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Rita Dove

Poetry, Drama

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20050223

In 1993, Rita Dove was the youngest-ever person to be chosen as U.S. Poet Laureate, and is currently the Poet Laureate of Virginia.  Dove’s extensive literary honors include the Pulitzer Prize, but she’s also appeared on Sesame Street as well as on a Ugandan postage stamp.  In this first part of a two-part interview she reads from On the Bus with Rosa Parks.  She also discusses the challenges she faced as a first-time playwright, and the anguish and joy of seeing her play The Darker Face of the Earth produced, and reads from this epic work set on a southern plantation.

| Subject Matter: Rosa Parks, Playwriting | Interview Year: 2004 | Genre: Poetry, Drama | Awards: Pulitzer Prize, Poet Laureate |

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