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Rita Dove
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    (August 28, 1952- )
    Born in Akron, Ohio
    Wrote poetry collections 'Thomas and Beulah' (1987), 'On the Bus with Rosa Parks' (1999), 'American Smooth' (2004) and 'Sonata Mulattica' (2009)
    Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1987)
    US Poet Laureate (1993-95)
    National Medal of Arts (2011)
    Edited 'The Penguin Anthology of American 20th Century Poetry' (2011)
    She wrote a poem about how she and her three-year-old daughter examined their vaginas together.
    She once read her work accompanied by the music of Star Wars composer John Williams.
    When questioned over some of the poems she included in "The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry,' she called her critics racists.
    She enjoys ballroom dancing.
    She praised her parents for fostering her love of books and learning.
    She was a Presidential Scholar, one of the US's top 100 high school graduates the year she graduated.
    She has tried to increase the public's interest in literature, and believes it is essential to teach poetry in school.
    She was the youngest person to be named American Poet Laureate.
    Her collection 'Sonata Mulattica' revived interest in George Bridgetower, a black violinist virtuoso admired by Beethoven.

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