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Young Lion Conservators Salon: Sex, Mark Doty & Granta


May 4, 2010

This YL Conservator Salon takes on one of the toughest topics of all: sex.  National Book Award winning writer Mark Doty (Dog Years, Fire to Fire) and editor John Freeman (The Tyranny of Email) join the Young Lions Conservators for a conversation to celebrate the publication of Issue 110 of Granta: The Magazine of New Writing.  This provocative new issue proves that it is possible to write seriously (and seriously well) about sex.


MARK DOTY's books of poetry and nonfiction prose have been honored with numerous distinctions, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and, in the United Kingdom, the T. S. Eliot Prize. In 2008, he won the National Book Award for Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems. He is a professor at the Rutgers University.  His featured piece in Issue 110 of Granta is a lyrical and intense look at an affair that he had with a man when he was young and married to a woman.

JOHN FREEMAN is an award-winning writer and book critic who has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. Freeman won the 2007 James Patterson PageTurner Award. His book The Tyranny of Email: The Four-Thousand Year Journey to Your Inbox was published last fall.  He is the editor of Granta.

In the pages of GRANTA, readers met for the first time the narrative prose of writers such as Bill Bryson, Arundhati Roy and Zadie Smith; and have encountered events and topics as diverse as the fall of Saigon, the mythology of the Titanic, adultery, psychotherapy and Chinese cricket fighting.  Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story, both in fiction and non-fiction, and the story’s supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.   For more information, visit