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Rita Dove

Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, is the only poet honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. Her recent works include Playlist for the Apocalypse, Sonata Mulattica, and the National Book Award–shortlisted Collected Poems: 1974–2004. In 2021 she was awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Charlottesville, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia.

Rita Dove

Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, is the only poet honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. Her recent works include Playlist for the Apocalypse, Sonata Mulattica, and the National Book Award–shortlisted Collected Poems: 1974–2004. In 2021 she was awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Charlottesville, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia.

Awards

Commended — New York Times Notable Selection, 1999

Shortlisted — National Book Critics Circle Award, 1999

Winner — New York Times Notable Selection, 2004

Winner — Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, 2010

Nominated — NAACP Image Award, 2017

Shortlisted — National Book Award, 2016

Winner — Library of Virginia Literary Award, 2017

Books by Rita Dove

  • 9780393306965 72

    Grace Notes: Poems

    Rita Dove

    Paperback, 1991

    With this her fourth book of poems, Rita Dove expands her role as a leading voice in contemporary American letters.
  • 9780393314441 72

    Mother Love: Poems

    Rita Dove

    Paperback, 1996

    Calling upon the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, Mother Love examines the love between mother and daughter, two tumblers locked in an eternal somersault: each mother a daughter, each...
  • 9780393320268 72

    On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems

    Rita Dove

    Paperback, 2000

    A dazzling new collection by the former Poet Laureate of the United States.
  • 9780393327441 72

    American Smooth: Poems

    Rita Dove

    Paperback, 2006

    "Rita Dove pulls the ultimate dance trick: she makes it look easy."--New York Times Book Review
  • 9780393338935 72

    Sonata Mulattica: Poems

    Rita Dove

    Paperback, 2010

    Detailing the volatile relationship between the black violinist George Bridgetower and Beethoven, this is a "masterful collection" (Los Angeles Times).
  • 9780393285949 72

    Collected Poems: 1974–2004

    Rita Dove

    Hardback, 2016

    Three decades of powerful lyric poetry from a virtuoso of the English language in one unabridged volume.
  • 9780393354935 72

    Collected Poems: 1974–2004

    Rita Dove

    Paperback, 2017

    Three decades of powerful lyric poetry from a virtuoso of the English language in one unabridged volume.
  • 9780393867770 72

    Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems

    Rita Dove

    Hardback, 2021

    A piercing, unflinching new volume offers necessary music for our tumultuous present, from “perhaps the best public poet we have” (The Boston Globe).
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    On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems

    Rita Dove

    E Book, 2015

    A dazzling new collection by the former Poet Laureate of the United States.
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    Sonata Mulattica: Poems

    Rita Dove

    E Book, 2015

    Detailing the volatile relationship between the black violinist George Bridgetower and Beethoven, this is a "masterful collection" (Los Angeles Times).