Alumna Joyce Sutphen Is Minnesota Poet Laureate
Governor Mark Dayton announced that Joyce Sutphen (English BA 1982, MA in English & Creative Writing 1993, English PhD 1996) will serve as the Poet Laureate for the State of Minnesota, following inaugural state Poet Laureate Robert Bly. In this role, Sutphen will promote and support poetry in Minnesota. "Joyce Sutphen is a talented writer and teacher who will be a great voice for poetry in Minnesota," Governor Dayton said. Sutphen won a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry for her third collection of poetry, Naming the Stars (Holy Cow! Press, 2004). Her latest collection is First Words (Red Dragonfly Press, 2010). She teaches literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.