October 2018 NorthWords

Writers Cafe
Sat Oct 13, 9-11 am
Perk Place, 1336 W. Arrowhead Road, Duluth

Join us on Saturday, October 13 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).

LSW Panel: “Getting Started”
Oct 6 (Sat) 1-3 pm
The College of Saint Scholastica Science Building Rm 1109
LSW members – free; general public – $5

Join us on October 6th for “Getting Started,” a panel combining the wisdom of published poets, and fiction and nonfiction writers. Sheila Packa, Naomi Musch, Bob “Astro Bob” King, and Emily Stone will describe their process for getting started, and offer a variety of prompts for you to jumpstart your own new projects. Come ready to learn and try some new techniques – you might start a surprising new enterprise! Here’s some background about our talented panelists:

Sheila Packa teaches writing at Lake Superior College and lives in Duluth, Minnesota. She has four books of poems, The Mother Tongue, Echo & Lightning, Cloud Birds and Night Train Red Dust. She was the poet laureate of Duluth, 2010-2012.  She has received three Arrowhead Regional Arts Council fellowships for poetry, two ARAC Career Opportunity grants, two Loft McKnight Awards, (poetry 1986 and prose 1996) and a Loft Mentor Award in poetry (1995), and a Community Arts Learning Grant (2010).  Currently, she is writing poems and short fiction.

Emily M. Stone is a naturalist by birth, training, profession, and passion. She has a degree in outdoor education from Northland College and a Field Naturalist Masters from the University of Vermont. As the Naturalist/Education Director at the Cable Natural History Museum in Cable, Wisconsin, Emily writes a weekly “Natural Connections” column published in more than a dozen local and regional newspapers. She has earned multiple Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Emily’s columns were compiled into a book: Natural Connections: Exploring Northwoods Nature through Science and Your Senses. A second book of more recent columns should be out by the end of the year.

Naomi Musch was born and raised in central Wisconsin and now makes her home in Wisconsin’s pristine north woods. Her ninth novel, The Deepest Sigh (Echoes of the Heart series, Book One) was released from Desert Breeze Publishing in August 2017, and Book Two, The Softest Breath, became available in May 2018. This October, her historical romance Mist O’er the Voyageur is making its debut from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She has also worked as an editor for a small press, a staff writer for an EPA award-winning newspaper, a ghost writer, and has published dozens of magazine and internet articles for the encouragement of homeschooling families and young writers.

Bob King, perhaps best known as “Astro Bob,” writes a weekly column about astronomy for the Duluth News Tribune, where he has also been a photographer and photo editor. He’s been keen on the sky since age 11. He holds a membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), where he’s also a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Association, and Arrowhead Astronomical Society. He teaches community education astronomy classes at the local planetarium and recently had his second book published, Wonders of the Universe You Must See Before You Die about the best, must-see sky sights in the night sky.

Gary Boelhower selected as 2018/2020 Duluth Poet Laureate

Poet, author, and College of St. Scholastica professor emeritus Gary Boelhower has been selected as the 2018/2020 Duluth Poet Laureate. For the two-year post, Boelhower will organize five community events and participate in an inaugural reading and crowning ceremony on December 2nd, 2018 at Peace Church. He will receive a $3,000 honorarium for his efforts.

The Duluth Poet Laureate Project was founded in 2005 and is overseen by a ten-person committee. The mission of the Duluth Poet Laureate Project is to honor local poets and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of poetry. Past Duluth Poet Laureates include Bart Sutter, Sheila Packa, Jim Johnson (twice), Deborah Cooper, and Ellie Schoenfeld. The project is co-sponsored by donations from local organizations such as the Friends of the Duluth Public Library, the Arrowhead Reading Council, the English departments at UMD and CSS, Lake Superior College, Minnesota Public Radio, Lake Superior Writers, and many others.

