2013 Literary Awards
The DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH and PURDUE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES are pleased to announce the speaker for the 82nd Annual Literary Awards Banquet will be poet Mark Doty. Click here for a list of the 2013 winners.
The following events are planned:
April 8, 4:30 pm - Literary Awards pre-dinner reception, Anniversary Drawing Room, Purdue Memorial Union (included with the ticket price for the banquet)
April 8, 5:30 pm - Literary Awards Banquet, North Ballroom, Purdue Memorial Union. The Banquet includes dinner, the Literary Awards ceremony and remarks from Mark Doty about the creative process. All award winners will receive complimentary tickets. Other tickets ($25 adults/$17 students) can be purchased in Room 324, Heavilon Hall on the Purdue Campus beginning March 11 through April 3, 2013.
April 8, 8:00 pm - Mark Doty Reading, Fowler Hall, Stewart Center. Free and open to the public.
Mark Doty was born in 1953. He is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (HarperCollins, 2008), which received the National Book Award; School of the Arts (2005); Source (2002); and Sweet Machine (1998). Other collections include Atlantis (1995), which received the Ambassador Book Award and a Lambda Literary Award; My Alexandria (1993), chosen by Philip Levine for the National Poetry Series, winner of both the National Book Critics Circle Award and Britain's T. S. Eliot Prize, and finalist for the National Book Award; Bethlehem in Broad Daylight (1991); and Turtle, Swan (1987).
Doty is also an award-winning and bestselling nonfiction writer and memoirist. His memoir Heaven's Coast (1996) received the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. Other memoirs by Doty include Firebird (1999), Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy (2000), and Dog Years (HarperCollins, 2007). In 2010, Graywolf Books published Doty's collection of essays on poetry titled The Art of Description: World into Word.
He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill, Rockefeller, and Whiting foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2011. He has taught at the University of Houston and is currently serving as a Distinguished Writer at Rutgers University. He lives in New York City.