November 2016 NorthWords

“Astro Bob” launches Night Sky With the Naked Eye
Discussion, book signing and LSW fundraiser

Nov 12 (Sat) 1-4 pm
Barnes & Noble, Miller Hill Mall

Photo credit: Steve Kuchera

Photo credit: Steve Kuchera

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 12 when Duluth News Tribune columnist and photo editor Bob King (“Astro Bob”) will give a talk about his new book Night Sky With the Naked Eye and sign copies at Barnes & Noble at the Miller Hill Mall, Duluth. Night Sky with the Naked Eye is about all the wonderful things you can see in the night sky without equipment. If you make a purchase any time that day and mention Lake Superior Writers, a percentage of your purchase will benefit LSW. Bob King has enjoyed the night sky and astronomy since childhood but chose photojournalism as his vocation and made the stars his lifetime hobby. He grew up in Illinois and received a teaching degree in German from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Because photography was another early interest, he ended up working at a newspaper in Champaign before moving to Duluth to work at the News Tribune, where he’s been the photo editor since 1990. Bob also teaches community education astronomy classes at the Marshall Alworth Planetarium. Stop by B&N on Nov 12 and start your holiday shopping! (Be sure to mention LSW.)


Please GIVE TO THE MAX (to LSW) on Nov. 17!

gtmd16logohorizontalreverseThursday, November 17 is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota. Lake Superior Writers is participating–we ask that you consider making a donation to LSW, the only regional arts organization in northeastern Minnesota focused on supporting and nurturing writers.  As you may know, the LSW Board committed resources to hire a part-time Administrator two years ago. Having an Administrator gives us the ability to continue offering this newsletter as well as develop more workshops, events and resources for our members. We’ve also seen our membership grow over the past two years. However, with this added expense, LSW will need to garner more support from our members and our community.

Here’s how you can help: On Nov. 17, go online to which will take you to our Lake Superior Writers page. (You may need to type in our name to get to our page.) Your donation to LSW on Give to the Max Day also may help us receive an additional donation of $1,000. How? On November 17, every gift made on will be entered into an hourly drawing for a $1,000 GiveMN Golden Ticket to be awarded to a nonprofit organization. Your gift of $10 or more could instantly turn into an extra $1,000! Thank you so much for considering a gift to LSW through Give to the Max!

ellie-schoenfieldEllie Schoenfeld selected as 2016-2018 Duluth Poet Laureate

Congratulations to LSW member and poet Ellie Schoenfeld, who has been selected as the 2016-2018 Duluth Poet Laureate! Ellie has been active in the local literary community for many years. In 1992, she co-founded Poetry Harbor and organized free readings. From 2004-2010, she served on the board of the Spirit Lake Poetry Series. She has facilitated a monthly writing group in the Federal Prison Camp and conducted a series of writing workshops with an HIV positive support group. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies as well as in Bound Together Like the Grasses (Clover Valley Press, 2013) and The Dark Honey: New and Used Poems (Clover Valley Press, 2009). Schoenfeld will organize five public events in her two-year term as Duluth Poet Laureate, as well as present an inaugural poetry reading in the near future.

The Duluth Poet Laureate Project was founded in 2005 as a way of honoring local poets and encouraging the appreciation of poetry. There have been five poet laureates previously selected over the years including Bart Sutter, Sheila Packa, Deborah Cooper, and Jim Johnson (twice). The Poet Laureate Project is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Duluth Public Library, the Arrowhead Reading Council, Minnesota Public Radio, Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, The English departments at UMD and CSS, and Lake Superior College. A 12-person committee overseas the work of the Duluth Poet Laureate Project.


Yoga North
Dec 11 (Sun)
4628 Pitt Street, Duluth
Call 218-722-9642 for more info
$30 – Registration required

Let asana (postures) keep your body easy when writing and typing, and allow yamas and niyamas (yoga ethics) to inspire your writing more deeply. Class includes physical practice for the whole body, focusing on back, arms, wrists and hands; lecture based on yogic philosophy and Natalie Goldberg’s work as writer and Zen practitioner; and writing exercises with discussion. Expert or novice,  join us to explore daily practices, inspiration and creative fire, compassionate self-discipline, and so much more.

