Writer Bar­ton Sut­ter per­forms in North Hat­ley this Friday

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Rachel Gar­ber, Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion North Hat­ley

Bar­ton Sut­ter is the only author to have won the Min­nesota Book Award in three dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, as writer of po­ems, plays, short sto­ries and cre­ative non-fic­tion. Plus, he of­ten per­forms as one half of The Sut­ter Broth­ers, a po­etry-and-mu­sic duo. This Friday evening, he brings all these as­pects of him­self to a guest per­for­mance at UUEstrie.

“Bart is an ex­hil­a­rat­ing per­former who has been fea­tured on Na­tional Public Ra­dio. He will en­ter­tain you with sto­ries and po­ems that are at times hu­mor­ous and at oth­ers mov­ing and poignant,” said Hat­ley poet An­gela Leuck. She and her poet hus­band Steve Lux­ton are host­ing Sut­ter.

Re­cently re­tired from teach­ing at the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin at Su­pe­rior, Sut­ter hails from Du­luth, a mere 20 hours due west of the Town­ships, by car. He has pub­lished po­ems, es­says, and sto­ries in dozens of mag­a­zines and has writ­ten eight books of po­etry, sto­ries and cre­ative non-fic­tion. Ch­ester Creek Ravine: Haiku (2015) is the most re­cent. My Fa­ther’s War and Other Sto­ries won the 1992 Min­nesota Book Award in Fic­tion. The Book of Names: New and Se­lected Po­ems won the 1994 Min­nesota Book Award for Po­etry.

For sev­eral years, Sut­ter wrote and broad­casted monthly com­men­taries for Min­nesota Public Ra­dio, and these es­says were col­lected in Cold Com­fort: Life at the Top of the Map, which won both the 1999 Min­nesota Book Award for Cre­ative Non-fic­tion and the North­east­ern Min­nesota Book Award. His “map” is of course the US map; he and his wife live just un­der the Cana­dian map, on a hill­side over­look­ing Lake Su­pe­rior, not so far be­low Thun­der Bay.

All this is not to men­tion his plays, also award-win­ning. Most re­cent was Pine Creek Parish: A Verse Play with Mu­sic in 2010. In 2006, Sut­ter was named the first Poet Lau­re­ate of Du­luth and you would need at least two hands to count his var­i­ous other awards.

Over the years, Bar­ton Sut­ter has read his work to a wide va­ri­ety of au­di­ences. His read­ing on Friday is at 7:30 p.m. at UUEstrie, 201 Main, North Hat­ley. It is open to the public, and ad­mis­sion is free; a freewill do­na­tion is wel­come. Be­fore the event will be a potluck sup­per at 6 p.m. in the down­stairs Stod­dard Hall to wel­come Sut­ter. “Bring along your fa­vorite dish and meet this mul­ti­ple award-win­ning poet, play­wright and short story writer,” says Leuck.

Photo cour­tesy Bar­ton Sut­ter

Poet/play­wright/short story writer

Bar­ton Sut­ter from Min­neapo­lis per­forms at UUEstrie this Friday.

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