Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm in Stearns County, Minnesota. Her first collection of poems, Straight Out of View (Holy Cow! Press, 2001), won the Barnard New Women Poets Prize, and her recent collection, Modern Love & Other Myths (Red Dragonfly Press, 2015), was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Carrying Water to the Field: New and Selected Poems (2019) was published by the University of Nebraska Press. She is the second Minnesota Poet Laureate, succeeding Robert Bly.