On Friday night, September 13 at 7:00 pm, the Provincetown Book Festival kicks off with a reading and reception: the awarding of the coveted Rose Dorothea award.

Created by Provincetown board of library trustees chair emeritus James Johnson, the Rose Dorothea Award pays tribute to nationally renowned writers who work on the Outer Cape. Named after the historic S/V Rose Dorothea (the half model of the Grand Banks schooner is located on the second level of our library.), the award seeks to recognize excellence among writers with a unique connection to the Outer Cape.

The 2019 recipient of the award is poet, memoirist, and essayist Mark Doty, whose time living in Provincetown in the 90s informs his work. Since the publication of his first volume of verse, Turtle, Swan in 1987, Mark Doty has been recognized as one of the most accomplished poets in America. Hailed for his elegant, intelligent verse, Doty has often been compared to James Merrill, Walt Whitman and C.P. Cavafy. His syntactically complex and aesthetically profound free verse poems, odes to urban gay life, and quietly brutal elegies to his lover, Wally Roberts, have been hailed as some of the most original and arresting poetry written today. The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, Doty has also won a number of prestigious literary awards, including the Whiting Writer’s Award, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the National Poetry Series, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction, and the National Book Award for Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (2008). A long-time resident of Provincetown, Massachusetts, Doty teaches at Rutgers University in New Jersey.