Joyce Sutphen

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Sutphen speaking after Governor Dayton, at right, announced her appointment as the Poet Laureate of Minnesota

Joyce Sutphen (born August 10, 1949) is an American poet, currently serving as Minnesota's Poet Laureate. She is the state's second laureate, appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in August, 2011. Sutphen also serves as a professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.[1]


Sutphen was raised in Saint Joseph, Minnesota and currently resides in the city of Chaska. She holds degrees from the University of Minnesota including her Ph.D. in Renaissance Drama.

Her first book of poetry, Straight Out of View (Beacon Press, 1995), won the Barnard New Women's Poets Prize. Her second, Coming Back to the Body (Holy Cow! Press, 2000), was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, and her third, Naming the Stars (2004), also from Holy Cow! Press, won the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry.

In 2005, Red Dragonfly Press published a fine press edition of Fourteen Sonnets. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review,[2] Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Water~Stone, Hayden's Ferry, Shenandoah, Luna.[3]




  • Joyce Sutphen, Connie Wanek, Thom Tammaro, eds. (2006). To sing along the way: Minnesota women poets from pre-Territorial days to the present. New Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-89823-232-5. 


  • Billy Collins, ed. (2005). 180 more: extraordinary poems for every day. Random House Trade Paperbacks. ISBN 978-0-8129-7296-2. 
  • Pamela Gemin, Paula Sergi, eds. (1999). Boomer girls: poems by women from the baby boom generation. University of Iowa Press. ISBN 978-0-87745-687-2.