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Rita Dove

Distinguished Visiting Writer 2017

About Rita Dove

Former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove was born in Akron, Ohio in 1952. A 1970 Presidential Scholar as one of the one hundred top high school graduates in the nation that year, she received her MFA in 1977 from the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, where she and her classmates Sandra Cisneros and Joy Harjo were the only non-white students at the time. From 1981 to 1989 she taught creative writing at Arizona State University - the final two years as the first and only African-American full professor in ASU's English Department. In 1989 Rita Dove joined the University of Virginia, where she continues to hold the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English. The recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Thomas and Beulah, a book she wrote while teaching at ASU, she has numerous other literary works to her credit, among them Sonata Mulattica (2009), a poetic treatise on the life of 19th century violinist George Bridgetower, as well as sole editorship of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2011). Rita Dove's most recent book, Collected Poems 1974-2004, received the 2017 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. Among her many other honors are the 2011 National Medal of Arts from President Obama, the 1996 National Humanities Medal from President Clinton (making her the only poet with both national medals) and 25 honorary degrees, including an honorary Doctor of Letters from Arizona State University in 1995.

Find Events with Rita Dove

Date: Friday, December 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type & Genre: Reading; Poetry
Literary legends Rita Dove, Sandra Cisneros, and Joy Harjo discuss and celebrate their respective and collective impacts of their work over the year with host Natalie Diaz. Presented in by the University of Arizona Poetry Center in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum and ArchiTEXTS: Conversations Across Languages.

Legacies: A Conversation with Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, and Joy Harjo
Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, Joy Harjo, Natalie Diaz

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 1:30pm
Location: Beus Center for Law and Society Rm. 140, Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix, 111 E Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type & Genre: ;
Three legends come together for the first time to discuss their paths through the American literary landscape. Hosted by Natalie Diaz.