25th Annual Literary Festival at ODU: September 30-October 5, 2002


Mark Doty, 25th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Mark Doty

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Featured Participant

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Mills Godwin 102

Author/Artist Bio

Mark Doty is the only American poet to have won Britain's T. S. Eliot Prize for poetry. His six books of poems and three volumes of nonfiction prose have been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Nonfiction Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writer's Award, and a Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Writers Award. His most recent books are Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, a prose meditation, and Source, a new book of poems. He teaches in the graduate writing program at the University of Houston.


Thursday, October 3rd, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.

Poet, memoirist, and teacher, Mark Doty persistently seeks the richness of individual complexity. Recently, he has said he wants to see the self among the many: "I, for one, am hungry to read poems of American life now, in all its messy complications, with its terrors and uncertainties and possible grounds for hope." He will read new work as well as poems from his prize-winning collections.

Co-sponsored by the Associated Writing Programs Benefits Reading Series

Friday, October 4th, 2002 at 11:00 a.m.

Poetry and painting have long been viewed as sister arts. "The poet is like a painter," said Plato. Horace coined the phrase ut pictura poesis ("as a painting, so a poem"). Three contemporary artists, Mark Doty and W. D. Snodgrass (poets) and Donald Roller Wilson (painter) address the relationship of poetry and painting through their own experience. Linda McGreevy is the moderator.


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