From Izzy Rode ’14:
Since the publication of his first volume of verse, Turtle, Swan, in 1987, Mark Doty has been recognized as one of the most accomplished poets in America. Hailed for his elegant, intelligent verse, Doty has often been compared to James Merrill,Walt Whitman and C.P. Cavafy. His syntactically complex and aesthetically profound free verse poems, odes to urban gay life, and quietly brutal elegies to his lover, Wally Roberts, have been hailed as some of the most original and arresting poetry written today. The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, Doty has also won a number of prestigious literary awards, including the Whiting Writer’s Award, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the National Poetry Series, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction, and the National Book Award for Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (2008). –(excerpt from The Poetry Foundation)
Open to poetry-writing students who can commit to all 3 classes. Each class will last 2.5 hours and include dinner. This is an extraordinary chance to work closely with the prize-winning poet. No additional fee.
To apply, please send a cover letter including expression of interest and experience as well as a sample of 3 to 4 poems to abloom[at]wesleyan[dot]edu. There are 8 seats still available that will be filled as applications are received. The course will not be for credit– nothing but the honor and an incredible opportunity.
Classes will meet at the Shapiro Center, 167 High Street on
- Wednesday, September 11th
- Wednesday, November 6th
- Wednesday, December 4th