Rita Dove, former U.S. Poet Laureate at the Birmingham Literature Festival
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Rita Dove, the former U.S. Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner, will be giving a rare poetry reading in the UK at the Birmingham Literature Festival on Friday 9 October, in a talk sponsored by the School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies. A mesmerising performer, Rita Dove’s work covers a range of subjects, each of them addressed with wit and verve.
Dove’s most recent poetry collections are Sonata Mulattica and American Smooth. She is editor of the Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry and is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Among her honours are the 1996 National Humanities Medal from President Bill Clinton and the 2011 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama, making her the only poet to ever receive both medals.
If you would like to attend the reading, please visit the Birmingham Literature Festival website: www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org/event/rita-dove-and-guests/
Additional talk for University of Birmingham students only:
While she is in the UK, we are also delighted to welcome Rita to the University on Wednesday 7 October, where she will give a reading of her work, followed by audience questions. The talk, which will be introduced by Dr Luke Kennard from the Department of Film and Creative Writing, will take place at 13:30 hours in Watson Lecture Theatre A (ground floor). This talk is exclusively open to University of Birmingham students only.