This weekend in Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets holds its annual conference. Most of it is a private affair, but the noteworthy exception is the public reading by one of the nation’s most-honored poets, Mark Doty.
Doty has published nine books of poetry and three memoirs. His Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the 2008 National Book Award. He’s also received the UK’s T.S. Eliot prize; Guggenheim, Rockefeller and NEA fellowships; and many other awards.
His poetry touches deep human emotions without being sentimental. Lake Effect's Bonnie North reached him on the road in Lansing, Michigan, and Doty talked about the importance of poetry as both a written and an oral form:
Poet Mark Doty will give a public reading Saturday night at the Park East Hotel in Milwaukee as part of the annual conference of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.