November 2019 NorthWords


Clean Up Your Manuscript or Writing! – Workshop

November 16 (Saturday) 

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop, hosted by Duluth writer Alice Marks, is designed to jump-start the revision of novels or other works writers have in their ‘virtual drawers’ to polish them for submission. Using a Maria Kondo concept of de-cluttering, participants will learn what words to eliminate and how to ‘fix’ the most common errors made by writers. Participants will be asked to bring laptops, tablets, etc. containing their novel or the first 15 hard-copy pages, or other work that’s ready for an edit. Time will be dedicated to presentation and to guided work on each one’s individual work. Handouts will be given as aids for participants to finish revising their novels. Sign up by emailing Bring cash or a check written to ‘Lake Superior Writers’ to the workshop. $20 for members. Not a member? Membership is $35 and you can sign up here or at the event! Note the new contact email address!! Peace United Church, Fireside Room, 1111 N East 11th St, Duluth, MN.

Writers’ Café

November 9 (Saturday), 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Perk Place, 1336 W Arrowhead Rd, Duluth

Join us at Perk Place 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. Casual, friendly, and fun – join us!

Literary events in our region

NS readersNov 7-10 (Thurs-Sun) – North Shore Readers and Writers Festival – Lake Superior Writers will be at this exciting event via an information table staffed by Molly Hoeg, Felicia Schneiderhan, and Marie Zhuikov. LSW members will also read at lunch on November 9, featuring Eric Chandler, Felicia Schneiderhan, and Marie Zhuikov. For full event details, visit Grand Marais Art Colony, 120 W 3rd Ave, Grand Marais, MN.

Nov 10 (Sun) 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Ariel Anthology Publication Party/Reading – Come join us for the release of Ariel Anthology Volume 6: Intersection-People and Nature! Thirty-five poets from around Wisconsin are featured in the publication. The event includes an open mic, refreshments and books for sale, including the 2020 Wisconsin Poets Calendar. Email for more information. Washburn Public Library, 307 Washington Avenue, Washburn, WI.

Nov 14 (Thurs) 7:00 pm – Literary Reading and Celebration – Join writer Feliciafelicia schneiderhan author photo - Felicia Schneiderhan Schneiderhan and participants from her creative writing workshop as they read from their work-in-progress. This event, made possible by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, is part of Felicia’s year-long fellowship to work on her novel, The God Who Calls Me Sweetheart. College of St Scholastica, Benedictine Commons Area, in the new Science Building.


poling - Bob DobrowNov 30 (Sat) 7:00 pm – Reading & Music with Chan Poling & Lucy Michell – The author & illustrator of Jack and the Ghost will read from the book, play a few songs, discuss the creative process, and sign books! Drury Lane Books, 12 E Wisconsin St, Grand Marais, MN.

Mark Munger Events – Nov 15 (Fri) 7:00 pm: Mark will be speaking at the FACA (Finnish American Cultural Activities) on the topic of his three Finnish American novels, including his new book, Kotimaa: Homeland. Free and open to the public. FACA meets at 1694 Como Ave. in St. Paul, MN (International Center right next to State Fair Grounds). Nov 16-17 (Sat/Sun): Mark will be signing and selling copies of all his books, including Kotimaa at the Festival of Trees at the DECC in Duluth. Nov 23 (Sat) 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Mark will be signing copies of Kotimaa at Fair Trade Books (320 Bush Street in Red Wing, MN). Nov 30 (Sat) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Mark will be signing copies of Kotimaa at Zenith Bookstore in Duluth.

Zenith Bookstore events All events held at Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN:

Nov 5 (Tues) 7:00 pm – Sheila O’Connor presents Evidence of V – Award-winning Minnesota author Sheila O’Connor will present her newest novel Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions. In an ambitious blend of fact and fiction, including evidenceofv - Bob Dobrowfamily secrets, documents from the era, and a thin, fragmentary case file unsealed by the court, Connor tells the riveting story of V, a talented 15-year-old singer in 1930’s Minneapolis who aspires to be a star. Drawing on the little-known American practice of incarcerating adolescent girls for “immorality” in the first half of the twentieth century, O’Connor follows young V from her early work as a nightclub entertainer to her subsequent six-year state school sentence for an unplanned pregnancy.

Nov 13 (Wed) 5:30 pm – Poetry Book Club – This book club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, and is facilitated by former Duluth Poet Laureate Sheila Packa. At the meetings, we’ll talk about metaphors, sound patterns, and anything else that might happen to come up in conversation about poems. Maybe you’re a writer or maybe just curious. This book club is for everybody who loves to read poetry. November reading: Bluets by Maggie Nelson.

Nov 30 (Sat) All Day – Local Authors Signing/Small Business Saturday – For the holidays, on each Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Zenith Bookstore is local1 - Bob Dobrowhosting great local authors for book signing events throughout the day. For Small Business Saturday we will also have cookies and cider, and some special sales and giveaways. Author Schedule: Phil Fitzpatrick (Hawks On High) – 11 am – 1 pm, Linda LeGarde Grover (In the Night of Memory, Onigamiising) – 1-3 pm, Mark Munger (Katiima: Homeland) – 3-5 pm.


