Dayton Names New Poet Laureate For Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has picked a poet who teaches creative writing as Minnesota’s chief promoter of poetry.

The first-term governor named Joyce Sutphen to the post of state poet laureate at a Capitol news conference on Tuesday.

Sutphen has published several volumes of poetry and holds a doctorate in Renaissance drama. She teaches literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. She grew up on a farm near St. Joseph and now lives in Chaska.

She succeeds Robert Bly, who was picked by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty as the state’s first official poet laureate after the position was created in 2007.

Sutphen says she aims to bring together poets from around the state. She quoted Robert Frost to describe poetry as “a momentary stay against confusion.”

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  • Shep

    I can’t wait until he names a Juggler Laureate. That would be awesome.

  • Court Jester

    Does this job pay money? I hope not…

    • Auditor

      It’s a Government Union job that pays $135,00 a year.

      • Swamp Fox

        You are full of beans! The title is only honorary but highly prestigious. Considering all the political nonsensical hot-air being expended, these days in MN, a bit of MN poetry just might be the intrinsic relief we need. The cost for the poetry–priceless!

  • Clown man

    Mark Dayton has also picked a new “house fool” from Gustavus Adolphus College … Let the good times roll….

    • Swamp Fox

      @Clown Man
      Clown Man are you speaking of yourself? LMAO! Let the good times roll with MN poetry!

  • please tell us this is a joke

    Sounds like she will fit in well at the cowboy poetry festival. Holy gayness.

  • Lucas

    How bad can it get. They just keep shoving this idiot government spending in our face as we starve.

    • Swamp Fox

      Spending what? Not some high priced state salary? Poetry Laureate is an honorary position. Get your facts straight.

  • Nicole K.

    Congratulations Joyce!!! From: Nicole from your 2004 FTS Class

  • Bill

    Ah the ignorance of most of these comments. In May 2007 Gov Pawlenty established the official position of state Poet Laureate. Robert Bly was appointed the first official Minnesota Poet Laureate on February 27, 2008. This is an honorary position. Ignorance is not bliss. Congratulations to our new Poet Laureate.

    • Swamp Fox

      Finally someone with some sense to appreciate the MN Poet Laureate position. I agree with you….Congratulations to the new Poet Laureate!

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