Sutphen and Keenan Headline Spring Author Day

Posted on March 10th, 2009 by

Deborah Keenan

Deborah Keenan

Joyce Sutphen

Joyce Sutphen

Poets Deborah Keenan and Joyce Sutphen will speak at the Gustavus Library Associates’ Spring Author Day at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 7 at the Edina Country Club.

Sutphen, an associate professor of English at Gustavus, has published several collections of poetry including the anthology “To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present” (2006), which she co-edited. Sutphen’s other collections include “Straight Out of View” (1995), “Coming Back to the Body” (2000), “Naming the Stars” (2004), and “Fourteen Sonnets” (2005). Her awards include the Eunice Tietjen’s Memorial Prize from Poetry magazine, a Loft-McKnight Artist Fellowship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, and a grant from the Jerome Foundation.

Keenan is a professor for the Graduate School of Liberal Studies at Hamline University. She is the author of eight collections of poetry, including her latest publication “Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems” (2007). She has received two Bush Foundation Fellowships, a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Guests are asked to R.S.V.P. for this event by Wednesday, April 1 by going online to or calling the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7550. The cost for the event is $20 per person and includes brunch and an opportunity to have books signed by the two authors.

Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) is a friends-of-the-college organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the College’s Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. Since organizing in 1977, GLA has raised more than $2.5 million for the library endowment fund, acquisitions, and non-budgeted special collections.


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