May 2018 NorthWords

Writers Cafe
Sat May 12, 9-11 am
Perk Place, 1336 W. Arrowhead Road, Duluth

Join us on Saturday, May 12, 9-11 am 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, find critique partners for that unwieldy manuscript, and find members for your writing group. It’s casual and friendly (and Perk Place has really good coffee).

LSW Annual Contest Reading & Member Celebration
May 19 (Sat), 3-5 pm
Estuarium, 3 Marina Drive, Barker’s Island, Superior

Margi Preus

Join us for a reading by our 2018 contest winners, featuring Newberry Award-winning author Margi Preus as our keynote speaker. Enjoy refreshments, connect with writers, and be inspired.

This event is free for our current members and their guests; $35 for anyone who would like to attend (admission includes one year’s membership in LSW).

Hurry! A few spots are left for…
William Kent Krueger Workshop
“Narrative and Plot: The Heart and Bones of a Story”
May 24 (Thur) 2-4 pm
Northland Country Club, Duluth

William Kent Krueger, award-winning Minnesota writer of the New York Times bestselling Cork O’Connor mystery series, will lead a Lake Superior Writers workshop, “Narrative and Plot: The Heart and Bones of a Story,” from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at Northland Country Club, 3901 East Superior Street, Duluth.

Krueger is the featured speaker for the thirtieth annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) the evening of May 24, also at Northland Country Club (see Literary events in our region below). In the workshop, Krueger will speak with participants about elements that create a compelling plot—the skeleton of a story—and then about the story’s narrative elements, which give the story its emotion and humanity. Participants should bring paper and pen for two brief writing exercises during the workshop.

Cost for the workshop is $25 for LSW members and $35 for non-members, which includes membership in Lake Superior Writers. To register, please email Marty Sozansky at The workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Crafting the Prose Poem
Workshop with Julie Gard
June 16 (Sat) 2018, 1-4 pm
LSW Office, downtown Duluth

Julie Gard

Writers working in any genre can benefit from learning how to “go short” and create resonance and meaning in a paragraph or two that is its own coherent piece. Participants will work with elements of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction during a series of writing exercises, with time for sharing and feedback. Participants will leave the workshop with prose poem drafts or seeds, along with a list of reading suggestions and ideas for where to submit their own flash work.

Julie Gard is an associate professor of writing at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Her prose poetry collections include Scrap: On Louise Nevelson (Ravenna Press); Home Studies (New Rivers Press), which was a finalist for the 2016 Minnesota Book Award; and the chapbooks Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series (Finishing Line Press) and Russia in 17 Objects (Tiger’s Eye Press). Find her online at

The workshop will take place at the LSW Office, located in the Sister Cities Office, 301 West First St., #308, Duluth. (Located in the Board of Trade building downtown, across from the YMCA.) Parking is available on the street or in area parking garages.

Cost is $25 for Lake Superior Writers members or $35 for nonmembers (includes LSW membership). Scholarships are available; please visit LSW’s scholarship guidelines for more information. To register, email Marie Zhuikov at The workshop is limited to 12 people.

Announcing the first ever Manuscript Swap!

The Manuscript Swap is for authors with completed, unpublished novel-length manuscripts who are willing to review someone else’s novel-length manuscript in exchange for feedback on their own. It’s peer-to-peer feedback, hosted by LSW. This program is designed to connect local authors with serious, positive feedback from another local writer on an unpublished manuscript. Note that this program is not a good fit for authors seeking professional editing or proofreading services. Please visit Manuscript Swap for full information.

Literary events in our region

May 1 (Tues) Noon – Zenith Bookstore hosts best-selling mystery writer Brian Freeman, who will be here to launch his new Jonathan Stride thriller Alter Ego. Meet Brian, and get an autographed copy of this exciting new thriller, set in Duluth. Chicago native and longtime resident of the Twin Cities Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages and have appeared as Main Selections in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

May 1 (Tues) 7 pm – Author Brian Freeman will be at the Duluth Barnes & Noble 1600 Miller Trunk Highway, discussing and signing his new release Alter Ego.

