Lake Superior Writers
May NorthWords includes:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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: https://www.facebook.com/duluthpoetrychapter/
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: https://americancompass.org/the-commons/tag/edgerton-essays/ Information of how to submit can be found here: https://americancompass.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Edgerton-Essays.pdf
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 https://springboardforthearts.org/art-train-training-artists/
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
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: www.hindsightbook2020.com.
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: https://www.movinglivesmn.org/stories/
KUDOS – News about our members
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: www.sharonchmielarz.com
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.
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.
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: https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/blog/blog-submission-guidelines/ a
Current feature blog, “Fluffy Writing for Those Times I Need a Break (But Still Want to Write)” by Victoria Lynn Smith.