Annual Reece Lecture to Feature Prize-Winning Author of Poetry and Prose Mark Doty

Friday, March 22, 2013

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Young Harris College’s Annual Reece Lecture to Feature Prize-Winning Author of Poetry and Prose Mark Doty

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The annual Reece Lecture at Young Harris College will feature prize-winning author of poetry and prose and New York Times bestselling memoirist Mark Doty on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the lecture. Presented by the Division of Humanities, the event is free and open to the public.

Praised by the New York Times for his “dazzling, tactile grasp of the world,” Doty is a renowned author of poetry and prose. He is the author of three memoirs including the bestselling Dog Years, Firebird and Heaven's Coast, as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word, part of the popular “Art of” series published by Graywolf Press.

Throughout his writings, he shows special interest in the visual arts, as is evident in his poems and also in this book-length essay, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon. He is currently at work on a memoir that centers on his poetic relationship with Walt Whitman titled What Is the Grass in addition to a forthcoming book of poetry titled Deep Lane.

The author of eight books of poetry, Doty is the only American poet to have won Great Britain's T. S. Eliot Prize. His 1993 collection titled My Alexandria received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems was published in 2008 and won the National Book Award that year.

Doty has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is a recipient of a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award and the Witter Byner Prize. He currently serves as a professor of English at Rutgers University and is a frequent guest at Columbia University, Hunter College and NYU.

The Byron Herbert Reece Lecture Series was established in 1966 in memory of noted poet and YHC alumnus and former instructor Byron Herbert Reece, ’40. This lecture series honors his memory and contributions to the world of letters by bringing noted writers to campus. Past visiting writers award-winning poet and author Enid Shomer, former Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins and former Poet Laureate of Georgia Bettie Sellers.
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About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit