Westchester Poetry Festival at The Masters School

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49 Clinton Avenue Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
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Mark Doty will deliver the keynote reading during the seventh annual Westchester Poetry Festival, jointly sponsored by The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center ( and The Masters School ( The Festival also will feature six additional acclaimed poets and open and close with student readings. Admission and parking are free.

Mark Doty is a renowned author of poetry and prose. He is the author of three memoirs: The New York Times-bestselling Dog Years (2007), Firebird (1999), and Heaven’s Coast (1997), 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. He is currently at work on a memoir that centers on his poetic relationship with Walt Whitman, entitled What Is the Grass.

He is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently Deep Lane (2015). Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems was published in 2008 and won the National Book Award for that year. Doty is the first American poet to have won Great Britain’s T. S. Eliot Prize, for My Alexandria (1993), which also received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other collections of poetry include: Turtle, Swan (1987); Atlantis (1995); Sweet Machine (1998); Source (2001); and the critically acclaimed, School of the Arts (2005).

Joining Doty are: Joshua Bennett, author of The Sobbing School (2016), a National Poetry Series selection; Tim McGillicuddy, author of four books of poetry, including A Music Box (Shires Press, 2015); Kamilah Aisha Moon, author of She Has a Name (Four Way Books, 2013); Emilia Phillips, author of Groundspeed (2016) and Terese Svoboda’s author of When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected and New Poems (2015). The poetry of the late Max Ritvo’s Four Reincarnations (Milkweed Editions, 2016) will be read by his mother, Ariella Ritvo-Slifka.

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