June-July 2017 NorthWords

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The winning contest entries are available on our website. Click on the name to read the entry:

CREATIVE NONFICTION:  “Minding the River” by Yvonne Rutford (Duluth, MN)

POETRY:  “RIVER – A Haibun” by Shelley Getten (Two Harbors, MN)

SHORT STORY:  “Lone River Woman” by Naomi Musch (South Range, WI)

SHORT-SHORT STORY:  “Undercurrents” by William Tecku (Gordon, WI)


Zenith Bookstore is a new, independent, locally-owned bookstore located at 318 N. Central Avenue in West Duluth. The store will offer an expansive selection of gently-used books, as well as new books, in genres ranging from children’s literature to local works. The store is located in a ca. 1890 brick building, and features hardwood floors, a comfortable reading area, and a literary-themed mural by local artist Tom Napoli showcasing the storefront. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Zenith Bookstore owners Bob and Angel Dobrow are realizing a decades-long dream by opening the bookshop. The Dobrows are eager to share their starting inventory of 20,000 titles with the Northland, and thrilled to offer a place that celebrates books and reading, while fostering a sense of inclusiveness and community.

Zenith Bookstore will offer 10% off all used books through the month of July. Readers are encouraged to stay tuned for more information, and mark their calendars for the grand opening celebration in mid-September.

August 5-10, 2017
9 am Sat – 3 pm Thur
Facilitator: Julia Walsh, FSPA

The life of a writer can be isolated and full of distractions. Despite the persistent desire to engage in the creative work of the Spirit, life’s demands get in the way of putting words on paper. Here’s a chance for you to experience discipline and supportive community so you can develop as a writer and breathe life into your projects. Coming to this writing retreat on beautiful Trout Lake means you are guaranteed time away from your daily distractions to focus on your writing. Plus, you will be able to tap at your keyboard alongside others who value the craft, who have felt the struggle, and believe they will benefit from working among community. In addition to solid writing time, participants can expect community gatherings, shared contemplative prayer and opportunities for socials, writing workshops, and recreation such as kayaking and hiking in the Northwoods. Register by Monday, July 17; include $100 deposit. $495 for a shared room and all needs. $595 for a private room in a shared cabin and all needs. Commuters $275. $50 cabin discount if you register and pay in full by Thursday, June 15, 2017.


Pizza Farm Thursdays with Spoken Word Performances
Farmstead Creamery and Café, Hayward, WI
Hosted by Laura Berlage and John Adler
5-8 pm
June 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Back by popular demand, this year’s spoken word series will be held again at the Farmstead Creamery and Cafe, just outside Hayward, Wisconsin on Thursdays 5-8 pm. John Adler, emcee, is looking for guest spoken word artists to offer two 15 to 20 minutes performances on their outdoor stage. Call John Adler at 715-699-6023 or email him at sonofmel@gmail.com.

Call for Poets and Artists

RESIST AND PROTECT – Opening reception, Nov 13, 2017 5-7 pm, Zeitgeist Atrium 222 E. Superior St., Duluth. Art exhibit and poetry reading around the themes of Resistance and/or Protection in these uncertain times. To express interest in submitting works or for questions, Penny Perry, perryframing@aol.com or Eileen Zeitz Hudelson, eileenhudelson@gmail.com. Deadline: Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.

“Write On” Writing Class
Instructor: Serenity Schoonover
Weds, June 14 – July 26 (no class July 5)
6-7 pm
Ordean East Middle School

Do you journal? Or maybe you write poetry? Perhaps you have been thinking about starting a memoir? Maybe you aspire to write, or write more. Whatever your inclination, please join us in safe and supportive dialogue on the craft of writing. Led by freelance writer and teacher, Serenity Schoonover, this group will discuss and share writing samples, with each member sure to receive enthusiastic and constructive feedback.

To register, call 218-336-8760, ext. 1, or email Julie Gandt at communityeducation@isd709.org

News about a longtime LSW member

We were saddened to learn of the death of Mark Maire, a longtime member of LSW and an accomplished poet. Mark won the Codhill Prize and his book Meridian received an honorable mention at the 2017 NEMBA awards.

