Mark Doty is considered one of the most talented poets writing today. No slouch, he has been recognized for his prose, too — his memoir, Dog Years, was a New York Times best-seller. You get the chance to hear him read his work in person at Rockhurst University's Mabee Theater (in Sedgwick Hall, 53rd Street and Troost) when he appears with the Midwest Poets Series. The Rutgers University professor and "distinguished writer" — he has won the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the U.K.'s T.S. Eliot Prize, among others — reads at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $3 at the door, but no one is denied entrance for lack of funds. A reception and book signing follow. Call 816-501-4607 for more information.