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Rita Dove

Rita DoveAKA Rita Frances Dove

Born: 28-Aug-1952
Birthplace: Akron, OH

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Poet

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: 7th US Poet Laureate, 1993-95

Father: Ray A. Dove (chemist)
Mother: Elvira Hord
Husband: Fred Viebahn (m. 1979, one daughter)

    University: BA English, Miami University of Ohio (1973)
    University: University of Tübingen (two semesters, Fulbright)
    University: MFA, University of Iowa (1977)
    Professor: Creative Writing, Arizona State University (1981-89)
    Professor: English, University of Virginia (1989-)

    US Poet Laureate 1993-95
    Fulbright
    Guggenheim Fellowship
    Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1987 for Thomas and Beulah
    Academy of Achievement (1994)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2006
    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Poetry Society of America

Author of books:
Ten Poems (1977, poetry)
The Yellow House on the Corner (1980, poetry)
Museum (1983, poetry)
Fifth Sunday (1985, short stories)
Thomas and Beulah (1986, poetry)
The Other Side of the House (1988, poetry)
Grace Notes (1989, poetry)
Through the Ivory Gate (1992, novel)
Mother Love (1995, poetry)
The Poet's World (1995, essays)
On the Bus With Rosa Parks (1999, poetry)
American Smooth (2004, poetry)

Wrote plays:
The Darker Face of the Earth (1994)


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