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The Best American Poetry 2000

  Rita DoveRita Dove was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1952. A 1970 Presidential Scholar, she received her B.A. summa cum laude from Miami University of Ohio and her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. She held a Fulbright scholarship at Universität Tübingen in Germany. Her poetry collections include The Yellow House on the Corner (1980), Museum (1983), Thomas and Beulah (1986), Grace Notes (1989), Selected Poems (1993), Mother Love (1995), and On the Bus with Rosa Parks (Norton, 1999). In 1987 she received the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. She is also the author of a book of short stories, Fifth Sunday (1985), a novel, Through the Ivory Gate (1992), a volume of essays, The Poet's World (1995), and a play, The Darker Face of the Earth, which had its world premiere in 1996 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was subsequently produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and, in August 1999, at the Royal National Theatre in London. Seven for Luck, a song cycle for soprano and orchestra with music by John Williams, was premiered by the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood in the summer of 1998. She served as Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995 and was reappointed Special Consultant in Poetry in 1999. She is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she lives with her husband, the German writer Fred Viebahn, and their daughter, Aviva.

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