Poet Mark Doty has written 12 books of poetry and three memoirs. Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, published in 2008 won the National Book Award for Poetry in that year. In 1995 His collection, My Alexandria, won the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, the first American poet to do so. The book was also honored as a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the 1993 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His memoirs Firebird about his childhood growing up in the South and Arizona, Heaven’s Coast: A Memoir about the death of his partner Wally Roberts, and the Dog Years, about the lives of his two dogs, have all been honored with awards. He is director of Rutgers University’s Writer House. After Mark Doty’s reading there will be a book signing and an open mike.