Mark Doty. There should be a temple, a cathedral, an extra moon. Large enough to honor the three great memoirs -- Firebird, Heaven's Coast, Dog Years -- and the genius poems, the best of which are collected in Fire to Fire, winner of the National Book Award in 2008. A born writer and a natural teacher, his twin talents come together in The Art of Description: World into Word. Follow his blog.
Today he's 59. His husband since 1995 Jen in comments says Doty and the terrific novelist Paul Lisicky parted ways last year.