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Calliope—Our 8th Season Begins:
Sunday, September 7th, 3 - 5 p.m.
Mark Doty & Justen Ahren
West Falmouth Library,
575 West Falmouth Hwy.
$20—Reservations through website, limited seating.
Calliope's 8th season begins on Sunday, September 7th, 3 - 5 p.m. at the West Falmouth Library, with readings by National Book Award winning poet and Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets, Mark Doty & Justen Ahren, founding director, Noepe Center for Literary Arts, Martha’s Vineyard.
Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, the latest, Deep Lane, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. His collection, Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (2008) won the National Book Award. He is the only American poet to win Great Britain’s T.S. Eliot Prize. In addition to the Witter Byner Prize, Mark he has received two NEA Fellowships, a Guggenheim and Rockerfeller Foundation Fellowship and a Lila Walace/Readers Digest Award. In 2011, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
In addition to his book-length essay of visual arts, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, and his book on poetic craft and criticism, The Art of Description, Mark is the author of three memoirs, and is currently working on his fourth, What is the Grass, which centers on his poetic relationship with Walt Whitman.
West Tisbury Poet Laureate, Justen Ahren, is the author of A Strange Catechism (2013). His poems have appeared in the literary journals, Fulcrum, Texas Poetry Review and Comstock Review, among others. He received his MFA from Emerson College and frequently teaches poetry and writing workshops on Martha’s Vineyard and in Labro, Italy. He founded and directs the Noepe Center for Literary Arts and the Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency.
Before the reading, pianist Mike Cronin will play a selection of jazz and Cole Porter classics.