November 2017 NorthWords

Don’t miss LSW’s FREE panel for writers THIS SATURDAY

November 4, 10 am to noon
At the new ESTUARIUM
3 Marina Drive, Barker’s Island, Superior
“Literary Journals:
How to Find the Right Home for Your Work”

For the 2017-2018 season, LSW will present a series of three free panels on topics important for the writing life: Publishing in Literary Journals, Writing for Money and Getting that Grant! A panel of five LSW members will share their experience and their work, including: Josh Bernstein, Eric Chandler, Jan Chronister, Rene Montgomery and David Tromblay.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and network with other writers. These panels will be offered free of charge to LSW members and the general public. (Watch for dates and times about Writing for Money and Getting That Grant! in future issues of NorthWords.)

The Nov 4 panel—“Literary Journals – How to Find the Right Home for Your Work” will focus on literary journals—periodicals devoted to publishing literature such as short stories, personal essays and poetry. Journals are a great way to begin getting your literary work to a larger audience. Literary journals also give writers the chance to work with an editor and take their writing to the next level. But how do you find the right journal for your work? How do you submit? How do you handle rejection – and acceptance? Four writers of various genres – fiction, nonfiction, and poetry – will share their experience and read from their work.

Join us at the Writer’s Cafe!
Nov 11 (Sat) 9-11 am
Perk Place, 1336 West Arrowhead, Duluth

The next Writers’ Cafe will be held Saturday, November 11, from 9-11 a.m. at Perk Place, in Duluth. This new monthly LSW event (second Saturday of every month) is proving to be a popular way to meet LSW members, network, and find critique partners for that unwieldy manuscript. It’s casual and friendly (and Perk Place has really good coffee). Hope to see you there!

Literary events in our region

Nov 2 (Thur) 6:30-7:30 pm – Are you taking the plunge and writing a novel this November as part of NANOWRIMO? Come out to the free workshop offered at the West Duluth Public Library, 5830 Grand Ave. This is a terrific opportunity to jump-start your process and meet other writers taking the NANOWRIMO leap. Learn techniques for blasting through writer’s block in this ‘gymnastics for writers’ workshop taught by Felicia Schneiderhan, award-winning author of short stories, poetry, essays, and the memoir Newlyweds Afloat. Bring a notebook and pen and get ready to try some new cartwheels on the page.

Nov 2 through Nov 18 – Amy Lucas-Peroceski Exhibit – Lucas-Peroceski has written a children’s alphabet book about an eccentric billionaire who collects zebras with letters displayed in their stripes. The Lyric Center for the Arts is pleased to present this walk through the story of Arthur Zar’s collection of zebras which feature the letters of the alphabet hidden in their stripes.  Pre-orders for the printed book will also be available. Gallery hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11am – 3pm. The First Stage Gallery is temporarily located in the Lyric Annex at 516 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia, MN.

Nov. 4, 3 pm – Hear the author of Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice discuss the life and legacy of the crusading Minnesota federal judge Miles Lord (1919–2016), who rose from humble beginnings on Minnesota’s Iron Range to become one of the most colorful and powerful judges in the country.  Roberta Walburn’s new book is a compelling portrait of a remarkable man and his place in Minnesota and U.S. history. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

Nov 4 (Sat) 7:30 pm – Spirit Lake Poetry Series presents BAO PHI, Prøve Gallery, 21 North Lake Ave., Duluth. Come to a free, public reading by Bao Phi, Minnesota poet and author of Thousand Star Hotel. Coffee House Press describes Phi’s new collection, Thousand Star Hotel, as a confrontation of “the silence around racism, police brutality, and the invisibility of the Asian American urban poor.” The blunt yet agile style of Phi’s lines forms what he has called a guidebook for Asian-American youth, both autobiographical and activist. Spirit Lake Poetry Series is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing selected writers of regional, national and international renown to the Arrowhead Region. Books will be available for sale thanks to Zenith Bookstore.

