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poet, lyricist, laureate

Rita Dove is a poet, author, and playwright known for her lyrical works on topics ranging from the lives of her maternal grandparents to the civil rights movement to a little-known friend of Beethoven’s named George Bridgetower. She has held multiple prominent positions, including Poet Laureate of the United States, Special Bicentennial Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, and Poet Laureate of Virginia, and earned numerous awards and academic honors.

Best-known works: Thomas and Beulah, On the Bus with Rosa Parks, Sonata Mulattica

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