November 2018 NorthWords

Happy Halloween!

Writers Cafe
Sat Nov 10 9-11 am
Perk Place, 1336 W. Arrowhead Road, Duluth

Join us on Saturday, November 10 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, and find members for your writing group. It’s casual and friendly (and Perk Place has really good coffee).

Experience (or re-live) the Sixties!
Memoir discussion with Milan Kovacovic
Nov 5 and Nov 12 (Mon) 6-8 pm
Ordean East Middle School
Registration fee: $20

The Duluth Community Education program will offer a “class” (no tests, no grades, just discussion) led by LSW member Milan Kovacovic on Monday November 5 and 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Ordean East Middle School, 2900 East 4th Street. The class will feature the chapter titled “Peace, Love, and Body Bags: San Francisco International Airport, Summer 1967” from his memoir Ma’s Dictionary: Straddling the Social Class Divide ( This 17-page excerpt received a literary award from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the discussion will focus not only on its contents, but also on memoir writing in general. The registration fee of $20 includes both sessions of the class and a print copy of the San Francisco chapter, which will be mailed to participants upon request following registration. For further details and registration information, please contact Milan at

Literary events in our region

Nov 1-3 (Thu-Sat) 7 pm; Nov 4 (Sun) 2 pm; Nov 9-10 (Fri-Sat) 7 pm; Nov 11 (Sun) 2 pm. The newly formed Time Arc Theater opens “Hunting in the Northwoods: Two One-Act Plays” written by local playwrights Teddie Meronek (“The Hunting Shack Anniversary Surprise) and Kathy Laakso (The Wild, Wild (mid)West). The run begins on November 1 with seven performances over the first two weekends in November on stage at Empire Block, 1202 Tower Ave, Superior. To purchase tickets visit

Nov 4 (Sun) 12-2 pm. MN author Mary Casanova and Duluth illustrator Nick Wroblewski to read from and sign copies of their new picture book Hush Hush, Forest outside of The Bookstore at Fitger’s. The author and illustrator are available for interview and review copies are available upon request. For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book’s webpage. Bookstore at Fitger’s. 600 E. Superior St, Duluth. (218) 727-9077.

Nov 4 (Sun) 2-4 pm. A Community Discussion of The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela – Remembrance, Resistance, and Relevance. With community members reading selected letters, and the participation of representatives from Amnesty International and Lake Superior Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing. Refreshments and South African tea follow the discussion. Co-sponsored by Zenith Bookstore and the Nelson Mandela Centenary Committee-Duluth. For more information, contact Gerri Williams, (218) 464-1782. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth.

Nov 9 (Fri) 7-8:30 pm – Katharine Johnson presents her new children’s book The Mukluk Ball. With help from his friends, Karhu the bear dances his way to Finn Town’s liveliest winter event, the Mukluk Ball, featuring the tango, the conga, and even the Bear Hug Twist. Katharine Johnson wears mukluks all winter in Cloquet, Minnesota; her stories have been published in magazines and anthologies. She is a writer and retired teacher who grew up on a rocky farm on the Mesabi Iron Range of northern Minnesota. Her novel The Wind and the Drum was chosen as the 2018 One Book Northland community read. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth.

Nov 10 (Fri) 1-4 pm. Beatrice Ojakangas will be holding a book signing at The Bookstore at Fitger’s. 600 E. Superior St, Duluth. (218) 727-9077.

Nov 13 (Tue) 7pm.  – Cary Griffith will be speaking to MN Rovers about his book Gunflint Burning; Fire in the Boundary Waters. Macalester College in Olin-Rice Science Center, Room 350 (3rd floor), 166 Macalester St., Saint Paul.

Nov 15 (Thurs) 6 pm. Panel discussion with Karen Babine, Peter Geye, Cary Griffith, and Kao Kalia Yang on Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota. St. Peter Public Library, 601 S Washington Ave, St. Peter, MN.

Nov 15 (Thurs) 7 pm. Meet author Timothy Cochrane, who will read from and sign his new book Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais – Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade. Zenith Bookstore 318 N Central Ave, Duluth.

Nov 17 (Sat) 2-6 pm. Gretchen Anthony, author of Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, will be signing books at The Bookstore at Fitger’s. 600 E. Superior St, Duluth. (218) 727-9077.

