Eliot Prize for Poetry, for his book My Alexandria. The book was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner Of the 1 993 Los Angels Times Book Prize for Poetry and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Dotty also received a 1 994 Whiting Writers’ Award. He has written twelve books of poetry and three memoirs. Fired told the story of his childhood in the American South and in Arizona. Dog Years was a memoir of the lives of two of his dogs who Dotty had while dealing with the death of his partner and the devastation of 9-1 1.
Louise Reedier praised the kook as being “about dogs, that is to say, about everything we cannot talk about… The ‘unswayable’ about our relationships with animals, and about unspeakable times of loss, Dog Years is not a dark book. It is illuminated from within by gorgeous wonder. ” Dog Years is the winner of the 2008 American Library