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It is 10:34pm on Friday, September 22nd 2017

August 21st 2005

We had a great meeting today. Present were: Sharon, Tarah, Russ, LuAnn, Jerry and Matt.

The next meeting will be on Sunday, September 25 from 1:30 to 4 at Beagle Books in Park Rapids.

TALKING STICK 14
The proof arrived last week. We reviewed it and sent it back on Friday. The book should be back in late September or early October. We will probably not be able to have the release party till mid November — tentatively Nov. 19. Tarah says she has a program called OmniPage that she might try next year. She can use it with her scanner to copy in submissions so we don’t need to totally retype them.

LAKES, LOONS AND LEGENDS FESTIVAL
Cindie, Ted, Rosa, Marion, and Jerry sold books. We were not in a good spot so we did not sell much. We just attended on Saturday.

HACKENSACK ARTS FESTIVAL
Remember this coming Saturday August 27 is the Hackensack Arts Festival from 10 to 4. Sharon and Tarah will be upstairs with their Lines and Lights display. The rest of the JWB people will be downstairs with all the other book sellers. It looks like the book part of it is really being advertised this year. Should be a great day. Some of us will read from 2:20 to 2:35 p.m.

WORDS AND IMAGES
Jerry Mevissen has his photos and writings on display at North Country Museum from now till Labor Day. He had a reception on Saturday, August 20. Congratulations, Jerry.

LINES AND LIGHT
Sharon and Tarah had their photo and poem display at the Bemidji Library from July 1 through mid August. It will also be in Hackensack on Aug. 27. It is scheduled for Tri-County Hospital in Wadena from October 1 through Nov. 15.

WILL WEAVER WORKSHOP
Don’t forget that Will Weaver has a short writing workshop during the Brainerd Writers’ Alliance annual meeting on Saturday, October 8. Contact sharrick1@wcta.net for more information on that. Also remember their writing contest is on now.

LAKE COUNTRY JOURNAL
Lake Country Journal also has a writing contest on now. Go to www.lakecountryjournal.com for more information on their fiction contest.

WRITING EXERCISE
Russ wrote a pantoum. This is a poem with stanzas of four lines. They often begin and end with the same line or the second line of the first stanza might start the second stanza. They sometimes rhyme abab. It is the slowest of all verse forms and is perfect for evocation of a past issue. Russ’ poem was great! Very funny, very enjoyable. We hope to see it in a future issue of Talking Stick.

WRITING EXERCISES
Writing a sistina or pantoum or some other very structured poem is a great exercise. Try writing the same poem in several different forms and see how it changes the meaning or changes your ideas about the poem.

NORTH COUNTRY MUSEUM
Jerry and Sharon discussed the paintings at the museum. There is one that they have never displayed because the subject matter is a bit much for Park Rapids. The museum is going to sell the painting. We saw a photo of it and we would like to see the real thing.

See you next time. And we hope to see you at Hackensack!!

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