March 2015 NorthWords

TONIGHT, Saturday Feb. 28 – St. David’s Day Open Reading at Prøve Gallery, Duluth

The Spirit Lake Poetry Series will present its 19th annual St. David’s Day Open Reading on Saturday, February 28, 7:30 p.m., at Prøve Gallery, 21 N. Lake Ave., Duluth. Admission is free. Poets at any level of experience are invited to participate, and all readers are asked to sign up at the start of the event. The first half of the reading is devoted to original work, the second half to favorite poems by other authors. Readers must limit themselves to three minutes in order to give equal time to everyone. The brainchild of Minnesota Book Award winner Louis Jenkins, the annual St. David’s Day Open Reading honors the anniversary of the canonization of St. David, the patron saint of Wales. The event is designed to showcase the variety of voices in the Northland and to provide welcome warmth on a late winter evening.

Upcoming readings in the Spirit Lake Poetry Series include Connie Wanek on Saturday, March 28, and Linda Hogan on Saturday, April 25. Both of these readings will also be held at Prøve Gallery.

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March 3 (Tue) – Help us plan our October 2016 Writing Conference

Barnes & Noble, Miller Hill Mall, 7 pm

LSW has decided to offer a one-day writing workshop in 2016 that will offer area writers a chance to choose from workshops facilitated by top instructors. We’d love to get some input from our members. If you’re interested in joining us for this kick-off meeting, please call Marion Gustafson of the LSW Board at 391-7028 or send her an email at marionkae@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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ONE-DAY LSW WORKSHOP SATURDAY MARCH 7 – FREE TO LSW MEMBERS! – A few spots are left!

“THE ART OF CRITIQUE”

Learn how to effectively comment about a fellow writer’s work
…and learn how to use critiques about your own work to improve your writing

Saturday, March 7, 1 – 4 pm
Marshall Professional Building Conference Room
Felicia Schneiderhan, Instructor
FREE to Lake Superior Writers members; $35 non-members

There’s usually an awkward moment in your writing group or a writing workshop: How should I tell her there’s something missing in her story? How can I make suggestions that will really help him? Sometimes it’s even harder to know how to respond to a critique of your own work: Should I do everything he suggests? Does she really mean it when she says, “It’s fine”?

In this workshop, Felicia will lead you in exercises that will help you respond to your peer’s writing and give you tips on how to listen to and benefit from the comments of others. Bring to the workshop at least one typed sample of your writing in any genre. It should be at least 250 words. Open to writers at all levels.

This workshop is free to Lake Superior Writers members; $35 for nonmembers includes a year’s membership in LSW.

To register, email writers@lakesuperiorwriters.com, or contact Marty Sozansky at msozansk@d.umn.edu, or by calling 218-341-4363. Number of participants limited.

FeliciaABOUT OUR TEACHING ARTIST – Felicia Schneiderhan holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and journalism have appeared in dozens of publications. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing classes at colleges and universities in Chicago and Duluth, and Lake Superior Writers.
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ENTER LSW’S 2015 WRITING CONTEST!
Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
Theme: “Super + Natural”
Deadline: April 1, 2015

We’re pleased to announce our 2015 Writing Contest with a theme of “Super + Natural.”

“Super + Natural” was chosen after we looked back at a year that saw the City of Duluth winning the title of “best outdoors town” from Outside magazine and thousands of people drawn to view the natural phenomenon of Lake Superior’s ice caves in northern Wisconsin. We truly live and write in an area full of nature that is “super.” Yet perhaps you’ve experienced or imagined things that go beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature. In fact, the word “supernatural” is derived from the Latin words “Supra,” meaning “above” and “Naturalis,” meaning “nature.”

