Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

QPF2017 Dog Years - Mark Doty

Presented by Queensland Poetry Festival

‘Being human is most likely a much lonelier endeavour than being a dog’ Mark Doty

QPF2017 Distant Voices presents an intimate session with award-winning writer Mark Doty. His New York Times best-selling Dog Years is a poetic intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about living, love, and loss. Dogs feature heavily in Mark’s vast body of poetry as well, as does use of elegy. As Mark has said ‘Being in grief, it turns out, is not unlike being in love.” Join Mark Doty in-conversation with UQP Poetry Editor and renowned critic Felicity Plunkett as part of his QPF exclusive first Australian visit.

Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane, Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the TS Eliot Prize in the UK. He is also the author of three memoirs: the New York Times-bestselling Dog Years, Firebird and Heaven’s Coast, and a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word. Doty has received two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Witter Byner Prize.

Image caption: Mark Doty
Image credit: Blue Flower Arts

    Australia Council of the Arts    

Event Details

Date & Time

Sat 26 Aug, 4pm
Duration: Approx 60min (no interval)


Theatre Unreserved Seating
General admission: $15
Age recommendation: 15+ (Mature Themes)



New York Times

Dog Years” is packed with reverent meditations on a dog’s capacity for nobility, sensitivity and grief.

The Guardian

A vindication of the heartbreaking risk of loving those you may lose, and one of the best books about depression and grief I've ever read.