January 25, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Mark Doty, the 2012 Poet-in-Residence at Bucknell University, will give a reading of his works Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Stadler Center for Poetry in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.

Doty also will participate in a question and answer session about his poetry, nonfiction, and the writing life Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. in the C. Willard Smith Library in the Vaughan Literature Building.

Both events are free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Stadler Center for Poetry.

Doty, who teaches at Rutgers University, is the author of eight books of poetry including School of the Arts, Source, My Alexandria and the 2008 National Book Award for Poetry winner Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems.

He also has published four volumes of nonfiction prose: Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Heaven's Coast, Firebird, and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007.

Doty's poems have appeared in many magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The New Yorker as well as 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.

The only American poet to have received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the United Kingdom, he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Since its initiation in 1981, the Poet-in-Residence program has brought poets of national and international renown for an extended stay during the spring semester. The Poet-in-Residence teaches a master class for qualified students, presents a public reading and a lecture or Q&A session, and otherwise serves as an active presence on campus. The program honors the achievement of a distinguished poet and provides undergraduate writers the opportunity to work with a literary luminary. Among poets to hold the position in the past are Maxine Kumin, Mary Oliver, Gerald Stern, William Matthews, Linda Gregg, John Haines, Marilyn Chin, and Natasha Trethewey.

For more information on the series and programs of the Stadler Center for Poetry, visit the website, http://www.bucknell.edu/stadlercenter, e-mail stadlercenter@bucknell.edu or phone 570-577-1853.

Contact: Division of Communications



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