March 2019 NorthWords



Award-Winning Children’s Author Aimee Bissonette to teach two writing workshops.

Lake Superior Writers joins with the Lake Superior Literacy Council to welcome acclaimed children’s author Aimee Bissonette. Join us Thursday, March 28th, at the Lake Superior Estuarium in Superior. Aimee will teach two workshops, free to the public.



The first event is a workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 pm FOR kids! How cool is that?

Aimee will then sign books, before giving a second workshop from 7:00 to 8:30 pm about writing for young readers. This workshop is geared toward adults.

This free evening at the beautiful Estuarium in Superior, WI is co-sponsored by the Lake Superior Literacy Council, WSRA, Lake Superior Writers, and the Superior School District.




Call for Submissions

Lake Superior Writers 2019 Writing Contest

“I’m New Here”

Lake Superior Writers is accepting entries in multiple genres for our annual writing contest. Categories include: Poetry (up to 3 poems), Short-Short Fiction (1 or 2 submissions of up to 500 words), Short Fiction (a single submission of 1,500-5,000 words), and Creative Nonfiction (a single submission of 1,500-5,000 words). One winner in each category will receive a prize of $250 and publication on the Lake Superior Writers website.

lsw contest graphic fbThe theme is “I’m New Here.” We are looking for submissions that explore this theme, metaphorically or literally, though writers can interpret it as broadly as they wish. You might write about being a foreigner in a strange land or accomplishing one of life’s many firsts. There is no limit to the physical or emotional spaces you can explore.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019. Winners will be notified by May 3, 2019.

GUIDELINES: Visit for rules and how to submit.


Writers Cafe

March 9 (Saturday), 9:00 – 11:00 am

Perk Place, 1336 W Arrowhead Rd, Duluth

Join us on Saturday, March 9 at Perk Place, 1336 West Arrowhead, Duluth 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. It’s casual, friendly, and fun!


“The Final Stages”

April 27 (Saturday), 1:00 – 3:00 pm

The Downtown Duluth Public Library, Green Room

Join us for our final panel of this season, “The Final Stages,” when four writers and editors share their experience in critiquing, editing, rewriting, and rejection. Panelists include Konnie LeMay of Lake Superior Magazine, Editor Cary Plocher, YA Writer and Teacher Elissa Hoole, and Duluth News Tribune Managing Editor Peter Baumann. Come hear about this crucial final push to the finish line.


Literary events in our region

Mar 3 (Sun) 2:00 pm – Songs of Love and Life, a program of vocal music by Pete Pellinen of Virginia and Peter Kess of Ely. Performed in Ely on Sunday Mar 3 at 2:00 pm at the Vermilion Community College Fine Arts Theater, 1900 E Camp St, Ely, MN and in Virginia on Mar 10 at 2:00 pm at the Lyric Annex, 516 Chestnut St, Virginia, MN.

Mar 13 (Wed) 5:30  – 7:00 pm- Poetry Book Club facilitated by former Duluth Poet Laureate Sheila Packa. Reading: “Native Guard” by Natasha Trethewey. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN.

Mar 15 (Fri) 1:00 pm – Community Celtic Celebration with Irish poetry, pics and song. OPEN MIC and OPEN DISPLAY TABLES. Bring an Irish song to sing, a poem about Ireland by you or someone else, or photos to ‘share’ at this Community Celtic Celebration sponsored by the Two Harbors Public Library, Community Partners, and North Shore Poets and Writers. Nancy MacGibbon, Georgeanne Hunter with Ryan Lane and Linda Crumpton will also be guest performers at this event. The afternoon will wrap up with an Irish Music Sing-a-long. Details will be posted at or contact Shelley for more information: Two Harbors Community Center, 417 S Ave, Two Harbors, MN.

Mar 15 (Fri) 7:00 pm- Adult storytime. Sit back and relax with the lights down low and enjoy short stories, essays and book excerpts read to you by bookstore staff and friends. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN.

Mar 16 (Sat) 8:45 am – 12:00 pm Cabin Fever Writers Rendezvous, a free workshop hosted by St. Croix Writers and Wisconsin Writers Association. Join author and writing coach Kim Suhr, director of Red Oak Writing, Genesse Depot, WI, as she presents The Writer’s Path, sharing her writing journey and wisdom gained in mentoring other writers. Kim will read from her newly-released story collection Nothing to Lose and discuss the writing life. Participants are encouraged to read a five-minute original work in the open reading portion from 10:45 am-noon. You are also welcome to just listen. Light refreshments, plus samplings of excellent coffees will be available courtesy of, Solon Springs. Solon Springs Community Center, North Classroom, 11523 S Business Rd, Solon Springs, WI. (715) 378-2776.

Mar 30 (Sat) 7:00 pm- Lorna Landvick book launchChronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes). Lorna is the author of 12 novels. She has performed stand-up and improvisational comedy around the country and is a public speaker, playwright, and actor. She lives in Minneapolis. Beaner’s Central, 324 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN.



