September 2016 NorthWords

woman-and-microphone2 NIGHTS. 2 OPEN MICS.
LSW September Open Mics

Sept 12 (Mon) at Amazing Grace Bakery & Cafe
394 South Lake Avenue, Canal Park, Duluth
Sign up: 5:30-6 pm; Reading: 6-7 pm
Featured genre: Prose

Sept 13 (Tue) at Cast Iron Bar & Grill
5906 Old Miller Trunk Highway, Pike Lake
Sign up: 5:30-6 pm; Reading: 6-7 pm
Featuring: Open Genre

We recently invited LSW members to help us plan an ongoing Open Mic that would inspire regular attendance and participation. 23% of surveyed members responded with great suggestions for future events and ideas we hope to incorporate.  We learned that the majority of members would like to attend an open mic once a month in locations that are truly “open” to the public.  Most prefer coffee shops or a bar and grille with free parking and is centrally located.

And after struggling with either no mic or a borrowed sound system at some recent gatherings, the good news is Lake Superior Writers has purchased a brand-new sound system! For September, we would like to try an experiment to set the direction for our immediate plans—and we need your participation to make it work. You’re invited to attend either or both events if you can, as readers and/or audience members. We’ll follow up with you through email to get your feedback about the locations. If you plan to read, come with a very short bio that the host will use to introduce you, a sentence or two (or short passage/poem) written by another writer who inspires you, and your piece. Time allotted will be determined by how many readers sign up but it’s always a good idea to think in terms of 5 minutes maximum for your own work. You’re invited to arrive early at Amazing Grace to purchase beverages and light snacks. Arrive early or stay late at Cast Iron where a full menu and bar are open and you’re encouraged to mingle in writerly camaraderie.

Directions to Cast Iron Bar & Grille: North from Duluth on Highway 53. Just past Midway Road intersection, turn right on Solway Road, approx.  3 blocks to corner of Solway and Old Miller Trunk. (Some of you may remember this business location as the old Le Grand Supper Club.)

For those who would like a writing prompt for new work to read: Imagine a character who is recounting a recent situation.The character starts out saying, “We didn’t expect a flood. The rain started…….” Mark your calendars, open your notebooks, and plan to share your work and your feedback. See you there!  And there!

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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: Finalist judge:  Linda LeGarde Grover.



Bart Sutter (right) and his brother Ross will tour their poetry and music show “North Country Characters” for the Arrowhead Regional Library System between the 7th and 15th of September. They will appear at the following public libraries: Babbit, 9/7, 1 p.m.; Ely, 9/7, 3:30 p.m.; Virginia, 9/8, noon; Two Harbors, 6:30 p.m.; Grand Marais, 9/9, 6 p.m.; Cloquet, 9/10, 10:30 a.m.; Moose Lake, 1 p.m.; Hibbing, 9/12, 1 p.m.; Calumet, 9/12, 6 p.m.; Hoyt Lakes, 9/13, 6 p.m.; Baudette, 9/14, 6 p.m.; Eveleth, 9/15, 1 p.m.; West Duluth, 9/15, 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Sept 10 (Sat) 5 pm – Writer’s Salon with Lucie Amundsen, author of Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm—From Scratch at Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais. Lucie will share a multi-media presentation on her farm and stories from her entertaining and thought-provoking book. Come learn about chickens and the egg business! More info on the book at

Sept 12 (Mon) 6-7:30 pm – The Grand Marais Writers Guild in the Cook County Co-op Meeting Room. We write from prompts and talk about our writing projects. For anyone who writes anything.  Led by Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux. Questions? Email

Sept 12 (Mon) 6:30 pm – Words & Lyrics open mic at the Lyric Annex, 516 Chestnut St., downtown Virginia. Writers, poets, lovers of the written and spoken word – bring your own writing or a favorite work of poetry, essay or short story to read, or come sit back, listen and enjoy. This month’s prompt for open mic is “Back to School.” Bring a friend and introduce them to the experience of the Spoken Word!

Sept 15 (Thur) 7-9 pm – Spoken Word Open Mic at Beaner’s Central. Featured Guest TBA. Show up to sign up for up to 10 minutes on the stage! Or just relax and listen.  Fun trivia and prizes & half-priced wine. Every 3rd Thursday!

