About Rita Dove
Rita Dove is one of the most honored poets of the late twentieth century. In 1993, she was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant on Poetry at the Library of Congress. She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her collection of poems, Thomas and Beulah, and she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her poem UMOJA: Each One of Us Counts was the centerpiece of the Cultural Olympiad at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is a Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.