October 2019 NorthWords

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Saturday, Oct 5, 2019

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Superior Public Library

Get it Write! asks, “What do writers often get wrong about the day-to-day of their characters’ professions?” So often we think we know what an average day would look like, but due to books, TV, and other antiquated assumptions, what details are we overlooking? How do we miss the mark?

This panel brings in professionals from across the area to discuss how they and their professions are misrepresented in literature today. The panel includes a news reporter, librarian, IT security expert, judge and a local entrepreneur. Learn the inside scoop of the day-to-day to make your crucial characters that much more realistic.

This panel is free and open to the public.

2019 Manuscript Swap!

Looking for feedback on your latest manuscript from a peer? Willing to provide feedback to another local writer in return?

open-books-2We hope you’ll attend our annual Manuscript Swap on Saturday, October 5! Some guidelines, including word count, have been adjusted since last year. For complete details visit: Manuscript Swap

Clean Up Your Manuscript or Writing! – Workshop

November 16, 2019

9 am – noon

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 jennamkowaleski@gmail.com. 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

October 12 (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

Oct 5 (Sat) 3:00 pm – Phil Fitzpatrick and Penny Perry. Duluth writer Phil Fitzpatrick reads from his book Hawks on High: Everyday Miracles in a Hawk Ridge Season, and local artist, Penny Perry describes her process for the drawings in the book. Both writer and artist will be available for questions and for autographing. See flyer. Northwind Book and Fiber, 205 Walnut St, Spooner, WI.

Oct 13 (Sun) 2:00 pm – Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar Reading – This annual reading for the Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar will be preceded by an open mic. Please sign up to read before the event. Local poets published in the calendar will each read several poems. Refreshments and sale of calendars and poetry books will follow the reading. Funded in part by a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation. Free and open to the public. Drummond Public Library, 14990 Superior St, Drummond, WI.

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

Oct 6 (Sun) 2:00 pm – Poetry Reading: Sharon Chmierlarz, Laurie Allmann. Sharon Chmielarz and Laurie Allmann will present their new collections of poetry. Chmielarz’s The J Horoscope is a re-imagining of stories from Genesis which were collected by “J.” Allmann’s collection An Hour From Now is steeped in field biology and the environmental sciences, and offers intimate glimpses of a natural world that has its own integrity and value apart from our comprehension of it.

poetry2 - Bob DobrowOct 10 (Thurs) 7:00 pm – Poetry Evening with Joyce Sutphen, Connie Wanek, and Louis Jenkins. A triple-header evening of poetry, with three esteemed poets, each with intimate connections to Duluth and the Northlands. Music by Wendy Durrwachter and Adam Sippola. Sutphen and Jenkins will present new poetry books. Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N 11th Ave E, Duluth, MN.

Oct 27 (Sun) 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Indigenous Peoples Poetry Reading – Please join us for an indigenous peoples poetry reading featuring Linda LeGarde Grover, Kimberly Blaeser, and Rocky Makes Room for Them. Organized by Duluth Poet Laureate Gary Boelhower, the event includes an invitation for other indigenous people to share a poem or two as part of the open mic portion of the event. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and books by the poets will be available for purchase. For further information, please contact Gary Boelhower, gboelhower@msn.com. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 202 W 2nd St, Duluth, MN.



Teaching, Testing, and Texts: Homeschool Writing Classes – Oct 1 (Tues) 11:15 am High School/1:00 pm Middle School – Homeschoolers learn how to write better when they are in groups. These classes are taught by experienced writing teachers and focus on literature, analysis and learning how to use the most effective writing tools possible. Please contact Sara Floerke. 218/340-5302 or sarafloerke@gmail.com. $120/semester for high school class; $100/semester for middle school class. House of Refuge, 115 W Myrtle St, Duluth, MN.

Poetry Corner – Oct 3 (Thurs) 6:30 – 8:30 pm – As a follow-up to a poetry forms class Alice Mark’s taught last spring through Duluth Community Ed, she is offering a four-session class for poets interested in hanging out with other poets to read and listen to original poetry. All poets are welcome to register through Community ED at 218-336-8760. $25 for four classes. Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W 3rd St, Duluth, MN.

Writing Your Heritage – Oct 12 (Sat) 9:30 am – 3:00 pm – A book writing workshop with authors and publishers Thomas Peacock, Betsy-Albert Peacock, and Marlene Wisuri featuring information on developing a book idea, book proposals, researching and illustrating, finding an editor and publisher, marketing, and more. Workshop is limited to 20 participants. Register by email to samicenterna@gmail.com. See flyer. Free with lunch and snacks provided. Sami Cultural Center, 4915 E Superior St #205, Duluth, MN. Visitors use Pitt St entrance.

Dakota and Ojibwe Book Publishing Opportunity – The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) are seeking up to four writers for a series of third-grade level books highlighting the history and experiences of influential Dakota and Ojibwe people: leaders, healers, culture-keepers, and other notable figures. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 14 and writers selected for this project will be announced in fall 2019. The series will be co-edited by award-winning Minnesota authors Heid Erdrich and Gwen Westerman. To learn more, visit here.

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: www.splitrockreview.org/press.

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: www.splitrockreview.org/submit.


Superior Poet Laureate – The newly formed Superior Poet Laureate committee is seeking local poets interesting in serving as Superior’s poet laureate. For application materials and more information, contact wfoppres@gmail.com.

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: www.splitrockreview.org/submit or www.flexiblepub.com.



KUDOS – News about our members

White Lies in Wisconsin Cover - Paul BunyanDuluth native Joe Field recently published a political thriller, White Lies in Wisconsin. It’s the third book in the Cooper Smith series, largely based in Wisconsin, and it’s available now on Amazon . ‘When the governor of Wisconsin’s mistress is found dead of apparent suicide, a long-time political operative sets off a chain of events across the state in his quest for the governor’s throne in Madison. For Minnesota Public Radio reporter Cooper Smith, this is more than a hot story—the governor’s mistress was his coworker, and he suspects foul play. Dismissed by law enforcement, Smith makes it his personal mission to resolve the woman’s death and figure out who is behind all of the chaos in the Badger State—all the while trying to make it out before someone turns him into sliced cheddar.’ For more information on Field and his books please visit: joefield.net

Katherine Schaefer’s essay, “Ring,” which appeared in the Tampa Review 55/56, has been named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2019.

Marie Zhuikov’s story entitled “Tucarora Lake Enchantment” was published in the Fall issue of the Boundary Waters Journal.


Open LSW Writing Groups

Oct 9 (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  https://www.facebook.com/northshorepoets/ for more information. This is a free event held monthly at Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN.

Oct 16 (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, r.a.savary@gmail.com.

Oct 20 (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.