Barton Sutter


Cold Comfort: Life at the Top of the Map
With a nimble wit and a roving eye for detail, Sutter goes beneath the veneer of the North Country to expose its attractions, its quirks, and its characters. There isnít a clinker in the collection.
--Sam Cook, Duluth News-Tribune

My Fatherís War: Stories of Midwestern Men
These magnificent stories are big-hearted and loving in a way I donít think Iíve ever encountered. With a calm and compassionate hand, Barton Sutter reveals to us the true dignity of humankind, the necessity of heroes and history, and the unerring aim of hope.
--Brett Lott

Farewell to the Starlight in Whiskey
Starlight is light years away (thank God) from postmodern tactics; one might even say Sutterís aesthetic is pre-modern. There are many poems with rhyme and meter, an unabashed celebration of nature, and most amazingly, a healthy sampling of what we see little of these days: the affirmative poem.
--Stephen Dunn

Bushed: A Poetical, Political, Partly Musical Tragicomedy in Two Acts
<>Bushed reveals how the souls of those in power affect the nation. The play is historical fiction based on actual quotations and recent events in U.S. history. Sonnets, ballads, villanelles, and songs imaginatively amplify the facts to expose the psychological conditions that gave them birth.

Selected Works

An oddly brilliant and lovely little book.
--Jim Harrison
These stories are astonishingly good.
--Caroline See, Los Angeles Times
Restores your faith in the drumbeat of your own heart.
--Minneapolis Star Tribune
Composed entirely in verse, Bushed is scathing satire in revue-cabaret style.