Mark Doty to present Dog Years at RIC, Sept. 15

Mark Doty, poet, author and memoirist, will discuss his New York Times best-selling book, "Dog Years: A Memoir," at Rhode Island College on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in Alger Hall 110. This event is free and open to the public.

"Dog Years: A Memoir" captures the intimate companionship of Doty’s retrievers, Beau and Arden. “My two speechless friends,” he writes, “They were the secret heroes to my own vitality.” "Dog Years" is a moving memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about life, love and loss.

“…Doty brilliantly captures the qualities that make dogs endearing,” according to a 2007 New Yorker article on "Dog Years."

Doty is the winner of last year’s National Book Award and the only American to win the T.S. Eliot Prize for best book of poetry published in the United Kingdom.

Mark Doty’s work has also been honored by the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards, and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/Readers’ Digest, among others.

Lisa Starr, Rhode Island Poet Laureate, said, “Mark is a wonderful writer whose gift will delight our Rhode Island audience.” Starr will introduce Doty the night of the event.

The RIC English Department and the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA) are sponsoring this event in conjunction with RIVMA’s annual Vet Week. RIC is contributing the space for the presentation.

Vet Week, held Sept. 13-19, celebrates the joy of pet ownership and highlights the work veterinarians do each and every day to keep animals healthy and safe.

To learn more about Doty visit For more information about the event and Vet Week, call (401) 751-0944 or click

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