May 2015 NorthWords

LSW’S Annual Celebration of the Literary Arts
Sunday, May 17, 5-7 pm
Tweed Museum of Art, UMD

Don’t forget to RSVP by Tuesday, May 12 by emailing us at or by calling 218-722-3094

KEYNOTE by Linda LeGarde Grover, author of The Road to Sweetgrass and The Dance Boots, Duluth’s pick for One Book, One Community.
CONTEST WINNERS’ READING by LSW 2015 Super + Natural Contest Winners
A short and sweet LSW ANNUAL MEETING
CASH BAR, delicious APPETIZERS, scintillating CONVERSATION. FREE for current LSW members; bring a guest!
You are welcome to RENEW your membership or JOIN LSW on May 17. DONATIONS TO LSW always gratefully accepted. ~~

A workshop with JIM JOHNSON, Duluth Poet Laureate
May 21 (Thur) 1 – 3 pm
UMD Library Rotunda
$25 LSW members, $40 non-members

Jim Johnson is the featured speaker at the Northeast Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) program the evening of May 21 in Kirby Ballroom, UMD (see next story). A well-known poet and educator in Northeast Minnesota, Johnson will lead workshop participants in the essentials of writing poetry to express feelings and evoke images. Cost (payable at the workshop) to Lake Superior Writers’ members is $25; cost for non-members is $40, which includes a membership in LSW. To register, email LSW at, or call Marty Sozansky at 218-341-4363. (Please be sure to include the name and date of the workshop/event you are registering for, as well as your name, phone number and whether you are a member of LSW or will be registering at the non-member rate.)

Instructor: Felicia Schneiderhan
4 Wednesday Sessions
Marshall Professional Building Conference Room
June 17 & 24, July 1 & 8, 6-8 pm
Includes one private conference with instructor
$75 LSW Members; $90 Nonmembers
To register call Gail Trowbridge at 218-728-1354 or email her at
Payment will be taken on June 17 5:45-6 pm

This class is for people who have been writing fiction for some time, and would like to work on their writing in a workshop setting. The class will include such topics as point-of-view, rewriting and publishing. 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. Her new memoir is Newlyweds Afloat, published by Breakaway Books.

27th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards – NEMBA
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Book Fair, Reception, Featured Speaker, and Awards Presentation
Kirby Ballroom, UMD Campus
5-6:30pm – Book Fair and refreshments
6:30-8pm – Speaker Jim Johnson/ Awards Presentation
Barton Sutter – Emcee
8-9pm – Extension of the Book Fair

The 27th annual NEMBAs will honor books published in 2014. This year’s nominees include books by LSW members Marie Zhuikov, Linda LaGarde Grover, Mark Munger, Holy Cow! Press, Sheila Packa, Bonnie Malterer and Donna Schilling. The awards showcase authors and books that capture the spirit of the Northland and substantially represent northeastern Minnesota. This free community event is open to the public, with parking available in several lots and meters on campus.

This year’s speaker, Jim Johnson, is the 2014-2016 Poet Laureate of Duluth, Minnesota. He has published seven books of poetry. His most recent, The First Day of Spring in Northern Minnesota, was a Minnesota Book Award Finalist and a winner in the poetry category of the 25th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards. Johnson’s work often focuses on the lives of northern Minnesota’s Finnish settlers, but the experiences of these immigrants translate into universal themes of hard work, nature, and families. Lake Superior Writers is a sponsor of NEMBA.

KUDOS – News about our members

Eric Chandler’s news includes the publication of “6 Superior Hiking Trail Surprises” in the May issue of Northern Wilds; “Buckle Up” received Honorable Mention for Nonfiction for the upcoming edition of The Talking Stick; and his poem titled “It Happened Anyway” was accepted to the online literary journal O-Dark-Thirty.

Jan Chronister has recently had poems accepted or published by Silly Tree Press, Outrider Press, Silver Birch Press (Gatsby anthology), Pan’s Shadow, Talking Stick, Red Cedar, The Nemadji Review and Wisconsin Poets Calendar.

