Dove was Named U.S. Poet Laureate for (1993–1995, 1999–2000)
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Rita Dove served as Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995. Born in 1952 in Akron, Ohio, she has published six poetry collections, among them Thomas and Buelah, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1987. She is also the author of the novel Through the Ivory Gate and the drama The Darker Face of the Earth, which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1996 and was subsequently produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and other theaters. Her song cycle Seven for Luck, with music by John Williams, was first performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in 1998.
Ms. Dove&rsquos honors include Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Mellon fellowships, twentyfive honorary doctorates, the NAACP Great American Artist Award, Glamour magazine’s "Woman of the Year" Award, the New York Public Library’s "Literary Lion" citation, the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement, as well as residencies at Tuskegee Institute, the National Humanities Center, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Villa Servelloni in Bellagio, Italy. In 1996 she received both the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities and the Charles Frankel Prize/National Medal in the Humanities, and in 1997 she was honored with the Sara Lee Frontrunner Award and the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.
Rita Dove is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she lives with her husband, German writer Fred Viebahn, and their daughter Aviva.