October 2015 NorthWords

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First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare
LSW seeking people to help plan event(s) for First Folio Exhibit at UMD, Oct 3-26, 2016

We’re looking for a few people to help LSW plan some activities for writers around the exhibit of the Shakespeare First Folio, 1623, at the Tweed Museum, UMD Oct. 3 through 26, 2016.

The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. Published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, it is one of the most valuable printed books in the world. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring the First Folio to 50 states in 2016 in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. UMD was selected as Minnesota’s host site in February 2015.

Marty Sozansky, LSW board member, attended an early planning meeting this past summer, and learned that LSW and other arts organizations are invited to participate as programming partners. What might LSW do? A poetry workshop focused on writing sonnets? A play-writing workshop? A night of readings inspired by Shakespeare’s characters? Please contact us at writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org if you would like to be part of a planning group to create some great events for writers while the exhibit is here.


Author Sarah Seidelmann will give a talk at the Duluth library Oct. 12.

Author Sarah Seidelmann will give a talk about writing and publishing at the Duluth Public Library Green Room on Monday, October 12.

Comes to the Duluth Public Library!

Get ready for NaNoWriMo! On Monday, October 12 at 6 pm in the Duluth Public Library Green Room (520 W. Superior St.), author Sarah Seidelmann will talk about the ups and downs of the writing process, as well as self-publishing. This will be an excellent opportunity for all writers, especially those who are getting ready to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Duluthian Seidelmann, sister of comedian Maria Bamford, is the author of two nonfiction books; her most recent title is Born to Freak: A Salty Primer for Irrepressible Humans.

NaNoWriMo is a fun, creative writing project for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. On November 1, participants of all ages begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30.

To help aspiring writers, the Duluth Public Library will be making the Gold Room available for writers during November at weekly “Write-Ins”:

Nov 7 (Sat) 10 am – 5 pm
Nov 14 (Sat) 10 am – 5 pm
Nov 16 (Mon) 2 – 8 pm
Nov 23 (Mon 2 – 8 pm

“Write-Ins” will include a quiet space with free Wi-Fi, coffee, and snacks. After 30 days of writing, authors can come to the library to celebrate for a ‘Thank God It’s Over Party’ on Thursday, December 3 at 6 pm in the Gold Room. These events are free and open to the Duluth community. For more information about these events or NaNoWriMo, call the Duluth Public Library’s Community Services office at 730-4236, or visit www.NaNoWriMo.org


CHARLES DICKENS and “Kyd” at Karpeles Manuscript Library, 902 E. First St. Duluth through Dec 30, 2015

Mr. Bumble from "Oliver Twist; illustration by Kyd.

Mr. Bumble from “Oliver Twist; illustration by Kyd.

Fans of Charles Dickens in our region have a rare opportunity to see a selection of manuscripts, contracts, illustrations from his books, and even some original printing plates for illustrations of his stories. One of the better known illustrators of Dickens’ characters was Joseph Clayton Clarke, otherwise known as “Kyd.” Clarke earned his living from watercolor sketches, mainly of Dickens’ characters, which he sold to and through the London book trade. In 1910, the British Museum acquired a collection of 598 drawings and paintings of Clarkes’s Dickens illustrations, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, Charles Dickens Museum, the Karpeles Manuscript Library and the University of Texas at Austin each also have significant collections of Clarke’s Dickens illustrations. Six of his illustrations were issued as stamps by the Royal Mail in 2012 to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. The Karpeles’ Duluth exhibit includes some of the most important Kyd illustrations from Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol. Check it out! The museum is open Tue-Sat, 10 am-4 pm.


Family establishes the LSW Donna Schilling Scholarship

With deep sadness, we share the news that longtime LSW member Donna Schilling died last week. Many of you knew Donna, who volunteered on the LSW Board; was the author of four memoirs; faithfully attended the LSW Memoir Group and the Writers Square Table; supported writers in our community; and taught memoir writing in the Duluth Community Education program. A gathering of friends and family is planned for 9 am on Saturday, Oct 3, at the Cremation Society of Minnesota Chapel, 4100 Grand Ave., Duluth, followed by a memorial service at 10 am. Memorials are designated to Lake Superior Writers for a Donna Schilling Scholarship; if you would like to make a donation, checks should be made out to Lake Superior Writers (please write “Scholarship Fund” in the memo line), and mail it to 1301 Rice Lake Road, Suite 129, Duluth, MN 55801. The LSW Board deeply appreciates her family’s thoughtfulness; a scholarship fund will be a wonderful way to honor Donna’s lifelong love of writing and teaching.


Nov 13-15 – Weekend With Your Novel: Start to Finish in Madison, Wisconsin.

