Distinguished Poet and Memoirist Mark Doty to Read
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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Smith College will present
two events by distinguished poet and memoirist Mark Doty on March 25 and 26 that
are free and open to the public. He will read his own works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,
March 25, in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, and lecture on memoir-writing at
4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in Seelye 201.
is a contemporary master, whose poetic production spans eight volumes, including
the recently released “Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems.” As writer
W. S. Merwin said, “A new book of poems -- or of anything -- by Doty
is “good news in a dark time.” Doty has won warm acclaim for each of
his collections: “Turtle,” “Swan,” “Bethlehem in Broad
Daylight,” “My Alexandria,” “Atlantis,” “Sweet
Machine,” “Source” and “School of the Arts.” He has
been honored with the Ambassador Book Award, the Bingham Poetry Prize, two Lambda
Literary Awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle
Award and Britain’s T.S. Eliot Prize.
“If it were mine to invent the poet to complete
the century of William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens,” wrote poet Phillip
Levine, “I would create Doty just as he is, a maker of big, risky, fearless
poems in which ordinary human experience becomes music.”
Recipient of fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation,
Ingram Merrill Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Whiting Foundation and the National
Endowment for the Arts, Doty has also published four highly-regarded books of nonfiction
and memoir and is widely sought after as a reader and teacher. He currently lives
in New York City and Houston, Texas.
The lecture is sponsored by the Poetry
Center, the Programs for American Studies and for the Study of Women and Gender
and the Lecture Committee.
Doty’s reading will be followed by a book sale
and signing, and his lecture will be followed by a reception. For further information,
contact Cindy Furtek in the Poetry Center office at (413) 585-4891 or Ellen Doré Watson,
director, at (413) 585-3368.
For disability access information or to request accommodations,
call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413)
585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail ODS@smith.edu. All requests must be
made at least 10 days prior to the event.