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Rita Dove: Biography

Rita DoveRita Dove (Born on August 28, 1952)

After completing high school in Akron, Dove moved to the college town of Oxford, Ohio, to continue her education at Miami University. The surrounding countryside, with its barns and silos and its abundant corn and bean fields, also left her with vivid memories that she would later use in her writing. After her graduation from Miami University Dove moved to Germany to continue her studies at the Universität Tübingen. While in Germany, she met her husband, the novelist Fred Viebahn, with whom she had a daughter, Aviva. She returned to the United States to study at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. In 1977, she received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Iowa and joined the ranks of the school’s famous graduates, many of whom were regular contributors to literary publications such as The American Poetry Review, Georgia Review, and Poetry. Continue . . .

Source: Guillory, Daniel L. “Rita Dove.” Critical Survey of American Literature, Dec. 2016, pp. 792–799. From Literary Reference Center Plus database.

Book Collection

Collected Poems, 1974-2004
American Smooth
Mother Love
On the Bus with Rosa Parks
Crossing Color : Transcultural Space and Place in Rita Dove's Poetry, Fiction, and Drama


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