October 2016 NorthWords

Oct 29 (Sat) 2-4:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth
835 West College Street, Duluth
FREE and open to the public; refreshments served


Lucie Amundson (Locally Laid, Penguin)
Julie Gard (Home Studies, New Rivers Press)
Alice Marks (Missing, Self-Published)
Felicia Schneiderhan (Newlyweds Afloat, Breakaway Books)

Four area writers who have successfully published their first books will share their works at a reading and discussion 2 pm, October 29 at the UU church in Duluth. They’ll highlight their artistic journeys and paths to getting published.

Lucie Amundson

Lucie Amundson

Lucie B. Amundsen is a writer, marketer and reluctant farmer. She and her husband co-own Locally Laid Egg Company, a farm that provides pasture-raised eggs in Northern Minnesota and partners with a total of eight other mid-level producers to source and sell in their own regions to reduce food miles and strengthen local economies. A former contributor to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and former editor at Reader’s Digest Association, Lucie has written for scores of publications in her decade-plus freelance career.

Julie Gard

Julie Gard

Julie Gard’s prose poetry collection Home Studies (New Rivers Press) is a finalist for the 2016 Minnesota Book Award, and her chapbooks include Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series (Finishing Line Press) and Russia in 17 Objects (Tiger’s Eye Press). Julie’s poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Fourth River, Clackamas Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Ekphrasis, and Blackbox Manifold, among other journals and anthologies. She is Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Alice Marks

Alice Marks

Alice Marks is a retired teacher at a nonprofit preschool. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BA in education and did her post-graduate work at the College of St. Catherine. Alice is presently enjoying a second career as a writer. Alice has had poetry and short stories published in several anthologies, including Read for the Animals, Too (Erika Szabo), Masters of Time (Elesha Escobar) and in two volumes of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Felicia Schneiderhan

Felicia Schneiderhan

Felicia Schneiderhan publishes both fiction and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in a variety of literary journals. She has written for the Chicago Sun-Times and is a frequent contributor to Lake Superior Magazine. Her first book, the memoir Newlyweds Afloat: Married Bliss and Mechanical Breakdowns While Living on a Trawler details the first years of marriage when she and her husband Mark lived on a boat downtown Chicago.

Following a reading, each writer will share her journey from writing to successfully publishing a book. Light refreshments will be served at the event, which will celebrate the literary artistry of these writers’ books as well as recognize the arduous and sometimes circuitous journey from writing to publishing.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of  Minnesota through a grant to Lake Superior Writers  from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and arts and cultural heritage funds.


Two LSW Writing Workshops to coincide with Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibit at UMD (opening Tue Oct 4, 2016 at the Tweed Museum of Art)
Check out the complete listings of events for Shakespeare’s First Folio here

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4-week workshop taught by Cal Benson
6-8:30 pm Thursdays, Oct 13, 20, 27 and Nov 3
Suite 303, Board of Trade Building, downtown Duluth

Many people, even poets, consider the sonnet difficult. LSW instructor Cal Benson has helped others de-mystify the form and become sonneteers. Cal is a long-time poet and educator who has helped many of us write poetry, and in this class, we’ll write sonnets every week!

The cost is $65 for LSW members and $95 for non-members, who will become members upon registration. Each student will receive a book of sonnets. One partial scholarship for the class is available; click here for guidelines and instructions on how to apply.

To register or learn more, contact Marty Sozansky at msozansk@d.umn.edu or 218-341-4363.

Afternoon workshop
Oct 15 – 2-4:30 pm
Suite 303, Board of Trade Building, downtown Duluth
Instructor: Alice Marks

The Bard didn’t just sit down, dip his quill and turn out great plays and sonnets in an evening. Even William Shakespeare knew a bit about revising, editing, moving things around, and agonizing over every word and phrase. LSW member and writing instructor Alice Marks offers you an afternoon peppered with tidbits about Will and his writing that could help you on your writing journey, no matter what type of writing you do!

The cost is $25 for LSW members and $55 for non-members, who will become members upon registration. One partial scholarship for the class is available; click here for guidelines and instructions on how to apply.

To register or learn more, contact Marty Sozansky at msozansk@d.umn.edu or 218-341-4363.


Sign up 5:00 pm, Reading starts 7 pm
5906 Old Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth

The LSW Open Mic moves to a new evening, in our new location.  Join us each month on second Tuesdays at the Cast Iron Bar & Grill, where you’ll also be able to sample the open bar with full restaurant menu as well — before or after the event.

Writers working in all genres are welcome to showcase their work, or the work of other writers they admire. All topics are welcome. Readers’ time at the mic will depend on how many sign up, but it’s generally a good idea to practice and time yourself for approximately five minutes on stage.  If you’re a playwright or screen writer, test your characters by asking multiple readers to run through your scripts.  If you’re a lyricist, bring your instrument or accompaniment. Writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry or prose, spoken word or otherwise — read to share your best or to debut’ your drafts. All are welcome. Social time with other writers follows readings.

Directions:  Head north on Highway 53 through Hermantown. 1 mile past Midway Road, turn right on Solway (County 889) and go less than 1/4 mile to Old Miller Trunk Highway. Cast Iron is on the left side of the intersection of Solway and Old Miller Trunk.


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: holycow@holycowpress.org. Finalist judge:  Linda LeGarde Grover.



william-kent-kruegerOct. 2 (Sun) 2-4 pm – IN PLAIN SIGHT – A fundraiser for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, featuring poetry and stories performed by Duluth residents who have experienced homelessness about their experiences on the street. Peace United Church of Christ; $10-20 suggested donation. Includes silent auction. Music by Charlie Parr and Sara Thomsen.

