R. Craig Sautter Biography
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(University of Massachusetts, Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and Boston Globe)
R. Craig Sautter is author or coauthor of ten books,
New York Presidential Conventions,
The Pre-TV Era (1839-1924)
december press, 2004
26 Martyrs for These Latter Perilous Days (with
december press, 2004
Philadelphia Presidential Conventions (1856-2000)
december press, 2000
The Wicked City: Chicago from Kenna to Capone
(with Curt Johnson)
DaCapo Press, 1998
Inside the Wigwam: Chicago Presidential Conventions
1860-1996 (with Edward M. Burke)
Wild Onion Books/Loyola Press, 1996
Floyd Dell: Essays from the Friday Literary Review
december press, 1995
Smart Schools, Smart Kids (with former New
York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske and Sally
Simon & Schuster, 1991
Expresslanes Through The Inevitable City (poems)
december press, 1991
| Several poems from this collection were performed
by a lead character in the movie "Wild Blue Moon,"
1992, directed by Francesca Fisher & Taggart Seigel,
which premiered at the Chicago International Film
Who Got In? College Bound's National Survey of College
Vol. 1- 17, 1986-2002, (Ed.)
Bound Publications, Inc.
The Power of the Ballot: A Handbook for Black Political
Participation, (staff project)
National Urban League, 1973
Over the years, his lyrical and experimental poems
also appeared in literary magazines from Assembling
and MC to Central
Park and the Madison Review,
and in art shows in New York City and Israel. His education
and technology articles have been printed in publications
ranging from The New York Times and
Chicago Tribune to the Phi
Delta Kappan, Instructor, CitySchools,
and Midwest Living.
Sautter wrote position papers and other material for
the historic 1983 campaign of Mayor Harold Washington.
He co-wrote "An Agenda for the Reform of Chicago Public
Schools," the final report of the Mayor's (Washington/Sawyer)
Education Summit, with Sally Reed and Bernard LaCour,
City of Chicago, 1988, as well as the briefing paper
from the Mayor's Summit to the Illinois State Legislature
with recommendations for Chicago School Reform legislation,
subsequently enacted. He is also publisher and editor
of College Bound: Issues & Trends for the College
Admissions Advisor (and its Internet edition at
an award-winning newsletter with high school and college
subscribers from coast to coast and in more than 40
Since 1981, Sautter has taught courses in philosophy,
politics, history, literature, and creative writing
at DePaul University's School for New Learning, and
has been presented with several teaching awards. He
lectured on history and politics at the Annenberg School
of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.
He has written academic articles for Teaching
Philosophy, MidAmerica, and elsewhere.
For several years, he served as "Poet-in-Residence"
for 36 schools in Upstate New York, and for the Illinois
Arts Council, conducting creative writing workshops
with over 20,000 students grades k-12. He also coordinated
summer evening literacy programs in 16 remote migratory
camps for the State University of New York at Geneseo.
His teaching career began with third graders from Harlem
in New York City in 1969.
Since 1992, Sautter has written and produced scores
of TV and radio ads, speeches, and other materials (with
his brother, Chris Sautter) for Sautter
Communications: Political Strategy & Media,
Washington, DC and Chicago, for candidates running for
political offices ranging from Congress to governor
in states across the nation. During the civil rights
movement in the early 1970s, he traveled across the
country as a field-coordinator for the National Urban
League's Voter Registration/Political Education Project.
He also has appeared on radio and television as a political
Sautter is a past president
of the Society
of Midland Authors and resides in Chicago.
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