May 2016 NorthWords

Author Anthony Bukoski is photographed on Tower Avenue in Superior. (Photo by Julia Cheng.)

Have you RSVP’d?
Don’t miss our annual celebration of you, our members!

Sunday May 22, 5-7 pm
LSW ANNUAL MEMBER GATHERING and “Going Coastal” Contest Reading
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth
835 West College Street
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Anthony Bukoski, author of North of the Port
Hors d’oeurves & cash bar

We’re pleased to announce that Anthony Bukoski, whom The New York Times Book Review calls “a sure-handed, lyrical writer” will speak about his long career as a short-story writer. Bukoski has published five short-story collections set among the immigrant communities of Superior, Wisconsin: Twelve Below Zero, Children of Strangers, Polonaise, Time Between Trains, and North of the Port. He is currently revising a manuscript of stories called The Blondes of Wisconsin. His essays and stories have been broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio and his story “Time Between Trains” on National Public Radio. He has won awards from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and elsewhere.

FREE to current LSW members! Meet your writerly friends and make new ones, and hear winners of our “Going Coastal” writing contest read selections from their short story entries.  Mark your calendar, and please watch your mailbox for your invitation postcard! If you think your membership has lapsed and you’d like to renew and attend, please contact us at We will also take membership payments at the event on May 22.

Congratulations to winners of LSW’s “Going Coastal!” 2016 Writing Contest

Nine writers from Minnesota and Wisconsin won the Lake Superior Writers short story contest, with four honorable mentions. The theme was Lake Superior. Winning stories will be published in an anthology. These are:

Theresa Allison-Price, “On my Head”
James Brakken, “The Light”
Judy Budreau, “Superior Mordant”
Eric Chandler, “The Heart Under the Lake”
Phil Fitzpatrick, “The Urge for Going”
Maxwell Reagan, “The Lake Effect”
Evan Sasman, “The Painting”
Johnna Suihkonen, “What a Fire Weighs”
Marie Zhuikov, “Water Witch”

Honorable mentions for quality writing are:

Carol Dunbar, “Winter’s Refugee”
Joe Field, “Captain Colt”
Anne Stewart, “Blueberry Lust”
John Weinberg, “Bamboo on the Brule”

Thank you so much to our contest judges:

Linda Olson
Marlais Brand
Marion Gustafson
Felicia Schneiderhan
Lacey Louwagie
Josh Bernstein


margi preusLearn about writing for young readers from MARGI PREUS
Free – May 7 (Sat) 3 pm – Duluth Public Library Green Room

See complete schedule of all locations, dates and times below

This month, author Margi Preus is touring libraries in the Arrowhead Library System to offer a free program about writing for young readers.

Margi is a New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book, Heart of a Samurai, the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, and Shadow on the Mountain, a Notable Book for a Global Society. In 2015, Margi released Enchantment Lake, a northwoods mystery, and The Bamboo Sword, which Bookpage called “historical fiction at its best.”

“Margi Preus has a remarkable ability to create fascinating, page-turning stories that transport readers to faraway times and places. Whether she’s evoking Norway during World War II or 19th century Japan, Preus combines impeccable research with strong characterization and plot—the very elements that draw readers into history and spark the curiosity to learn more.” Bookpage, Sept. 2015

May 5 (Thur), 1 pm, Mountain Iron Public Library

May 5 (Thur), 6 pm, Grand Rapids Area Library

May 6 (Fri) 1 pm, Hoyt Lakes Public Library


May 16 (Mon), 10:30 am, Virginia Public Library

May 16 (Mon), 6 pm, Babbitt Public Library

May 18 (Wed), 6 pm, Silver Bay Public Library


May 26 (Thursday) Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA)
Kirby Ballroom, UMD
Book Fair, refreshments & cash bar: 5 pm
Awards Presentation: 6:30 pm
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Michael Fedo, author of Zenith City: Stories from Duluth and The Lynchings in Duluth

The 28th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) will be presented at a public celebration on Thursday, May 26, in Kirby Ballroom on the UMD campus. The celebration will include featured speaker Michael Fedo, a book fair, and refreshments. All are welcome to this literary festival. Attend the book fair and enjoy refreshments & cash bar starting at 5 pm, followed by featured speaker Michael Fedo and the awards presentation at 6:30 pm.

