Each reading is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Poet Mark Doty
Tuesday, February 21, 8pm
East Duke Parlors
“Archive Festival set to light up literature,” The Chronicle, 2/16/06
Fiction writer Joe Ashby Porter
Friday, March 31, 8pm
Thomas Room, Lilly Library
Fiction writer Ann Beattie
Thursday, April 13, 8pm
Rare Book Room, Perkins Library
About the Festival’s Featured Authors
Mark Doty is the author of seven books of poetry, including Source (2002); Sweet Machine (1998); Atlantis (1995), which received the Ambassador Book Award, the Bingham Poetry Prize, and a Lambda Literary Award; My Alexandria (1993), chosen by Philip Levine for the National Poetry Series, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and Britain’s T. S. Eliot Prize, and was also a National Book Award finalist; Bethlehem in Broad Daylight (1991); and Turtle, Swan (1987). He has also published Heaven’s Coast: A Memoir (1996), which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, and Firebird (HarperCollins, 1999), an autobiography. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill, Rockefeller, and Whiting foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Doty is also the first post-Stonewall homosexual poet to become a major voice in American letters (Ploughshares 1998). By his own description, much of his work is an examination of a whole constellation of experiences and ideas—personal and collective—about art, sexuality, identity, gender, and the survival of the inner life. As poet Mark Wunderlich has written, Simply by being open about his sexuality, by using it as a subject for his poems without having it be the subject, Doty [has] created a new model for gay and lesbian poets and poetry (Ploughshares 1998).
Joe Ashby Porter is the author of the novels Eelgrass (New Directions) and Resident Aliens (New Amsterdam). He has also published several collections of short fiction, including The Kentucky Stories (Johns Hopkins), a Pulitzer Prize nominee, Lithuania: Short Stories (Johns Hopkins), and Touch Wood (Turtle Point). His short stories have appeared in Antaeus, Fiction, Fiction International, Harper’s, Ploughshares, Raritan, Triquarterly, and The Yale Review. His fiction has been reprinted in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Store of Joys: Writers Celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the N. C. Museum of Art, God: Stories, Contemporary American Fiction, and other anthologies. His awards include two NEA Creative Writing Fellowships, and, most recently, a 2004 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Literature. Joe Ashby Porter has taught fiction writing at Virginia, at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and at Duke University, where he is Professor of English. He has served as Writer-in-Residence at Brown and at the Université François Rabelais in Tours. As Shakespearean Joseph A. Porter, he is author or editor of many scholarly books and articles. Mr. Porter’s newest novel, The Near Future, which he will read at this year’s Festival, was featured in the Fall, 2005 issue of Golden Handcuffs Review, where it was described as nothing less than a brilliant tour de force.
Since publishing her first story in The New Yorker at age 25, Ann Beattie has earned the respect of many of the century’s finest writers, and the devotion of many thousands of fans. She is frequently regarded as the voice of her generation. Ms. Beattie has published six novels and six collections of short stories, including Park City (1998), What Was Mine (1991), and The Burning House (1982), and six novels including My Life, Starring Dara Falcon (1997), Another You (1995), Picturing Will (1990), and Chilly Scenes of Winter (1976). In addition, Ms. Beattie’s work has been included in three O. Henry Award collections, and in John Updike’s Best American Short Stories of the Century. Ms. Beattie has taught at Harvard College and The University of Virginia, among other places. Her awards include an award for excellence from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim fellowship. In addition to many others, these commendations establish Ms. Beattie as one of the most acclaimed American writers in recent decades.