May 5 (Sat) 11 am – Cindy Senarighi, author of Yoga Devotions, will be signing books and offering a yoga session at the Duluth Barnes & Noble 1600 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth.

May 5 (Sat) 2:30 pm. Author Event: Bob King.  Duluth native Bob King will read from, answer questions and sign copies of his new book Wonders of the Night Sky You Must See Before You Die: The Guide to Extraordinary Curiosities of Our Universe. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave., Duluth.

May 5 (Sat) 3-5 pm – Sheila Packa will be leading a writing class for women veterans at Giant’s Ridge Resort near Biwabik. The retreat also offers support for PTSD, yoga, art classes, and pampering at the spa. Registration is required here.

May 6 (Sun) 1 pm – Third time’s the charm! Twice snowed out, the poetry reading with Jan Chronister and Peggy Trojan will take place at the Douglas County Historical Society, 1101 John Avenue in Superior at 1 pm. Poems about the Holocaust and growing up during WWII  will be shared. Free and refreshments.

May 7 (Mon) –  The Lake Superior Literacy Council invites everyone to their spring author event.  Margi Preus will be speaking to adults and older teens 4 – 5 pm at the Superior Middle School.  Margi will speak to  younger writers 5:30 – 6:30pm and lead them through a short writing exercise. Free and all are welcome.

May 7 (Mon), 6:30 pm – Words and Lyrics monthly spoken word gathering. Open mic night, so bring something of your own or a favorite writer to share, or just sit back to listen and enjoy!  Free and open to the public. Lyric Center for the Arts, Virginia.

May 11-12 – James Brakken will present a workshop titled “Writing Realistic Historical Fiction” at the 2018 Lakefly Writers Conference. The event is sponsored by the Oshkosh Public Library and features multiple workshops, displays, presentations, and seminars for all authors. Brakken is author of 7 historical fiction titles set along the south shore of Lake Superior. In his May 12 session, he will recommend resources for research, talk about using characters’ daily life, attitudes and dialogue to explore the time period, and how to not let history get in the way of a good story. For conference information, visit

May 17 (Thur) 7 pm – Author Event: Cary Griffith. Cary Griffith will discuss and sign copies of his new book Gunflint Burning, a comprehensive account of the dramatic events around the Ham Lake fire of 2007, one of the largest wildfires in Minnesota history. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave., Duluth.

May 19 (Sat) 7:30 pm – The Duluth book launch for Bart Sutter’s new book, Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood, will take place at the Quaker Meeting House, 1802 East First Street. Bart will be joined by his musical brother, Ross, in a special Sutter Brothers performance. Admission: $10 Adults / $5 Students. Refreshments will be served. Warning: The show will include accordion music.

May 20 (Sun) 7:30 pm – Please join us for “Wordy Dancing,” a poetry & dance performance at the Weber Music Hall, UMD campus. The event is created and organized by 2016-2018 Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld as the final presentation of her term. There will be six dancers and seven poems presented. The dancers, poets, and their poems are:

Naomi Christenson and Elena Suarez – “Paso Adelante/Move Forward”
Brigette Eckwood/Majur Atraktion and Alice Marks – “Wind Dancers”
Rebecca Katz Harwood and Deborah Rasmussen – “Folk Dancing After Forty Years”
Regina M. LaRouche and Ann Floreen Niedringhaus – “Migration”
Annette Strom and Diana Randolph – “Knowing the Way”
Doris Ressl Acosta and Lucy Tyrrell – “Cluster Flies” – and Shelley Getten -“Riding”

This event and the Duluth Poet Laureate Project is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Duluth Public Library, the Arrowhead Reading Council, Lake Superior Writers, Lake Superior College, the English departments at CSS and UMD, Locally Laid Egg Company, At Sara’s Table/Chester Creek Cafe, Security Jewelers, Zenith Bookstore, Adeline Inc., Kyle Leia Yoga, Alakef Coffee Roasters, Builders Commonwealth and the UMD College of Liberal Arts. There will be refreshments, and books by Duluth Poet Laureates available for purchase. A $10 donation at the door is suggested. For more information, please visit or call 218-724-1653.

