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The Poet's Voice presents Mark Doty

Event Type: Friends
Date: 5/11/2014
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
Description:
 Mark Doty will be reading his own poetry. There will be a book signing after the reading. Praised by the New York Times for his "dazzling, tactile grasp of the world," Mark Doty is a renowned author of poetry and prose. He is the author of three memoirs: the bestselling Dog Years (2007), Firebird (1999), and Heaven's Coast (1997), as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word and a book-length essay, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon (2001). He is currently at work on a memoir that centers on his poetic relationship with Walt Whitman, entitled What Is the Grass. He is also working on a new volume of poems, Deep Lane.
The author of eight books of poetry, Mark Doty is the only American poet to have won Great Britain's T. S. Eliot Prize. Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems was published in 2008 and won the National Book Award for that year. The judges for this award wrote that Doty was, "Elegant, plain-spoken, and unflinching.” Doty has also received two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Witter Byner Prize, whose citation noted, "Mark Doty's poems extend the range of the American lyric." Another critic said that Doty is “poised on exact perception. When he sees the ocean–the salt spray hits you.”

In 2011 Doty was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Doty teaches at Rutgers University and is a frequent guest at Columbia University, Hunter College, and NYU.
This event is free of charge. The Poet's Voice is supported by the Friends of Greenwich Library and the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund.
Library: Greenwich Library
Location: Meeting Room
Contact: Alice Bonvenuto
Contact Number: 203-622-7919
Presenter: The Poet's Voice
Link: Click Here to view Mark Doty's webpage