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Spirit Lake Poetry Series in Grand Rapids! Sutter & Vine October 28th

October 12, 2011

Bart Sutter, winner of the Minnesota Book Award in three categories, and Ryan Vine, dynamic young poetry professor at the College of St. Scholastica, will present a joint poetry reading at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids on October 28, 2011. Their performance will be followed by an open mike and readings featuring writers published in Spring Thaw, the campus literary journal, as well as ICC faculty.

Sutter was the first Poet Laureate of Duluth, and his honors include a Bush Fellowship and the George Morrison Artist of the Year award. He has published six books, including poetry, fiction, and essays, and he has also been involved with theater productions in Duluth and St. Paul. Sutter will have a new book of poems released soon from BOA Editions. He also regularly performs as one half of the Sutter Brothers, a music-and-poetry duo. His website is

Ryan Vine’s poems have appeared in many literary journals including American Poetry Review and Ploughshares, and his book, Distant Engines, won the Weldon Kees Award. Five of his poems were selected for inclusion in The Sanctuary Project, a music and poetry collaboration that was performed last March at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Asked about his poetics, he quotes Robert Frost: “Everything written is as good as it is dramatic.” Vine’s website is

Spring Thaw is an annual publication of Itasca Community College that has been published for over 30 years. Produced by a student editorial board working with a faculty advisor, Spring Thaw features artwork, poetry, short stories, and essays by students, faculty, and community members.

The reading will take place at 7 pm in the Continued Learning Conference Center (15 Backes Student Center) at the College. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Teresa Alto at 322-2371.

This event is cosponsored by Itasca Community College and Spirit Lake Poetry Series. Funding is provided by the Manitou Fund and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2009, and an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature.

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