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Rita Dove
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Rita Dove
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  • Pulitzer Prize winning poet.
  • Former Poet Laureate of the United States (1993-1995) and Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2004-2006).
  • Awarded the National Humanities Medal (1996) and the National Medal of Arts (2011).
  • Deeply resonant poetry combines a historical sensibility with attention to personal detail.
  • Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove is the only poet to receive both the National Humanities Medal (1996) and the National Medal of Arts (2011). Her poetry combines a historical sensibility with attention to personal detail, exploring themes as diverse as her grandparents’ lives and marriage, the events of America’s civil rights movement, and the life of Beethoven’s personal friend, the black violinist George Polgreen Bridgetower.

As Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995, Dove shared her love of the written word and her talents with the nation; from 2004 to 2006, she served her state as the Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition to the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and her presidentially bestowed medals, Dove has been honored with awards including the 2003 Emily Couric Leadership Award, the 2001 Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award, the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal in 2009, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in 2010, the 2015 Poetry and People International Prize in Guangdong, China, and the 2016 Stone Award for Lifetime Achievement. To date Dove has received 25 honorary doctorates.

Dove’s many published poetry collections include The Yellow House on the Corner (1980), Museum (1983), Thomas and Beulah (1986), Grace Notes (1989), Selected Poems (1993), Mother Love (1995), On the Bus with Rosa Parks (1999), American Smooth (2004), and Sonata Mulattica (2009). A polymath who believes there is no reason to confine authors to particular genres, she has also published short stories, a novel (Through the Ivory Gate, 1992), essays, a play (The Darker Face of the Earth, 1996), and a song cycle for soprano and orchestra (Seven for Luck, 1998).

Dove edited The Best American Poetry 2000 and The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry 2011), and from 2000 to 2002 she wrote a weekly poetry column for the Washington Post. Her Collected Poems 1974-2004 was published in 2016. Dove holds the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

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Rita Dove is a woman of many talents, noted most prominently as a poet but capable of speaking with deep wisdom about many of life’s most important truths. She offers poetry readings laced with witty and resonant insight into themes ranging from the lives of her grandparents to her childhood experiences in her local library, Rosa Parks to the more abstract realms of regret and memory.

A teacher with a sincere dedication to cultivating others’ growth, Dove offers perceptive commentary upon the arts. Her understanding of how history and culture intersect with everyday life deeply informs her work and offers important new insights. Audiences are left with relevant fodder for contemplation long after their time spent with Dove.

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