September 2017 NorthWords

Writer’s Café
Sept 9 (Sat) 9-11 am
Perk Place, 1336 West Arrowhead, Duluth

You’re invited to join your fellow writers at LSW’s brand new Writers’ Café—a place to meet LSW members, discuss what you’re working on or just get out of your house and write! Once a month, we will meet at Perk Place at our reserved table. The format is casual. Just bring your notebook, grab a coffee and let’s chat about writing. This month’s host is LSW board member Jenna Kowaleski.

Community Book Fair & Zenith Bookstore Grand Opening
Sept 16 (Sat) 1-4 pm
318 N. Central Ave., Duluth

Zenith Bookstore will host a Grand Opening Book Fair on Saturday, September 16. The public event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., filling the parking lot between the independent bookshop and Beaner’s Central Coffeehouse in West Duluth. As the school year begins, and families return to the Twin Ports after a slew of busy summer weekends, it’s the ideal time to recognize the role books play in our lives. The event will welcome Minnesota talent, both literary and musical, including a curated lineup of local authors. Psychological suspense writer Brian Freeman will discuss Marathon, his newest title, and give the first-ever sneak preview of the Duluth-based Jonathan Stride book Alter Ego. Lorna Landvik, Minneapolis author and comedian, will delve into her journey as a novelist.

Also featured will be three-time Minnesota Book Award winner Barton Sutter and Award-winning Anishinaabe author Linda LeGarde Grover. Duluth singer-songwriter Teague Alexy will offer a live performance. Writing organizations, publishers and other groups will fill booths over the course of the afternoon. To support reading programs in the Twin Ports, 10% of sales from all venders will go to the Big Red Bookshelf, a community resource meant to increase access to books. Readers can learn more about Zenith Bookstore’s Grand Opening Book Fair by visiting, or by following Zenith Bookstore on Facebook and Instagram (@zenithbookstore).

About Poetry in the Jail
by Deborah Cooper

Lake Superior Writers has been a sponsor of the Poetry in the Jail for over 10 years
For the last nine years, I have had the privilege of teaching poetry classes at the St Louis County Jail. Ann Niedringhaus was my teaching partner before moving to St Paul. Since then, I have worked with Gary Boelhower. Twice a month, we offer two classes, one for the women and another for the men. Group size varies from week to week, with anywhere from two to twenty participants. Some folks arrive with poems in hand, pieces they’ve been working on between sessions. Others might write and share their very first poem in class that day. As they read their work to the group, as they listen and respond to one another’s words, a sense of caring community is created.

Each year, thanks to the generosity and support of Lake Superior Writers, we have been able to put together a booklet of the collected poems, “Call of the Loon.” This is a highlight for the poets whose work is included. The booklet, with its words of brokenness, resiliency and hope, is distributed to all who participate in poetry classes over the following year. It is also shared with many of the County Jail and Criminal Justice Staff.

Literary events in our region

Sept 5 (Tue) 6-8 pm – Harvest Moon Event by Two Harbors Celestial Celebrations provides poetry, live music, and an astronomer with telescope viewing, as well as free coffee and pie from Betty’s at the Break Wall (near the Light House) in Two Harbors. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Two Harbors Community Center. Contact Shelley for more information: (612) 910-8496

Sept 6 (Wed), 7 pm – Full Moon Reading – Nordic Tales – with the SVEA Singers (Rose Arrowsmith Decoux, Erika Ternes, Yvonne Mills and Erin Swenson-Klatt), an acapella folk group. Join us for songs around the bonfire.

