Former Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant to the Library of Congress
Rita Dove was U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993-1995 and Special Consultant in Poetry for the Library of Congress bicentennial in 1999/2000 and served as the Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2004-2006. She won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her book Thomas and Beulah. Her many other collections of poetry include Sonata Mulattica, American…
Rita Dove was U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993-1995 and Special Consultant in Poetry for the Library of Congress bicentennial in 1999/2000 and served as the Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2004-2006.
She won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her book Thomas and Beulah. Her many other collections of poetry include Sonata Mulattica, American Smooth, On the Bus with Rosa Parks, Mother Love, Grace Notes, Museum, The Yellow House on the Corner and Selected Poems; she has also published a collection of stories, Fifth Sunday, a novel, Through the Ivory Gate, a collection of her Poet Laureate lectures, The Poet’s World, and a verse drama, The Darker Face of the Earth, which had its premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1996 and was produced at the Kennedy Center and the Royal National Theatre, among others.
Her song cycle, Seven For Luck, was set to music by John Williams and premiered at Tanglewood in 1998, and the following year she collaborated with John Williams and Steven Spielberg on “America’s Millennium.” She also edited the seminal anthologies Best American Poetry 2000 and The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2011).
Ms. Dove has received, in addition to 22 honorary doctorates and many other honors and awards, both Library Lion and Literary Lion citations from the New York Public Library, a Fund for New American Plays award from the Kennedy Center, the 1996 Heinz Award in the Arts, a 1996 National Humanities Medal from President Bill Clinton at the White House, the 1997 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, the 2001 Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award in the Literary Arts, the 2003 Emily Couric Leadership Award, the 2006 Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service, the 2008 Library of Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2009 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the 2009 International Capri Award (“l’isola della poesia”, Capri, Italy), the 2010 Ambassador Award from the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers and the 2010 Ohioana Award for Sonata Mulattica, and the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama at the White House in 2012. Barnes and Noble’s “Best of 2009″ list included Sonata Mulattica as the year’s “Best Poetry Collection”. Besides serving on the boards of numerous organizations, she was a senator of Phi Beta Kappa from 1994 to 2000, president of the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) from 1986 to 187, and also a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2005 to 2012. She is a member of both PEN American Center and PEN U.S.A., the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
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SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
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FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
White House Poetry Evening with Rita Dove, intro by Barack Obama
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