For our 2015 contest, we are looking for entries that deal with nature or the supernatural, or better yet, a combination of the two. We hope “Super + Natural” will inspire you to go in many mystical and natural directions. Give yourself free rein to explore this theme in your poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

CATEGORIES INCLUDE: Poetry (up to 3 poems); Short-Short Fiction (up to 500 words); Short Story (1,500-5,000 words) and Creative Non-Fiction (1,500-5,000 words). ONE WINNER in each category will receive a prize of $250 and publication on the Lake Superior Writers website. For complete guidelines, go to https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/2015-writing-contest/

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March 10 (Tue) and March 24 (Tue) – New West Side Writing Group sets regular meeting days

The yet-to-be named West Side writers group now meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 10 am to noon at a private residence. New members are welcome to join this stimulating group. For more information contact Alice Marks at amarks001@centurylink.net

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NEMBA Nominees Announced

Nominees for the 27th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) have been announced. You can view them here: http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/nemba/ – Several LSW members have been nominated! The winners will be announced on Thursday, May 21 at a book fair and awards presentation at the UMD Kirby Ballroom—watch NorthWords for more information.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

March 8 (Sun) – 6 pm – Prose Open Mic at Amazing Grace, Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace, 394 South Lake Avenue, Duluth. Come early and have dinner with fellow writers!

March 13 (Fri) – 5-10 pm – Prove Gallery hosts the 3rd Annual Minerva Zine Party, 21 Lake Ave., Duluth. Celebrate 7 years of publishing the Minerva zine, and enjoy original zine artwork, readings, food, beverages, and local music by Israel Malachi starting at 6 pm and Black Diary later in the evening. Visit http://www.provegallery.com

March 14 (Sat) 10:30 am – Mark Munger will read from and sign his two Finnish American novels, Suomalaiset and Sukulaiset at the Cloquet Public Library, 320 14th Street.

March 17 (Tue) St. Patrick’s Day 6:30 – 8:00 pm – NORTH SHORE POETS presents Irish poetry and song at the Two Harbors Public Library. If you would like to read a poem by an Irish poet, or an original poem about the Irish/Ireland, please arrive at 6 pm to get on the docket. Georgeanne Hunter and Shelley Getten will host this fun event. The meeting room will be full of Irish Ambiance…with art and artifacts, and perhaps a little Irish treat.

March 19 (Thur) 6:30-7:30 pm Bookstore at Fitgers – Margi Preus will launch Enchantment Lake, a mystery for young readers set in the north woods of Minnesota, published by the University of MN Press. Short reading at 7:00. http://www.margipreus.com.

March 19 (Thur) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic at Beaners Central. Featured Guest: Kyle Elden, hosted by Tina Higgins Wussow. All genres welcome and half-priced wine, trivia and prizes.

March 26 (Thur) 7 pm – Mark Munger will read and sign his two Finnish American novels, Suomalaiset and Sukulaiset at Kaleva Hall, 125 N 3rd Ave. W., Virginia, MN.

March 26 (Thur) 7 pm – Publication reading at the Open Book on 1011 Washington Ave. S. for Visibility: Ten Miles, a Prairie Memoir in Photography and Poetry by Sharon Chmielarz, poet; Ken Smith, photographer. There’ll be music, photographs, poetry, books and refreshments.

March 28 (Sat) 9:30 am-5 pm – Mark Munger will read and sign Sukulaiset: The Kindred and his other books at the 2015 Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair, Bloomington Center for the Arts.

March 28 (Sat) – 7:30-8:30 pm – Connie Wanek poetry reading at Prove Gallery, 21 Lake Ave., Duluth.

April 2 (Thurs) 5 pm – Roberta Hill will give a public reading of her poetry at the Jim Dan Hill Library on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Hill, UW-Superior’s Spring 2015 Visiting Writer, is the author of collections of poetry including Cicadas (published by Holy Cow! Press). The reading will be followed by Q&A, conversation, and book signing. Refreshments provided. Contact yrutford@uwsuper.edu with questions.

April 2 (Thurs) 5 pm – Roberta Hill will give a public reading of her poetry at the Jim Dan Hill Library on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Hill, UW-Superior’s Spring 2015 Visiting Writer, is the author of collections of poetry including Cicadas (published by Holy Cow! Press). The reading will be followed by Q&A, conversation, and book signing. Refreshments provided. Contact yrutford@uwsuper.edu with questions.

April 12 (Sun) 2 pm – Tera Freese will give a reading/signing of her new book Remind Me That I’m Wild, published by Masterkey Press. (Asheville, NC). The event will be held at Amity Coffee, 4429 E. Superior St., Duluth. Bring the kids!