Holy Cow! announces First Fiction Contest

Holy Cow! Press announces its “First Fiction” contest for an author’s first published collection, short story or a novella. $5,000 cash prize, publication contract. For writers living in the American Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North & South Dakota, Michigan, Illinois). Deadline: December 1, 2016. $20 reading fee requested. Guidelines are available by request: Finalist judge:  Linda LeGarde Grover.


Nov 1 (Tues) 6 pm – Mark Munger will be reading from and discussing Boomtown, his latest novel, a legal thriller/murder mystery set in Grand Marais and Ely  at the Silver Bay public library. Free and open to the public. Mark will have signed copies of his books available at the event for purchase.

Nov 3 (Thur) 6-8 pm – Beatrice Ojakangas will give a book talk and sign copies of her new memoir Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food at the Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave, Superior.

Nov 3-6 – The Grand Marais community has chosen  Linda LeGarde Grover’s The Road Back to Sweetgrass for a community book read this month. Following is a list of events (all events will take place at the Grand Marais library unless otherwise indicated):
Nov 3 (Thur) 6 pm – Carol Miller will present a talk about American Indian Women Writers.
Nov 4 (Fri) 6 pm – Author Linda LeGarde Grover presents “The Story Behind the Road Back to Sweetgrass,” an in-depth look at Indian policies in effect at the time of the story, with emphasis on the termination polices in effect from the 1950s through the 1980s.
Nov 5 (Sat) 9:30 am – Felicia Schneiderhan will lead a memoir writing workshop at Johnson Heritage Post.
Nov 5 (Sat) 2:30 pm – Linda LeGarde Grover will present “Modern Anishinaabe Women – Links to Tradition and History” a look at continuity and adaptation as experienced by women illustrated by the characters in the book.
Nov 5 (Sat) 5 pm – Marcie McIntire will present “Ojibway beadwork in historical context: a personal story.”
For more information, please contact Steve Harsin, Director of the Grand Marais Public Library, 387-1140,, or Ann Possis, WTIP Producer, 370-1594,

armstrong-cover-w-pages-whtNov 5 (Sat) 11:30 am-1:30 pm – James Brakken launches his book The Annotated Early Life Among the Indians: The 1892 Memoir of Benjamin Armstrong at Spirit Bay in Duluth’s Canal Park. The book is based on Armstrong’s life as a trader, translator, and trusted friend of the Lake Superior Ojibwe people. Early Life Among the Indians is a firsthand portrayal of 19th century Ojibwe life and the cooperative effort between Armstrong, Chief Buffalo, and other Ojibwe leaders to stop the US treaty abuses and avoid war between the US Army and the Lake Superior bands of Ojibwe. Family friendly and free to the public.

Nov 5 (Sat) 10 am – Michael Schumacher will sign copies of his new book, Torn in Two: The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and One Man’s Survival on the Open Sea at the Gales of November Conference, Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC). Michael Schumacher has published three previous books about the Great Lakes: Mighty Fitz, about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald; The Wreck of the Carl D., about the loss of the Carl D. Bradley; and November’s Fury, an account of the Storm of 1913, the deadliest in Great Lakes history. Dharma Lion—his acclaimed biography of Allen Ginsberg—will be reprinted by the University of Minnesota Press in 2016. He recently edited The Essential Ginsberg and is currently writing an account of the 1968 presidential election, also to be published by U of M Press. He lives in Wisconsin.

Nov 6 (Sun)  7 pm – The 2016 Ida & Arthur Silver Memorial Interfaith Lecture Series presents acclaimed translator and Biblical scholar Dr. Joel Hoffman, who will discuss his book, The Bible Doesn’t Say That: 40 Biblical Mistranslations, Misconceptions and Other Misunderstandings (St. Martin Press, 2016). A reception and book signing with take place in the Communal Hall following the presentation. Temple Israel, 1602 East Second Street, Duluth.

