Teresa Sutton is a poet and a teacher. She has three poetry chapbooks. Her first, "They're Gone," is about the loss of both of her brothers in 1980 from cardiomyopathy. Many of the poems in the book are written as persona poems or dramatic monologues creating a chorus of voices lamenting the loss. Her second book, "Ossory wolves," is based on a celtic legend and follows the journey of a husband and a wife who are the victims of a curse that causes them to transform into wolves.Her third, "breaking newton's laws," is about her father's dementia.

 


Ms. Sutton has two children and lives in Poughkeepsie, NY. She has three master's degrees: MFA in poetry from Solstice Pine Manor College, MA in literature from Western Connecticut State University, and MS in education from SUNY New Paltz. She earned her BA in English with a minor in art from SUNY Albany.

 

Ms. Sutton as a child with her two brothers, Jeffrey and David (L to R).

 

Her third chapbook, "Breaking Newton's Laws," won first place in the 2017 Encircle Poetry Chapbook Competition. The book was a top-12 finalist in the 2015 Indian Paintbrush Chapbook Competition, a finalist in the 20vie16 Minerva Rising Chapbook Competition, and earned an honorable mention in the 2015 Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Competition. The first poem in the book, "Dementia," was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. Four of the poems contained in "Breaking Newton's Laws" were named semifinalists for the 2017 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry. 
The Poet's Billow recognized her work as a finalist in the 2015 Pangaea Prize and a semi-finalist in the 2014 Atlantis Award. The Cultural Center of Cape Cod recognized her work as a finalist in their 2014 National Poetry Competition. Two of her poems won honorable mention in other poetry competitions: Whispering Prairie Press and California State Poetry Society. Her poems appear in a number of literary journals including Stone Canoe, Fourteen Hills, and Solstice. 

 

Links to other POEMS BY Ms. Sutton:

 

Burningword Literary Journal. July 2018. "Losing Dad."

https://burningword.com/2018/07/losing-dad/

 

Marathon Literary Review Online, Issue 13, June 7, 2018. "Sole Survivor Finds a Relic: Chanel No. 5."

http://marathonlitreview.com/2018/06/07/sole-survivor-finds-a-relic-chanel-no-5-theresa-sutton/

 

The Write Launch Online, June 2018. "Landscape," "The Book of Minutes," and "War."

https://thewritelaunch.com/2018/05/landscape-the-book-of-minutes-and-war/

 

Talented journalist Sabrina Sucato of the Poughkeepsie Journal interviewed me about my writing. Read her article:

https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2018/03/13/ketcham-teacher-poetry/368198002/

 

Sheila0-Na-Gig Online, Spring 2018. "Holes" and "Same Sad Dress Bop."

https://sheilanagigblog.com/volume-2-3-spring-2018-the-poets/teresa-sutton/

 

Noble / Gas Quarterly, Winter 2018, Issue 204.4. "Undertow."

http://noblegas.org/issue-204-4/teresa-sutton/undertow/

 

Skye Island Journal, Fall 2017 / Issue 2. "Firstborn," "Not a Candy House," "Sole Survivor Finds a Relic: Chanel No. 5."

https://www.skyislandjournal.com/issues#/issue-2-fall-2017/

 

2015 Atlantis Award / Poet’s Billow. Finalist. Winter 2015. “The Moment Before.”

http://thepoetsbillow.org/literary-art-gallary/2015-atlantis-award/

http://thepoetsbillow.org/literary-art-gallary/contributors/2015-contributors/

 

2015 Pangaea Prize / Poet’s Billow. Finalist. Spring 2015. “First Night.”

http://thepoetsbillow.org/literary-art-gallary/2015-pangaea-prize/everything-i-know-about-white/

http://thepoetsbillow.org/literary-art-gallary/contributors/2015-contributors/

 

2014 Atlantis Award / Poet’s Billow. Semi-Finalist. Fall 2014. “Cardiac Care Unit,” “Flatline,” “Dear Lifeguard,” “Birth Cloud,” “Cancer Diagnosis,” “Lauds.”

http://thepoetsbillow.org/2014/12/17/announcing-the-2014-atlantis-award-winner/

 

Cultural Center of Cape Cod 2014 National Poetry Competition. Finalist. Fall 2014. “Letting Go: A Cento,” “This is not a Poem,” “Mass Starfish Die Off, Off the Pacific Coast.”

http://www.cultural-center.org/poetrycompetitionwinners2014.pdf

 

2 River View (Fall 2014)  "Burial of the Dead" and "Policeman Calls Mom: The Job" (Voice Recording)

http://www.2river.org/2RView/19_1/poems/sutton.html