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Rita Dove

Rita Dove

Author's Bio

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.

Publications and Prizes

Collected Poems 1974-2004 (W. W. Norton & Company, 2018), Sonata Mulattica (W. W. Norton & Company, 2009), American Smooth (W. W. Norton & Company, 2004), On the Bus with Rosa Parks (W. W. Norton & Company, 1999), Mother Love (W. W. Norton & Company, 1995), Selected Poems (Pantheon, 1993), Grace Notes (W. W. Norton & Company, 1989), Thomas & Beulah (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1986), Museum (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1983), Yellow House on the Corner (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1980)
The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry (Penguin, 2011)
Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the 2011 National Medal of Arts (presented in February 2012 by President Barack Obama), the 2010 Ambassador Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented at Oklahoma Celebration of the Book, the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal and the Premio Capri (both in 2009), the 2008 Library of Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2007 Chubb Fellowship at Yale University, the 2006 Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service, the 2001 Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award, the New York Public Library's Library Lion medal in 2000 (as well as its "Literary Lion" medal in 1990), the 1996 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, the 1996 National Humanities Medal (presented by President Bill Clinton), Glamour magazine's 1993 Woman of the Year award and 25 honorary doctorates.

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Listing last updated: July 13, 2016

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Identifies as:
African American
Fluent in:
English, German
Born in:
Akron, OH
Raised in:
Akron, OH

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