesota Book Award. Her memoir Gichigami Hearts: Stories and Histories of Misaabekong will be released in October, 2021 by the University of Minnesota Press.

When their mother goes missing, two small Ojibwe sisters enter the foster care system in northeastern Minnesota. In the Night of Memory follows their childhood and coming of age intertwined with the collective experience of their family, community and fictional tribe, Mozhay Point.

Danielle Sosin – The Long-Shining Waters

November 16 – 6:30-8:00 pm by Zoom

Danielle Sosin is the author of The Long-Shining Waters, a novel from Milkweed Editions. The Long-Shining Waters won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, was chosen as the 2013 One Book South Dakota state read, and in 2016, as Minnesota’s representative for the Great Lakes Reads series. The novel was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, as well as  The Midwest Independent Bookseller’s Choice Award. Her first book, Garden Primitives a collection of short stories, was published by Coffee House Press. Her nonfiction has appeared in BOMB Magazine. Sosin is a recipient of many awards and fellowships. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Frigid. Lethal. Wildly beautiful. Lake Superior is as alluring as it is dangerous. Featuring three stories in three different centuries, all set on the Lake’s shores, this novel illuminates the haunting powers of the greatest of the Great Lakes.
In 1622, Grey Rabbit—an Ojibwe woman, mother and wife—struggles to understand a dream-life that takes on fearful dimensions. Berit and Gunner, a Norwegian couple, fish the North Shore in 1902. Though the lake anchors Berit’s isolated life, those same waters ultimately test her endurance and spirit. And then in 2000, Nora, a seasoned bar owner, finds her life unraveling and is drawn inexplicably into a journey around the lake. As these narratives unfold with the mesmerizing rhythm of waves, a fourth mysterious voice slowly manifests.

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.

Lake Superior Writers 2021 Contest “Lockdown” winners!

Visit https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/2021-writing-contest-winners/ to read the winning entries! We are already looking forward to next year’s contest and thank everyone who participated this year.

Superior Shares – Open Mic Night

Wednesday, June 9

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm via Zoom

Are you eager to share your latest piece of writing? 

          Yearning to read it to an audience of readers and writers?

Lake Superior Writers presents Superior Shares, our inaugural virtual open mic for local writers to share their work in progress, and for anyone else who appreciates the creative writing process.

This event is free to participants and audience, and membership is not required.

Readers are asked to please limit adult content and language. Graphic content that is violent or sexual in nature is prohibited.

Attendees will be encouraged to use the Chat function to share feedback.

There will be 10 five-minute slots available on a first come first served basis, with priority given to Lake Superior Writer members. Time limits will be strictly enforced.  Participants will be notified ahead of time if they have been selected to read.

To register, email writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org. Please indicate if you would like to read.

A Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event.

Literary events in our region

Jun 2-30, 2021 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Apostle Islands Poetry and Art Exhibit

If you are in the Washburn area, don’t miss this exhibit of stellar art and poetry celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, It’s two exhibits in one: A is for Apostle Islands (A-Z in art and poetry) and Island Intersections (art and poetry in response to 15 presentations at the Apostle Islands Resource Stewardship Symposium. The exhibit will be virtual as well: www.washburnculturalcenter.com. Washburn Cultural Center, 1 E Bayfield Street, Washburn, WI 54891

Jun 16 (Wed) 7:00 pmCary J. Griffith Presents the release of Wolf Kill: A Sam Rivers Mystery

Next Chapter Booksellers Zoom event. Visit https://www.nextchapterbooksellers.com/event/virtual-event-wolf-kill-cary-j-griffith to register


Teaching Artists and Authors will read selected works and participate in a discussion on WHY TEACH POETRY , HOW WRITING HEALS, and the importance of bringing writing resources to people impacted by incarceration https://www.prisonwrites.org/

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prison-writes-teaching-artists-poetry-reading-and-discussion-tickets-154744744697?utm-campaign=social%2Cemail&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=checkoutwidget

Brian Malloy author talk and workshop. Tuesday, October 5, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Fitger’s Brewery Complex. Lake Superior Writers welcomes author Brian Malloy as he launches his new book, After Francesco.  Join us for a literary evening, as Brian reads from his book, answers questions and conducts a writing workshop. Visit the event page at: https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/events/author-talk-and-workshop/ for more details and to register for the writing workshop. This event is made possible by the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Hindsight is a collection of stories about 2020, seeking nonfiction stories from around the world that capture what it was like to wake up every day to a new normal — whether that means navigating emergencies as a first responder or tying the knot over Zoom. Hindsight is an independent, one-time publication. Content will be made available in two forms: Some stories will be shared on our website; the very best submissions will be compiled into a print anthology, which will be published in 2021.

Submission fee: None

Length: Up to 2,000 words

Deadline: Rolling

Compensation: Writers whose work is selected for the print anthology will receive a complimentary hard copy of the book, as well as a digital file.

To learn more, visit: www.hindsightbook2020.com.

KUDOS – News about our members

Sharon Chmierlarz – The South Dakota Poetry Society awarded Sharon Chmielarz 2021 Poet of Merit. You can check out their website at https://sdpoetry.org/.

Jan Chronister had poems published in OpenDoor Magazine, Thunderbird Review, Nemadji Review, Growing Up (a Pure Slush Anthology), A is for Apostle Islands, Sheltering with Poems, Your Daily Poem, and Last Stanza Poetry Journal. Her poem “Golden Delicious” won Second Place in Wilda Morris’s Poetry Challenge for March (theme was “fruit”). Jan has a poem in the recent issue of Portage Magazine, and a review of her second full-length poetry collection Decennia appears there as well. Decennia also recently won the Kops-Fetherling International Book Awards poetry category.

Victoria Lynn Smith‘s flash essay “Takeout on the Sly” was accepted by Talking Stick 30. It received an honorable mention in the humor category. She also had two essays “Puppy by Impulse” and “Tulips Beheaded” accepted by Spring Thaw, published by the Itasca Community College. In addition, two of her stories were published on “Moving Lives Minnesota: Stories of Origin & Immigration.” This project is sponsored by the PBS Stations of Minnesota. Read “Come Again Now” at https://www.movinglivesmn.org/come-again-now/ and “Dear Minnesota” at https://www.movinglivesmn.org/dear-minnesota-victoria-lynn-smith/.

Writing Groups

A North Carolina-based poet (and Lake Superior Writers member) is hoping to meet one or two other poets interested in creating an informal online poetry workshop. The group would meet on Zoom for about an hour every two or three weeks–the schedule is TBD.

While the overall focus would be to support and constructively critique each other’s work, it’s entirely reasonable to expect conversation to include any number of other subjects related to craft, to what’s worth reading, to publishing opportunities and so on. If you are an experienced poet interested in sharing what you know about poetry and in learning new things, please contact Mark MacAllister via email at mark@redtailhawk.us.

Lake Superior Writers Blog

Lake Superior Writers invites members to submit guest posts for possible inclusion on our blog. Please visit our blog information page for more details: https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/blog/blog-submission-guidelines/

Current feature blog, “Turning a Magazine Story into a Poem” by Marie Zhuikov, a novelist, science writer, and poet from Duluth, Minnesota. Her most recent work is Going Coastal: An Anthology of Lake Superior Short Stories (2017 North Star Press), which she edited and co-authored. It won honorable mention from the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards. For more information, visit marieZwrites.com.