Rita Dove
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August 28, 1952 (age 69)

Rita Frances Dove 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 . 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.

Rita Dove
Dove in December 2017
BornRita Frances Dove
(1952-08-28) August 28, 1952 (age 69)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
  • Poet
  • author
  • university professor
Alma materMiami University
University of Tübingen
University of Iowa
Notable worksThomas and Beulah
The Darker Face of the Earth
Sonata Mulattica
Playlist for the Apocalypse
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize for Poetry (1987)
United States Poet Laureate (1993–95)
Poet Laureate of Virginia (2004–06)
1996 National Humanities Medal
2011 National Medal of Arts
2019 Wallace Stevens Award
2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal
Fred Viebahn
(m. 1979)
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From 1993 to 1995, he served as the United States Poet Laureate. Sonata Mulattica and The Darker Face of the Earth are two of her most well-known pieces.

Rita Dove Family life


She and her husband Fred Viebahn became parents to a daughter named Aviva in 1983.


Rita Dove Before Fame


She went to the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Miami University.

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She received the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Thomas and Beulah, a collection published in 1986.


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During her time as U.S. Poet Laureate, she was interviewed by journalist Bill Moyers .

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● Rita Dove was born on August 28, 1952 (age 69) in Akron, Ohio, United States
● She is a celebrity author
● Her popular books are Thomas and Beulah (1986), On the Bus with Rosa Parks (1999), Mother Love (1995), Sonata Mulattica (2009) and American Smooth (2004)
● In Her career, Rita Dove has achieved a United States Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
● She attended The University of Iowa (1977), Miami University (1973)
● Her spouse is Fred Viebahn (m. 1979)

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