Monday, October 05, 2009

Poet Rita Dove in Athens this week

Because we've all been very, very good this year, The Georgia Review (with the support of the NEA American Masterpieces project and the Southern Arts Federation) is bringing the amazing Rita Dove to Athens this week for a series of public events on Thursday and Friday.

Dove won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her book Thomas and Beulah, which contains poems loosely based on the lives of her grandparents. (The historical Beulah was born in 1904 in Rockmart, Georgia.) She was poet laureate of the United States from 1993-1995, and was the youngest poet to have held this post and only the second African American, after Gwendolyn Brooks. Her most recent book, Sonata Mulattica, released this spring from Norton.

Several of Dove's poems appear in the anthology BLACK NATURE, forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press in December.