Lawrence Sutin at a public reading at Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis
|Born||October 12, 1951|
Saint Paul, Minnesota
|Occupation||Author, Erasure (artform) Artist|
|Education||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|
|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
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; he subsequently edited two volumes of Dick's works, In Pursuit 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. Sutin's second biography was on a controversial twentieth-century Western esotericist, Aleister Crowley--Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley. 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. His next work was All Is Change: The Two-Thousand Year Journey of Buddhism to the West. Most recently, Sutin published a novel, When To Go Into the Water.
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. 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.