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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.
I am a relatively new poet who enjoys formal poetry as much as free verse. My favorite topic is spirituality. I am a member of Hampton Roads Writers where I served as Treasurer for three years.