For Immediate Release  
Contact: Jennifer Judge Yonkoski
Assistant Technical Professor of English
(570) 208-5900 ext. 5487

February 6, 2020 – Mark Doty, distinguished poet and essayist, will be visiting King’s College on March 23-24 as part of the English Department’s Visiting Writer Program. He will be conducting a public reading, question-and-answer session, and book signing at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 23, in the Burke Auditorium in the McGowan School of Business.

Doty is an award-winning author who has written nine books of poetry, three memoirs, and a book about craft and criticism called “The Art of Description: World into Word.” In 2008, his book, “Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems,” won the National Book Award. Doty was the first American poet to win the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry for his collection “My Alexandria,” which also won the “Los Angeles Times” Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. One of his memoirs, “Dog Years,” was a “New York Times” best seller.   

Doty is currently a distinguished professor at Rutgers University and teaches in NYU’s MFA program in Paris.

As part of the Visiting Writer Program, Doty will be working with English students in creative writing classes during his two-day visit.

“King’s has been hosting visiting writers since 1989, offering students the opportunity to work closely with established writers and the larger community the chance to hear a writer perform work,” said Jennifer Judge Yonkoski, assistant technical professor of English, who coordinated this year’s program. “Doty’s writing beautifully illustrates how a writer turns everyday experiences into art.”

The Burke Auditorium is located in the William G. McGowan School of Business, N. River and W. Union streets, Wilkes-Barre. Parking will be available in on-campus lots. For more information, please contact Jennifer Judge Yonkoski at (570) 208-5900 ext. 5487, or at  

Mark Doty