Have you ever thought about writing a novel? Have you begun writing a novel and could use advice or motivation? Have you completed a draft and are daunted by the revision process? Or do you have a completed novel and are looking for tips on agents and publishing? If so, this weekend retreat is for you! Regardless of where you are in your journey as a novelist, we have sessions with writers, teachers, and editors geared toward helping you take the next step with your novel, whether it’s the first step or crossing the finish line. All in a friendly, supportive environment. For more information visit http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/writing


Congdon Neighbors magazine seeks submissions & Congdon-based writers to profile

Writers and friends: the “Congdon Neighbors” magazine has featured writers and artists from the Duluth area in several past issues, and they are always welcoming of new stories and suggestions for stories. If you have a book, a poem, some artwork, or other talents you’d like to share, please get in touch with them. They’re also open to feature stories on anyone with connections to Congdon, and they have a calendar of events if you’d like to get the word out about readings, workshops, and other activities for writers. Contact Ann Redelfs, ann@redelfs.us, 218.724.3216 for more information.


Wisconsin People & Ideas 2016 Fiction and Poetry Contests

The Wisconsin People & Ideas 2016 Fiction and Poetry Contests shines is accepting submissions through Dec. 2015. Prizes include a cash prize of $500, publication in the best magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture, and a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival. Open to all Wisconsin residents and students age 18 and older. New and emerging Wisconsin writers have a chance to win up to $500 and other prizes along with publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas, a slot at the 2015 contest reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival, even a one-week residency at Shake Rag Alley School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point. Lead 2016 fiction and poetry contest judges are author B.J Hollars (Eau Claire) and poet Kimberly Blaeser (Milwaukee). Visit http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/contests for complete contest rules and submission guidelines.


LSW Ink Slingers Writers Group seeks new members!

The majority of our members now have full-time jobs or have gone back to college, and that is a good thing. Now we have room for writers seeking a daytime group. We have been meeting twice a month on the second and fourth Thursdays, from 10 am to noon, and as soon as we can grow our membership, we will continue with that schedule. For more information, contact Alice Marks: at amarks001@charter.net or 651-283-5010.


KUDOS – News about our members

A new trailer for Dale Botten’s screenplay “No Blood of Mine” is posted on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/nobloodofmine

Eric Chandler’s poem “Popocatepetl” appears in the last-ever print edition of the Grey Sparrow Journal in October.

Linda LeGarde Grover’s poem “Directions to my Twenty-Nine-Year-Old Self” will appear in the Fall 2015 Yellow Medicine Review: A journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought. Her novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass is featured in the Nota Benes section of the September/October issue of World Literature Today Magazine, and in the online magazine Bustle’s “11 Books That are Absolutely Perfect Reading for Fall.”

Felicia's bookFelicia Schneiderhan’s memoir Newlyweds Afloat: Married Bliss and Mechanical Breakdowns While Living on a Trawler has just been published by Breakaway Books. Newlyweds Afloat is the story of a Chicago bride who gives away her possessions and moves onboard her husband’s boat in downtown Chicago. For two years they face sub-zero winters, the stormy seas of Lake Michigan, wild urban animals and sewage situations, all while learning to live as husband and wife in the hold of a jealous first love – named Mazurka. See below for her book launch event.

An audio version of Bart Sutter’s poem “Swansong” has been installed as part of a nature walk in Silverwood, an arts and nature park in Saint Anthony Village.

Cathy LaForge Tonkin recently published her memoir Leave ‘er Lay: A Family Memoir. In richly-detailed prose and colorful language, Cathy LaForge Tonkin writes of her immigrant ancestors. This book is both an exploration and a tribute to folks who were pioneers, artists, miners, comedians, and a few scoundrels. A grandmother who became a nun, an aunt who led parades, and a father who at times wore a priest’s hat were all fascinating characters. Ms. LaForge Tonkin combines these stories with those of her own life to give readers an engaging look into a quirky American family. See below for her book launch events.

Upcoming Events

Oct 5 (Mon) 6:30 pm – The Words & Lyrics mic is open! Writers and readers are invited to bring original or favorite prose and poetry to the First Stage of the Lyric Center for the Arts, 514 Chestnut St., Virginia. This event is part of an ongoing monthly series for appreciation of the written and spoken word, and is open to the public.

Oct 10 (Sat) Bart Sutter will conduct a workshop on haiku at the Sinclair Lewis Writers’ Conference in Sauk Centre, and that evening he and his brother Ross will present a program of poetry and music for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the conference. See sinclairlewiswritersconference.org for more information.

Oct 15 (Thu) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic (every third Thursday), Beaner’s Central. Hosted by Tina Higgins Wussow; Featured Guest: Michelle Mathees. Half-priced wine, trivia and prizes!

Oct 16 (Fri) 7 pm – Book launch party for Newlyweds Afloat: Married Bliss and Mechanical Breakdowns While Living on a Trawler a new memoir by Felicia Schneiderhan (Breakaway Books),  Lafayette Square, Park Point, 3026 Minnesota Ave.