Nov 17 (Sat) 2-5 pm – Book signing & free celebration for Hope McLeod’s new book, Have I Got a Story for You at Washburn Harbor View Event Center, 130 Harbor View Drive, Washburn. Hope McLeod is a journalist, poet, and songwriter. Have I Got a Story for You is a collection of 35 stories she wrote for the Bayfield County Journal between 2012-2017. In addition to Hope’s presentation, Meredith Metzler, a PhD candidate in mass communications at UW-Madison will present “The changing media environment & its impact in small towns in the rural Midwest.” The afternoon includes guest speakers, live music, and info displays hosted by 20 people featured in Hope’s book. See why she wrote about these inspirational artists, sustainable farmers, non-profits, etc. making a difference in the community. Artwork, CDs, and value-added goods will be for sale, plus signed copies of Hope’s book. For more information contact Hope at

Nov 17 (Sat) 7 pm. Wendy Webb will be at The Bookstore at Fitger’s. This event may be held in the August Fitger Room on the 3rd floor of the complex. Further details will be published on our Facebook page closer to the event. Bookstore at Fitger’s. 600 E. Superior St, Duluth. (218) 727-9077.

Nov 20 (Tue) 5:30-7:30 pm. Meet Thomas D. Peacock, the author of the newly published Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny. Thomas D. Peacock is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior (Anishinaabe Ojibwe). Several of his books (Ojibwe Waasa Inaabida, The Good Path) were Minnesota Book Award winners. Robert Powless Cultural Center. 202 West Second Street, Duluth.

Nov 20 (Tues) 7 pm. William D. Green presents The Children of Lincoln – White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota 1860-1876. In this carefully researched book, Green shows, through the stories of four Minnesotans, how white advocates of emancipation abandoned African American causes in the dark days of Reconstruction. Zenith Bookstore 318 N Central Ave, Duluth.

Nov 23 (Fri) 1-3 pm. Meet Thomas D. Peacock, the author of the newly published Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny. Thomas D. Peacock is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior (Anishinaabe Ojibwe). Several of his books (Ojibwe Waasa Inaabida, The Good Path) were Minnesota Book Award winners. Spirit Bay Trading Company, 395 South Lake Avenue, Duluth.

Nov. 24 (Sat) – Local authors and illustrators will be at Zenith Bookstore all day on Small Business Saturday. Meet them and have your book(s) signed. 11 am-12:30 pm. Jonathan Thunder, author of Bowwow Powwow. 12:30-2 pm. Tony Dierckins and Pete Clure, authors of Naturally Brewed. 2-3:30 pm. Leif Enger, author of Virgil Wander. 3:30-5 pm. Katie Berg, author of North Shore Adventures.

Nov 24 (Sat) 1-3 pm. Katherine Johnson, the author of Mukluk Ball, will be signing outside of the store. Bookstore at Fitger’s. 600 E. Superior St, Duluth. (218) 727-9077.

Nov 25 (Sun) 12-3 pm. Carol Bowman, a local Minnesota nature photographer and writer, will be visiting The Bookstore at Fitger’s. 600 E. Superior St, Duluth. (218) 727-9077.

Nov 27 (Tue) 7-8:30 pm. Meet Thomas D. Peacock, the author of the newly published Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny. Thomas D. Peacock is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior (Anishinaabe Ojibwe). Several of his books (Ojibwe Waasa Inaabida, The Good Path) were Minnesota Book Award winners. Zenith Bookstore, 318 North Central Avenue, Duluth.

KUDOS – News about our members

Sharon Durken’s poem,”Black Guitar” has been selected by Ariel Anthology #5.

Phil Fitzpatrick‘s book, Hawks on High: Everyday Miracles in a Hawk Ridge Season, published by Savage Press in Brule, Wisconsin, has a Kickstarter link at: .The book will be released in September of 2019 during the Fall Festival accompanied by an exhibit at Zeitgeist of Penny Perry’s drawings in the book. Thanks to all in advance.

Molly Hoeg had two stories published in the Oct/Nov issue of Lake Country Journal, A Tale of Two Trails and Great Northern Radio Show.

