--Considered to be One of the Most Accomplished Poets of His Generation--
FLUSHING, NY, February 8, 2010—Hailed by the New York Times as “a poet of glow, compassion and humanity,” Mark Doty will read from his work on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30 pm in the Benjamin Rosenthal Library auditorium, Room 230 at Queens College in Flushing. Doty’s reading is part of the successful New Salon in Queens established last February, a partnership between the Poetry Society of America (PSA)—the nation’s oldest poetry organization—and Queens College’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation.
An award-winning American poet and memoirist and New York Times best-selling author, Doty has achieved recognition as one of the most accomplished poets of his generation. He has written several collections of poetry; most recently, Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which received the 2008 National Book Award; Atlantis, which was honored with the Ambassador Book Award, the Bingham Poetry Prize, and a Lambda Literary Award; and My Alexandra, chosen for the National Poetry Series, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry and Britain’s T.S. Eliot Prize for Best Book of Poetry – the first American poet to have done so.
Doty has also published noted works of non-fiction including, Heaven’s Coast, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction; Dog Years, which won the 2008 American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award and was a New York Times best-seller in 2007; Firebird, which told the story of his childhood in the American South and Arizona; and Still Life With Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill, Rockefeller and Whiting foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. Educated at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, Doty currently teaches as a Distinguished Writer at Rutgers University.
The New Salon in Queens was inspired by the intimate literary exchanges of 17th century Paris, where noted intellectuals and arts patrons would open the drawing rooms (salons) of their apartments to artists, writers and others as intimate gathering places to discuss books, fashion, politics and business and to encourage support of the arts. An outer-borough extension of a popular Manhattan program, the QC-PSA series brings nationally recognized poets to the college, where they read from their work and engage in lively discussion. Robert Casper, PSA programs director and publisher of the literary journal jubilat, will interview Doty following his reading. The events conclude with a Q&A with the audience and a reception. The author’s books will be available for purchase that evening.
“At last fall’s New Salon in Queens featuring Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, we attracted a record audience for the series,” says Casper. “We’re thrilled to return this spring with Mark Doty and continue our affiliation with Queens College and the MFA program, which is doing such great work celebrating poetry and educating new generations of poets.”
“Through our partnership with the PSA, we’ve been enormously successful in bringing together the amazing community of poets and poetry lovers, writers at the college and in the borough,” says MFA Director Nicole Cooley.
The Rosenthal Library auditorium is accessible from the main entrance of the library (on the 3rd floor). Just after the main entrance, take the stairs to the right of the doors to the Louis Armstrong Archives. For directions to campus, see http://www.qc.cuny.edu/WELCOME/DIRECTIONS/Pages/default.aspx . For a campus map, visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/welcome/directions/3d/Pages/Home.aspx .
The Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, introduced in fall 2008, offers a diverse student body the opportunity to work closely with award-winning faculty members who are also committed teachers. Faculty include novelist John Weir, winner of the Lambda Literary Award; poet and translator Roger Sedarat, winner of the Hollis Summers prize in poetry; playwright Richard Schotter, Obie award nominee and Berman Playwriting Prize winner; poet Kimiko Hahn, winner of the PEN/Voelcker Award in poetry; Nicole Cooley, who directs the MFA program, winner of the Walt Whitman Award in poetry; and poet and novelist Jeff Allen, winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction. Jocelyn Lieu is teaching fiction as this year’s visiting professor in the program. For more information. visit www.qc.cuny.edu/Creative_Writing .
The Poetry Society of America was founded in 1910 for the purpose of creating a public forum for the advancement, enjoyment, and understanding of poetry. Through a diverse array of programs, initiatives, contests, and awards, the PSA works to build a larger audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the art, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life. Alice Quinn, former longtime poetry editor of The New Yorker, is executive director of the PSA. Learn more at http://www.poetrysociety.org/.