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Available from Minnesota Council of Teachers of English, 10443 Aquila Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55438, for $5.00 plus shipping and handling.
Minnesota Add to Notebook
Poet Laureate

Joyce Sutphen

Joyce Sutphen
Born in Saint Joseph, Sutphen is Minnesota's second Poet Laureate. She holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Drama from the University of Minnesota and currently resides in the city of Chaska.


Robert Bly

Robert Bly
Born in Madison, Robert Bly is Minnesota's first Poet Laureate. He is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, and has translated numerous books into English. He lives in Minneapolis.

John Berryman

John Berryman
John Berryman was a professor at the University of Minnesota from 1955 until his death in 1972. A bold and innovative poet, he is most famous for The Dream Songs a sequence of sonnet-like confessional poems.

Allen Tate

Allen Tate
A prominent figure in the southern group of writers called the Fugitives, named after the magazine he founded, Allen Tate had a great influence on poets such as Robert Lowell and Randall Jarrell. He taught at the University of Minnesota.

Other Minnesota Poets
Michael Dennis Browne
Gregory Corso
Richard Eberhart
Ray Gonzalez
Diane Glancy
Deborah Keenan
Carol Muske-Dukes
Joyce Sutphen
James Wright
Literary Organizations & Centers

Intermedia Arts
Intermedia Arts, began in 1973, is Minnesota’s premier multicultural arts organization. It engages the power of the arts to increase connections and build community between people from different social, economic and ethnic groups. Multidisciplinary programming falls into four broad categories: Media Arts, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Literary Arts.

Lake Superior Writers
A membership organization that offers support to writers at all levels, from the experienced published writer to the emerging artist. The organization sponsors the Duluth Poet Laureate, a periodic writers contest (which provides cash awards to winners and publishes their work); writing workshops in various techniques; regular genre-based writing groups; a newsletter; a monthly E-calendar of events; and ongoing community-outreach projects.

League of Minnesota Poets
Established in 1934, the League holds a spring and autumn poetry celebration hosted by one of the five local chapters by rotation in their respective areas. Members may enter state and national poetry contests at greatly reduced rates. The League publishes two quarterly newsletters, The Lomplighter and Strophes.

The Loft Literary Center
Founded in 1974, the Loft has become the nation's largest and most comprehensive literary center, offering programs and services for readers and writers. You are invited to become involved in the Loft's unique community and to join others who engage in a reading and writing life. is an online database of Minnesota artists and organizations from all disciplines. It offers to Minnesota-based artists a central gathering place on the Web, and features literary resources, interviews, and the What Light Poetry Project.

Open Book
Open Book, which opened in May 2000, is a nonprofit organization founded by the Loft Literary Center, Milkweed Editions and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Open Book is a center for those interested in the literary and book arts. Resources include a book club room, individual studios for writers and artists, a resource library, comfortable classrooms and meeting rooms, an exhibition gallery, a performance hall, and a congenial literary commons with conversation nooks.

SASE: The Write Place
Founded in the fall of 1993 in response to an unfilled need for a writer's organization that was affordable, accessible, and easy to find for writers of diverse cultural and social backgrounds. Through classes, workshops, readings, and mentorship programs, SASE provides a stimulating environment for writers at all levels of development, including youths and adults, and offers the public the opportunity to join in the creative writing process as both audience and active participants.

Readings Series, Conferences, & Literary Festivals

The Good Thunder Reading Series
The Good Thunder Reading Series began as Mankato State University’s contribution to a set of informal exchanges between faculty writers at several state universities in Minnesota. Since 1983, however, the series has committed itself to programs that balance emerging and established talent drawn from Minnesota, the Upper Midwest, and the rest of the nation. The series features short-term residencies, conferences with area writers, public-radio interviews, craft talks, readings, and workshops.

Minnesota Poetry Festival
This festival, sponsored by The University of Minnesota Creative Writing Program, combines two days of panel discussions and two evenings of poetry readings, which occurs in the fall semester of each academic year.

SlamMN! is a poetry slam competition that takes place twice a month: on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Qualifying Slams are open to all poets. The competitive season goes from September through April. From May to August the Slam Team hosts themed slams that are open to everyone. Themes for the summer slams are determined once the team is chosen.

Twin Cities Book Festival
Sponsored by Rain Taxi review of books, this day-long autumn gala gathers the Twin Cities book community to celebrate and promote our region's literary culture. Regular features include Book Arts Demonstrations run by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, a Used Book Sale, Local Author Signings, and a Literary Magazine Fair.

Bloomington Writer's Festival
Sponsored by Bloomington Art Center's Literary Council, the Writers' Festival connects budding and established writers with published authors and other experts in the field to share information, techniques, skills and resources. Events include workshops, lectures, a book fair, and panel discussions.

Deep Valley Book Festival
Readers and writers are invited to a celebration of authors, books and readings in Mankato, MN. The Festival promotes Minnesota authors and the books they write.

Poetic History

The Graves of Poets
When he died in 1972, John Berryman was buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.

Poems about Minnesota

A Blessing
by James Wright
Just of the highway to Rochester, Minnesota...

Let Me Disappear
by Ray Gonzalez
According to scientists, astronauts get taller when they are in space...

