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What are you doing this weekend...?

Barton Sutter portraits. photo courtesy of loft.org Anyone in or heading out to the Midwest this weekend? Your leading "must-go-to" event is a sensational reading by three-time Minnesota Book Award winner and BOA poet Barton Sutter, a FREE event open to the public, as he shares from his new book The Reindeer Camps and Other Poems. The Reindeer Camps has been said to "restore your faith in the drumbeat of your own heart" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and has been called by the late Bill Holm "unlike anything Sutter (or anyone else) has done before." There to compliment the readings of Sutter's poems with music will be his brother Ross. The Sutter Brothers are known all over the state of Minnesota and beyond, having performed as a "music-and-poetry duo" from "Sandstone's Quarry Days to the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh." This unique mix of pioneering poetry with resonant music (Ross being known for his "rich baritone voice" and "mastery" of numerous instruments) is sure to be a big event, and you're invited! The reading is tomorrow night (June 1), at 7 p.m. in the Target Performance Hall of The Loft at Open Book (Minneapolis, Minnesota). While Sutter's reading is free and open to the public, it is also a pre-conference event for the “Creative Writing Conference for Writers 50 and Better,” taking place Saturday and Sunday (June 2 and 3), also at Open Book. The conference, during which registrants will have a variety of creative writing workshops to choose from, is a huge event which has had full registration and registration waiting lists since early on in its planning. Sutter, the Poet Laureate of Duluth, will also lead a session entitled "Poetic Portraits" at the conference on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. For more information about Friday's reading, click here. For more information about the “Creative Writing Conference for Writers 50 and Better," click here.

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