October 2017 NORTHWORDS

Scene at the first Writers’ Cafe in September at Perk Place in Duluth.

Join us at the Writer’s Cafe!
October 14 (Sat) 9-11 am
Perk Place, 1336 West Arrowhead, Duluth

The next Writers’ Cafe will be held Saturday, October 14th, from 9-11 a.m. at Perk Place, in Duluth. This new monthly LSW event (second Saturday of every month), is a great chance 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


LSW launches a free series of panels for writers

First Panel: Nov 4 (Sat) 10-noon
Where: Estuarium, 3 Marina Drive, Barker’s Island, Superior
Topic: 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 LSW members will share their experience and their work. 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.

North Shore Readers and Writers Festival
Hosted by the Grand Marais Arts Colony
Nov 2 – 5, Grand Marais
(Hurry; sessions are filling up!)

Readers, writers, and book professionals will all find a multitude of opportunities through which to learn and engage, including classes, readings, panel discussions, and more. More than 25 authors and book professionals will offer classes, craft seminars, author talks, and special events. Festival authors and book professionals include: Erik Anderson, Mary Casanova, Sharon Chmielarz, Tim Cochrane, Lily Coyle, Staci Drouillard, Katie Dublinski, Chris Fischbach, Peter Geye, Diane Glancy, William Green, Emily Hamilton, Patricia Hampl, Erin Hart, William Kent Krueger, Julie Landsman, Lise Lunge-Larsen, Shoshanna Matney, Ann Regan, Kathryn Savage, Sun Yung Shin, Nina Simonowicz, Moheb Soliman, Faith Sullivan, Bart Sutter, Kari Vick, and Kao Kalia Yang.

Exhibitors include: Beaver’s Pond Press, Coffee House Press, Drury Lane Bookstore, Grand Marais Public Library, Graywolf Press, Hamline University’s Creative Writing Programs, Lake Superior Writers, Minnesota Historical Society Press, Northern Wilds Media, Inc. / North Shore Press, Red Bird Chapbooks, University of Minnesota Press, and Water~Stone Review.

Festival Sponsors include: Ann Possis, in support of the Cook County Great Place Project, Beaver’s Pond Press, Best Western Superior Inn and Suites, Coffee House Press, Drury Lane Bookstore, Grand Marais Public Library, Graywolf Press, Lake Superior Writers, Minnesota Historical Society Press, North Shore Visitor, Red Bird Chapbooks, University of Minnesota Press, Water~Stone Review and WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

For more information, follow this link. You can download the course booklet here For questions and to register, call 218-387-2737.

WritersRead at Northland College
Call for submissions
Deadline: December 1

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 https://www.northland.edu/event/writersread-submission/ for guidelines and submission instructions.

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 lyriccenterforthearts@gmail.com 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.

Literary events in our region

Oct 5 (Thur) 6:30 pm – October Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais, featuring Hannah Palma Laky and Leah Laky. Join us for poetry and music around the bonfire just outside the bookstore.

Oct 5 (Thur) 7 pm – Margi Preus will be reading from and signing The Clue in the Trees, the second in the Enchantment Lake mystery series for readers ages 10 and up. Games! Prizes! Treats! Clues!  Zenith Books, 318 N. Central Ave, Duluth.


Oct 7 (Sat) 7 pm – From Farm to Fork: a conversation with Beth Dooley, author of In Winter’s Kitchen at Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais.

Oct. 8 (Sun) 2 pm – Author Event: From Farm to Fork. Join author, journalist, and local food expert Beth Dooley for a conversation about your local food scene alongside Mary Dougherty. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., Duluth.


Oct 8 (Sun) 2-4 pm – The Sami Cultural Center ( 4915 E. Superior St.) is hosting Katharine Johnson’s publication launch of The Wind and the Drum. The Center is at 4915 East Superior Street, #205 (Lakeside Professional Building—use the Pitt Street entrance). All are welcome. Refreshments and a book signing will follow a short presentation. The Wind and the Drum takes place in the 1670s in the Arctic lands of the Midnight Sun. The Saami migrate with the reindeer they depend on for food, clothing and shelter. Tuuli was marked from birth to be the next noaidi of her people. She will be wind listener and keeper of their most sacred drum. But the wind whispers to Tuuli that strangers are coming—strangers who threaten the reindeer and demand the Saami give up their drums and ancient beliefs. Tuuli refuses. She hides one of the drums and sets off on a series of perilous journeys to save her people, their way of life, and, ultimately, herself.