May 24 (Thurs) 5-9 pm – 30th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) book fair, reception, featured Speaker, and awards presentation at Northland Country Club. The awards will honor books published in 2017. The ​book fair and reception ​will ​st​art​ at 5​ pm​, with the ​speaker and ​awards presentation at 6:30​. Free and open to the public. Presented by the UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library and Friends of the Duluth Public Library.

This year’s speaker, William Kent Krueger, writes the New York Times best-selling Cork O’Connor mystery series, which is set in the north woods of Minnesota. His work has received many awards, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned by Hollywood. His 2013 novel Ordinary Grace was honored with almost every award possible in the mystery genre, including the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award. Desolation Mountain, the 17th novel in the Cork O’Connor series, will be released this August.

KUDOS – News about our members

A number of books written or published by LSW members are nominated for a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (May 24). They are:

Can Murder be Justified?, Harvey Dahline, self-published
Going Coastal: An Anthology of Lake Superior Short Stories, Lake Superior Writers, North Star Press

Blue Window: Poems by Deborah Gordon Cooper, Clover Valley Press
Hugging This Rock: Poems of Earth & Sky, Love & War, Eric Chandler, Middle West Press
Naming Rites: Poems, Gary Boelhower, Holy Cow! Press
Now/Here: Poems, Crystal Spring Gibbons, Holy Cow! Press

Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year, Linda LeGarde Grover, University of Minnesota Press

At the Cabin: In the Woods by the Lake up North, Cheryl Weibye Wilke, Raven Productions
The Clue in the Trees: An Enchantment Lake Mystery, Margi Preus, University of Minnesota Press

Winds & Currents: Native American Stories by Joan Henrick, Holy Cow! Press

James Brakken’s book, Billyboy, the Corner Bar Bear plus 36 Fairly True Tales from Up North has just been released. The book is a collection of 37 short stories set in northwestern Wisconsin and Minnesota’s Iron Range. The tales are all based on actual incidents that occurred between 1850 and 1960. Brakken will be selling his book at the NEMBA Awards on May 24. For more information visit

Eric Chandler’s essay “‘It’ Shoots” will appear in the anthology Why We Write: Craft Essays on Writing War to be published in Fall 2018 through a partnership between the Military Writers Guild and Middle West Press LLC. His poems “I Am Not Camus” and “Souls on Board” were published in The Thunderbird Review. His poem “Prisoner” will appear in The Freshwater Review.

Jan Chronister has poems published or forthcoming in Bramble, Minute Magazine, Nonbinary Review, Talking Stick 27, The Little Prince anthology by Zoetic Press, and Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky. One of Jan’s Holocaust poems was selected for the special Yom HaShoah issue of Poetry Super Highway.

Linda LeGarde Grover’s essay collection Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year has received the Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction and the Electa Quinney Award for Published Stories.

Lynette Reini-Grandell

Duluth-based Holy Cow! Press is pleased to announce the publication of Wild Verge, poems by Lynette Reini-Grandell. The poems in Reini-Grandell’s second collection time travel her world, taking us on wild, unpredictable journeys to her childhood, into the minds of bears, horses and reindeer, seeing her marriage from her partner’s viewpoint, with visitations to the Witch Tree, and her Finnish ancestors.

