Mark Doty was born in Tennessee and educated at Drake University and Goddard College. He published his first two books of poetry at David R. Godine when he was in his thirties. He has since published seven additional books of poetry, three memoirs, a handbook for writers, and essays on art, objects, and intimacy. His latest book of poetry, Fire to Fire, received the National Book Award. Doty has taught at numerous prestigious creative writing programs, including the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the MFA programs at Princeton University, Columbia University, Cornell University, and University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He currently lives with his partner Alexander Hadel in New York City.