Upcoming featured poets for Spirit Lake Poetry’s 2017-2018 season:

December 2, 2017 – Gary Boelhower reads from Naming Rites

February 24, 2018 – Saint David’s Day open reading

March 17, 2018 – Ryan Vine reads from To Keep Him Hidden

April 21, 2018 – Layli Long Soldier reads from Whereas

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Nov. 5, 2 pm – Best-selling author William Kent Krueger will be at Zenith Bookstore to sign copies of his latest pulse-pounding thriller Sulfur Springs, the 17th installment in the Cork O’Connor series. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

Nov 6 (Mon) 6:30 pm – Open Mic at Words & Lyrics, Lyric Annex, 516 Chestnut Street, Virginia. The theme for the evening is “Transition Times.” Come to read your own work evoked by this theme, or bring something by another writer. A new feature has been added to the Words & Lyrics program format—a few minutes of creative time to write your own thoughts about the topic while you sip some coffee or tea and have a snack. Free and open to the public.

Nov 7 (Tue) 6:30 pmMinnesota author Lorna Landvik presents “My Life as a Writer” at Cloquet Public Library. Made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Nov. 8 (Wed) 6-8 pm –  North Shore Poets and Writers meet at the Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Drive. All ages and genres welcome in this critique/discussion group. For more information contact, or call 612-910-8496.

Nov 9 (Thur) 3 pmMinnesota author Lorna Landvik presents “My Life as a Writer” at West Duluth Main Library. Made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Nov 9 (Tue) 6 pmMinnesota author Lorna Landvik presents “My Life as a Writer” at West Duluth Branch Library. Made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Nov 10 (Fri) 3-5 pm – Introduction to Publishing at Two Harbors Public Library. Join Dr. Alan Davis in a discussion about the publishing business. How do you get published? How do agents and editors choose books to publish? Can you make money in today’s book publishing climate?  Dr. Davis, a retired creative writing professor from Moorhead State University, will provide examples from his 35 years in publishing and writing.

Nov 10-11 – Coleman Barks (interpreter of Rumi) and Lisa Starr (Rhode Island Poet Laureate Emeritus) will be featured at Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets fall conference in Stevens Point. Complete information and registration options are at

Nov 12 (Sun) 2-4 pm – Poetry reading on the theme of “Life in a Body” at the Quaker Meeting House, 18th Avenue E. and First Street, Duluth. There will be four participating readers who will share from their newest publications: Deborah Cooper, Gary Boelhower, Max Garland, and Duluth Youth Poetry Crew (ARE). Local musician Jim Hall will provide music. This event is organized by Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available and books can be purchased from the participating readers. The Duluth Poet Laureate Project is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Arrowhead Reading Council, Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, Lake Superior Writers, Lake Superior College, and the English departments at UMD and the College of Saint Scholastica. For additional information, please contact 218-724-1653.

Nov 13 (Mon) 5-7 pm – Shelley Getten will be reading two poems at the Resist and Protect event on November 13th at the Zeitgeist Atrium, 222 E. Superior St., Duluth

Nov 14 (Tue) 6 pm – Minnesota author Lorna Landvik presents “My Life as a Writer” at Two Harbors Public Library. Made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Nov 18 (Sat) 2-3:30 pm – The Duluth Public Library presents ASK A PUBLISHED AUTHOR Duluth Main Library, Green Room. The “Ask a Published Author” panel of Duluth area authors will discuss the ins and outs of writing. From publishing, to craft, and process, authors from an array of genres will tell their stories and answer your questions. The panelists include: Lucie B. Amundsen (Memoir), Dudley Edmondson (Non Fiction), Claire Kirch (Publishers Weekly Magazine’s Senior Correspondent/ Midwest), Margi Preus (Young Adult), Danielle Sosin (Fiction), Ryan Vine (Poetry), Robin Washington (Journalism), and Amber Laura Young (Romance and Self-Publishing)

Dec 3 (Sun) 2 pm – Publication reading by Miriam Karmel from her award-winning short story collection Subtle Variations and Other Stories (Holy Cow! Press, 2017) at Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

KUDOS – News about our members

Carol Dunbar’s short story, “The Boy Who Lit in the Bleeding Tree” will be published in the Winter 2018 issue of Midwestern Gothic.