Lynette Reini-Grandell is also the author of Approaching the Gate (Holy Cow! Press, 2014), which won the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is part of a permanent art installation at the Carlton Arms Hotel in Manhattan. She has received grants from the Finlandia Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board and holds an MA and PhD in literature from the University of Minnesota. Available for purchase at select bookstores, through or the publisher,

Janet Kay’s new novel The Sisters has just been released. (Janet Kay is the pen name of Jan K. Jenson.)

Bob King’s new book Wonders of the Night Sky You Must See Before You Die was recently released. It follows his first book Night Sky with the Naked Eye (November 2016). Wonders of the Night Sky covers all kinds of amazing sights in the night sky Bob thinks everyone should see sometime in their life. Examples include the rings of Saturn through a telescope, a total solar eclipse, the Southern Cross constellation and many more. The book is published by Page Street Publishing out of Salem, Mass. and distributed by Macmillan. The book may be purchased through, Indiebound and in Barnes & Noble bookstores.

Thomas Wayne King

Thomas Wayne King, Solon Springs, will read in Icelandic at the 12th Annual UWEC International Poetry Reading, Eau Claire. In previous years, he has read works in Michif, International Morse Code, ancient Icelandic, and POW Tap Code.  Tom presented on writing and recovery at the Barron County Brain Injury Group, Rice Lake, WI, March 4.  He led Coppertop Forum in Duluth on February 4, “Unintended Consequences. What Now?”  A prolific author and speaker across many fields, Tom is UWEC professor emeritus of communication sciences and disorders. He and Debbi raise Icelandic sheep on hills overlooking Lake Superior and Duluth.

The Jackpine Writers’ Bloc of Park Rapids/Menahga announces the  release of Volume 27 of Talking Stick. The publication is a collection of prose and poetry by writers with a connection to Minnesota, including the poem “Vengeance of the Wind” by Alice Marks. Books will be  available later this year at the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc website at and at

Rilla DeBot Opelt’s poem, “Book of Life” is published in the 2018 edition of “Spring Thaw,” Itasca Community College’s annual literary and arts magazine.


Three announcements from Split Rock Review:

Split Rock Review seeks poetry that celebrates and emphasizes the beauty, uniqueness, diversity, history, ecology, geological wonders, and importance of the Great Lakes and the communities surrounding them for publication in Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology.

Do you have poems that explore the history of transportation, migration, shipping and trade of the Great Lakes? Poems about the species that inhabit the mysterious waters? Poems that capture the awe-inspiring storms born from the lakes? If so, submit your best poetry to Split Rock Review! Submissions for the anthology are open May 1- June 30, 2018. No submission fee. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication. For submission guidelines, visit Split Rock Review.

Split Rock Review seeks submissions for its Fall 2018 issue. Split Rock Review provides a venue for writers and artists of any background, in any stage of their careers, to showcase their best work. We publish poetry, short CNF, reviews, interviews, graphic narratives, comics, and artwork that explore place, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. We also host an annual poetry chapbook contest each spring and publish themed anthologies. To those who heed the call of the woods, kick off your boots and submit your work to Split Rock Review! Reading period: May 1 – July 31. For information about our submission guidelines, visit our website:

Split Rock Review is now considering manuscripts for its 2018 Poetry Chapbook Contest. Submit a manuscript of 12-24 pages of poems. We prefer manuscripts that explore place, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Entry fee is $10.00. Winner receives 10 perfect-bound chapbooks. Reading period: May 1 – July 31. For full submission guidelines, visit

Make a Mobile Story Workshops. Create & share an interactive story for iPhones and iPads! No tech experience needed! No mobile device needed for workshop! Choose one of these workshop sessions:

Sat. May 5
10 am – 3 pm plus optional work time with help, 3 – 5 pm
Marshall School computer lab, 1215 Rice Lake Road, Duluth MN
Fee: $30 Open to adults age 18 and up.

