Award-winning poet Mark Doty will be the featured speaker at the annual Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Series being held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 2 in the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.
Mr. Doty is the author of seven books of poems and has the distinction of being the only American poet to have won Great Britain’s T.S. Eliot Prize. His collection, My Alexandria (1993), received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award in 2008.
In addition, Mr. Doty has also received two National Education Association fellowships, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Witter Byner Prize.
Mr. Doty teaches at Rutgers University, and is a frequent guest at Columbia University, Hunter College and NYU.
The Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz Poetry Series, which began in 2004, is made possible through an endowment from Pitt-Johnstown alumna Esther Goldhaber Jacovitz. Ms. Jacovitz was born in Cambria City, graduated from Johnstown High School in 1933, and attended Pitt-Johnstown from 1933-1936 when it was located on the second floor of Johnstown High School, where she majored in history with a minor in English. She attended the University of Pittsburgh from 1936-1937.
The event, which is being presented by the Pitt-Johnstown Creative and Professional Writing program, is free of charge and open to the public.
Previous poets have included Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Mary Ann Samyn, Lynn Emanuel, Terrance Hayes, Nick Flynn, Thomas Lux, Marilyn Chin, J. Allyn Rosser, and Mark Halliday.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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