"Make it new!" exhorted Ezra Pound, the expatriate American poet and key figure in the Modernist movement of the early 20th century.
Dove was recognized for her 2009 book, "Sonata Mulattica," the story of African-Polish violinist George Polgreen Bridgetower.
The Thomas Jefferson Award is the highest honor the University community bestows upon its faculty.
"You can't imagine the U.S. without including the South," said Jennifer Greeson, author of "Our South: Geographic Fantasy and the Rise of National Literature," published by Harvard University Press last fall.
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.
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove was recently 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." Jeffrey Brown and Dove discuss the task that took more than four years.
When University of Virginia fourth-year students Allison Geller and Sarah Grigg took a workshop on the poetics of place with English professor Lisa Russ Spaar, they wrote about some unusual details on the Grounds. To mark National Poetry Month, two of their poems are presented below.
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