In this one-day workshop you’ll be guided from start to finish to make your own mobile story or poem using the free Aris authoring tool. You can choose how your reader or viewer will access your pages or scenes, including GPS location, QR codes, a story map, or the Continue button. Besides text, you can easily add: photos, videos, music, or spoken words. Registration in advance is required. Go to to register and for further details and sample stories. Contact with questions or to discuss your ideas. Made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Lisa Larson used Aris Editor to develop new learning game modules with augmented reality for the Minnesota Historical Society for a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. See  for details and contact info.

This workshop series was made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.


Bridging the Gap Writing Workshop coming to Duluth June 2-3, 2018. Bridging the Gap is a writing workshop for both civilian and veteran writers designed to improve their skills in telling stories about military life. Writers will be offered classes in the craft of writing, motivation, networking, and lessons in how to get published. This workshop is open to writers of any background that want to improve their skills at storytelling about military life. Anyone is welcome: civilians, family members, and/or veterans. On Saturday night, 2 June, from 7-9 pm in the Northern Lights Theater there will be a free Public Reading + Panel Discussion with Dave Chrisinger, Randy Brown, Mary Doyle, Andria Williams, and LSW member Eric Chandler (Director, Bridging the Gap). This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. For details visit the Bridging the Gap website


2018 Pizza Farm Thursdays with Spoken Word Performances
Thursdays May 31 through August 30, 6-8 pm
Farmstead Creamery & Café

We’ve been exercising creativity all winter at Farmstead with a Creativity Workshop, now it’s time to put those words into performance and celebrate the writers of the Northwoods! If you are interested in being a guest artist, please call John Adler at 715-699-6023 to get your name on the schedule. Reserved artists will be asked to submit a performance photo and a one-to-two sentence descriptor of the type of work to be performed for publicity purposes. If you’d like to be an audience participant (more informal and still very fun), you can give us a shout or just come to one of the events!  All ages welcome. Please let us know in advance if your performance requires use of more than one microphone. Here’s to an awesome summer of spoken word!

Perks for Performers:  Please understand that this is only our second season for the project, which we hope will catch on and grow the potential for spoken word and interested audiences to gather.  Farmstead Creamery offers a pizza and gelato to the booked guest artists in compensation, and our famous chicken tip jar will be available.  Please feel free to bring materials that help spread the word about what you do (brochures, business cards, etc.) and any merchandise you have for your work (CDs, books, etc.).  Farmstead Creamery may be interested in carrying some of this work on consignment in our shop after the performance.


August 10-15 – Writers Retreat at Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin. Facilitator: Julia Walsh, FSPA. Find focus and get in touch with your creative spirit among a supportive Christian community at this writing retreat. Enjoy time away from your daily distractions to concentrate on your writing projects, plus input from experienced authors, shared contemplative prayer, opportunities for socials, writing workshops, and recreation such as kayaking and hiking in the Northwoods. Marywood is located just north of Minocqua on Hwy 51 on Trout Lake. We offer on-site programs and retreats in our center and lakeside cabins and travel throughout the region to present workshops and programs. $495 for a shared room and all needs. $595.00 for a private room in a shared cabin and all needs. $50 cabin discount if you register and pay in full by June 15. $100 deposit with registration, please. Commuters $275. Call 715-385-3750 or email to register by Friday, July 13th. Space is limited. Register early!

Open LSW writing groups

May 16 (Wed) 6 pm – The Third Wednesday Writers Group will meet at the Perkins restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall, 1302 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth. We are an open genre group for all writing venues (poetry, memoir, long prose, short prose, fiction/nonfiction, etc.). The group is facilitated by Rodney Savary, 218-464-7701,

May 20 (third Sunday) 1:30 pm – The LSW Memoir Group will meet at the home of Ray Allard, 210 West Kent Road. Participants are encouraged to bring something to read.

May 30  1 pm (please note date and time change) – Writers’ Square Table will meet at the Sami Center of North America, 4915 E. Superior St., Suite 205 (Enter from Pitt St.) Topic: Elements of a Story. All are welcome.