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Rita Dove is an American poet and author.


University: University of Tübingen (two semesters, Fulbright)

University: MFA, University of Iowa (1977)

Professor: Creative Writing, Arizona State University (1981-89)

Professor: English, University of Virginia (1989)


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.


  • A member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Rita Dove holds the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.


  • essays

    • The Poet's World

  • novel

    • Through the Ivory Gate

  • play

    • The Darker Face of the Earth

  • poetry

    • Ten Poems

    • The Yellow House on the Corner

    • Museum

    • Thomas and Beulah

    • The Other Side of the House

    • Grace Notes

    • On the Bus With Rosa Parks

  • short stories

    • Fifth Sunday


Ray A. Dove - chemist

Elvira Hord

Fred Viebahn - one daughter)