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Thursday, April 2

Rita Dove
4th Annual US Poet Laureate Reading

1 p.m. Q&A
University Library - Quiet Study Area, First Floor

7:30 p.m.
Reading in the Kiva Auditorium

Rita DoveRita Dove served as Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995. She has received numerous literary and academic honors, among them the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the 1996 National Humanities Medal from President Clinton. In 2011, President Barack Obama presented her with the National Medal of Arts. Ms. Dove was born in Akron, OH. She has published the poetry collections The Yellow House on the Corner, Museum, Thomas and Beulah, Grace Notes, Selected Poems, Mother Love, On the Bus with Rosa Parks, American Smooth, 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. Her latest poetry collection, Sonata Mulattica, was released by W.W. Norton & Co. in 2009, and in 2011 she published The Penguin Anthology of 20th-Century American Poetry. Rita Dove holds the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she lives with her husband, the writer Fred Viebahn.

Wednesday, April 29

14th Annual Giving Voice

6:30 p.m.
University Ballroom

The 14th annual performance of Giving Voices features local students (grades 3-12), Kent State University undergraduate students and international scholars performing original poetry. All material is created in Wick outreach programs, including workshops led by Kent State University undergraduates enrolled in the service-learning course “Teaching Poetry in the Schools.”