Mark Doty

Mark Doty

About Mark Doty

Mark Doty (born August 10, 1953 in Maryville, Tennessee) is an American Anglicist, author, poet, and essayist. He published his first book of poetry Turtle, Swan, by David R. Godine in 1987; His second collection, Bethlehem in Broad Daylight, appeared from the same publisher in 1991. Doty has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. In 1995, He received the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry and in 1996 the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction for Heaven's Coast. In 2008, he received the National Book Award for Poetry for Fire to Fire. Doty studied at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. He is the author of non-fiction books and nine volumes of poetry most recently Deep Lane (W.W. Norton, 2015). Doty teaches English and creative writing at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
In 1989, his partner Wally Roberts tested positive for HIV. After Robert's death in 1994, he wrote the book Heaven's Coast: A Memoir in his memory. "He also published Tiara in 1990 in an anthology called Poets for Life: Seventy-Six Poets Respond to AIDS. This poem critiques the way society perceived and treated homosexual AIDS sufferers. The 1980s marked the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Doty was married to writer Paul Lisicky from 2008 to 2013. Doty has been married to Alexander Hadel since 2015 and lives in New York City.

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