Mark Doty, U.Va.'s Rea Visiting Writer, Will Present a Reading and
30, 2001 -- Mark Doty, one of the countrys
most celebrated contemporary poets and literary figures, will present
a public reading as the Rea Visiting Writer at the University of
Virginia in February.
winner of numerous awards for his five poetry collections and two
nonfiction books, Doty will read from his work Feb. 15. The event
will be at 8 p.m. in the U.Va. Bookstore mezzanine and is free and
open to the public. He was scheduled to give an informal talk on
the craft of poetry Feb. 13, but that talk has been postponed.
poetry collections include, most recently, "Sweet Machine"
(1998), and "My Alexandria" (1993), which focuses on the
AIDS crisis. The latter book was chosen by Philip Levine for the
National Poetry Series, won the National Book Critics Circle Award
and Britains T.S. Eliot Prize and was also a National Book
1996 Doty won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction
for "Heavens Coast," a bestselling memoir about
a gay relationship and his partners battle with AIDS.
autobiographical book, "Firebird," about a boys
experiences related to art, aesthetics, identity and gender, was
published in 1999. A new prose book, "Still Life with Oysters
and Lemon," is due to appear this month.
in 1953, Doty has been widely praised both for his distinctive writing
style and for his ability to blend political and artistic dimensions
in his work. He presently teaches in the graduate writing program
at the University of Houston.
Rea Visiting Writer program in U.Va.'s English department is sponsored
by the Dungannon Foundation and the Henry Hoyns Fund. During their
visits, Rea writers work with students in the department's Creative
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856