Rita Dove, former U.S. Poet Laureate

Watson Lecture Theatre A (ground floor)
Arts and Law, Research, Students
Wednesday 7th October 2015 (13:30-16:45)
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We are delighted to welcome Rita Dove, the former U.S. Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner, to talk at the University on Wednesday 7 October. The talk will include Rita giving a reading of her work, followed by audience questions.

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.

To take advantage of this unique opportunity, book your place by emailing a.d.thomas@bham.ac.uk.  Please note that spaces are limited, and the talk is open to University of Birmingham students only.

Rita is in the UK to give a rare poetry reading at the Birmingham Literature Festival on Friday 9 October, in a talk sponsored by the School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies. If you would like to attend the reading, please visit the following website - www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org/event/rita-dove-and-guests/