Happy Birthday to Mark Doty!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

By M. Milam

Photo by Margaretta Mitchell

Photo by Margaretta Mitchell

On August 10th, 1953, Mark Doty was born in Maryville, Tennesee. A celebrated poet and memoirist, Doty has contributed beauty and insights to the forms since his first publication in 1987.

Doty’s work is vast and varying in theme and form, including multiple memoirs: the poignant and emotional book, Heaven’s Coast: A Memoir, about losing his partner to AIDS; Firebird, a memoir detailing his early years, growing up with an alcoholic and homophobic mother; and Dog Years, his most recent memoir about his canine support during his almost unbearable times of loss and pain.

Today, we celebrate his life and his work and offer these six simple words: Happy birthday to you, Mark Doty!

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