FedoMichael Fedo is a native of Duluth and a graduate of UMD and Kent State University (where he earned a master’s degree in broadcasting and theater). Fedo briefly taught English at Duluth’s Denfeld High School before leaving the area in 1964. Over the next several decades, Fedo published articles and essays in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, McCalls, Parade, Sports Afield, and Runner’s World. He has published more than 50 short stories in magazines and literary quarterlies. Several of his essays have been broadcast over public radio stations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Florida. Fedo is the author of nine books, including locally significant books such as Zenith City: Stories from Duluth and The Lynchings in Duluth.

Each year, NEMBA recognizes books that best represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle. This year, 44 books published in 2015 have been nominated. NEMBA prizes are currently awarded in six categories: (1) Nonfiction (2) Fiction (3) Art, Photography (4) Children’s Literature (5) Poetry, and (6) Memoir.

The winning author in each category will be awarded a cash prize of $200. The winning author and the honorable mention in each category will receive a glass plaque as well as one hundred NEMBA book seals.NEMBA is a free community event sponsored by the Kathryn A. Martin Library at UMD with financial support from Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Lake Superior Writers, TCF Bank, and UMD Stores.

For more information, call 218-726-7889 or go to


KUDOS – News about our members

J. A. Bernstein’s novel, RACHEL’S TOMB, won the 2016 Hackney Literary Prize for the Novel and the 2015 Knut House Novel Prize. His essay collection, IN JOSAPHAT’S VALLEY, was runner-up for the 2015 Red Hen Press Book Award in Nonfiction, and his story collection, STICK-LIGHT, was a finalist for the 2015 Pleiades Press Prose Prize and for the Open Reading Series at Calypso Editions. Recent stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Fiction Journal, Tampa Review, Noctua Review, Mud City, and Timberline Review, and an essay is forthcoming in Chicago Quarterly Review.

Eric Chandler’s poem “Anger Management” was published in The Thunderbird Review and his poem “Get Off My Lawn” was picked up for this year’s edition of The Talking Stick.

James L. Freeman has published his first book – Seventy-Three Summers: poems in retrospect. His poetry collection is about nature, grandchildren, grandfathering, love, humor and social issues. It can be purchased online through, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.  It is available in hardcover and paperback and perhaps soon as an ebook.

Shelley Getten’s poem “walk,” in honor of the life and legacy of Ellen Moore Anderson, will be published in The Talking Stick.

Liz Minette was published in the Spring 2016 issue of Caveat Lector online, and Spring 2016 Blue Collar Review.

Meridian by Mark Maire won the Codhill Poetry Award, given annually for a book-length manuscript of poems. Meridian will be published by Codhill Press and distributed by the State University of New York Press this summer. For more information, go to

Mark Munger will be appearing at the New York Mills Cultural Center at 7:00pm on May 6th. Mark will be reading from and discussing his most recent book, Sukulaiset: The Kindred, a historical novel set in Finland, Estonia, and Russia during WW II. The event is free and open to the public and the bookstore at the Center will have signed books for sale.

Jim Perlman announced that Load Poems Like Guns: Women’s Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan, selected and translated by Farzana Marie (Holy Cow! Press, 2015) has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Best Translated Poetry Book for 2016. There are six poetry collections selected as finalists. The winners will be announced on May 4th in New York City.

Ruth M. Schmidt-Baeumler’s poem “Waiting for the Baby” will be published in the 25th annual The Talking Stick/Jackpine Writers’ Bloc.

Ann Treacy’s new middle-grade novel The Search for the Homestead Treasure is being released this month by the University of Minnesota Press. See “Upcoming Events” for information about her book launch in Duluth.

Marie Zhuikov’s poem “Inevitable Scones” was chosen as a finalist and came in second place for the April 2016 Goodreads website monthly newsletter.

Upcoming Events

May 11 (Wed) 6-8 pm – North Shore Poets and Writers meet to read and critique work at the Two Harbors Public Library. For more information, please contact Shelley at or (612) 910-8496.

