Dove is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of
Virginia. In 1987 she received the Pulitzer Prize in poetry
for Thomas and
Beulah, and from 1993 to 1995 she served as U.S.
Poet Laureate; her most recent poetry collection, American Smooth, came
out in 2004. She has also published short stories, the novel
Through the Ivory
Gate and the drama The Darker Face of the
Earth, and in 1998 the Boston Symphony debuted her
song cycle "Seven for Luck", with music by John Williams,
under the composer's baton. Rita Dove's newest book of poems,
Mulattica, will be published by W.W. Norton in the
spring of 2009.