April 25 (Sat) 12-2 pm Tera Freese will sign her new book Remind Me That I’m Wild, published by Masterkey Press. (Asheville, NC) at Duluth Pack in Canal Park signing books. Bring the kids!

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KUDOS – News about our members

New Scenic Cafe: The Cookbook, written by Lake Superior Writers member Arlene Anderson and local chef/restaurant proprietor Scott Graden is one of four finalists for a Minnesota Book Award in the general nonfiction category. Winners will be announced at the Awards gala on April 18, 2015 by invitation only.

Tera Freese’s book, Remind Me That I’m Wild has been published by Masterkey Press. (Asheville, NC). This beautifully illustrated collection of children’s poetry is set in the north woods where fairies melt from icicles, trolls grow from snowy boulders and blooming willow curtains conceal hidden theaters.

Elisa Janine Hoole just sold her third novel, The Memory Jar to flux Books. The novel tells the story of a girl who faces secrets, guilt and terrible choices about her pregnancy after a snowmobile accident leaves her boyfriend with a brain injury. Publication is scheduled for winter 2016. Elisa’s previous books are Kiss the Morning Star (Marshall Cavendish 2012) and Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always (flux Books 2013).

Viola LaBounty has had the poem, “Mourning” accepted for publication in the next edition of the Thunderbird Review 2015 Anthology Come Fly With Me. This edition from The Fond Du Lac Tribal Community College will be released also on Amazon in March 2015.

University of Minnesota Press has published a book for young readers, Enchantment Lake, by Margi Preus. Margi will be on a book tour in the state, and (see above) will be at The Bookstore at Fitgers on March 19, reading and signing books.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS

The Masters Review seeks new and emerging writers for publication

The Masters Review is a creative writing review seeking submissions for volume IV of their publication of ten short stories by the country’s best emerging writers. Judge is Kevin Brockmeier. Deadline is March 31, 2015. Visit http://www.mastersreview.com/submissions for more information.

Minnesota Northwoods Writing Conference
June 20-26, 2015
Bemidji State University

Register for the conference at northwoodswriters.org/apply or contact writersconference@bemidjistate.edu

Mark Doty, Distinguished Visiting Writer

Workshops and instructors include:

  • Tayai Jones, Fiction “Beginnings, Middles and Endings”
  • Matt de la Peña, Young Adult Fiction: “Writing ‘Up’ to Young Adults”
  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Poetry: “Jump-Starting Your Poems With Wonder”
  • Joni Tevis, Creative Nonfiction: “Nonfiction and the Nature of Memory”
  • David Gessner, Creative Nonfiction: “Writing From Place”

For more details, including prices, scholarships and housing, visit http://www.northwoodswriters.org/

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MADELINE ISLAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
2015 Writing Classes

Spend a week on Madeline Island and write! Visit http://www.madelineartschool.com/ for registration, prices, and housing information

Crafting the True Story: An Exploration of Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Jacqui Banaszynski – June 1-5

Free-Writing Intensive
Instructor: Douglas Goetsch – June 8-12

Alone Together: Write that Book!
Instructor: Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew – June 15-19

Women’s Memoir
Instructor: Kate Hopper – July 6-10

Inner Journeys: Mindful Travel Writing and Memoir
Instructor: Catherine Watson – July 13-17

How to Plan, Write & Develop a Book: Taking Your Book to Publication
Instructor: Mary Carroll Moore – July 20-24, July 27-31, Sept 21-25

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LSW WRITING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS – these groups are open to all writers!

The Writers’ Square Table meets 11:30 am Thursday March 19 (third Thursday) at Chester Creek Café, 1902 E. 8th St., Duluth. All are welcome.

Memoir Group meets on Sunday March 15 (third Sunday) at Chester Creek Café, 1902 E. 8th St., Duluth, 1:30 pm. All are welcome.

Fiction/Poetry Writing Group will meet 6-8 pm Wed March 18 (third Wednesday) at Chester Creek Café, 1902 E. 8th St., Duluth. All are welcome.

Have news to share with Lake Superior Writers members? Send your news to calendar@lakesuperiorwriters.org anytime.