Minton Sparks is a wildly original performance artist, novelist, teacher, and essayist born in a Tennessee college town and raised among her Southern family in and around Arkansas. Her appearances range from the prestigious Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Minton’s books, Desperate Ransom and White Lightning, along with her other writing have received wide acclaim from NPR’s All Things Considered and BBC’s Bob Harris Show. Her DVD, Open Casket, and three CD’s are sought after worldwide. She has appeared on stage with Ben Folds, John Prine, Punch Brothers, Jacob Dylan, Rosanne Cash, and country legend Pam Tillis. Minton was also chosen to perform at an exclusive TED Talk event on Healthcare and the Arts in Nashville, Tennessee.
Minton Sparks is the most fully realized writer and performing artist I’ve come across in years” Her work is a beautiful blend of humor, intelligence and compassion. When I grow up I want to be like Minton Sparks.
Minton Sparks cuts through jaded like a stiletto . . . . Seeing Minton Sparks perform live is like being in a room with a snake. It may or may not be poisonous, but it doesn’t matter. You’re not taking your eyes off the snake.
There’s no one quite like Sparks on the contemporary music scene-no one with her ability to find and describe the haunting rhythms of this world in such precise, unadorned terms.
In addition to writing and performing, Minton teaches a writing/performance workshop, Create Your Story, at universities and professional organizations across the country. She recently taught at Summer Fishtrap in Enterprise, Oregon, and was selected in 2015 as a Fellow at the Vanderbilt Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy.