May Meeting Minutes 2019

Hello Everyone, Today we held our May meeting.

PRESENT: Sharon, Ryan, Jan, Erin, Marlys, Dawn, Niomi, Mary.

TALKING STICK: We are progressing on TS28. We will probably be ordering a proof soon. The flyers have gone out on our Writers’ Workshop with Angela Foster and our Book Release Party, both on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. We are getting people signed up!

MISCELLANEOUS: We have finished Mike’s third book, The Crooked Lake Chronicles. He is busily selling books.

 No one was able to attend the PRLAAC meeting for May. We now have 3 of us who could attend so we will try hard to attend each meeting.

WRITING EVENTS: Sharon was able to attend the Allen Eskens author event at the Park Rapids Library on Wednesday, May 15. He is a MN author and a very entertaining speaker. Sharon had already read 3 books and now has purchased 2 more. Another one will be out soon. His first book The Life We Bury is excellent and is being made into a feature film. Give his books a try. Sharon can’t put them down. They are mysteries but also have an underlying secondary story in each. Some of the same characters return in other books.

Second Saturdays at Wadena Uptown Café at 11 AM. List on our JWB Facebook page.

Now there is another Second Saturdays but this is from 4:30 to 6 PM at Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids. Check this out. Minnesota authors, music, dancers. List on our JWB Facebook page. Support our writers! Niomi Phillips, LouAnn Muhm, Kevin Zepper, others who have been in our Talking Stick books.

Dawn attended the recent writers’ workshop: Jump Start Your Writing with Debra Marquart in Elbow Lake and enjoyed it immensely.

Marsh Muirhead will be having a book release party for his second Haiku poetry book this coming Thursday at Sparkling Waters in Bemidji. He is also having a workshop a few days after that.

Erin has two poems on What Rough Beast, an online poem-a-day project. She had her book release party for her poetry book recently in Bemidji with 60 attendees. Congrats, Erin.

BOOKS TO CHECK OUT: Upon Waking—58 Voices Speaking out from the Shadow of Abuse published recently by League of MN Poets.

Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out From the Shadow of Abuse Dawn has a poem published in that book.

     Bukowski in a Sundress by Kim Addonizio. This looks hilarious and a bit outrageous.

     The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens—and all his other books too.

     Small Buried Things, poems by Debra Marquart.

We had a fun meeting today, one of those where we hate to quit talking and go home. Several people brought things to read and the rest of us critiqued. We are all waiting for the real spring to arrive with 60 and 70 degree temperatures.