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Michael G. Sutin

(1935-    )
Indiana & New Mexico

Mike Sutin was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on June 6, 1935 and lived there until he was to enter the 5th grade when, in 1946, his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sutin graduated from the law school at the University of New Mexico in 1959, was admitted to the New Mexico state bar and joined the law firm of Sutin & Jones that year. The firm later became Sutin, Thayer, & Browne. Sutin served as managing partner of the firm from 1971 to 1983. In 1986, he moved to Santa Fe where he practiced in the firm's Santa Fe office. One of the firm's founders, Sutin's father, Lewis R. Sutin, served on the New Mexico Court of Appeals from January, 1971 to December, 1984. Sutin's brother, Jonathan B. Sutin, now serves on the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

Sutin now practices with Sommer Udall Sutin. He is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a contributor to national and state legal journals and is listed in the 1995-2004 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.

Sutin served as regional chair of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith for many years; helped incorporate and serve as director of a neighborhood association; and presided as the last vice chair of Santa Fe's Urban Policy Committee. He has served as director and senior advisor for the past ten years for the Santa Fe County Chamber of Commerce (three years) and for seven years at Santa Fe Economic Development Inc.

Sutin received a Certificate of Award for Promotion of Human Rights from the Albuquerque Chapter of the American Association for the United Nations and the Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He helped found and organize PEN New Mexico, the New Mexico Book Association, the New Mexico Center for the Book, and New Mexico Literary Arts (formerly, the Poetry Center of New Mexico).

Sutin is a member of Santa Fe's Live Poets' Society. His first book of poems, Voices from the Corner/Voces del Rincon, a one-person anthology centering on northern New Mexico's multi-cultural tensions, was published in 2000 by Pennywhistle Press of Santa Fe. His second collection, Naked Ladies on the Road was published in 2005 by Sunstone Press.

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Mike Sutin, Naked Ladies on the Road (Santa Fe: Sunstone Press, 2005)

_________, Voices from the Corner/Voces del Rincon (Tesuque, New Mexico: Pennywhistle Press, 2000)