Rita Dove, one of the nation’s most preeminent poets, has published a novel, a play, a book of short stories and nine collections of verse, including one that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
She served as the U.S Poet Laureate from 1993-1995 and for the past two decades she has taught at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Dove was given what may be the biggest honor — and challenge — of her career: sorting through poems from the last 100 years to create “The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry.
Watch the extended interview between Jeffrey Brown and Rita Dove below.
Rita Dove reads more of her work in this web exclusive.
Aside from poetry, ballroom dancing is one of Rita Dove’s passions. Here, she dances with her husband, Fred Viebahn.