Honoring Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, on her birthday

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JOYCE STUPHEN (b. 1949) is an American poet currently serving as Minnesota’s Poet Laureate. She is a poet I very much enjoy. She was appointed her state’s laureate by Governor Mark Dayton in August, 2011. Sutphen is also professor of English, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Sutphen was raised in Saint Joseph, Minnesota and currently lives in Chaska. She holds degrees from the University of Minnesota including her Ph.D. in Renaissance Drama.

Her first book of poetry, Straight Out of View (Beacon Press, 1995), won the Barnard New Women’s Poets Prize (1994). Her second, Coming Back to the Body (Holy Cow! Press, 2000), was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, and her third, Naming the Stars (2004), also from Holy Cow! Press, won the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry.

In 2005, Red Dragonfly Press published a fine press edition of Fourteen Sonnets. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewPoetry, The Gettysburg Review, Water~Stone, Hayden’s Ferry, Shenandoah, Luna.

– Bio courtesy of Wikipedia

Ms. Stuphen’s website is HERE.
The Aunts, a poem
The Temptation to Invent, a poem
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Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”

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