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Rita Dove's recommended reading: Arabian Nights

Rita Dove also appears in the videos:
Justice and the Citizen: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vol. 2,
So, You Want to Be a Writter,
Justice and the Citizen: From the Indian Reservation to the Inner City, The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
The Power of Words,
Media and Social Responsibility

Teachers can find prepared lesson plans featuring Rita Dove in the Achievement Curriculum section:
Martin Luther King Day
The Genius of Creativity
The Power of Words
Poets & Poetry

Related Links:
Norton Poets

African American Literature

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Former Poet Laureate of the United States

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  Rita Dove

"I didn't know writers could be real live people, because I never knew any writers."

Today, all Americans who love poetry may feel they know Rita Dove. In addition to her writing, and her television, theater and music projects, she holds the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

Her collection of poems, Thomas and Beulah, based on the lives of her grandparents, earned her the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She is only the second African-American to win this prize.

In 1993, she was appointed to a two-year term as Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She was the youngest person, and the first African-American, to receive this highest official honor in American letters.

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