Rita Dove won the Pulitzer prize in poetry in 1987 for Thomas and Beulah, a book of poems written loosely on the lives of her grandparents. It is her most famous piece of literature. She was the first African American ever appointed, as well as the youngest person, Poet Laureate/Consultant in Poetry of the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995. Her latest book, The Penquin Anthology of 20th Century of American Poetry, gives us a look of many poet’s work over the century.
She was born in 1952 in Akron, Ohio. In 1970, she was named one of the 100 top high school students and honored as a Presidential Scholar. She is married and has a daughter.
To learn more about Rita Dove please visit:
- Rita Dove : Voices From the Gaps : University of Minnesota (vioces.cla.umn.edu)
- Rita Dove On New Anthology, Advice For Young Poets : NPR (npr.org)