…with a particular penchant for chapbooks.
She loves poetry, and her Instagram (@rhinocerospoems) is a treasure trove of covers and finds.
In fact, we’ve rarely seen Kate without ‘book-in-hand.’
Her debut collection How to Draw a Rhinoceros (BookThug 2016), combines “Robert Kroetschian documentary poetics with the meticulous research and environmental passion of Elizabeth Kolbert, to examine the centuries-long path of the animal that’s brought it to the brink of extinction today.”
“Kate Sutherland has created a surprising, beautiful and often tragic menagerie of poems about a powerful, peaceful beast that has the misfortune of being both magnificent and magnificently horned. Her brilliant resurrection of 18th-century rhinosuperstar Clara is an enchanting bonus.” —Stuart Ross, author of A Hamburger in a Galleryand A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent
“Kate Sutherland writes a book of poems with the understanding that the colonial encounter requires a deliberate destruction of the colonized. In How to Draw a Rhinoceros, Sutherland draws upon historical documents and imagined perspectives to present a palimpsest that maps imperialist invasion, European plunder of brown and black countries, kidnapping, murder, and enslavement. In other words, the poems reveal the true face of empire. In verse that invents, alludes, and allows for considerable vivid delving, the poems present and speak back to white violence and a colonialism that framed and imprisoned those that they conquered (including people) as exploited ‘exotics’ for European appetites.” —Hoa Nguyen, author of Violet Energy Ingots