Dec 1 (Sun) 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Reading and Music with Chan Poling and Lucy Michell – From two beloved Minnesota musicians, a unique and moody collaboration in the formpoling - Bob Dobrow of a picture book for adults,  Jack and the Ghost is a gothic, lyrical evocation of a shipwreck, ghosts, and living through grief in a seaside town. Chan Poling and Lucy Michell will entertain us with a reading of their book, discuss how it came about, and perhaps perform a few songs!


Superior Shorts: Loves Local Edition v.3 – Seeking submissions from local authors for Superior Shorts – an evening of short fiction read live on stage by actors. Ideal pieces are between 10-20 minutes read aloud from an author who has been previously published (though the piece need not have been published.) Please email submissions to

Performance: Nov 12 (Tues) 7:30 pm – Superior Shorts on the Teatro Stage. 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN.

imageThe Thunderbird Review Vol. 8 – Submissions open November 1, close on December 10. Current students enrolled at FDLTCC, UWS, UMD, CSS and LSC and residents of the Twin Ports area and surrounding counties in MN and WI. Categories include Short Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, Artwork, and Music. Previously published work will not be accepted.







Young Authors Festival – Nov 16 (Sat) 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Students in grades 2 – 12 to listen to authors Manly Peterson and Elissa Hoole talk about their work as writers. Both writers will guide students through a writing exercise while guardians participate in a presentation on how to help support their young writers. The morning concludes with an opportunity for students to share a finished piece of their own writing with others. Authors books will be available for purchase at the event.Register for this free event at UWS, Swenson Hall, 1610 Weeks Ave, Superior, WI.

SRPlogo - Crystal GibbinsSplit Rock Press, a micro-press and extension of Split Rock Review, is accepting poetry manuscripts that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and nature for the Split Rock Poetry Chapbook Series. Deadline: November 30. Entry fee: $7.00. For more information and guidelines, visit:

SRR Logo - Crystal GibbinsSplit Rock Review – Split Rock Review is now accepting submissions of poetry, creative nonfiction, graphic stories, comics, photography, and art for Issue 14 (Spring 2020). $2.00 submission fee. For more information and guidelines, visit:


REWILDING - Crystal Gibbins.pngFlexible Press and Split Rock Review seek poetry submissions for Rewilding: Poems for the Environment, an anthology that explores the current state of the natural environment. We want to bring together a diverse spectrum of current poets writing about the environment in varied, thematic, and innovative ways. We aim to showcase a wide range of voices, especially from underrepresented communities. All proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Boundary Waters and Wilderness, a nonprofit environmental organization. Deadline: December 31. For more information and guidelines, visit: or


Superior Poet Laureate – The newly formed Superior Poet Laureate committee is seeking local poets interested in serving as Superior’s Poet Laureate. For application materials and more information, contact


KUDOS – News about our members

Eric Chandler’s poem “How Could You Do That?” was the winner of the 2019 Col. Darron L. Wright Award for Poetry. The literary journal Line of Advance awards this prize each year thanks to a generous donation from the Blake and Bailey Foundation to honor the memory of the infantryman and writer.

Jan Chronister’s poem “Sacraments” appeared on Your Daily Poem on Sept. 15. Two of her poems were translated into Chinese and published in Poetry Hall. She had poems published in Visual Verse, Ariel Anthology and the 2020 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. Jan’s poem “Muse” was part of the “Paper to Wall” exhibit at the Out of the Woods Winery in Hayward, appeared on their website, and was featured in an article in the Sawyer County Review.

Felicia Schneiderhan’s personal essay, “The Writer’s Desk,” will appear on the Brevity Blog November 4. You can read it at


Open LSW Writing Groups

Nov 13 (Wed) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Monthly critique group hosted by North Shore Poets and Writers and Two Harbors Public Library. Writers of all genres (and ages 14 and up) are welcome to this monthly gathering, meeting every second Wednesday of the month. Share your writing for gentle critique, in-depth critique, or merely an audience, or just come and listen to stories and poems by local writers. See or contact our Facebook page for more information. This is a free event held monthly at Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN.

Nov 16 (third Sun) 1:30 pm – Lake Superior Writers’ Memoir Group meets at the home of facilitator Ray Allard, 210 W Kent St, Duluth, MN. Bring something to read – we are helpful and friendly! Call 218-464-1782 for more information.

Nov 20 (third Wed) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – The Third Wednesday Writer’s Group, an open genre group for all writing venues (poetry, memoir, long prose, short prose, fiction/nonfiction, etc.), will meet at Perkins restaurant at the Miller Hill Mall, 1302 Miller Trunk Hwy, Duluth, MN. For more information, contact facilitator Rodney Savary, 218-464-7701,