Literary Journals & Small Presses

Coffee House Press
An award-winning, nonprofit literary publisher dedicated to innovation in the craft of writing and preservation of the tradition of book arts. Coffee House produces books that present the dreams and ambitions of people who have been underrepresented in published literature, books that shape our national consciousness while strengthening a larger sense of community.

Cross-Cultural Poetics (XCP)
A not-for-profit organization devoted to creating an intercultural exchange in the socially descriptive arts. XCP exhibit textual and visual art and poetry, ethnography and work concerning the documentary experience.

A new media journal of the arts: a journal devoted to art, essays, fiction, nonfiction, music, interviews, and poetry.

Graywolf Press
A nonprofit literary press that introduces and promotes the most exciting and creative writers of our time in: novels, short stories, memoirs, essays, as well as poetry.

Holy Cow! Press
Publishes the very best collections of Midwest writings we can find and develop an audience for those books regionally and nationally. We have published books of poetry, short fiction, memoirs, novels, plays, children's and young adult titles, biographies and anthologies centered around important themes.

James White Review
Published quarterly, The James White Review is the premier gay men's literary magazine, with fiction, poetry, photography, art, essays, and reviews by our community's finest writers. In publication for over over 15 years, The James White Review has been published by the Lambda Literary Foundation since 1998. Contact PO Box 3356, Butler Quartr Station, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Based out of Cambridge, Minnesota, Knockout has featured works by Billy Collins, Robert Bly, Marvin Bell, Thomas Lux and many other well-known writers, as well as many up-and-coming writers, several of whom are from Minnesota. They also sponsor a poetry contest.

Milkweed Editions
A nonprofit literary press publishing with the intent of making a humane impact on society. It is our belief that literature is a transformative art uniquely able to convey the essential experiences of the human heart and spirit. To that end, we publish distinctive voices of literary merit, exploring the ethical, cultural and esthetic issues that societies continually need to address.

Rain Taxi Review of Books
Winner of the Alternative Press Award for Best Arts & Literature Coverage, is a quarterly publication that publishes reviews of literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction with an emphasis on works that push the boundaries of language, narrative, and genre. Essays, interviews, and in-depth reviews reflect Rain Taxi's commitment to innovative publishing.

Red Dragonfly Press
A small press based out of Northfield, Red Dragonfly publishes and sells letterpress chapbooks, fine press editions, trade paper editions, and broadsides of modern poetry and poetry in translation. Odd, yet interestingly enough, they also cast metal printing type which they occasionally offer up for sale on a limited basis.

A literary journal specializing in poetry and prose. Contact PO Box 581189, Minneapolis, MN 55458.

Spout Press
A literary journal of cultures and emotions: poetry, fiction, artwork, essays.

Great River Review
Published biannually by the Anderson Center, Great River Review is the state's oldest continually published literary magazine, publishing essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation. The journal began publication in 1978 and has received the Minnesota Book Award and several Pushcart Prizes. Great River Review has published some of the finest writers in the country and abroad, including Ted Kooser, Robert Bly, Philip Levine, and Linda Pastan.

Conduit is a biannual literary journal that publishes essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and translation. The journal is dedicated to publishing distinctive voices of literary merit—experimental to accessible, established to emerging—in snazzy volumes, featuring work that demonstrates originality, intelligence, courage, and humanity. Conduit has featured works of many well-known poets, including James Tate, Dean Young, and John Ashbery.

Writing Programs & Colonies

Hamline University
The Master of Fine Arts in Writing was established in 1994, the first MFA degree in creative writing in Minnesota. It is distinguished from many writing programs around the country by its interdisciplinary emphasis.

English at Macalester College
The English Department offers courses in creative writing, literature, literary theory, and film. Student resources include internships with Graywolf Press and the Department Writing Contests.

MSU-Mankato M.F.A. Program
Designed to meet the needs of students who want to strike a balance between the development of individual creative talent and the close study of literature and language, MSU at Mankato offers both a B.F.A. and M.F.A in Poetry. They also publish the literary journal Blue Earth Review, and host the Good Thunder Reading Series.

MSU-Moorhead M.F.A. Program
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Minnesota State University Moorhead offers a flexible course of study in an intimate atmosphere. The course schedule is arranged to accommodate both full-time and part-time students, and we the program is small and offers individualized attention for student writers. Students specialize in poetry, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, or creative nonfiction; however, they are encouraged to experiment in more than one genre during their time in the program.

Southwest Minnesota State University
The B.A. in Creative Writing Program balances writing practice and literary study in the context of a liberal arts education. Students work closely with faculty of published writers and often have the opportunity to work with writers who visit the campus as part of the reading series. The flexibility of the program allows students to choose courses which suit their needs, goals, and interests.

The University of Minnesota
Offers the Master of Fine Arts degree for students committed to pursuing the writing life. This three-year degree provides advanced, graduate-level coursework in writing, language, and literature, as well as study in a related field. The third year of the Program focuses on the final development of a book-length manuscript suitable for publication.

University of St. Thomas
The mission of the University of St. Thomas English Department is to foster empathy and imagination, critical insight, power of expression, and appreciation for the variety of human experience. The program offers an undergraduate major in English with a Writing Emphasis.

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