Former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Rita Dove discusses her upcoming collection, Playlist for the Apocalypse. Rita Dove served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993-1995, the youngest person and first African American to be appointed. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987 and received the National Humanities Medal from president Clinton and the National Medal of Arts from President Obama – the only poet ever to receive both. Her upcoming poetry collection, Playlist for the Apocalypse, investigates the vacillating moral compass guiding America’s, and the world’s, experiments in democracy.
Rita Dove won the Pulitzer Prize for her third book of poetry, Thomas and Beulah, in 1987 and was U.S. Poet Laureate 1993-95. She received the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton and the National Medal of Arts from President Obama – the only poet ever to receive both. Her many honors include a 2017 NAACP Image Award (for Collected Poems 1974-2004), the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities, and the Academy of American Poets’ Wallace Stevens Award. She is the Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. Her eleventh collection of poetry, Playlist for the Apocalypse, is forthcoming this summer from W.W. Norton.