Our Featured Poet: Sean Thomas Dougherty

Sean Thomas Dougherty is a former high school dropout and factory worker. He grew up in a racially mixed family with a mother of Jewish/Okie descent and an African-American stepfather. A nationally reknowned performance poet he is the author of five books including the book of experimental prose, The Biography of Broken Things (2002 Mitkimitki Press) and Except by Falling, winner of the 2000 Pinyon Press Poetry Prize from Mesa State College and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Forthcoming titles include Toward a Choreography: New and Selected Poems and Performance Writings (2003 Mitki/mitki Press) as well as his edited collections Along the Lake: Contemporary Writing from Erie (2003 YeOldeFontshoppe Press) and the critical Maria Mazziotti Gillan (2003 Guernica Editions). He has appeared at numerous colleges and festivals including the Detroit Art Festival, the Connecticut Poetry Festival, the Lollapalooza Music Festival, LA’s Beyond Baroque Literary Center, Carnegie Mellon U, Gannon U, and was a keynote reader at the 2001 Race in the Humanities Conference. His work appears in numerous anthologies including Like Thunder (2002 U of Iowa), American Diaspora (2001 U of Iowa), American Poetry: Next Generation (2001 Carnegie Mellon), and Identity Lessons (1999 Viking Penguin). He teaches at Penn State Erie.

For this feature, PoetryPoetry.com gives you two readings performed by Mr. Dougherty. The first of these is taken from the audio portion of an episode (recorded in 1994) of The Poetry Motel, a television series hosted by Charlie Rossiter in the mid-nineties. The second is a more recent reading (2001) given by Mr. Dougherty at the Changing Spaces Gallery in Albany, NY. that was hosted by Dan Wilcox.

Click here to stream all the audio selections.
Click here to stream the 1994 Poetry Motel interview.
Click here to stream the 2001 reading from the Changing Spaces Gallery.


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