Born in St. Joseph, Joyce 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.

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Nov 01 2017
Poetry Lovers Converge
Everyone is invited to read original or favorite poems, or just come and listen. In all languages, for all ages and all authors. Bring your friends!
830 Winnetka Ave. N.
55427 Golden Valley, Minnesota
Sep 26 2017
#PoetryNearYou Pick of the week: Poetry Reading by Alan Shapiro
Alan Shapiro is the author of over thirteen volumes of poetry, including Life Pig (University of Chicago Press, 2016), Reel to Reel (University of Chicago Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, and Night of the Republic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). He has also published two memoirs and the novel Broadway Baby (Algonquin Books, 2012).
David Orr, in his review of Reel to Reel published in the The New York Times, says of his work: "Shapiro is a master of the middle tone (as well as most of the formal techniques in poetry’s capacious toolbox), and he probes the deeper places of the self with a skilled psychologist’s gentle persistence. A delicately disquieting collection."
Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations necessary.
Co-sponsored by the Edelstein-Keller Visiting Writer Series, the University of Minnesota Creative Writing Program, the University of Minnesota Department of English, and the Weisman Art Museum.
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333 E River Pkwy
55455 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sep 24 2017
Turn Grief Into Poetry
Work through your feelings from a loss or grief through writing poetry. Learn writing prompts and exercises. Collaborator: The Loft Literary Center. Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Register here
347 E. 36th St.
55408 Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Joyce Sutphen

Joyce Sutphen is the author of Modern Love & Other Myths (Red Dragonfly Press, 2015), After Words (Red Dragonfly Press, 2013), and First Words (...




Wang Ping asks if
we went to a seder
last night
               She did,
in Minneapolis
No, I say, we’re not
as though we constantly
overlook details


The teachers in the lounge
crowd around the
Swedish visitor
You must be very

                                       ... reverberation
                              Of thunder of spring over distant mountains
                              He who was living is now dead
                              We who were living are now dying
                              With a little patience.
I am thirty-three and working in an expensive clothier, 
selling suits to men I call "Sir."
These men are muscled, groomed and cropped--
with wives and families that grow exponentially.
Mostly I talk of rep ties and bow ties,
of full-Windsor knots and half-Windsor knots,
of tattersall, French cuff, and English