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Fiction Writer, Poet
Gregory Donovan is the author of the poetry collections Torn from the Sun, forthcoming from Red Hen Press in spring 2015, and Calling His Children Home, winner of the Devins Award, as well as poetry, essays, and fiction published in The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Chautauqua, storySouth, MiPOesias, 42opus, diode, The Southern Quarterly, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. Donovan is Senior Editor of the online journal Blackbird and he teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Rita Dove received the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Thomas and Beulah and served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995; her most recent poetry collections are Sonata Mulattica (2009) and American Smooth (2004). She is sole editor of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2011). She has also published short stories, the novel Through the Ivory Gate and the drama The Darker Face of the Earth, which was produced at the Kennedy Center in 1997. In 1998 the Boston Symphony debuted her song cycle "Seven for Luck", with music by John Williams, under the composer's baton. She received the National Medal of Arts at the White House in February 2012. She is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.