Nov 10 (Thur) 7 pm – Minneapolis author Fred Amram will read from his memoir We’re in America Now: A Survivor’s Stories (Holy Cow! Press, 2016) at the Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda, UMD campus. Amram will share excerpts from his memoir about his life as a Jewish child in Nazi Germany, and as an émigré in the US. His story keeps the Holocaust–not only the event in history, but also the potential for its repetition–before everyone’s eyes. The event is free and open to the public; books available for purchase. Sponsored by the Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee. For more information, please contact Holy Cow! Press, 218-724-1653.

michael-maurerNov. 12 (Sat) 1 pm – Michael P. Maurer, author of Perfume River Nights, will read and sign copies of his novel at Barnes & Noble, Miller Hill Mall. Maurer is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran. At the age of seventeen, Maurer enlisted in the army paratroopers and served in Vietnam in 1968-69 as an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division. A University of Minnesota graduate, he moved to Vietnam in 2003 and lived in Asia until 2012. Maurer and his poetry have been featured in Vietnamese newspapers and his first collection of poetry, A Journey Through A Warrior’s Soul, was translated into Vietnamese. His poetry and prose benefit veterans and social programs. All royalties from Perfume River Nights are dedicated to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Nov 15 (Tue) 11:30 am – The St. Croix Writers of Solon Springs will host mystery author Donna White Glaser at the Solon Springs Community Center on Tuesday, November 15, at 11:30 a.m. Donna, a prolific author from Rice Lake, will be sharing her successful marketing techniques at this brown bag lunch and discussion. For more information about the author, check out her website

Nov 17 (Thur) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic at Beaner’s Central, 324 N. Central Ave. Duluth,  featuring nature writer Emily Stone. Hosted by Tina Higgins Wussow. Show up to sign up for 10 minutes on stage or just relax and listen. Half-priced wine, trivia and a supportive community of word lovers.

mark-mungerMark Munger has several events & appearances scheduled this month:  He’ll be at the Silver Bay Library on Nov 1 from 6-7 pm reading from and discussing his latest book, Boomtown, a legal thriller/mystery set in Ely and Grand Marais. Signed books will be available for purchase at the event. Free and open to the public. Nov 12 and 13, Mark will be at the Festival of the Trees at the DECC selling signed copies of all of his books. Nov 12 at 5 pm Mark will be a featured guest on KAXE’s radio variety show, The Great Northern Radio Show, to be broadcast live from the Lincoln Junior Middle School in Duluth. The show is hosted by Hibbing author, educator, and blogger Aaron Brown. Tickets are $10.00 and the show, Northern Minnesota’s answer to A Prairie Home Companion, will feature music, comedy, essays, and more. He will be selling signed copies of all his books at the Get Great Stuff Arts and Crafts Fair on 11/19 10 am-3 pm at Peace Church in Duluth. Free and open to the public.

Nov 21 (Mon) 6-7:30 pm – Author Mark Munger will lead a workshop “Building a Novel from A-Z” at the Duluth Public Library. Free and open to the public.

KUDOS – News about our members

Eric Chandler’s story “The Tree’s Inclined,” a thank you to his first running coach, was published in the October issue of Silent Sports Magazine

P.A. Pashibin (aka Paulette Warren) announces that her poem,“Waiting for Fox,” will be published in an anthology from Foothills Publishing titled Birdsong. The book, containing 100 poems about birds, will be released in late November. Warren hopes to organize an event with multiple readers in December. Watch for news.

Local authors sought for readings in Superior

Peter Golden represents tenants at Grand Central Plaza in Superior and volunteers to provide programming for our building of 50 senior citizen tenants. They have had a variety of speakers since the building opened last year and are seeking local authors to provide readings and book talks. They typically have attendance between 10-15 tenants. Subjects relating to the Twin Ports area would be preferred but most topics would be okay. He’s seeking authors to provide talks in the months of November and December. Because of the status of this housing development they cannot afford any stipend for the talk or promote a book sale on site. If you’re interested, please contate Peter Golden at (FYI, Pete is a cousin of writer Tony Bukoski).

LSW Open Writing Groups

Nov 16 (Wed) 6 pm – Third Wednesday Writing Group meets on the 3rd floor of the Board of Trade Building, 301 West First Street. All genres are welcome. Thank you to Jill Hinners for serving as a facilitator for many years! Rodney Savary will continue as a co-facilitator and is seeking someone to share facilitating responsibilities.  Questions? Contact Rodney at

Nov. 20 (Sun) 1:30 pm – Memoir Group – We will meet at the home of Mara Hart, 205 W. Kent Road, Duluth. Bring some writing to share, if you wish. All are welcome.

Nov. 17 (Thur), 11 a.m. Writers’ Square Table. Place: Sami Center, 4915 E. Superior Street, Ste# 205. Topic: Who is the audience for your writing? Enter from Pitt Street. All are welcome.

LSW Mentoring and Editing 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