When long-time outdoorsman, songwriter, and poet Mark Doherty decided he needed a stable profession for his day job in the 1990’s, he began his career as a high school teacher. But Doherty never really left the outdoors and his music behind; he just incorporated them into his creative approach to teaching high school English and writing.
After earning his BA in English and Writing from his home state of Colorado at Western State University, Doherty spent ten years working as a musician, backcountry guide, and free-lance writer in Southern Utah. Later he earned a teaching degree from Westminster College in Salt Lake City and now teaches International Baccalaureate Senior English as well as 11th grade core English in Midvale, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City located at the foot of the Wasatch Mountain Range. He earned his Master’s Degree in Writing Nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University in November of 2016.
Doherty is the author of Walking Natural Pathways, a poetry chapbook organized into five segments which feature sub-themes celebrating all aspects of the natural world—eons of natural evolution and epochs of mankind’s interface with nature. The poetic styles include a diverse range of poetic forms including free verse, prose, lyrical, traditional, and sonnet. Like the natural world that inspired the poems, the mix of styles, ideas, perspectives, and images create a many-colored poetic landscape. Every chapter features stylistically different poetic forms. You can order a copy today.