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Poetry Alive! Celebrates Rita Dove

Rita Dove

By Maia Williams

Photo attached: Rita Dove (Credit: Fred Viebahn)

To commemorate the second anniversary of San Miguel’s popular reading series, Poetry Café Bellas Artes, the poetry of Rita Dove will be shared in anticipation of her February 15 keynote address at the 2018 San Miguel Writers’ Conference. On February 8, several local poets will read a sampling of their favorite poems by Ms. Dove, in English and in Spanish.

“…Dove’s work is known for its lyricism and beauty as well as its sense of history and political scope. She frequently writes about other art forms, including music in Sonata Mulattica and dance in the collection American Smooth (2004). Writing in the New York Times, Emily Nussbaum noted … : “For Dove, dance is an implicit parallel to poetry. Each is an expression of grace performed within limits; each an art weighted by history but malleable enough to form something utterly new.” —

Ms. Dove is one of the world’s most accomplished and decorated literary icons. She served two terms as U.S. Poet Laureate and was awarded the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry (at age 33). More recently, she received the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal and President Barack Obama presented her with the National Medal of Arts, which made her the only poet with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts to her credit. She has published nine collections of poetry including Thomas and Beulah, Mother Love, On the Bus with Rosa Parks, American Smooth, and Sonata Mulattica.

Her talents and interests reach well beyond poetry. She has published a book of short stories, Fifth Sunday, the novel Through the Ivory Gate, essays under the title The Poet’s World, and the play The Darker Face of the Earth, which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was subsequently produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Royal National Theatre in London. Seven for Luck, a song cycle for soprano and orchestra, was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. Her latest book, Collected Poems 1974-2004, released in 2016, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Ms. Dove was born in Akron, Ohio, received her B.A. from Miami University of Ohio, and her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. A member of PEN America, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Ms. Dove holds the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Founded in January of 2016, Poetry Café Bellas Artes meets monthly, September through April. The all-volunteer organization features local and visiting poets (established and emerging) sharing their original work in a casual setting. Please arrive a few minutes early; seating is limited.

Tickets to Rita Dove’s Feb. 15 address:



Poetry Café Bellas Artes presents

“Poetry Alive! Celebrates Rita Dove”

Reading Rita Dove (Bilingual!)

Thu, Feb 8, 5-6pm

Sala Literaria, 1st Floor

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75





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