Oct 8 (Sun) 2-4 pm – Publication launch of Duluth-artist Joan Henrik’s book Winds & Currents: Native Stories, Retold and Illustrated (Holy Cow! Press) at the DECC, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth near the ticket office and entrance to the Amsoil arena. There will be presentations and readings and books available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. Henrik created fourteen animal icons for a terrazzo floor design now inlaid in the new Amsoil sports arena in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Her award-winning “Winds & Currents” was selected by the Duluth Public Arts Commission in an open competition. These stories are cautionary tales demonstrating what we can learn from the natural world. They have their origins in tribal culture throughout North America. After the floor completion, the stories are now collected together in this volume. Based on these iconic images, Henrik has included fourteen of her “ready to color” line drawings with which readers can interact and create their own interpretations of the visual art. Joan Henrik began her graphic design career at UMD. She has worked more than fifty years in advertising, including over twenty-five years with the Westmorland, Larson, and Hill agency. In 2011, the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association selected her floor design as one of the best terrazzo floors in the United States.

Oct 10 (Tue) 7 pm – Author Event: Sarah Bamford Seidelmann. Meet the author of the new memoir Swimming with Elephants. The book tells the eccentric, sometimes poignant, and occasionally hilarious experience of a working mother undergoing a bewildering vocational shift from physician to shamanic healer. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

Oct. 14-28 – Jan Chronister will be teaching “Creating a Chapbook” at WITC-Ashland (#64359) and WITC-Superior (#64360). Ashland dates are Wednesdays Oct. 4-18 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Superior dates are Saturdays Oct. 14-28 from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $38.50 ($21.50 seniors). If you have a pile of 20 or so poems that you would like to see in a publishable collection, this is the class for you. We will look at elements of a chapbook, organizing the “arc” of the manuscript, and seeking out viable publication opportunities. You can register at witc.edu or call the number on the website for each campus. Contact Jan at wfoppres@gmail.com with questions.

Oct. 18 (Wed) 7 pm – Meet Minnesota novelist, short story writer, essayist, comics writer, and screenwriter Benjamin Percy, who will read from and sign copies of his latest techno-thriller The Dark Net. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

Oct 21 (Sat) 2-3 pm – Linda LeGarde Grover’s book of essays Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year (University of Minnesota Press) will be released this month. She will read and sign at the Zenith Bookstore, in West Duluth, on Oct. 21 from 2:00-3:30.

Oct 26 (Thur) 7:30 pm – Join Bud Backen and Ellie Schoenfeld for the launch of Backen’s book, The Paul Bunyan Ballroom. At Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 902 E. 1st St., Duluth. Reading by both Bud Backen and Ellie Schoenfeld.

Oct. 26 (Thur) 7 pm – Join National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, educators, and authors Amy and Dave Freeman in celebration of their debut book, A Year in the Wilderness, a passionate and beautifully illustrated account of a year in the Boundary Waters. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

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. 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. 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 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 www.wfop.org

KUDOS – News about our members

Jan Chronister has poems published or forthcoming in Sky Island Journal, Bramble, Nonbinary Review, The Wild Word and Herstory. One of her poems appears as part of an outdoor installation in Highland Park, Illinois.


The Carlton County Historical Society is seeking poetry or prose commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Fires of 1918, which swept through Carlton surrounding counties. Poetry should be about 50 lines or 300 words for prose. Deadline: Nov. 1. A creative writing workshop will be held in connection with this opportunity from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 9, Cloquet Public Library, 320 14th St. Katharine Johnson will instruct with Lisbeth Boutang assisting. Bring in your work in progress or an idea regarding a possible submission. Call (218) 879-1938 or go to http/www.carltoncountyhistory.org

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 www.KAXE.org or email wordish@kaxe.org. 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 rpjevne@gmail.com. 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 kaxe.org 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 thefriends.org/submissions. Deadline: 5 p.m. Nov. 17.

Are you a new member? Would you like to introduce yourself to Lake Superior Writers? If so, send us a note at calendar@lakesuperiorwriters.org and we’ll include you in an upcoming issue. (And thanks for joining!)

Open LSW writing groups

Oct 19 (Thur) 11 am – Writers Square Table will focus on the topic: Elements of Style. Sami Center of North America, 4915 E. Superior St., Ste. 205.  (Enter from Pitt St.) All are welcome.

Oct 15 (Sun) 1:30 pm – Memoir Group will meet at the home of Mara Hart, 205 W. Kent Road. All are welcome.

Oct 18 (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 r.a.savary@gmail.com.

Get Published! A new LSW web page

Sometimes it can be difficult to find information about local literary journals and contests. We’ve compiled a listing of local and regional journals and contests that offer opportunities for publication. You can find it here.

If you know of any local journals or contests that we missed, let us know and we’ll add them to the list. Just email us at writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org.