Oct 21 (Wed) 7:30 pm – Author Bruce Feiler will speak at the annual Silver Memorial Interfaith Lecture series at Mitchell auditorium on the CSS campus in Duluth. Feiler’s lecture topic will be on the theme of “Sacred Journeys.” The event is free and open to the public and a reception and booksigning will follow the presentation. Feiler’s Walking the Bible describes his perilous, 10,000-mile journey retracing the five books of Moses through the desert. The book was hailed as an “instant classic” by the Washington Post and “thoughtful, informed, and perceptive” by The New York Times. It spent more than a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into fifteen languages, and is the subject of a children’s book, a photography book, and a miniseries on PBS. Abraham recounts his personal search for the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Where God Was Born describes his year-long trek visiting biblical sites through the front lines of Israel, Iraq, and Iran. “Bruce Feiler is a real-life Indiana Jones,” wrote the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. America’s Prophet is the groundbreaking story of the influence of Moses on American history. This year’s Silver Memorial Lecture is co-sponsored by the Silver Family, Temple Israel, the Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Forum at the College of Saint Scholastica, the First United Methodist Church, Peace United Church of Christ, and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. For additional information, please contact Temple Isreal, 218-724-8857.

Oct 22 (Thur) 7 pm – A publication reading/signing for Jim Johnson’s latest collection of poetry Yoik will be at Fitger’s Bookstore.

Oct 24 (Sat) At the Marshall Festival, a three-day celebration of rural writing and culture, Bart Sutter will serve on a panel discussing the use of traditional forms in writing contemporary poems. That evening, The Sutter Brothers will close the festival with a program of poetry and music. See www.smsu.edu/marshallfestival for more information.

Oct 27 (Tue) 11 am – The second annual Duluth Media Summit will feature a presentation by John Hughes, president of the National Press Club and an editor for Bloomberg News. The event will also be the first opportunity to learn about the “One River, Many Stories” media collaboration project. Funded through a Knight Foundation Fund grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, the project will test ways media collaboration can inspire innovation and nurture engagement among professional journalists, educators and citizen storytellers in the Duluth area. In April 2016, local media will turn their attention to one topic: the St. Louis River. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Socializing and feeding starts at 11 am; program begins at 11:30. Please RSVP by Oct. 20 at the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/900273046693224/ Questions? E-mail John Hatcher at jhatcher@d.umn.edu or Paul Lundgren at paul@perfectduluthday.com.

Nov 5 (Thu) 6:30 pm – Please join Cathy LaForge Tonkin as she introduces her new book Leave ‘er Lay: A Family Memoir at The Bookstore at Fitgers, 600 East Superior Street, Duluth. Reading at 7 pm.

Nov 21 (Sat) 2-5 pm – Cathy LaForge Tonkin book launch event for Leave ‘er Lay: A Family Memoir at the home of Mara Kirk Hart, 205 West Kent Road, Duluth.


Call for Submissions
Essays about Alzheimer’s Disease
Deadline: Oct 15

Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises, publisher of the award-winning anthology CHILD OF MY CHILD: POEMS AND STORIES FOR GRANDPARENTS, is now accepting submissions of personal essays recounting a wide spectrum of experiences of people who are caring for, or have cared for, people with Alzheimer’s Disease. We are looking for caregivers’ stories, told with compassion but unafraid to confront the full range of emotional, financial, practical, or spiritual challenges caregivers face–compelling stories, expertly told in 600 to 900 words.

Reading fee: $5.00. Submission deadline is October 15, 2015. http://gelles-coleliteraryenterprises.submittable.com/submit


Annual Northwest Wisconsin Writers Conference
NEXT SUMMER – July 23, 2016

The St. Croix Writers of Solon Springs, Wisconsin are pleased to announce the 44th Annual Northwest Wisconsin Writers Conference on July 23, 2016. We wanted to give you plenty of notice since this is going to be a special event! Our theme is: THE POWER OF THE PROCESS – CREATIVITY, PERSISTENCE & PROMOTION. Keynote speaker will be New York Times best-selling author William Kent Krueger! A Minnesota author, he writes the Cork O’Connor mystery series set in Northern Minnesota. His work has won numerous awards including an Edgar for his “Ordinary Grace.” (You can check out his website – http://www.williamkentkrueger.com.

Sessions will include: Poetry; Marketing for Independent Authors; Pulling Your Readers Emotional Strings; Memoir Writing Roundtable; Killing Your Babies – The Editing Process; and Resources for Writers. There will also be a book fair. And there’s more! Following the conference at the Solon Springs Community Center, there will be a Writers in the Park event held at nearby Lucius Woods Park. This event will be open to the public and will feature readings by some of our regional authors. STAY TUNED!


LSW Writing Groups

Oct 18 (Sun) 1:30 pm – The Memoir Group meets at Mara Hart’s home, 205 W. Kent Road, Duluth. Please call for directions: 218-728-1253 or 218-409-4108. All are welcome.

Oct 21 (Wed) 6-8 pm – The 3rd Wednesday Writers Group will meet at the Marshall Professional building, 1301 Rice Lake Road, main conference room.

Oct 22 (Thur) 11:30 am – The Writer’s Square Table meets at the Sami Center: 4915 E. Superior Street, Ste. #205. All are welcome.

The Ink Slingers are seeking new members for this daytime group. For more information about joining this group, contact Alice Marks, co-leader  at  amarks001@charter.net  or call Alice at 651-283-5010.