Sept 16 (Fri) 7 pm – Full Moon Reading with Erin Watson at Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais. Erin will bring poetry into the present as she reads selections from some of the most critically acclaimed female poets of the last five years, including Nayyirah Waheed, Ada Limón, Jorie Graham and others. Come enjoy the full moon and treat your ears to something new! Erin received BAs in Cultural Anthropology and English Literature in 2008 and has since then continued her studies of storytelling and the human experience through travel, farming, theater, as a birth doula and more recently as a mother. She believes our internal landscapes to be at least as complex and exciting to explore as any sea floor or lunar surface and equally as dangerous. Erin lives in Grand Marais with her young son where she plays outside, practices yoga, and occasionally writes. Her short collection of Poems The Smallest Heart Wins the Day is available for purchase at Drury Lane Books.

Sept 17 (Sat)  5 pm – Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books, Grand Marais with local author and storyteller Rose Arrowsmith Decoux, who will read from her middle-grade book The Marvelous Imagination of Kate Addams.  More info on Rose and her book at

Sept 22 (Thur) 7 pm – Duluth author Mark Munger is pleased to announce the launch of his latest novel, Boomtown, a legal thrilller/murder mystery set in Ely, Minnesota. A young woman working a copper/nickel mining site is dead. Is her death due to accident or eco-terrorism? Join Mark, Heidi Holtan of KAXE radio, and folk musicians Bill and Kate Isles for an evening of words and music. At the Theater of the North in the Fitger’s complex, Duluth. Cash bar. Free appetizers. Signed books and CDs for sale. Free and open to the public. Invite your friends and make a night of it!

Sept 24 (Sat) – Cable Fall Fest 10-4 pm – James Brakken, author of 7 historical fiction titles set near Lake Superior will be showing and signing his books. Several authors and many crafters, food vendors, and entertainers will join him at this annual celebration. Brakken’s latest book about the Chief Buffalo and Benjamin Armstrong will be featured. See more at

william-kent-kruegerOct 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.”

Sept 30 (Fri) 7-8:30 pm – Publication launch of Fire in the Village: New and Selected Stories (Holy Cow! Press, 2016) by Anishinabe-Ojibwe story-teller Anne M. Dunn at at Trepanier Hall, AICHO, 212 W. 2nd St., Duluth. The event is free and open to the public. Fire in the Village gathers together 75 stories from Anne’s out-of-print collections and includes 25 new stories. The cover art and interior illustrations are created by Anne’s daughter, Annette Humphrey, who is also a musician and will perform with her mother at the publication event. Anne and Annette live in Deer Lake, Minnesota near the Leech Lake reservation. As noted author and critic Beverly Slapin has commented, “Everyone knows a circle has no beginning and no end. In Fire in the Village, Anishinabe elder and wisdom-sharer Anne M. Dunn shows us a world in which everything in Creation has life, in which everything has volition, in which everything needs to be thanked and respected. It’s a world inhabited by mischievous Little People and wise elders; by four-leggeds, two-leggeds, flying nations, swimmers and those who creep; by hovering spirits and the children who can see them, and by haunting flashbacks that just won’t go away. Like points in a circle, each story has a place that informs the whole. Here are 75 stories of how things came to be and how the humans (some of them, anyway) came to understand their responsibilities to all Creation. Stories of how the Little People can make huge things happen and how elders and children may be the only ones who understand and respect them. Stories about why butterflies are beautiful but can’t sing, why Tamarack drops its needles in winter, and why, every season, Anishinabeg give great thanks to the sap-giving maple trees. And gut-wrenching stories of the horrors inflicted on innocent little children in the Indian residential schools and stories of internalized racism and stories of good, loving parents who have alcoholism.”254 pages, $18.00, available from local bookstores or through For additional information, please contact Holy Cow! Press, 218-724-1653;

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 and use the Classfinder button on the left. Use keyword “Poetry” and class will come up. Contact Jan at with questions.

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.”

KUDOS – News about our members

Curt Bush just published From Blueberries to Blue Seas…Sailing Adventures of a Midwest Farmer and is holding a publication launch party on Mon. Sept. 18 2 pm at Spirit Lake Marina in West Duluth (Riverside Community). Refreshments will be served.