May 12 (Thur) 7 pm – At Beaner’s Central – River Stories: Julie Gard, Michelle Matthees, Sheila Packa and Jan Chronister.  Julie Gard’s book Home Studies is a Minnesota Book Award Finalist in 2016, and Michelle Matthees book Flucht will be coming out from New Rivers Press in 2016. Sheila is reading from a new manuscript “Three Rivers” about immigration, language, and the three way continental divide near Hibbing.  Jan has conjured beautiful poems about the St Louis River.   #onerivermanystories

May 12-14, 8 pm each night – “SEMINAR” is currently playing at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior Street — a play that writers might enjoy (or recognize?) The play is “…a provocative and biting comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck which is about four aspiring young novelists who sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored.” Presented by the Renegade Theater Company and directed by Lawrence Lee. For tickets

May 18 (Wed) 7 pm – Book launch for Ann Treacy’s middle grade novel The Search for the Homestead Treasure (University of MN Press) at The Bookstore at Fitger’s, Duluth. Free Public Event.

May 26 (Thur) – Northeast Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) – Book Fair 5-6:30, 6:30-8 pm Awards Presentation and Keynote by Michael Fedo, author of The Lynchings in Duluth, Zenith City: Stories From Duluth and other books. Kirby Ballroom, UMD.


Northwest Wisconsin Writers Conference July 23, 2016
The Power of Process: Creativity, Persistence and Promotion

william kent krueger3The St. Croix Writers of Solon Springs, Wisconsin will be hosting the 44th Annual Northwest Wisconsin Writers Conference on July 23, 2016 at the Solon Springs Community Center with events centered around the topic: The Power of the Process–Creativity, Persistence and Promotion. Keynote speaker will be New York Times best-selling author William Kent Krueger. A Minnesota author, he writes the Cork O’Connor mystery series set in Northern Minnesota. His work has won numerous awards including an Edgar for Ordinary Grace.

Sessions will include: Poetry; Marketing for Independent Authors; Pulling Your Readers Emotional Strings; Memoir Writing Roundtable; Edit Like You Mean It; Creativity; and Resources for Writers. There will also be a book fair. That evening there will be an outdoor concert at Lucius Woods Park Performing Arts Center ( Lucius Woods is a lovely park located on the shores of Upper St. Croix Lake. It features wooded trails, a brook, beach, and camping facilities.

You may want to make a weekend of it! Solon Springs is “nature’s playground” with much to offer! For more information, contact Jan Jenson at


St. Croix Writers Group in Solon Springs seeking new members

LSW member Viola LaBounty reports that St Croix Writers Group in Solon Springs is open to new people. They meet every Tuesday morning 9:30-11:30. All genres; time to read & option for critique or not. St. Croix Writers Group member Viola says “It’s a good supportive group for people of all levels in their writing journey.”


One-day Workshop
Oct. 8 2016
The Plaza Hotel & Suites, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Featured speaker: CANDACE HAVENS

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Entangled, Samhain and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion, and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. Sponsored by Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. For complete information, go to


LSW Open Writing Groups

May 5 & 19 (Thursdays) 3-5 pm – A new writing group Novel Ideas meets in Superior. This group is designed for those writing novels who wish to read and be critiqued on longer pieces of writing. For more information, contact Theresa Allison-Price at

May 15 (Sun) 1:30 pm – The Memoir Group will meet at Mara Hart’s home: 205 W. Kent Road. Call or e-mail Mara for further information: 218:728-1253; All are welcome, whether you’re writing memoir or another genre.

May 18 (Wed) 6-8 pm – The 3rd Wednesday Writers Group will meet at the Lake Superior Writers office, 301 W. 1st Street (the Board of Trade Building), Suite 308.

May 19 (Thur) 11 am  – The Writer’s Square Table will meet at the Sami Center of North America (4915 E. Superior Street–enter from Pitt St.) Suite 205.  Topic: Why Write? All are welcome to this group, which always has lively discussions.

May 12 & 26 (Thursdays), 10 am to noon – The Ink Slingers meets at the home of Alice Marks on West Skyline Ave, near Piedmont Ave. New members are welcome at this talented, lively group until we run out of space. The group will not meet during the summer, but will reconvene in September with a welcome back brunch. For more information contact Alice at

LSW Editing & Mentoring 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 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