Writer Barton Sutter performs in North Hatley this Friday
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.
Poet/playwright/short story writer
Barton Sutter from Minneapolis performs at UUEstrie this Friday.