© 2015  Michael Cotter
Brett Pyrtle, Waseca County News The first thing that strikes you about Mike Cotter, before he opens  his mouth, is just how ordinary he looks...He’s lean and rangy,  with hands calloused by years of work on his family’s third  generation farm near Austin...When he does open his mouth, the  pitch of his voice varies like the moan of rising and falling winds  over vacant prairie, and his words become almost a soliloquy  delivered by a man whose mind may be in another place, another  time. 
Kyle Munson, Des Moines Register   “It could save the world if people could get in touch with their own stories.”  
Lee Benorden Austin Daily Herald   “Life was his teacher. The stories about drifters, killdeer, a windmill, threshing, rain, country school, and other subjects are real - not imagined - events from his life.”  
Pauline Walle, Rochester Post-Bulletin   Cotter seems equally at home as a man of the earth and a man of the arts.”