May 2021 NorthWords

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Lake Superior Writers

May NorthWords includes:

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Lake Superior Writers Virtual Annual Meeting

Our Annual Membership Event goes on!

We may not be able to gather in person, but we are planning the same great event for our members.

Join us Saturday, May 22 at 10:00 am

We are planning a morning of inspiration and comradery, including:

  • Keynote speaker Rachel Hanel
  • Readings from our Writing Contest winners
  • A review of the year just completed
  • A preview of events planned for the year to come
  • Drawings for fabulous local prizes, meant just for writers (you must be virtually present to win)

Come and network with other writers from the comfort of your own home!

Members: To register, email and we will send you a Zoom link.

Superior Shares – Open Mic Night

Wednesday, May 12

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm via Zoom

Are you eager to share your latest piece of writing? 

          Yearning to read it to an audience of readers and writers?

Lake Superior Writers presents Superior Shares, our inaugural virtual open mic for local writers to share their work in progress, and for anyone else who appreciates the creative writing process.

This event is free to participants and audience, and membership is not required.

Readers are asked to please limit adult content and language. Graphic content that is violent or sexual in nature is prohibited.

Attendees will be encouraged to use the Chat function to share feedback.

There will be 10 five-minute slots available on a first come first served basis, with priority given to Lake Superior Writer members. Time limits will be strictly enforced.  Participants will be notified ahead of time if they have been selected to read.

To register, email Please indicate if you would like to read.

A Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event.

Literary events in our region

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Sun) 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Weekly Duluth Poetry Chapter Meetings

The Duluth Poetry Chapter meets every Sunday over Zoom (online link sent the day of meeting). They share poems, write using prompts, and critique each other’s work. Check out their Facebook page to learn more:


American Compass is looking for short essays from individuals willing to share their perspective on what they wish others knew about their lives and how public policy could strengthen their family and community, especially in places that don’t always get the national spotlight, like northern Minnesota/Wisconsin. See prior essays in their series here: Information of how to submit can be found here:

Art-Train Individual Artist Training Registration (Free!)

The Art-Train Individual Artist Training is for artists who are interested in building on their existing skills to collaborate in and with their communities through their local agencies, non-profits, and arts councils. Artists will deepen practices around creative problem solving, equitable community engagement, and creating arts-based strategies to address recovery efforts.

After taking a synchronous virtual training, artists receive one year of ongoing virtual support through an online resource library and optional bi-weekly group coaching rooms with Art-Train staff, experts and an expanding network of peers (every other Thursday).

The Art-Train training will require stable internet connection as they will take place virtually over zoom. Registrants will be invited to attend with cameras on throughout. We understand that life happens offline, but out of respect for the experience of all registrations, we request Art-Train participants commit to the full 3-hour training. More info at

Hindsight is a collection of stories about 2020, seeking nonfiction stories from around the world that capture what it was like to wake up every day to a new normal — whether that means navigating emergencies as a first responder or tying the knot over Zoom. Hindsight is an independent, one-time publication. Content will be made available in two forms: Some stories will be shared on our website; the very best submissions will be compiled into a print anthology, which will be published in 2021.

Submission fee: None

Length: Up to 2,000 words

Deadline: Rolling

Compensation: Writers whose work is selected for the print anthology will receive a complimentary hard copy of the book, as well as a digital file.

To learn more, visit:

You’re invited to pitch an article for Moving Lives Minnesota! Have you recently moved to Minnesota? Has your family lived on this land for generations? Or did your family arrive in the state somewhere in between? Share your story, or your family’s story, with Moving Lives Minnesota! Moving Lives Minnesota is an initiative hosted by the Minnesota Public Television Association, the group of Minnesota PBS stations, which seeks to gather stories of origin and immigration from residents across the state. Writers of accepted pitched articles will be compensated $250 for their article. Please review the below link for additional information, including story examples and a form to submit your pitch:

KUDOS – News about our members

Eric Chandler’s second book of poetry, titled Kekekabic, will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2021.

Sharon Chmielarz has a new book out–Speaking in Riddles. 100 riddles and their solutions. Partly poetry, partly mind-teaser. Try some out on her website:

Terry Falsani’s poem, “A Single Dolphin,” has been named a winner in the Gulf Coast Writing Association’s Annual Writing Contest 2021. Falsani read her poem at the association’s annual meeting in Ft. Myers, Florida, on April 24, 2021.

Joe Field has published the 3rd book in his superhero series in April 2021 called Roscoe Boone: The Fugitive of Bayou South. After being a fugitive-at-large for over a year, Roscoe Boone—the one-time sheriff of Arrowhead Nation’s state of Bayou South—is given an opportunity at redemption. But the opportunity will force him out of hiding and into the limelight, where he will have to win the brawler match of a lifetime for a chance to return to his former glory. With a cruel voodoo witch who will stop at nothing to thwart his path to redemption, Roscoe must use his battle hammer and special abilities to fend off the relentless witch and her deputies before his time runs out for good. It’s available now on Amazon:

Tim Moder’s poem “Cantare” was published in Volume 6 Issue 4 of Parentheses Literary Journal on April 15, 2021.

Rilla Anne DeBot Opelt A short story and poem are published in this Spring Issue of Thunderbird Review.

Holy Cow! Press is pleased to announce the publication of “The Youngest Boy,” Stories by Jim Heynen with illustrations by Tom Pohrt. Jim Heynen’s stories about unnamed farm boys first appeared many years ago with “The Man Who Kept Cigars in His Cap.” Several collections of the boy stories have been published since then and have been models in the short-short or prose poem form now used by many other writers. This is the first collection to focus on the youngest boy, a character who can be a dreamer one minute, a trouble-maker the next, and a problem-solver the next. The youngest boy’s charm is in his unpredictability. 128 pages, paperback, $16.95 Available for purchase through Zenith Bookstore,, and

Marie Zhuikov‘s short story about grief and the 2017 eclipse, “The Path of Totality,” will appear in The Thunderbird Review, Vol. 9., Spring 2021. The Thunderbird Review is published by the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Also, her poem “Ojibwe Horses” will appear in the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Nemadji Review.

Lake Superior Writers Blog

Lake Superior Writers invites members to submit guest posts for possible inclusion on our blog. Please visit our blog information page for more details: a

Current feature blog, “Fluffy Writing for Those Times I Need a Break (But Still Want to Write)” by Victoria Lynn Smith.