- Name: Rita Dove
- Born: 08/28/1952 (68 years old)
- Occupation: Poet, author, university professor
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.
Birth Name: Rita Frances Dove
Awards: Pulitzer 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
School: Miami University, University of Tübingen, University of Iowa
Birth Place: Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Rita Dove quotes :
I was apprehensive. I feared every time I talked about poetry, it would be filtered through the lens of race, sex, and age.Rita Dove
One definition of eternity is that we are not alone on this planet, that there are those who've gone before and those who will come, and that there is a community of spirits.Rita Dove
I thought, after the Pulitzer, at least nothing will surprise me quite that much in my life. And another one happened. It was quite amazing.Rita Dove
What is ironic is that Allen Ginsberg's importance was in its twilight for so many years that it took his death to bring it to the front page. He electrified an entire world!Rita Dove