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Mark Doty

“Here and gone. That’s what it is to be human, I think—to be both someone and no one at once, to hold a particular identity in the world (our names, our place of origins, our family and affectional ties) and to feel that solid set of ties also capable of dissolution, slipping away, as we become moments of attention.” (Mark Doty, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy)

Mark Doty’s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008.  His eight books of poems include School of the ArtsSource, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose:  Still Life with Oysters and LemonHeaven’s CoastFirebird, and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. The Art of Description, a handbook for writers, appeared in 2011.

Doty’s poems  have appeared in many magazines including The Atlantic MonthlyThe London Review of Books, PloughsharesPoetry, and The New Yorker.  Widely anthologized, his poems appear  in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections. His work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. He was the first American poet to receive the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K., and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Doty lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island. He is Distinguished Professor/Writer in Residence at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Two new books are forthcoming, both from W.W. Norton: What Is the Grass, a prose meditation on Walt Whitman and the ecstatic, and Deep Lane, a new volume of poems.

Selected Bibliography

Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (2008)
School of the Arts (2005)
My Alexandria (1993)
Dog Years (2007)
Still Life with Oysters and Lemon (2001)
The Art of Description: World into Word (2010)

Online Resources

Audio: A reading by Doty @ KWLS 2008
Audio: Doty’s lecture ‘Tide of Voices’ @ KWLS 2008
Doty on Whitman: ‘Form, Eros, and the Unspeakable’
Doty on Bishop: ‘A Tremendous Fish’
Doty on William Blake: ‘Infernal Sympathies’