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  • Rita Dove Awarded Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Iowa

    On May 13, 2022, Rita Dove received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Iowa, where she received her MFA in 1977 (Iowa Writers Workshop). It's her 29th honorary degree to date! The full graduate doctoral commencement ceremony is now available on YouTube; Ms. Dove receives her honor beginning at 10:50.

  • Rita Dove and "Thomas and Beulah" Featured on Talk of Iowa

    To listen to the episode, visit this link!

    Published in 1986, Thomas and Beulah is a poetry collection, that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987, inspired by the lives of Rita Dove's grandparents.

    Dove grew up in Ohio but spent time in Iowa earning her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1977. She has since become one of the most celebrated poets in American History. Dove was named U.S. Poet Laureate in 1993 and was the first Black American to fill that role. She has received the National Humanities Medal, the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her most recent work is Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems, released in 2021. Dove joins host Charity Nebbe for this Talk of Iowa Book Club conversation to reflect on her work.

    Later in the podcast, expert readers Debra Marquart and Tracie Morris join the conversation. Marquart is Iowa’s Poet Laureate. She is an author, poet, musician and a distinguished professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. Marquart's most recent book is The Night We Landed on the Moon: Essays Between Exile & Belonging. Morris is the writer and editor of several books, a poet and performer. She is a professor of poetry at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her most recent book is Who Do with Words: A Blerd Love Tone Manifesto. Marquart and Morris delve into Dove's collection to talk about form, structure and themes.

    Interested in joining the next meeting of the Talk of Iowa Book Club? The 2022 Book Club reading list is now available and our June selection is A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. Join the discussion June 14, 2022. You can also chat about book club selections and other literary interests with Charity and hundreds of other readers in the Talk of Iowa Book Club Facebook Group.


    • Rita Dove, American poet, writer, former U.S. Poet Laureate 1993 -1995
    • Tracie Morris, professor of poetry, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa
    • Debra Marquart, Iowa Poet Laureate, author, poet, musician, distinguished professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University
  • Rita Dove Commemorated as a "Change Agent" by The University of Virginia

    Photo of Rita Dove in the Colonnade Club, UVA

    [Portrait credit: Sanjay Suchak. Photo credit: Dan Addison]


    Poet Rita Dove and the location known as “the Black Bus Stop” are the latest subjects of the University of Virginia’s recent initiative to commemorate important people, places and events that have helped shape UVA over the past approximately 50 years.

    A portrait of Dove, currently Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing and a faculty member for more than 30 years, graces the front room of Pavilion VII and can be glimpsed looking through the window.

    For more information, please visit this link.

  • Rita Dove in conversation with Victoria Chang at Virginia Festival for the Book

    In partnership with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and as the closing event for the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book, the Virginia Festival for the Book presented poets Victoria Chang (Obit) and Rita Dove (Playlist for the Apocalypse) on March 20, reading from and discussing their recent collections. Chang received the 2021 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Obit, and Dove is a long-time juror for the AWBA, which was established in 1935 and is the only juried American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity. In conversation with Karen Long.


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