Join with Plato Oct. 23: “Poetry is closer to vital truth than history” … or a political campaign.
An evening with Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen
Joyce Sutphen’s first collection of poems, Straight Out of View, won the Barnard New Women Poets Prize; Coming Back to the Body was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, and Naming the Stars won a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. In 2005, Red Dragonfly Press published Fourteen Sonnets in a letterpress edition. She is one of the co-editors of To Sing Along the Way, an award-winning anthology of Minnesota women poets. She is also a Renaissance scholar and has published essays on Shakespeare’s Sonnets. She grew up on a farm in Stearns County, Minnesota, and she teaches literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Her latest collection, First Words, is a “memoir in poems,” and was published in 2010. She is the second Minnesota Poet Laureate, succeeding Robert Bly. Joyce will read and discuss her own poetry and works of other poets:
- Wislawa Syzmborska,
- W.S. Merwin,
- Charles Simic,
- Mary Oliver, and
- Nazim Hizkmet.
“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history” – Plato. Take a break from the campaign season to look through the eyes of a poet.
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church, 145 Engler Blvd., Chaska, MN 55318.
*First Tuesday Dialogues: examining critical public issues locally and globally” is a community program for the common good, re-creating the public square in the southwest Twin Cities metro area.
“A place for the Mind and Heart”