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2013 Book Festival Author
Joyce Sutphen

Poet Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm near St. Joseph, Minnesota, and currently lives in Chaska, Minnesota. Her first book of poems, Straight Out of View (Beacon Press, 1995), won the Barnard New Women's Poets Prize and was republished in 2001 by Holy Cow! Press. Coming Back to the Body (Holy Cow! Press, 2000) was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, and her collection Naming the Stars (Holy Cow! Press, 2004) won a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. In 2005, Red Dragonfly Press published Fourteen Sonnets in a letterpress edition, and in 2006 Sutphen co-edited To Sing Along the Way, an award-winning anthology of Minnesota Women Poets from the Territorial Days to the Present. First Words, her fourth volume of poetry, was published in 2010. In 2011, she was named Minnesota Poet Laureate.

Sutphen has degrees from the University of Minnesota, including a Masters in English (emphasis in writing) and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Drama. She teaches literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and has also taught writing at the Split Rock Arts Program, at Northern Michigan University, and in London and Northern Ireland.

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