US poet first holder of fellowship in Seamus Heaney legacy project
American poet Mark Doty, renowned for his powerful work in response to the AIDS epidemic, has been named as the first Seamus Heaney International Visiting Poetry Fellow at Queen's University, Belfast.
The fellowship, created as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Queen's University's joint 10-year Seamus Heaney Legacy project, is worth £20,000 annually and made to a distinguished poet of international repute.
Mr Doty will formally take up his post in autumn 2018, when he will be based for four weeks at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's, presenting public readings, workshops and masterclasses.
During his time he will also engage in outreach activities at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace in Bellaghy.