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Rita Dove
  • 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.

Source: Wikipedia

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