Gary Boelhower’s first published poem appeared in the Wisconsin State Historical Society Magazine when he was in seventh grade. He has published three poetry collections: Naming Rites: Poems with Holy Cow! Press in 2017, Marrow, Muscle, Flight: Poems with Wildwood River Press in 2013 which won the Midwest Book Award, and Sacred Times, Timeless Seasons with Hi-Time Publishing in 1986. His poems have also been published in the following anthologies: Amethyst and Agate, The Heart of All That Is, The Cancer Poetry Project 2, Beloved on the Earth, Migrations, Trail Guide to the Northland Experience in Prints and Poetry, Response, and County Lines. He was awarded the Foley Prize in poetry from America magazine and a career development grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Gary lives in Duluth with his spouse Gary Anderson.

Meet LSW’s new intern, Joseph Schwartz

Joseph Schwartz


Joseph Schwartz, 23, is a writing major at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Until spring 2018, he attended Hamline University with a major in physics, when he switched to a writing degree. His dream is to become a science fiction and fantasy author. Joseph has also recently been dabbling in writing sci-fi horror poetry. Aside from writing, Joseph enjoys classical music, playing games (table-top, video, board, etc), knitting/crocheting, baking, reading, and stargazing. As part of his senior year, Joseph must complete an internship. This will be his second internship; he interned at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Alworth Planetarium the summer following his junior year of high school. This fall, Joseph will focus on writing and editing LSW’s newsletter NorthWords, attending LSW board meeting and taking minutes, and assisting at events. Please introduce yourself to Joseph at the Oct. 13 Writers Cafe!

Writing for Beginners
Workshop with Alice Marks
4 sessions Saturdays – starts Oct. 6

Alice Marks

This class is for the beginning writer; someone who has always wanted to write. Writers will be encouraged to write in their prefered genre as they learn some of the “tricks of the trade.” Each class will provide timed writing opportunities, including exercises and personal creating. Participants will learn the art of gentle critiquing as each reads and asks for critiques. While not denying that writing can be hard work, this class will stress the joy and therapeutic value of writing and strive to make the writing fun, rather than daunting, for each new writer.This is a four-session class, and will take place every Saturday morning in October 2018 (Oct 6, 13, 20, 27) from 10 am-12 pm at Duluth Sister Cities (the Lake Superior Writer’s office).

Cost: $50/LSW members, $85/non-LSW members (includes one-year Lake Superior Writers membership). Scholarships are available. To sign up, please email Jenna at JennaMKowaleski@gmail.com.


Oct 6 – Oct 27 10 am – 12:30 pm
“Playing With Poetic Forms”
Taught by Jan Chronister at WITC-Superior

Try your hand at using various poetic forms. Discover how being limited by a specific structure can actually be liberating! There will be examples, class discussion/feedback and weekly writing prompts and assignments. Submission opportunities will be shared. Class is held on Saturday Oct 6 – Oct 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $49.50 ($27 seniors) Please register in advance at http://www.witc.edu – Catalog # 60-801-600/course # 64342 (these numbers are needed to register).

Spirit Lake Poetry Series
Hieu Minh Nguyen
21 North Lake Ave., Duluth
Oct 13 (Sat) 7:30 pm
Prøve Gallery
21 N. Lake Ave., Duluth

Spirit Lake Poetry Series launches its 22nd year of hosting great poets for readings. Hieu Minh Nguyen, a queer Vietnamese American poet is featured on Oct. 13 at the Prøve Gallery. Hieu Minh Nguyen is a Kundiman fellow and a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine. His work has appeared in the Southern Indiana Review, Guernica, Ninth Letter, Devil’s Lake, Bat City Review, the Paris-American, and elsewhere. Hieu is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014) which was a finalist for both a Minnesota Book Awards and a Lambda Literary Awards. His newest collection, Not Here, was recently released via Coffee House Press in April of 2018. Praise for Not Here:

