June 26th 2005

We had a great meeting today. There were ten of us!!

Sharon, Tarah, Russ, Matt, Jason, Sandi, Ted, April, LuAnne, Niomi.

The July meeting will be held on Sunday, July 24 at Beagle Books in Park Rapids from 1:30 to 4 pm.

The book is progressing. Our judges chose our three main winners. One winner was from Park Rapids, one from Brainerd, and one from St. Paul. We are doing proof reading now. We plan to use the same printer that we have used the last two years. We have mentioned that a “print on demand” printer might be a good choice. We will look into that.

Legends and Loons will be held in Park Rapids on the weekend of August 13. We don’t have the final details yet. Anyone who would be available for readings or for selling books, please let us know. Also, the Farmers Market has music on Saturdays from 8 till 1 o’clock till October. We might be able to do readings there.

LuAnne handed out the fall schedule for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning. Niomi asked for more information on Poetry Motel. They have been holding one of her poems for a long time. Billy Collins is a poet who wrote Nine Horses. Ted read us some Six Word Novels by various authors. They were from the July/August 2005 issue of the Utne magazine. These were amazing. Some of these were humorous, ironic or suspenseful, as a long novel could be.

Tarah and Sharon have their Lines and Light display of photos and poems in the Detroit Lakes library. It will only be up one more day. Tarah got a great write-up in the Detroit Lakes Tribune Sunday paper. Ted brought us a copy. Congrats, Tarah! The display will move to the Bemidji library soon. It will be there for July and part of August. Then it will be in Hackensack for the August 27 Arts Festival.

We are holding a poetry workshop by Mark Vinz on Saturday, August 6, at the Hubbard Community Center in Hubbard MN. For more information, see our website, www.jackpinewriters.com or email Sharon Harris at sharrick1@wcta.net. It will be from 1 to 4:30, cost $25.00.

Five of us read things that we have been working on. Russ read a poem about summer called “Lying in a Hammock” by James Wright. This turned out to be one that Niomi had read in a workshop. The assignment had been to imitate that poet, using same types of verbs, etc. Tarah is working on a story for the Lake Country Journal fiction contest.

Lake Country Journal is sponsoring a fiction contest for those who are interested.

We had a fun exercise. We took one of Tarah’s photographs and each wrote for 3 minutes, whatever came to mind. Some of us got great ideas for the start of a story or poem.

See you all next time!!!