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Rita Dove

American poet and author

1952   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Miami University, University of Tübingen, University of Iowa, Buchtel High School
occupation: poet, writer, professor, essayist
award received: National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, National Humanities Medal, Ohio Women's Hall of Fame, Charles Frankel Prize, Fulbright Scholarship, honorary doctor of Harvard University, Guggenheim Fellowship, honorary doctor of the Yale University
position held: United States Poet Laureate, Poet Laureate of Virginia

Rita Frances Dove (born August 28, 1952) is an American poet and essayist. From 1993 to 1995, she served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She is the first African American to have been appointed since the position was created by an act of Congress in 1986 from the previous "consultant in poetry" position (1937–86). Dove also received an appointment as "special consultant in poetry" for the Library of Congress's bicentennial year from 1999 to 2000. Dove is the second African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, in 1987, and she served as the Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2004 to 2006. Since 1989, she has been teaching at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she held the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English from 1993 to 2020; as of 2020 she holds the chair of Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing.
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