Mark Doty to Judge 2009 Wabash Prize in Poetry

BY MEHDI OKASI, Editor-in-Chief

Sycamore Review is pleased to announce that accomplished writer, Mark Doty, will judge the 2009 Wabash Prize in Poetry.  Mr. Doty will join the ranks of prior esteemed judges Billy Collins and Eavan Boland.  Stay tuned for more information regarding the contest.

Mark Doty’s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems,  won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008.  His eight books of poems include School of the ArtsSource, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose:  Still Life with  Oysters and Lemon, Heaven’s Coast, Firebird and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007.

Doty’s poems  have appeared in many magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books,Ploughshares, Poetry, and The New Yorker.  Widely anthologized, his poems appear  in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections.

Doty’s work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards  and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. He is the only American poet to have received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K., and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Doty lives in New York City and in Houston, Texas, where he is John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the graduate program at the University of Houston. In the fall of 2009, he will join the faculty at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.