Sept 8 (Fri) 5-7 pm – Opening reception for Reservation Pop: Wendy Red Star Reception + The Artist as Culture Producer Lecture, Book Signing, & Workshop at the Duluth Art Institute (DAI) in the Morrison Gallery. Lecture & Book Signing with Wendy Red Star & Sharon Louden: Fri., Sept. 8, 7 pm at The Underground. Artist Workshop with Sharon Louden: Sat., Sept. 9, 10 a.m. at DAI Lincoln Center. Exhibit on view Sept 7 – Nov 12. New work by Wendy Red Star–an artist based in Portland, OR–will travel from Bethel University’s Olson Gallery in St. Paul to the DAI. Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. The exhibit is part of a multi-tiered program led by Red Star and Sharon Louden, presented on the occasion of Louden’s book tour for The Artist as Cultural Producer, which features 40 artists including Red Star. Directly following the exhibit opening reception, the two artists will present a lecture addressing harmful stereotypes about artists and discussing the ways that artists contribute to communities. Zenith Bookstore will be on site at DAI Galleries selling the book during the reception, and they will carry it in the store. This series is supported by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation’s Anishinaabe Fund and John T. & Elizabeth C. Adams Arts Fund; as well as the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Department of American Indian Studies.

Sept 9 (Sun) 3 pm – Karpeles Museum Coffee, Cake, and Chamber Music Series begins September 9th with the song cycle “Fields and Prairies” by Minnesota composer Jocelyn Hagen. Hagen chose poems of perennial rebirth inspired by the Minnesota landscape. Three poems by Emily Dickinson set to song by Aaron Copland will complete the concert by Jennifer LaDoux, soprano, and Sam Black, pianist. The concerts in this series occur on the first Sunday of the month through May (except Sun Jan 1).

Sept 9 (Sat), 7 pm – Writers Salon with Marcie Rendon & Nora Murphy, authors of Murder on the Red River and White Birch, Red Hawthorn

Sept 11 (Mon) 6:30 pm – Monthly spoken word event Words and Lyrics will be an open mic at Lyric Center for the Arts, 516 Chestnut Street, downtown Virginia, MN.

Sept 11 (Mon) 4:30 pm – Julie Berry, young adult author of The Emperor’s Ostrich & The Passion of Dolssa will be signing books. The Passion of Dolssa is a 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor title, a New York Times Notable Book and a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Barnes & Nobel, Miller Hill Mall, Duluth.

Sept 13 (2nd Wed) 6-8 pm – Northshore Poets and Writers meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Two Harbors Public Library. All genres welcome. See our facebook page to message us, or call Shelley at (612) 910-8496 for more information.

Sept 16-29 – Poetry-inspired Art Show at Washburn Cultural Center, Washburn, Wisconsin. Exhibit of art inspired by three poems (two by Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston and one by Bayfield Poet Laureate Howard Paap). Gallery open Wed through Sun, 11-4, no admission.

Sept 14 (Thur) 6:30 pm – James Brakken will present a slideshow about the focus of his latest novel Alias Ray Olson, the Complete Story behind the 1939 Chequamegon Forest Manhunt at the Webster, WI library. To schedule a talk in your community contact James at

Sept 17 (Sun) 2-4 pm – Opening Reception for Dovetailed Corners: Photographs by Marlene Wisuri and J.C. Hendricks will be exhibited at the Nordic Center, 23 North Lake Avenue, Duluth, Sept 17 – Oct 15. Amateur photographer J. C. Hendricks began taking pictures of his Finnish neighbors in Balsam Township in northern Itasca County around 1912. He photographed their homesteads and families for several years. Many years later his granddaughter, Marlene Wisuri, photographed the remnants of the Finnish immigrant experience for an on-going documentary project and the book Dovetailed Corners, which was done with Finnish-American poet and two-time Duluth poet laureate Jim Johnson and published by Holy Cow! Press. This exhibit was first produced in 1996 with assistance from Finlandia Foundation National and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

Sept 17 (Sun) 3 pm – Publication release party of Blue Window: Poems by Deborah Gordon Cooper (Clover Valley Press) at Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E., Duluth. Music provided by the Mood Swings (Jody Anderson and Lynn Brasgala) and pianist Steve Coll. Deborah Cooper was granted a residency at the Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat in County Kerry, Ireland, and she looked out from the loft of a stone cottage through a blue-framed window as she crafted a number of the poems collected in this volume.  Cooper was Duluth Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014. Blue Window is her sixth volume of poetry.

