Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Reading With the 2016 Paterson Poetry Prize Winner & Finalists

The Distinguished Poets Series of the Poetry Center at PCCC
presents the 2016 Paterson Poetry Prize Winner & Finalists
on Saturday, April 1 at 1 PM at the Poetry Center in Paterson, NJ.

Winner: Mark Doty, for Deep Lane (W. W. Norton and Company)

Maria Gillan and Mark Doty
Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane, 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 three memoirs: the New York Times-bestselling 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.

In 2011, Doty was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Doty is a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, and also teaches in NYU’s low-residency MFA program in Paris.

Finalists Reading at the Event:
Richard Michelson, More Money Than God (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA)
Patricia Spears Jones A Lucent Fire: New & Selected Poems (White Pine Press, Buffalo, NY)
Adele Kenny A Lightness, A Thirst, or Nothing at All (Welcome Rain Publishers, NY, NY)
Vivian Shipley Perennial (Negative Capability Press, Mobile, AL)

Other Finalists:
Reginald Dwayne Betts, Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books, New York, NY)
Tony Hoagland, Application for Release from the Dream (Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, MN),

Workshops with Mark Doty or Richard Michelson will be held 10 am to 12 pm - Fee: $20, pre-registration is required

For further information, contact Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Executive Director, Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, at (973) 684-6555.

For award rules and application forms visit our website at

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