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Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum: 2024 - Mark Doty

Sofia & Herbert Reuner Library Writers Series & Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum

Sponsored by the Ulster Community College Foundation, The Poetry Forum is an annual event which brings well-known and award-winning poets to SUNY Ulster for intimate question and answer sessions, as well as a special reading of their poetry. In 2007, the program was renamed the Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum to honor the memory of Ellen Robbins (1952-2006) who was on the faculty at SUNY Ulster from 1994 until 2006, and Chair of the English department, 2002-2006.

The SUNY Ulster Herbert H. & Sofia P. Reuner Library Writers Series is a special program begun in 1998, sponsored by The UlsterCommunity College Foundation. Sofia shared her love of the theater, fine arts, and reading with numerous endowments at SUNY Ulster, including student scholarships in the performing and fine arts and the Herbert H. & Sofia P. Reuner Library Writers Series, which brings renowned writers to campus.  Sofia passed on July 4, 2023, at the age of 105.  Our fond memories of Sofia and the Reuners and their support of SUNY Ulster and our students live on through this writer's series. 

Mark Doty with hands clasped at chinMark Doty


Thursday, April 18, 2024, 10:15 am
College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall

Moderated by Rachael Pompeii, Assistant Professor of English

Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane (April 2015), Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize in the UK. He is also the author of four memoirs: the New York Times-bestselling What Is the Grass, Dog Years, Firebird, and Heaven’s Coast, as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word. Doty has received two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Witter Byner Prize.



Mark Doty Books

Mark Doty