Rita Dove receives Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

The National Book Foundation, administrator of the annual National Book Awards, announced that Rita Dove is the recipient of this year's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She is only the fourth poet to be so honored, after Gwendolyn Brooks in 1994, Adrienne Rich in 2006 and John Ashbery in 2011.

 

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Publications

Kiki Petrosino
Kevin Moffett
Kevin Moffett
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Lisa Russ Spaar
Christopher Tilghman
Bruce Holsinger
Jahan Ramazani
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Brian Teare
Brian Teare
Brian Teare
Brian Teare
Kiki Petrosino
Kiki Petrosino
Writing Communities
Stephen Parks
The Brick House
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
A Brief History of Yes
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
The Mirror in the Well
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Draining the Sea
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
The Daydreaming Boy
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Three Apples Fell From Heaven
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Victorian Connections
Jerome McGann
Air Heart Sermons
Jerome McGann
Don Juan in Context
Jerome McGann
Publication icon
Jerome McGann
Hothead: A Poem
Stephen Cushman
Roads of the Heart
Christopher Tilghman
Stauffer
Andrew Stauffer
The Textual Condition
Jerome McGann
Byron and Romanticism
Jerome McGann
Petronius’ Satyrica
J. Daniel Kinney
Cellar
Lisa Russ Spaar
Kneeling on Rice
Elizabeth Denton
Selected Poems
Rita Dove
The Craft of Argument
Jon D'Errico
Blue Pajamas
Stephen Cushman
Cussing Lesson
Stephen Cushman
Riffraff
Stephen Cushman
American Smooth
Rita Dove
The Rape of the Lock
Cynthia Wall
Mason's Retreat
Christopher Tilghman
Best New Poets 2010
James (Jeb) Livingood
The Poet's World
Rita Dove
Museum
Rita Dove
Book icon
Lisa Russ Spaar
The Way People Run
Christopher Tilghman
Robert Browning's Poetry
Andrew Stauffer
Blue Venus
Lisa Russ Spaar
Glass Town
Lisa Russ Spaar
Rethinking Tragedy
Rita Felski
Sonata Mulattica
Rita Dove
Fifth Sunday
Rita Dove
Thomas and Beulah
Rita Dove
Mother Love
Rita Dove
Satin Cash
Lisa Russ Spaar
A Transnational Poetics
Jahan Ramazani
Modernism
Michael Levenson
Vanitas, Rough
Lisa Russ Spaar
Grace Notes
Rita Dove
Why Read?
Mark Edmundson
In a Father's Place
Christopher Tilghman
The Right-Hand Shore
Christopher Tilghman
Heart Island
Stephen Cushman
Book icon
Jerome McGann
Byron and Wordsworth
Jerome McGann
The Invention Tree
Jerome McGann
Torn Sky
Debra Nystrom
Bad River Road
Debra Nystrom
A Burnable Book
Bruce Holsinger
The Invention of Fire
Bruce Holsinger
The Red List
Stephen Cushman
Orexia: Poems
Lisa Russ Spaar
This Thing Called the World
Debjani Ganguly
Uses of Literature
Rita Felski
Nine Island
Jane Alison
A Quarter Turn
Debra Nystrom

Events

Thursday, March 14th

  1. Amir Ahmadi Arian Fiction Reading
    • Where: Commonwealth Room, Newcomb Hall
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End time: 06:00pm

Friday, March 15th

  1. James Chandler (Chicago), Mershon Visiting Professor, on “Yeats and the Poets of ‘Romantic Ireland’”
    • Where: Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge
    • Start time: 04:00pm
    • End time: 05:00pm

Thursday, March 21st

  1. A Standing Witness
    • Where: Old Cabell Hall 112 Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176, United States
    • Start time: 07:30pm
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Rita Dove's "A Standing Witness" will be performed on Thursday, March 21 and Saturday, 23, 2024 at Old Cabell Hall, sung by the mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. There is also a colloquium with composer Richard Danielpour on Friday, 3/22.

Friday, March 22nd

  1. Richard Danielpour Colloquium
    • Where: 107 Old Cabell Hall
    • Start time: 04:00pm
    • End time: 05:00pm
    • The University of Virginia Department of Music presents a colloquium by Grammy-Award winning composer Richard Danielpour on Friday, March 22nd at 4:00pm in room 107 Old Cabell Hall. Danielpour is the composer of A Standing Witness.

Saturday, March 23rd

  1. A Standing Witness
    • Where: Old Cabell Hall 112 Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176, United States
    • Start time: 07:30pm
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Rita Dove's "A Standing Witness" will be performed on Thursday, March 21 and Saturday, 23, 2024 at Old Cabell Hall, sung by the mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. There is also a colloquium with composer Richard Danielpour on Friday, 3/22.