Thomas and Debra King, Solon Springs, returned from five days in New York during mid-September working with Adaptive Design Association NYC staff and Google developers on the Morse Code adapted-access portion of new Google Gboard. Some of their innovative work is based on one of Tom’s textbooks from year 2000:  Modern Morse Code in Rehabilitation and Education. Gboard has over a billion installs so far worldwide, with over 100 languages now available on it. Tom’s newest Northland book release, Neighborhood of Bears, volume 3 in his Tales from the Red Pump series, is available online at usual sources. Also, one of his whimsical poems, “Tick Tuck Rap”, from his Sailor of the Sun poetry collection, was published online by the Minnesota Metropolitan Mosquito Control District in September. In a fun, yet serious way, it deals with preventing tick-borne illness.

Alice Marks’ poem “Vengeance of the Wind” has been published in Talking Stick 27, published by the Jackpine Writers’ Bloc, Inc. (Menahga, MN). The writer’s group sponsors a yearly contest for writers of prose in several categories as well as poetry; winning writers are featured in the yearly Talking Stick. For more information on their current contest:

William Tecku a Lake Superior area poet and short story writer, poem “Parallel Times Parallel Lines,” appears in the current issue of the Madison, Wisconsin literary magazine Yahara Prairie Lights. You can find it here. Visit for samples of Tecku’s work.


As the new Duluth Poet Laureate, Gary Boelhower is working on a project to make LOCAL FREE POETRY available on counters at restaurants, coffee shops and book stores, for starters. The plan is to have vinyl display holders filled with poems from local poets. Local poets are needed to provide poems which can be previously published or unpublished. If you are interested in being part of the LOCAL FREE POETRY project and for more information about the specifics of this project, email Boelhower at

From the Duluth Playhouse: Calling all female playwrights; we want your submissions for our 3rd Annual What She Said Festival in The Underground! Deadline: December 31. We are looking for short plays and monologues written by women and those identifying as women. Though there are no conditions set on structure, content, or genre, we are seeking works to be part of a celebration of women and their voices.  Full details can be found here.

The Thunderbird Review Vol. 7, an Anthology of Writing, Art, and Music is calling for submissions. Submissions open: November 1, 2018; Submissions close: December 1, 2018. Eligibility: Current students enrolled at FDLTCC, UWS, UMD, CSS and LSC and residents of the Twin Ports area and surrounding counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Categories: Short fiction – 3000 words maximum; Creative Non-Fiction – 3000 words maximum; Poetry – 3 poems maximum. All contributors to the final publication will receive one complimentary copy. Questions may be directed to Darci Schummer at More info at Thunderbird Review.

Split Rock Review seeks submissions for its Spring 2019 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, book reviews, interviews, graphic narratives, comics, and artwork that explore place, environment, and the intersection of nature and culture. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Reading period: November 1 – December 30, 2018. For information and submission guidelines, visit:

WritersRead call for submissions. Deadline: December 15 12 pm. 2018 Theme: Encounters. Submit your work and if our four judges select your work, you’ll be reading your work to an audience in January. If your work is not selected, no big deal. You’ll then have the opportunity to watch the performances from the audience. WritersRead has explored themes of love, food, travel, elements, taboos, transformation, the dark side, and now, encounters—close encounters, missed encounters, near encounters, and so on. The categories: Nonfiction (1000 words), Sudden fiction (750 words), Micro-fiction (300 words), Twitterature (280 characters–up to 10), and poetry (up to 10). Submit via our online submission form through December 15. The performance will be held Friday, January 25 at Northland College.

Write On Door County accepts applications for writer residencies year round. Write On provides a place of solitude and reflection on nearly 40 acres of woods, orchards, and meadows nestled between the water of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. They welcome applications from emerging and established writers in any contemporary literary genre. Applications are also accepted from literary arts administrators who need time away to envision a new program, edit materials, or find renewal for their own creative work. There is a $25 application fee. Most residencies are for a week long stay.  The program is run by Executive Director Jeord Santek, former Senior Director at the Loft.  Here is the link for more information.

Open LSW writing groups

Nov 21 (third Wednesday) 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,

Nov 15 (Thur) time to be announced – Writers’ Square Table discussion group will meet at the Sami Center of North America, 4915 E. Superior St., Suite 205 (Enter from Pitt St.) Contact

Nov 18 (third Sunday) 1:30 pm – The LSW Memoir Group will gather on October 21, third Sunday in October at 1:30 pm in the afternoon at the house of Ray Allard, 210 West Kent Road. We are a friendly, casual group and we offer helpful positive observations on anyone’s work that is read. Feel free to join us. contact Ray at