Jim Perlman attended the 2015 AWP conference in April, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. He was one of 800 publisher/exhibitors and was honored with a tribute session. Here is the description of his work:

“Holy Cow! Press has published authors in single-authored collections and themed anthologies for thirty-seven years. Founded in Minneapolis in early 1977, Holy Cow! Press has shaped literary production in the Midwest and nationwide. Four panelists from diverse backgrounds and genres discuss working with Jim as an editor and the significance of his press. Readers value his beautiful books of literary and cultural significance. Holy Cow! Press’ book list is culturally and racially diverse and artistically meritorious; it marks Duluth/Minneapolis as a site of literary significance. This small press has provided an essential bridge for Russian, Jewish, Swedish, Indian and American voices; for rural and urban trendsetters; for grieving, divorced, aging, little-known or silenced; for cultural continuance; for guiding writers-to-come. Holy Cow! engages reading, writing and youthful audiences in the power of art.”

Nodin Press has recently published Bart Sutter’s collection of haiku, Chester Creek Ravine, with cover art and illustrations by Duluth printmaker Cecilia Lieder.

Philip Luoma Anderson, son-in-law of LSW member Charlene Luoma, announced the publication of his second book Bellwether Live at First Avenue (ISBN: 978-0-9839237-1-8). This was a project about creativity and doing what is needed to realize that creativity. It is a limited edition of 100 books (50 left), all signed and numbered for $20. You can find the book at

Liz Minette has work published in the recent issue of Blue Collar Review.

Francine Sterle’s new book, What Thread?, which won the 2014 David Martinson-Meadowhawk Prize in Poetry, has been released by Red Dragonfly Press. Scott King, publisher of the press, has this to say: “Francine Sterle eloquently navigates the sacred space of absence. From the labyrinths of ancient times to the koans of Buddhist practice to the northern landscape in which she lives, these dazzling poems move back and forth from private elegy toward quest and question, offering breadth and resonance to a journey no one is spared.”


May 9 (Sat) 1 – 3pm – Margi Preus will be signing West of the Moon and other titles at Barnes & Noble in Duluth.

May 9 (Sat) 7pm – Nodin Press has recently published Bart Sutter’s collection of haiku, Chester Creek Ravine, with cover art and illustrations by Duluth printmaker Cecilia Lieder. Bart and his brother Ross will present “North Country Characters,” a program of songs, stories, and poems with a Scandinavian flavor, at Duluth Congregational Church, 3833 E. Superior Street. The second act of this performance will serve as the book launch for Chester Creek Ravine, and the evening will also include contributions by pianist Sam Black and Norwegian singer Stina Fagertun. Tickets are $15 for adults, with family rates available at the door.

May 13 (Wed) 10am-1pm – Erika Adams will be signing her newly published novella, Allie’s Adventure on the Wonder at Lake Superior College, just outside the bookstore.

May 13 (Wed) 6pm – North Shore Poets meet to read and critique each other’s work on the second Wednesday of the month at the Two Harbors Public Library. This is an open group. If you’d like more information, contact Shelley:

May 19, 12:30 pm – Bart Sutter will give a talk with readings from Scandinavian-American poets of Minnesota called “Sons and Daughters of the Northern Lights” at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville, 2180 Hamline Ave. North, at 12:30 p.m. Dorothea Diver will accent the talk with Swedish folk tunes on piano.

May 21 (Thur) 7-9pm – Spoken Word Open Mic at Beaner’s Central. Host: TBA (Tina and Jason are on their annual fishing trip!) Featured Guest: Milan Kovacovic, author of Ma’s Dictionary. Trivia and prizes, half-priced wine, and book exchange! All genres welcome.

May 23 (Sat) 12 noon – James Brakken will be guest speaker at the Douglas Co Historical Society Museum, Saturday, May 23, Noon. Free. Subject of his talk will be the 1880s “Lumberjack” era and his award-winning, fact-based, historical novel, The Treasure of Namakagon. It’s about a boy in the lumber camps of northern Wisconsin who meets the legendary Chief Namakagon (real person) and learns of his mysterious (real) lost silver mine. (Treasure hunters still search for the mine, lost in 1886 when Namakagon was murdered in the silver fields.) Brakken’s slide show will also include the only known image of Chief Namakagon. Brakken’s research revealed the Chief was actually a fugitive wanted for murder who hid out in northern Wisconsin to avoid being lynched.