“‘Sometimes, to avoid / a catastrophe: the disappearance / of a limb / or relative, you must / make sure everything burns,’ we are told in Hieu Minh Nguyen’s Not Here. These brilliant poems illuminate those spaces between sincerity and mischief, vulnerability and audacity. Nguyen’s irrepressible warmth is fueled by honesty, longing, and curiosity. ‘Everything burns’ in this amazing collection. Not Here blazes and enlightens.” —Terrance Hayes

“Hieu Minh Nguyen’s fabulous book of poems, Not Here, is just one of those books you can’t stop reading. Nguyen is a magician with form, using a variety of forms as a way of searching and longing but never finding. This is a book about desire, about race, about sexual identity, about the slippage of memory, about culture. The writing is fierce and sad, and so skilled. It crackles. It is essential.”—Victoria Chang

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 (greysolonpress.com). 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 mkovacov@d.umn.edu

Literary events in our region

Oct 1 (Tonight) 6:30 pm. Words & Lyrics Open Mic, the monthly spoken word event at the Lyric Center for the Arts. This event is free and open to everyone and takes place the first Monday of each month. Read your own work, or work by a favorite writer, or come to enjoy. The First Stage Gallery, 510 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia, MN.

Oct 1 (Mon) 5:30-7:30 pm. Author Julie Schumacher will be signing books at Bookstore at Fitger’s. 600 E Superior St, Duluth. (218) 727-9077.

Oct 2 (Tues) 7 pm. Zenith Bookstore celebrates the release of Leif Enger‘s new novel Virgil Wander. Ten years in writing and so worth the wait! Enger, the author of the magical New York Times bestseller Peace Like a River, returns with an enchanting story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave., Duluth. (218) 606-1777.

Oct 3 (Wed) 6:30 pm. Cable Forest Lodge Library hosts poets Jan Chronister and Naomi Cohran reading from their work. Forest Lodge Public Library. 13450 Co Hwy M, Cable, WI. (715) 798-3189.

Oct 5 (Fri) 7-9 pm. Matt Goldman, the author of Broken Ice and Gone To Dust, will be holding a reading in the Spirit of the North Theatre at Fitger’s and then signing books. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. The ticket also includes a 5$ coupon for one of his books. Bookstore at Fitger’s. 600 E Superior St., Duluth. (218) 727-9077.

Oct 9 (Tues) 7-9 pm. Tony Dierckins and Pete Clure present Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better – The Historic Breweries of Duluth & Superior. Beaner’s Central Coffeehouse. 324 N. Central Ave, Duluth. (218) 624-5957.

Oct 10 (Wed) 6:45 pm. Old Brule Historical Society presents Peggy Trojan reading poems about her childhood in Brule during WWII from her award-winning chapbooks Free Range Kids and Homefront. Brule Town Hall. 5820 Maple St, Brule, WI. (715) 364-2523.

Oct 12 (Fri) 6-8 pm. Bookstore at Fitger’s is holding a family friendly 20 Years of Magic Harry Potter Celebration. Tickets are 11$ and can be purchased on Eventbrite. Children 3 and under are free with a paid adult. Children 10 and up may come unaccompanied. Adults do not have to pay for a ticket if they are just accompanying their child and are not participating. Bookstore at Fitger’s. 600 E Superior St., Duluth. (218) 727-9077.

Oct 14 (Sun) 2 pm. Second Sunday poets hold annual Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar publication reading. LSW member William Tecku and ten other northwestern Wisconsin poets will read their poems published in the 2019 Wisconsin Poets Calendar. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments. Samples of Tecku’s poetry and prose are on his website www.roadreflections.com. Drummond Public Library. 14990 Superior St, Drummond, WI. (715) 739-6290. For more information email janchronister@yahoo.com.

Oct 15 (Mon) 7 pm. Minnesota 1918 Fire Centennial. On the centennial of the 1918 Cloquet-Moose Lake fires, hear Curt Brown, author of Minnesota, 1918 – When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State. This is a story of trauma, tragedy, and perseverance in a year that proved to be a turning point in the making of modern America. Zenith Bookstore. 318 N Central Ave., Duluth. (218) 606-1777.

