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Backing into Mountains - Dorothy Sutton

Backing into Mountains - Dorothy Sutton

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Includes the author signature, some light drawing from the author, and an inscription. 

DOROTHY MOSELEY [later SUTTON] was born at home on a small farm in Todd County, Kentucky, and grew up in a remodeled log cabin in neighboring Christian County. Beginning her education in a one-room school, she later received degrees from Georgetown College, the University of Mississippi and the University of Kentucky.

Dorothy Sutton's poetry appears in such noted anthologies and journals as Poetry; Norton Critical Edition: Darwin (2001);The Hudson Review; Poetry Ireland Review [Dublin]; Poetry Wales; Southern Review; Antioch Review; Prairie Schooner; Virginia Quarterly Review; and Quadrant [Australia].

Backing Into Mountains is her second book of poems. Her first, Startling Art: Darwin & Matisse (with a Foreword by Guy Davenport), won the Finishing Line Press Award, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Wendell Berry and Harold Bloom are among the poets/writers who have praised Sutton's work.

Awards include the Tyrone Guthrie Award in 1995 (chosen by both Arts Councils of Ireland and the Virginia Center For the Creative Arts) for a residency at Annaghmakerrig in County Monaghan. Other awards include the Robert Frost Scholarship in Poetry for a residency at Bread Loaf Writing Conference in Vermont, and a Grolier Prize. In 2010, Sutton was named a "Kentucky Great Writer" by the Carnegie Center.

Teacher of English literature and creative writing for many years at Eastern Kentucky University, where her students hail mainly from Appalachia, she was awarded the school's two highest honors, the Excellence in Teaching Award and a Foundation Distinguished Professorship.

Sutton directed the school's annual Creative Writing Conference for ten years, and for more than twenty years, has edited (poetry) for Scripsit/ The Chaffin Journal. She has taught Irish literature in Dublin, Galway, and Sligo through Kentucky's Study Abroad Program.

OF INTEREST: An Oxford University Professor read one of her Darwin poems to the Royal Society in London, England, after his induction there in 2001. A medical professor at U. of Manitoba uses one of her poems in a cadaver class. An American and a British composer have set her poems to music.

Dorothy and her husband, writer and teacher William Sutton, live in Richmond, Kentucky. Their two grown daughters are Marybeth Wallace of Winston-Salem and Sandy Larmore of Atlanta. Her brother, William Moseley, is an award-winning playwright in Cocoa, FL.

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