May 26 (Tue) & May 28 (Thur) 7 pm – Thunder of Freedom Live, a readers theater performance, at Teatro Zucconi, 222 E. Superior St., Duluth. Screenplay by Cheryl Reitan. After a teen vocalist is assaulted by white policemen, she joins the civil rights movement and helps break Mississippi legislature’s color barrier. Inspired by the book, Thunder of Freedom: Black Leadership and the Transformation of 1960s Mississippi by Sue (Lorenzi) Sojourner with Cheryl Reitan. A performance commemorating the 1920 Duluth lynching of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie. Suggested donation: $10. All proceeds go to the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Committee. Partial support provided by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the McKnight Foundation and voters, through the Minnesota legislature.

June 6 (Sat) 5-6pm – Sharon Schmielarz will read from her new book Visibility: Ten Miles, a Prairie Memoir in Photography and Poetry at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais.

June 12 (Fri) 6pm – Swing on by Jefferson People’s House for the Duluth premier of Marlais Brand’s new book, The Hungry Coast. Set on the shores of Lake Superior, her bewitching tales take you on a hair-raising ride through fear, love, history, death and relentless hunger; all illustrated by Grand Marais woodblock artist, Noah Prinsen. Free – Jefferson People’s House, 12 S 15th Ave. E Duluth 55812. Following Brand’s reading, we’ll have a foot stompin’ show by Duluth’s very own musical rascals, The Clover Street Cronies! Facebook event page:

June 27 (Sat) – A conference and book fair will be held at Lakeside Event Center in Siren, Wisconsin. For more information, email

NW Wisconsin Writers Festival
August 14-15

The 2nd Annual NW Wisconsin Writers Festival at UW-Barron County will be held during the pinnacle of high summer along the banks of the Red Cedar River beginning Friday afternoon August 14 and continuing Saturday August 15. This year, the NW WI Writers Festival will be part of a larger event, U-FEST, a celebration of arts and crafts, music and food and summer, at UW-Barron County. With a grant of $25,000 from the Wisconsin Tourism Board, we are hoping to draw thousands of visitors and local community members to campus for this event. U-Fest will include many bands, musicians, and performers, a craft fair, food vendors, a weekend full of events. The Writers Festival will include many different ways to share your work:

• Writers’ and authors’ tables included in a craft and artists’ fair all day Saturday, August 15, for displaying and selling your publications.
• Opportunities to read your writing on the main stage throughout the day Saturday.
• Presentations, panels, and creative writing workshops for community members, visitors, and other writers Friday late afternoon and Saturday morning.
• A “glow walk” for families along the Red Cedar River Friday evening, with writers sharing “campfire” stories and poems by lantern light.

Publish Your Own Book

Have you dreamed of being a published author? Turn your ideas into a great book! Whether you are a writer, photographer, historian, business person, or cook, learn how to create a book and publish it. Your instructor has been published in two women’s travel books plus has self-published 15 books including a family history, travel and recipe books, and children’s stories. You must be comfortable using a computer and the Internet. The free software needed to complete the project will be available in class. You will be able to purchase your book at the end of class. The cost is typically between $20-70 depending upon number of pages. Please be prepared to bring a USB flash drive (4GB or larger), or use Cloud or external HD storage to save your project.

Instructor: Jan Avenson Nelson
Instructor’s phone: (218) 310-1492
Class time & dates: 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday evening, beginning September 30th and ending November 11, 2015.
Class location: WITC, 600 North 21st Street, Superior, WI 54880
How to register: Register online at under Continuing Education. Or call the college at (715)394-6677.

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

The next meeting of the Ink Slingers, an open group, is Thursday, May 14, from 10:00 until noon at 2425 W. Skyline Parkway. For more information send an email to Alice Marks.

The Writers Square Table will meet at 11:30 Thursday May 14, in a new venue. Because of policy changes at CCC, we will be meeting at the Sami Center of North America, 4915 E. Superior Street, Suite #205, Duluth. If you wish, bring some lunch. Coffee and tea will be available. Topic: The Hero’s Journey as Plot Line.

The Memoir Group will meet at 1:30 Sunday May 17 at the home of Mara Hart, 205 W. Kent Road, Duluth. Contact her for further information:

Fiction/Poetry Writing Group will meet 6-8 pm Wed May 20 (third Wednesday) at Chester Creek Café, 1902 E. 8th St., Duluth. All are welcome.

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