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Bowers Writers House hosts Mark Doty Oct. 18, 19

Award-winning poet presents ‘Becoming Yourself: What It Costs Us, and How it Matters’

Bowers Writers House event Mark Doty’s book “Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems,” won the National Book Award for Poetry, and his writings have appeared in Ploughshares, The Atlantic (formerly Atlantic Monthly) and The New Yorker. Now, the award-winning poet visits Elizabethtown College’s Bowers Writers House to read from his own work as part of the Guest Poet Series and as part of the varied line-up of events planned for the College’s interdisciplinary venue throughout the fall. Doty’s reading takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Bowers Writers House. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Doty presents "Becoming Yourself: What It Costs Us, and How it Matters." The presentation explores how it can be tough to define who we really are – as persons and as a people. The poet and essayist will define this struggle and guide us through a close look at public and personal identity. NOTE: Doty’s presentation takes place in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center.

Bowers Writers House at Elizabethtown College, 840 College Hill Lane, was created with a generous gift by Kenneth L. ’59 and Rosalie E. ’58 Bowers to support a culture of creative curiosity and foster a new sense of excitement and enthusiasm for intellectual diversity. The Bowers Writers House is an interdisciplinary venue for presentation, performance, expression and study. The programs—from dramatic readings to interactive panels to musical performances—offer a dynamic variety of enjoyable and informative experiences. Visit for more information.

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