Summer 1994 • Vol. XVI No. 3 InterviewJuly 1, 1994 |

Isn’t Reality Magic? An Interview with Rita Dove

ISN'T REALITY MAGIC? AN INTERVIEW WITH RITA DOVE Rita Dove was born in 1952 in Akron, Ohio, and holds a B.A. from Miami University and an M.F.A. from Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has been a Fulbright Scholar studying European literature in West Germany, as well as a guest at the International Working Periods for Authors in Bielefeld, Germany. She has received a Fulbright/Hays Fellowship and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has taught at Tuskegee Institute, Arizona State University, and currently is professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where she lives with her husband and daughter. In 1987 Dove won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for Thomas and Beulah (Carnegie Mellon, 1986), making her one of the youngest recipients of the prize and only the second African-American winner. This interview was conducted late in the evening on November 5, 1992, after a poetry and fiction reading at Emory University

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William Walsh, the author of six books, is the director of the Etowah Valley low-residency MFA program at Reinhardt University. His collection of poems, Fly Fishing in Times Square, recently won the Editor’s Book Prize at Červená Barva Press. His interviews with Rita Dove, Eamon Grennan, and Ursula Le Guin appeared in past issues of the Kenyon Review. Since 1980, he has resided in Atlanta but plans on moving to Ireland or Colorado, depending upon traffic.
Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove has published numerous books, most recently Sonata Mulattica and Collected Poems 1974-2004; she also edited The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Among her many awards are the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal. She is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

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