Rita Dove was born in (1952) Akron Ohio. Dove is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, where she has been teaching since 1989. She was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2006.
On the Bus with Rosa Parks (1999) which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Mother Love (1995); Selected Poems (1993) Grace Notes (1989) Thomas and Beulah (Carnegie Mellon, 1986) which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Museum (1983) and The Yellow House on the Corner (1980).
At Miami University in Ohio, she began to pursue writing seriously. After graduating summa cum laudewith a degree in English in 1973, she won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany for two years at the University of Tubingen. She then joined the famous Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, receiving her Masters' Degree in 1977. At Iowa, she met another Fulbright scholar, a young writer from Germany named Fred Viebahn. They were married in 1979. Thei