Lawrence Sutin

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Lawrence Sutin
Lawrence Sutin at a public reading at Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis
Born (1951-10-12) October 12, 1951 (age 65)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Occupation Author, Erasure (artform) Artist
Nationality American

B.A., University of Michigan

Law Degree, Harvard Law
Genre memoir, biography, novel, history
Notable works Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick, Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance, A Postcard Memoir, All Is Change: The Two-Thousand Year Journey of Buddhism to the West, When to Go Into the Water
Spouse Mab Nulty
Children Sarah Santosa, Brennan Vance (stepson), Ceallaigh Anderson (stepdaughter), Ansel Santosa (son-in-law)
Relatives Jack Sutin (father), Rochelle Sutin (mother)

Lawrence Sutin (born 1951) is the author of two memoirs, two biographies, a novel and a work of history.

History of Works[edit]

Sutin's debut book was the first full-length biographical study of a famed science-fiction writer, Philip K. Dick--Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick;[1] he subsequently edited two volumes of Dick's works, In Search of Valis: Selections from the Exegesis and The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings. He then served as editor, interviewer and author for the memoir of his parents' lives in Jewish partisan units in Poland during World War Two--Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance.[2] Sutin's second biography was on a controversial twentieth-century Western esotericist, Aleister Crowley--Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley.[3] That same year, he published a lyric memoir with a structure of interlocking short pieces each faced by a vintage postcard-image from the author's personal collection--A Postcard Memoir.[2] His next work was All Is Change: The Two-Thousand Year Journey of Buddhism to the West.[4] Most recently, Sutin published a novel, When To Go Into the Water.[5]

Erasure Art[edit]

Sutin creates erasure books with collaged and altered texts; excerpts from these have been published online in the literary journals WaterStone and Sleet[6] and are also on view at his website.[7]


Sutin was a full professor in the M.F.A. and M.L.S. programs at the Hamline University Creative Writing Program, in St. Paul, Minnesota.[1] He retired from Hamline in 2015. He was also a faculty member of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He retired from Vermont College in 2016.


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