Oct 1 (Sat) 1 pm – The Duluth Barnes & Noble Booksellers will features author William Kent Krueger for a book discussion and signing of his latest release Manitou Canyon, part of his Cork O’Connor series. From the publisher: “Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O’Connor has always considered it to be the cruelest of months. Yet, his daughter has chosen this dismal time of year in which to marry, and Cork is understandably uneasy. His concern comes to a head when a man camping in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing. As the official search ends with no recovery in sight, Cork is asked by the man’s family to stay on the case. Although the wedding is fast approaching and the weather looks threatening, he accepts and returns to that vast wilderness on his own.”

Oct 5 (Wed) 6-8:30 pm – Jumpstart Your Poetry is a four-week WITC-Superior class taught by Jan Chronister. Class meets for four Wednesdays beginning Oct. 5 from 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $47 ($25.75 for seniors). Course will cover poetry basics as well as more advanced topics such as line breaks and publishing advice. To register, go to http://www.witc.edu and use the Classfinder button on the left. Use keyword “Poetry” and class will come up. Contact Jan at janchronister@yahoo.com with questions.

Oct 16 (Sun) 2 pm – A publication party for the 2017 Wisconsin Poets Calendar will be held on at Art Market 63 just south of Cable on Highway 63. An open reading will precede poems by area poets published in the calendar. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of the calendar will be available for purchase. This event is sponsored in part by CHARAC (Cable Hayward Area Arts Council).

john-sanfordOct 20 (Thu) 7 pm – The Duluth Barnes & Noble Booksellers features author John Sandford October 20th 7:00pm for a book discussion and signing of his latest release Escape Clause (a Virgil Flowers Novel). From the publisher: “Whenever you hear the sky rumble, that usually means a storm. In Virgil Flowers’ case, make that two. The exceptional new thriller from the writer whose books are ‘pure reading pleasure’ (Booklist). The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large, and very rare, Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they’ve been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others — as Virgil is about to find out.”

Oct 20 (Thur) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic hosted by Tina Higgins Wussow, Beaner’s Central. 324 N Central Ave, Duluth. 10 minutes on the stage, show up to sign up, all genres welcome!

Phil Dacey

Phil Dacey

Oct 21 (Fri) 7 pm – “Last Poems: A tribute to Philip Dacey at the Quaker Meeting House, 1321 East 8th Street, Duluth one of Minnesota’s most accomplished poets, who died on July 7 at the age of 77 after a two-year struggle with leukemia. This event–with readings from Dacey’s work by Walt Prentice, Ellie Schoenfeld, and Bart Sutter–will also launch Dacey’s final collection, The Ice-Cream Vigils: Last Poems, recently released by Red Dragonfly Press. Folk harpist Georganne Hunter will accent the reading will Celtic music. Admission is free. Coffee and ice cream will be served.

Phil Dacey, who taught at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall for 34 years, published 13 full-length books of poetry in his lifetime, winning numerous awards and fellowships. One of the contemporary masters of traditional forms, he also wrote free verse and tackled a wide range of subjects. Dacey was an early editor of the literary magazine Crazyhorse and, with his former student David Jauss, edited Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms, an influential anthology still in print today. Known for his generosity to other writers, he founded the Marshall Festival, a week-long celebration of rural writing and culture. For more information on Dacey, consult his homepage, www.philipdacey.com.

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 12 (Sat) 1-4 pm – BOOK SIGNING AND LSW FUNDRAISER – 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 or present a coupon (coming soon), 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.

KUDOS – News about our members

Liz Minette has poetry published in the recent issue of Abbey #147.

Debbi Rasmussen had two poems published in the latest issue of Talking Stick.

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 October, 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 nurturingone@hotmail.com (FYI, Pete is a cousin of writer Tony Bukoski).

Writers North Woods Workshop Oct 13-14

Join published authors Lyanda Lynn Haupt and Emily Stone for this writing workshop nestled among old trees at the historic Forest Lodge on Lake Namekagon in Cable, Wisconsin. Lyanda received the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award for Crow Planet in 2010.  Emily published her first book, Natural Connections, in 2016. Discover a sense of awe from being immersed in nature while you enjoy the pristine lake setting and rich history of this unique north woods retreat. The landscape will ignite your creative transcript and shall be your greatest studio. Harness inspiration from the perspective of two published authors and explore the natural and cultural history of the estate. Participants must supply the following items: notebook and pen or pencil for field exercises, your favorite laptop or other writing implements for indoor writing (Wifi is not available on site), sturdy walking shoes, clothing appropriate for the weather and a portable camp chair or seat.

Cost: $285 (includes lodging and meals)
Duration: 9:30 am Thursday to 4 pm Friday (1 night)
Location: Forest Lodge in Cable, WI
Biographies: www.northland.edu/study/adult-learning/lifelong/summer-biographies/
To register: www.northland.edu/study/adult-learning/lifelong/
For more info, please contact MaryJo at 715-682-1392 or mgingras@northland.edu.

LSW Open Writing Groups

The Ink Slingers has closed its membership. However, if you are new to Duluth and would like to join a group, contact Alice Marks at amarks001@charter.net so that your name can be put on a waiting list for our group that meets the second and fourth Thursday from 10:00 AM to noon.

Oct 16 (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.

Oct 20 (Thur), 11 a.m. Writers’ Square Table. Place: Sami Center, 4915 E. Superior Street, Ste# 205. Topic: What inspires you? 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 https://lakesuperiorwriters.org/editors/ 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 writer@lakesuperiorwriters.org.


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