Rita Frances Dove is an American poet and author. In 1987 she became the second African American poet to win the Pulitzer Prize. From 1993 to 1995 she served as the first Black and the youngest Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant to the Library of Congress.
Dove’s most famous work is ‘Thomas and Beulah’, for which she received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She has published eight volumes of poetry, a book of short stories, a collection of essays, the novel “Through the Ivory Gate”, and the play “The Darker Face of the Earth”. In addition to her Pulitzer Prize, she has received numerous literary and academic honors, among them 22 honorary doctorates, the 1996 National Humanities Medal / Charles Frankel Prize, and the 1996 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities. Her books include ‘American Smooth’, ‘On the Bus with Rosa Parks’, and ‘Grace Notes’.
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