The Arrowhead Library System presents "Every Voice Matters: For Absolute Beginners," a free Zoom poetry writing workshop for ages 8 and older conducted by COMPAS Teaching Artist and Poetry Slam Champion Danny Solis. This workshop will be offered 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday March 24 and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 25.

This 2-hour workshop is designed for aspiring writers/performers with little or no experience writing and/or performing poetry. Beginning with simple prompts and physical/vocal warm-up techniques, this workshop is about getting comfortable with the idea of putting your feelings and thoughts on paper and speaking them to others. Both formal and free verse techniques will be explored. Finding one's voice, artistic intentionality, and discovering and sharing the work of famous poets will be covered.

There is a participation cap set at 25 attendees and pre-registration is required. To register, go to and select the session you would like to attend or call ALS at 218-741-3840. Zoom log-in information will be sent out 24 hours prior to the online workshop. The registration deadline for all events is Sunday, March 21. It's free.

Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., offers Zenith Reads meets at 6 p.m. April 6, to discuss "The Nickel Boys" by Colson Whitehead. Email with "Zenith Reads" in the subject line to register. Call 218-606-1777 with questions.

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  • Lake Superior Writers is accepting entries for its annual writing contest. Categories: Poetry (1 to 3 poems), short-short fiction (1 or 2 submissions of up to 500 words), short fiction (a single submission of 1,500-2,500 words), and creative nonfiction (a single submission of 1,500-2,500 words). First place winner in each category will receive $200 and publication on the LSW website. Runner-up in each category will receive $50. The theme is “lockdown.” Writers may interpret this theme as broadly as they wish. You might write about the tension found in everyday experiences or the profound struggles faced by people, resulting in a feeling of being in “lockdown” or actually being in lockdown. The LSW Writing Contest is open to adults age 18 and older. Entry is free for LSW members; $35 for non-members, which includes membership in LSW. Graphic content that is violent or sexual in nature is prohibited. Deadline: April 12. For more information, go to

  • The Duluth Dylan Fest Planning Committee announces a poetry contest to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday on May 24, 2021. All entries must use one of two titles: “Miles from Home” or “Changing Course.” The point of the contest is to celebrate Dylan’s life, music, writing, artistry – in short, some aspect of Bob Dylan’s 80 years – using one of these two overarching phrases as the title of your poem. Two grand prize winners will each receive $200 and be the featured poems at a poetry reading during the week of the Duluth Dylan Fest. The two runner-up poems for each of the two titles will receive $50 and will also be read at the poetry event as well. Two or three additional contestants may be invited to read their poems at the reading and will receive gift certificates.

Poems must be formatted in doc or docx. Poems must be in regular 12-pt Times New Roman font. Poems must be double-spaced and fit on one 8.5 x 11 page. Personal identification must not appear anywhere in the manuscript. A $15 reading fee must accompany each poem. Multiple poems may be entered, but each poem must be submitted separately and accompanied by the $15 entry fee. Poems and entry fee must be postmarked and mailed not later than May 1 to:

Dylan Poetry Contest

c/o Fitzpatrick

1609 E 6th St.

Duluth, MN 55812

Make checks payable to: Duluth Dylan Fest

Poems may also be submitted at and the $15 fee paid with PayPal @ duluthdylanfest or Deadline: May 1.

Members of the Duluth Dylan Fest Committee are ineligible. Winners will be notified and posted on the DDF Facebook page by May 15. Judging will be done by Duluth poet, Don Dass. Don is a published poet, one of the founding members of the Duluth Dylan Fest Committee, and a prime mover in persuading the City of Duluth to designate a section of Highway 61 as "Bob Dylan Way."


Title: "Undiscovered Country"

Author: Lin Enger

Synopsis: On a cold November afternoon in northern Minnesota, seventeen-year-old Jesse Matson finds his hunting partner -- his father -- sprawled on the forest floor, dead of a rifle wound. Authorities rule it a suicide, but Jesse is not convinced. Haunted by the ghost of his dad, and compelled by recently unearthed secrets, he is forced to wrestle with questions of justice and retribution even as he tries to hold his family, and himself, together.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Cost: $16.95

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