James & Suzanne Bettendorf—Swimming in the Earth

About the Book: 

In 2012 and 2013 James Bettendorf's granddaughter fought a 14 month battle with leukemia. Most of his poems were written during that time and had their genesis in or are exact descriptions of dreams he was writing down in language and image. The collection's topics vary from grief to current events, and the accompanying art by Suzanne Bettendorf is inspired by the individual poems.

About the Author and Artist:

James Bettendorf is a retired secondary school math teacher from central Minnesota who now lives in Brooklyn Park, MN with his partner Pat Brain. He graduated in 2009 from the 2 year Loft Master Track program in poetry in Minneapolis, MN. He has been published in Rockhurst Review, Light Quarterly, and Talking Stick among others and also was one of nine poets who published Gatherings, A Foreword Poetry Anthology.

Suzanne Bettendorf graduated from the College of St. Benedict (‘91)with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art with an emphasis on painting and ceramics. Many of her works can be found in private home collections. She has lived in Washington DC and currently lives and works as an executive in Minneapolis, MN.