The Calliope Poetry Reading Series will open its eighth season on Sunday, September 7 from 3 to 5 pm with National Book Award- winning poet and Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets, Mark Doty, and Founding Director of the Noepe Center for Literary Arts, Justen Ahren. Please note, all seats for this event have been filled. The event is funded in part through a grant from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.
Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, and 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, 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,” he 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. In addition to the Noepe Center, had also founded and directs the Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency.