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The Best American Poetry 2012

  Mark DotyMark Doty was born in Maryville, Tennessee, in 1953. Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (HarperCollins, 2008), the most recent of his nine books of poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also received a Whiting Writers’ Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Ingram-Merrill Foundations, an award from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of five volumes of nonfiction prose, the most recent of which, Dog Years (HarperCollins, 2007) won the Israel Fishman Nonfiction Award from the American Library Association. After ten years of teaching at the University of Houston, he joined the faculty at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He has taught in writing programs around the country, including the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, New York University, Stanford, Columbia, and Princeton. He is working on two new books, Deep Lane, a collection of poems, and a book-length prose meditation on Walt Whitman, desire, and the ecstatic, Where is the Grass? He lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island.

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