Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen

joyce-sutphenIn honor of National Poetry Month, the Friends of the Red Wing Library present poet and author Joyce Sutphen on Saturday, April 26 at 10am in the library’s Foot Room. In 2011, Sutphen was named the second Minnesota Poet Laureate by Governor Mark Dayton. She has also been the recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship and a Minnesota States Arts Board Fellowship. She was a nominee fir the 2014 Minnesota Book Awards for her poetry collection, “After Words”, published by Red Dragonfly Press, located at the Anderson Center in Red Wing.

Her first book, “Straight Out of View” won the Barnard Women Poets Award. Other notable works include “Naming the Stars,” and “Coming Back to the Body/.” Sutphen’s poems have been published in Poetry, American Poetry Review. Atlanta Review, Minnesota Monthly and Water-Stone, as well as other anthologies.

Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm near St. Joseph, MN and currently lives in Chaska, MN. She holds a doctorate in Renaissance drama from the University of Minnesota, and has taught British literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, MN.

There will be a book signing following her presentation. This program is free and open to the public. There will be refreshments, door prizes and a bargain sale of poetry books. For more information, call Lois Burnes, 651-388-6465, or the Red Wing Public Library 651-385-3673.

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi

chasing shadowsSavitri, Corey and Holly are solid – always together, always there, always and forever.  Until forever ends.

Corey and Holly are twins, and Savitri is the third piece of the three-piece puzzle – Holly’s best friend and Corey’s girlfriend.  Holly stood up for Savitri when the other kids called her Hindi comics weird, and Savitri and Corey shut Josh out completely after he dumped Holly so horribly last year.  Freerunners, running the Chicago rooftops, leaping gaps and flipping off walls and stairs is where the three feel most at home and the most together.

Until one night, driving home from an awesome sunset run in a bad neighborhood, a guy in a hoodie with a gun destroys everything.

After, there are only Holly and Savitri.  Holly is in a coma, and Savitri is in shock – she froze in the seconds where it could have mattered, and the guy got away, leaving her boyfriend dead and her best friend lost in the shadow lands.  Holly and Corey’s dad is a cop with the Chicago PD, and they’re pretty sure the shooting was a target hit on his kids, but they’ve got no ID, not a lot of evidence, and no close witnesses – unless Holly wakes up.

A Minnesota Book Award nominee, Chasing Shadows is a complex, dark, layered puzzle.  A mix of graphics and prose told from Holly and Savitri’s points of view, Minneapolis author Swati Avasthi leads us down the dark path into the underworld of death, grief, rage, pain, and everything that comes after.  Friendships, families, and absolutes unravel and reform in unexpected and startling ways as Savitri finds her way to a new world without Corey – and Holly fights to bring herself and her twin back from the brink.  Unsettling, fascinating, and totally un-put-downable, fans of mysteries, crime novels, dark alleys, psychological thrillers, Swedish noir, anti-heroes (Batman, anyone?), and deftly plotted stories should grab this!

Wii Open Play Today!

Pikachu_SSB4No school today?  Head to the library this afternoon at 2:00 PM for some Wii open play!  No pre-registration required – just come on downstairs to the Foot Room a few minutes before 2, and we’ll see how many gamers we’ve got.

We’ve got Mario Kart, SSB Brawl, and Wii Sports, so we’ll take a vote on what to start with and go from there.  How will we play?  Winner of each race/match/brawl stays in, losers swap out.  Winner gets to choose stage or track, I’ll track your wins, and there’s candy in it for whoever has the most glory stacked up by 4:00 PM.

All kids in 2nd – 7th grades welcome.  Feel free to BYO snacks – sadly, the black Wii has no ports for Game Cube controllers, but if you want to bring any wheels, nunchucks, etc., that’s cool!

See you at 2:00 PM!

(A Poem Inspired By) Love That Dog and Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech

love that dogThis is the story
of a boy
who loves yellow dogs
but doesn’t want to write
about them.
Especially not
if they will be on the board
with his name
for everyone to see.



This is also the story
of how
tigers burning bright
street music
Mr. Walter Dean Myers
and a teacher
change that
a little bit
or maybe a lot.

hate that catAnd this is the story
of how the boy
doesn’t want to like black cats
tails whisking
ungrateful in trees
but purrs
skittering paws
mother and father
change that too.