Upcoming Events

June 10 (Sat) 7:30 pm – Spirit Lake Poetry Series reading in the Prøve Gallery features Northern Minnesota poet Francine Sterle, author of What Thread? (Red Dragonfly Press, 2015), winner of the David Martinson—Meadowhawk Prize; Nude in Winter (Tupelo Press, 2007); Every Bird is One Bird (Tupelo Press, 2001), winner of the Editor’s Prize; and The White Bridge (Poetry Harbor, 1999). Her poems have appeared in such journals as Ploughshares, the North American Review, Poetry International, and Nimrod, and her poems have been anthologized in Written on Water, Letters to the World, To Sing Along the Way,The Cancer Poetry Project, and 33 Minnesota Poets. Sterle’s awards include ten Pushcart Prize nominations, a Los Angeles Book of the Year nomination, a Loft-McKnight Foundation Award, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, and a Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Award.

June 14 (Wed) 6-8 pm – North Shore Poets and Writers meets at the Two Harbors Public Library.  Contact Shelley Getten for details: gettencreative@gmail.com

June 27 (Tue) & 29 (Thur) 6:30 pm – James Brakken will discuss his latest novel, Alias Ray Olson: The Complete Story Behind the 1939 Chequamegon Forest Manhunt, at the Grandview Town Hall (Tue June 27) and at the Forest Lodge Library in Cable (Thur June 29). Both PowerPoint slideshow events are free. More information on Alias Ray Olson can be found at BadgerValley.com.

July 8 (Sat) 7 pm – Ann Marie Mershon discusses You Must Only to Love Them: Lessons Learned in Turkey at Drury Lane Books, on the East Bay in Grand Marais. 218-387-3370.

July 9 (Sun) 8 pm –  Full Moon Reading outside around the bonfire with Erin Watson & Reed Schmidt. Drury Lane Books, on the East Bay in Grand Marais. 218-387-3370.

July 12 (Wed) 6-8 pm – North Shore Poets and Writers meets at the Two Harbors Public Library.  Contact Shelley Getten for details contact gettencreative@gmail.com.

July 23 (Sun) 5 pm – Mark Neuzil discusses Canoes: A Natural History in North America. Drury Lane Books, on the East Bay in Grand Marais. 218-387-3370.

KUDOS – News about our members

Linda LeGarde Grover’s poetry collection The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives (Red Mountain Press) received the 2016 Northeast Minnesota  Book Award for poetry.

Linda LeGarde Grover’s poem “Mary Remembering on a July Afternoon” was included in Marcie Anderson’s newly released A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag (Minnesota Historical Society Press).

Molly Hoeg attended a writing workshop by Kate St. Vincent Vogl on May 16 called “Making a Scene” at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby MN.  Molly wrote a summary about the workshop on her blog Superior Footprints and which you can read here: https://superiorfootprints.org/2017/05/17/a-student-of-writing/

Red Bird published Jessica Roeder’s prose chapbook, Staircases Will Outnumber Us, in May. Her story “A Permanent Complication” is in the current issue of Threepenny Review – https://www.redbirdchapbooks.com/content/staircases-will-outnumber-us

Kelsey Roseth has an article published in Northern Wilds about the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, which empowers people with medical conditions, injuries and disabilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles and get back out in the community. Read it here: http://northernwilds.com/northland-institute-breaks-barriers/

Cheryl Wilke has published a children’s picture book At The Cabin, which tells the story of one youngster who makes the transformation from city kid to wild child, discovering that in addition to such benefits as not having to make the bed (sleeping bags just roll up) or take a bath (why bother when the lake is right there for swimming?) there are rocks to skip, eagles to watch, campfires to cook over, and northern lights to wonder about. When it’s time to return home, the child is reluctant to leave all these pleasures behind. Lyrical text and Lake Superior-inspired watercolors fill this children’s picture book. At The Cabin is available for purchase from Raven Productions, Inc., Ely.

LSW Open Writing Groups

June 21 (3rd Wed) 6 pm – Third Wednesday Writing Group meets on the 3rd floor of the Board of Trade Building, 301 West First Street. All genres are welcome.   Questions? Contact Rodney at r.a.savary@gmail.com.

June 15 (3rd Thur), 11 am – Writers’ Square Table. Topic: Theme/Message. Is all writing trying to instruct? Place: Sami Center, 4915 E. Superior Street, Ste# 205. Enter from Pitt Street. All are welcome.

June 18 (Sun) 1:30 pm – Memoir Group – We will meet at the home of Mara Hart, 205 W. Kent Road, Duluth. All are welcome.

LSW Mentoring and Editing 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 writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org.