Gail Francis’ book Bliss(ters): How I Walked from Mexico to Canada One Summer has just been published. Just before her 40th birthday, Gail Francis quit her job and set out to hike one of the great trails of the world. Carrying everything she needed on her back, Francis spent five months walking from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. Along the way, she lost her pack scrambling over scree in the desert, struggled to navigate high mountain passes, and wore the soles off her boots trekking across lava fields — all within some of the most pristine wilderness in the nation. Her story includes an eclectic cast of characters. From the man walking the entire 2,700 miles in a series of twenty-six wedding dresses, to the woman making the journey in the company of her pet mouse, Francis learned to count on her fellow hikers for entertainment as well as a few important life lessons. You can purchase the book here.

Shelley Getten’s poem, “Sparrow Hunting” will be published in the next issue of Earth’s Daughters.

Holy Cow! Press announces publication of Subtle Variations and Other Stories by Miriam Karmel, winner of the inaugural “First Fiction” Prize from Holy Cow! Press. “The characters in Miriam Karmel’s stories hold together the expanding, collective lives of extended family through a cherished and cared-for history of survival that is present and always heard, even when it is unspoken, incomplete, or hidden. Gently told in prose that is elegantly matter-of-fact and lovingly descriptive and detailed, Subtle Variations and Other Stories is a beautiful and moving read.” —Linda LeGarde Grover, finalist judge and author of The Dance Boots (Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction)

In these loosely linked stories, characters succumb to magical thinking in their obsessive longing to direct the future, the present, and even the past. In the title story, a husband tries to convince his wife of the subtle beauty in the many shades of green in their garden, when all she wants are flowers. In other stories, characters stubbornly attempt to cheat death. A woman makes jam to resurrect a daughter killed in Iraq. A man throws a party to keep his dying wife alive. A woman believes she can rescue the past by holding onto everyday objects like pots and pans. Though these stories are filled with loss and echoing grief, they hold equal measures of gratitude and pride, resilience and joy. Miriam Karmel grew up in Chicago. She is the author of Being Esther: A Novel (Milkweed Editions, 2013). She received Minnesota Monthly’s Tamarack Award for her short story, “The Queen of Love.” Other awards for her short fiction include the Waasnode Prize, the Kate Braverman Prize, and the Moment Magazine/Karma Foundation Prize. She lives in Minneapolis. 192 pages, paperback, $15.95. Available at local bookstores,, and


Thunderbird Review Seeks Submissions – The Thunderbird Review Vol. 6, an Anthology of Creative Writing and Art at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is seeking submissions. Submission deadline: Dec. 1. Eligibility: Current students who are at least 18 or are in PSEO and enrolled at FDLTCC, UWS, UMD, CSS and LSC are eligible as well as residents of Carlton, St. Louis, Lake, Aitkin and Pine counties in Minnesota and Ashland, Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett, Sawyer, and Washburn counties in Wisconsin. Categories include: Short Fiction (2,500 words maximum), Creative Non-Fiction (2,500 words maximum), Poetry (3 poems maximum; no more than three total pages); Artwork (3 works maximum; any media, but art must be submitted in black and white as .jpeg via email)

You may submit one entry per category. The Thunderbird Review will NOT accept work that has already been published or has received an award. Do not put your name on your manuscript. Artwork may be signed. Submissions must include the following information in the body of the email: Your name, address, telephone number, email address, title(s) of works being submitted, and a 50-word bio written in the third person (not first).

Only email submissions are accepted. Please use Times New Roman 12 pt. and send your entry as an attachment in .doc or .docx format. Email submissions to (put “Anthology” in subject line). All contributors to the final publication will receive one complimentary copy. Questions may be directed to Darci Schummer at

2018 UntitledTown Book and Author Festival in Green Bay, Wisconsin seeks pitches from writers of all genres – The UntitledTown Book and Author Festival in Green Bay, Wisconsin will be held April 20-22, 2018. They are seeking pitches from writers of all genres, agents, editors, arts advocates, illustrators, and book-making folks of all sorts. The festival features events for readers and writers of all ages and levels of expertise.