Sept 23 (Sat) – James Brakken will be signing his latest novel, Alias Ray Olson, the Complete Story behind the 1939 Chequamegon Forest Manhunt at the Hayward, WI, Fall Fest.

Sept 26, 7 p.m. Author Event: Louis Jenkins will read from his new poetry collection In the Sun, Out of the Wind. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., Duluth.

Sept 29-30 (Fri-Sat) – Reading and Poetry Workshop by Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston at Washburn Cultural Center, Washburn, WI and Bayfield Carnegie Library, Bayfield, WI. Reception Fri Sept 29, 6-9 pm at Washburn Cultural Center. 7 pm program includes a reading of the poems that inspired the art exhibit, art awards, and a poetry reading by Karla Huston; free event. Sat Sept 30, 10 am – Karla Huston Poetry Workshop at Bayfield Carnegie Library, Bayfield, Wisconsin. No fee. Registration requested, call library at 715-779-3953. Details at

Sept 30 (Sat) – James Brakken will be signing his latest novel, Alias Ray Olson, the Complete Story behind the 1939 Chequamegon Forest Manhunt at the Cable Fall Fest.

Sept 30 (Sat) 7 pm – Writer’s Salon with poet Richard Broderick, author of Jesus of Walmart: Poems.

Sept 30 (Sat) 11 am – Sarah Bamford Seidelmann will be signing Swimming with Elephants. This is a fundraiser for Rolling Readers, a local non-profit organization that volunteers reading in to children area schools.

Sept 30 (Sat), 7 pm – Author Event: Chris Monroe will read from her new book The Monkey With A Tool Belt And The Silly School Mystery. 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 or call the number on the website for each campus. Contact Jan at with questions.

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

KUDOS – News about our members

Joshua Bernstein’s novel Rachel’s Tomb won the 2017 AWP Award Series Prize and is forthcoming from New Issues Press.

Holy Cow! Press announces the publication of Winds & Currents: Native American Stories—Retold and Illustrated by Joan Henrik. Duluth-based visual artist Joan Henrik has been profoundly inspired by the legends and stories that had their origins in native folklore. Native people come from an oral narrative tradition which has always been a sacred process, because it provided the people with social, cultural, and historical contexts. The oral narrative has acted as a social cohesive for the entire tribe and constitutes the cultural grounding of indigenous people for thousands of years. Motivated by these stories, 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 in Duluth, Minnesota, where she attended the University of Minnesota. 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. 36 pages, full color throughout, perfectbound paperback, $15.95. Available at local retailers,, and at

Naomi Musch

Naomi Musch and Desert Breeze Publishing announce the publication of the first book in a new series that remembers life on the home front in northwestern Wisconsin before, during, and after WWI. The series, Echoes of the Heart, kicks off with Book One: The Deepest Sigh. Naomi will be signing books on September 27th at the Solon Springs Fall Equinox Festival. She is also available for interviews and to speak to your group. Visit her at

Helene Phelps has recorded three of her essays at Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Wisconsin Life” website. They can be found at Anyone who wishes to submit an essay about Wisconsin can do so via the website as well.

Marie Zhuikov was interviewed on Minnesota Reads about the LSW anthology Going Coastal and Lake Superior Writers, they can access it here:


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/

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 or email 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 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 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 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 and we’ll include you in an upcoming issue. (And thanks for joining!)

Open LSW writing groups

Sept 14 (Thur) 11 am – Writers Square Table will meet a week early this month because of Rosh Hashanah. The topic: Writing Your Author Bio. Sami Center of North America, 4915 E. Superior St., Ste. 205.  (Enter from Pitt St.) All are welcome.

Sept 17 (Sun) 1:30 pm – Memoir Group will meet at the home of Mara Hart, 205 W. Kent Road. All are welcome.

Sept 20 (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

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