Oct 23 (Tue) 3 pm. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College hosts Jan Chronister reading from her full-length poetry collection “Caught between Coasts”. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. 2101 14th St, Cloquet, MN. (218) 879-0800. Contact dschummer@fdltcc.edu for more information.

Oct 23 (Tue) 5:30 pm. Danielle Sosin, an award-winning novelist and short story writer based in Duluth, will be giving a reading in the Jim Dan Hill Library Fireside Room at UW-Superior. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. Jim Dan Hill Library. 907 N 19th St, Superior, WI. (715) 394-8343.

Oct 24 (Wed) 6 pm. Full Moon Reading featuring Kate Fitzgerald. Join us outside around the bonfire to enjoy the spoken word and the rising moon at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais, 12 Wisconsin St, Grand Marais. (218) 387-3370

Oct 26 (Fri) 7-9 pm. Bookstore at Fitger’s is hosting a 21+ Harry Potter Celebration at the Boatclub. Tickets are 25$ and can be purchased on Eventbrite. Since it is a 21+ event attendees need to bring an I.D. 600 E Superior St, Duluth. (218) 727-9077.

Oct 28 (Sun) 2-4 pm. Author and Duluth watercolor artist Samantha Nielsen will be at Zenith Bookstore for Q&A and signing of her first book 5-Minute Watercolor: Super Quick Techniques For Amazing Watercolor Drawings. Zenith Bookstore. 318 N Central Ave., Duluth (218) 606-1777.

Oct 30 (Tue) 7 pm. Author Mary Casanova and illustrator Nick Wroblewski will be at Zenith Bookstore for a reading and signing of their new book Hush Hush, Forest. In Hush, Hush, Forest, lyrical words and elegant woodcuts capture the quiet beauty of the forest as day fades to night and autumn gives way to the North Woods winter. Zenith Bookstore. 318 N Central Ave., Duluth. (218) 606-1777.

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 www.timearctheatrellc.com.

KUDOS – News about our members

Florence Barry is a member of Nonfiction Authors Association and is part of their launch team as a beta-reader.  They recently published The Nonfiction Book Publishing Plan by Stephanie Chandler and Karl W. Palachuk. Learn more about the book at www.NonfictionBookPublishingPlan.com ; available at Amazon.com.

Jan Chronister has poems appearing or forthcoming in Your Daily Poem, Peacock Journal, Quiet Storm, Minute Magazine and Wisconsin Bards Again Hunger. One of her poems was selected to be part of a gallery event and publication at the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau.

Carol Dunbar had a short essay of hers animated by the production team at WPR/WPT. The piece is called Mama Bear, and the live animation (which takes 4 minutes to watch) is called “New Moms – One Human, One Bear – Have An Encounter In The Woods.” The artwork was done by illustrator Rodney Lambright II. Watch it here.

Crystal S. Gibbins’ eco-poem “Rescue” was published in Issue 4 of Parentheses Journal. You can find it here.

Naomi Musch, award-winning, northern Wisconsin based author, announces the publication of her new novel Mist O’er the Voyageur, a romance of the fur trade and the Great Lakes voyageurs. Desperate to flee a cruel suitor, Metis woman Brigitte Marchal flees into the wilderness to find her long-lost, fur-trader father. But who will save her from the dangers of being a woman among a voyageurs’ brigade? The book releases from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas on October 10th, 2018 and is available for pre-order. Naomi will be one of the featured writers on the October 6th LSW panel discussing “Getting Started”.

Opportunities & announcements

Split Rock Review is excited to announce the release of Issue 11 (Fall 2018):  https://www.splitrockreview.org/issue-11-fall-cover/ – Crystal S. Gibbins, PhD, Editor of Split Rock Review.

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

Oct 17 (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, r.a.savary@gmail.com.

Oct 18 (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 marakirkhart13@gmail.com

Oct 21 (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 northstar02@charter.net.