“Stripped”  by Mark Maire was featured on August 30 as poem of the day on Verse Daily:

Alice Marks is one of nine authors in the anthology Magic Unveiled, to be released in October by publisher Creative Alchemy, Inc. Alice’s short story is called “Three Wishes.”

Liz Minette’s poetry was published in the recent ‘zine Barbaric Yawp, out of Russell, NY.

Mark Munger is pleased to announce the launch of his latest novel, Boomtown, a legal thrilller/murder mystery set in Ely, Minnesota. A young woman working a copper/nickel mining site is dead. Is her death due to accident or eco-terrorism? Join Mark, Heidi Holtan of KAXE radio, and folk musicians Bill and Kate Isles for an evening of words and music. 9/22/2016 at 7:00pm at The Theater of the North in the Fitger’s complex. Cash bar. Free appetizers. Signed books and CDs for sale. Free and open to the public. Invite your friends and make a night of it!

Lou Zywicki Prudhomme’s story “The House that Ernie Built” will be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul Angels and Miracles. The book will come out the middle of November.

One of Karen Turner’s poems will be published in Vol. 25 of Talking Stick on Sept. 17: “Art Therapist at the Home.”

Marie Zhuikov was interviewed on KUWS Radio on August 12th’s Nine O’Clock Meltdown show. She discussed her novels, how she found a publisher, and the mysterious process that is creative writing. She also gave some plugs to Lake Superior Writers! Find the two-part interview on her website:  Marie will  be reading a poem at the Talking Stick 25 Book Release Party, Sept. 18 in Park Rapids, MN. She was also accepted to sell her books at the Afton Art Fair, Sept. 24 in Afton, MN.

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 (FYI, Pete is a cousin of writer Tony Bukoski).

Writer seeks authors to join in reading at Cotton School

In 2015, I applied for and received an artist’s project grant from the Five Wings Arts Council to complete my first novel Saving the Ghost. The grant included readings or an author talk, some way to share the work with the community. For the purposes of this inquiry, I am expanding the boundaries of community beyond central Minnesota, to include St. Louis County. Why? The novel is placed in a fictional town of Capitol, based loosely on the actual township of Brimson, MN. I lived in Canyon, MN for two years and attended Cotton School on Highway 53. I recently learned that the school has been reborn as a community center for small businesses, food and artists. You can read an overview here:!restoring-community/c1p9f  I would like to offer a reading or author talk at the school but before contacting the staff about this, I am checking in with your organization to learn if there might be other authors in that surrounding area who could join me – maybe make a Saturday event. Interested? Contact me at Thanks! – Maggie Fuller. (Blogging at

Playwright seeks baseball-themed scripts

Award and festival-winning playwright and poet seeks scripts. Looking for short, 1-20 minutes, baseball themed plays to accompany my play “Dugout Memories” to make a complete evening of baseball-themed plays. Currently have not set a deadline. No restrictions on content except plays must have a baseball theme. Contact Jerry-Mac Johnston with questions or submissions.  Hard copies submit to 1438 S. Arcadia, Springfield, MO  65804 or email attachments to Jerry-Mac is a member of the Springfield (MO) Writer’s Guild

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
To register:
For more info, please contact MaryJo at 715-682-1392 or

LSW Open Writing Groups

News from Novel Ideas: The group has decided to suspend our meetings until some time next year. Watch NorthWords for information about the group starting up again.

Sept 8 (Thur) 10 am-noon – The Ink Slingers will resume meeting. We will start with a brunch, followed by reading and critiquing our work. The topic: “What I did this summer” told in 100 words or less. For information, contact Alice Marks

Sept 15 (Thur), 11 a.m. Writers’ Square Table. Topic: Dreaming your book. Place: Sami Center, 4915 E. Superior Street, Ste# 205. Enter from Pitt Street. All are welcome.

Sept 18 (Sun) 1:30 pm – Memoir Group – We will meet at the home of Mara Hart, 205 W. Kent Road, Duluth. All are welcome.

Sept 21 (Wed) The Wednesday Writers Group will meet at Enger Park this month for potluck and conversation, with the more structured workshop portion from 6 – 8 pm (or too dark to see!) Bad weather option will be the Board of Trade space, 6-8 pm only.

LSW Editing & Mentoring 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 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