The first UntitledTown Festival hosted a book expo as well as events and workshops by 70+ writers, including Nickolas Butler, Ben Percy, Dan Chaon, Michael Perry, Lorna Landvik, Kate Harding, Sherman Alexie, and Margaret Atwood. Held in walkable downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin, the 3-day festival drew crowds of up to 2000 people, and garnered high praise from participants of all ages. All events were free and open to the public.

To learn more about the 2018 festival, go to The Call for Pitches online application form  is available hereUntitledTown will accept individual pitches as well as suggested panels via this form until November 15, 2017. Questions? Contact

Glimmer Train seeks short story submissions – Glimmer Train welcomes new stories about families of all configurations. (Previous online publication is fine.) The 1st-place winner will be published in Glimmer Train and will receive $2,500 and 10 copies of that issue. Second- and 3rd-place win $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700. Most submissions run 1,000 – 5,000 words, but they are open to stories as long as 12,000 words. They’re also running the last Very Short of 2017. Deadline 1/2. Word count: 300-3,000. First place wins $2,000 and publication. Second- and 3rd-place win $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700. (Previous online publication, as always, is fine.) One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train continues to actively champion emerging writers. The magazine is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the Midwest, the O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, Best of the West, New Stories from the Southwest, Best American Short Stories, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.

WritersRead at Northland College Call for submissions – This annual community event in mid-winter event (Jan. 27 at Northland College) is a hoot. Submit your work and if our four judges select your work, you’ll be reading your work to a packed audience in January. If you’re work is not selected, no big deal. You’ll then have the opportunity to come be part of the raucous audience and think about how relieved you are to not be up on stage. WritersRead has explored themes of love, food, travel, elements, taboos, transformation, the dark side. Now for the eighth annual WritersRead we’re challenging regional writers on the theme of “gut instinct” —when has it steered you right, when has it steered you wrong, and when have you completely ignored it? Categories are: Nonfiction (1000 words), Sudden fiction (750 words), Micro-fiction (300 words), Twitterature (140 characters–up to 10), and poetry (up to 10). Visit for guidelines and submission instructions. Deadline Dec. 1.

Call for Writers to Read at Lyric Center for the Arts – Since 2006, the Lyric Center for the Arts has featured a spoken word event on the first Monday of each month. This event is free and open to the public and takes place at the Lyric Center, downtown Virginia, MN. Writers who would like to be considered for a reading should email with the following: your name, pen name (if applicable), titles of most recent work, website address, genre, daytime phone number and email address. Questions? 218-741-5577.

Northern Community Radio is producing a show called Wordish. This is an opportunity for writers to record their poetry, creative essay, short-short fiction (up to five minutes) and have it aired on the radio. If you’re interested, visit the or email This will be an ongoing program for the next two years and airs once a week. Robert Jevne produces the segments from his home and can be reached at You may submit either text or audio. You will also need to provide biographical info to be read before your recording. Listen to samples on the website. To date, Joyce Sutphen, Todd Boss, Larry Gavin, Sharon Chmielarz, Ryan Vine have been featured on Wordish.

The Minnesota Books Awards is now accepting nominations for books published in 2017. The nine categories to choose from are children’s literature, general nonfiction, genre fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction, middle grade literature, Minnesota nonfiction, novel and short story, poetry, as well as young adult literature. All books must be the work of a Minnesota author or primary artistic creator and have a 2017 copyright. Authors, publishers and agents are eligible to submit by going to Deadline: 5 p.m. Nov. 17.

Open LSW writing groups

Nov 16 (Thur) 11 am – Writers Square Table will meet at 4915 E. Superior St., Ste. 205.  (Enter from Pitt St.) All are welcome.

Nov 19 (Sun) 1:30 pm – Memoir Group will meet at the home of Mara Hart, 205 W. Kent Road.

Nov 15 (3rd Wed) 6 pm – Third Wednesday Writing Group meets at the Miller Hill Mall Perkin’s Restaurant, 1302 Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth. Contact Rodney at