Call for papers: Diversity and Community in Narrative Medicine and the Medical Humanities. Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2019. Survive and Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine. For more information.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020, The Driftless Writing Center will publish an anthology of writing and images rooted in the Driftless area. We welcome writers and artists to send us unpublished poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid works, and black-and-white art related to this part of the Midwest. We’re seeking a broad range of voices, styles, topics, and experiences. Submissions will be accepted until April 1, 2019. Selections will be made by guest editors Matt Cashion (Fiction), Nikki Wallschlaeger (Poetry), and Amy Weldon (Nonfiction and Hybrid). Contributors whose work is chosen will receive $75 plus two copies of the anthology and may be invited to read at our anniversary celebration. Writers can learn more and submit their work online at: The Driftless Writing Center, based in Viroqua, Wisconsin, connects writers, readers, and audiences through workshops, discussions, and public performances. More information at or (608) 492-1669.

Lake Superior Writers Contest Reminder: 2019 LSW Writing Contest is on with a submission deadline of April 1.

Minnesota Writers’ Directory, an online resource with contact information. The list starts with the Minnesota Book Award winners and finalists for the past five years, and is still growing. https://mnwriters

North Beach Writers Retreat happens this summer near Park Rapids with 5 days of poetry with Heid Erdrich and 5 days of memoir writing with Kao Kalia Yang. Dates, details and application info at

Write Right Now is a new writing course designed to help writers on all levels take their writing to the next level through a fun, lively multi-genre exploration of the craft of writing. The course introduces prompts, exercises, and some of the best advice on the art and practice of writing. A workshop process is included in the course and designed to give each writer an attentive audience and positive, constructive feedback. Your muse awaits! Write Right Now is offered Tuesday evenings at WITC Ashland starting on March 12th. To register or for more information, please call 715.682.4591, ext. 3050 or visit and register for course #23964.


KUDOS – News about our members

Melissa C. Auburn has had two pieces selected for publication.  “Cecilia’s Visit” was chosen for publication by Pure Slush Books in their Envy anthology. Her piece “Stardust” was chosen for publication by Abstract Magazine: Contemporary Expressions.

Jan Chronister has poems appearing or forthcoming in The Green Light Journal, KOSMOS, Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speak Out From the Shadows, The Thunderbird Review, Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar 2020, Blue Heron Review, and Fiolet & Wing: An Anthology of Domestic Fabulist Poetry.

Shirley Greves (aka Rosemary Vaughn), debut book Love on the Misty Isles has won the Silver Award in the Romance Category of the 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards. The sequel/prequel has just been released, Penny for Your Thoughts by Rosemary Vaughn.

Cary Johns Griffith‘s book Gunflint BurningFire in the Boundary Waters, is a finalist for a MN Book Award in the Minnesota non-fiction category. The winner will be announced at the April 6 Minnesota Book Awards event. Readers can find out more here –

Linda LeGarde Grover. A paired photographic interpretation of Linda’s forthcoming novel In the Night of Memory was accepted for inclusion in the art exhibit “Bring Her Home 2019: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island” which will be on display at All My Relations Arts in Minneapolis through June 21. The two works, titled “Red Ribbons for Loretta #1 and #2” are a collaboration between Linda her late sister, photographer Susan LeGarde Menz. Release date for In the Night of Memory (University of Minnesota Press) is April 2, 2019.

Dianna Hunter’s memoir, Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-the-Land Life, has been named one of four finalists for the 2019 Minnesota Book Award in memoir and creative nonfiction. Her earlier book, Breaking Hard Ground: Stories of the Minnesota Farm Advocates, published by Duluth’s Holy Cow! Press was also a nonfiction finalist. Winners will be announced at the Minnesota Book Awards gala on April 6 in Saint Paul. Tickets and more information are available online at

Maggie Kazel‘s work was included in To Learn the Future: Poems for Teachers. The anthology is English-language, with Scots and Scottish Gaelic represented; there are also poems from North America and Australia, and translations from Polish, Czech, and Farsi-Dari. Experience ranges from trying to understand what it’s like not to understand maths, to being an LGBTQI teacher, to living with one language and identity at home and another at school; from starting teaching to leaving teaching to going back in with renewed energy every day.

Ruth Schmidt-Baeumler‘s poem “Yellow Canvas Chair” is published in the book Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speak Out From the Shadows to be launched in April.

Marie Zhuikov‘s poem “Going to Ground” will be published in this spring’s Thunderbird Review.


Open LSW Writing Groups

Mar 13 (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 for more information. This is a free event held monthly at Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN.

Mar 17 (third Sun) 1:30 pm – Lake Superior Writers’ Memoir Group meets at the home of facilitator Ray Allard, 210 W Kent Rd, Duluth, MN.

Mar 20 (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 will meet at Perkins restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall, 1302 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth. For more information, contact facilitator Rodney Savary, 218-464-7701,