Dove, Rita

About Rita Dove

Biography (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Biography (Poetry Foundation)



Garner, Dwight. "In Rita Dove's Verse, Loss, Despair and Bedrock Pleasures." The New York Times, 31 May 2016

Teicher, Craig Morgan. "Rita Dove's Collected Poems." Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2016



Gzemski, Sarah. "An Interview with Rita Dove." The University of Arizona Poetry Center, 26 Oct. 2016

Schwartz, Claire. "An Interview with Rita Dove." Virginia Quarterly Review, vol. 92, no. 1, 2016

Walsh, William. "The World Has to Fall Away: An Interview with Rita Dove." The Georgia Review, 28 Jun. 2016

Blomenberg, David. "Practicing Scales: An Interview with Rita Dove." Sycamore Review, vol. 22, no. 1, 2010

Rowell, Charles Henry. "Interview with Rita Dove." Callaloo, vol. 31, no. 3, 2008

Watts, Lisa. Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing up in Ohio, 2007

St. Lawrence, Robb. "'Taking the Cards You're Dealt and Building a House': An Interview with Rita Dove." Bellingham Review, vol. 29, no. 2, 2006

Dungy, Camille T. "Interview with Rita Dove." Callaloo, vol. 28, no. 4, 2005

Ingersoll, Earl G. Conversations with Rita Dove, 2003



Roy, Lekha, and Rano Ringo. "Liminality and Otherness: Exploring Transcultural Space in Rita Dove's The Yellow House on the Corner." Transnational Literature, vol. 11, no. 1, 2018

Quashie, Kevin. "The Black Woman as Artist: The Queer Erotics of Rita Dove's Beulah." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, vol. 37, no. 2, 2018

Rabinowitz, Nancy Sorkin. "Greek Tragedy, Enslaving or Liberating? The Example of Rita Dove's The Darker Face of the Earth." The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas, Bosher et al. (eds.), 2015

Redling, Erik. "African American Poetry: Amiri Baraka's Leadbelly Gives an Autograph and Rita Dove's Claudette Colvin Goes to Work." A History of American Poetry: Contexts - Developments - Readings, Scheiding (ed.), 2015

Brunner, Edward. "Inventing an Ancestor: The Scholar-Poet and the Sonnet." New Formalisms and Literary Theory, Theile and Tredennick (eds.), 2013

Lindner, April. "Eloquent Silences: Lyric Solutions to the Problem of the Biographical Narrative." The Contemporary Narrative Poem: Critical Crosscurrents, Schneider (ed.), 2012

Sastri, Reena. "Rita Dove's Poetic Expeditions." Twentieth Century Literature, vol. 58, no. 1, 2012

Gainey-O'Toole, Charita. "Three Weyward Sisters: African-American Female Poets Conjure with Macbeth." Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance, Newstok and Thompson (eds.), 2010

Meitner, Erika. "On Rita Dove." Callaloo, vol. 31, no. 3, 2008

Righelato, Pat. "Rita Dove and the Art of History." Callaloo, vol. 31, no. 3, 2008

Goff, Barbara. Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone, and Dramas of the African Diaspora, 2007

Walters, Tracey L. American Literature and the Classicist Tradition: Black Women Writers from Wheatley to Morrison, 2007

Boone, N.S. "Resignation to History: The Black Arts Movement and Rita Dove's Political Consciousness." Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, vol. 5, no. 1, 2004

Steffen, Therese. "On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Perspectives of the Local and the Global in Rita Dove's Collection of Poetry." A World of Local Voices: Poetry in English Today, Martens et al. (eds.), 2003

Hacht, Anne Marie. Poetry for Students: Presenting Analysis, Context, And Criticism on Commonly Studied Poetry, Volume 15, 2002

Carlisle, Theodora. "Reading the Scars: Rita Dove's The Darker Face of the Earth." African American Review, vol. 34, no. 1, 2000

Booth, Alison. "Abduction and Other Severe Pleasures: Rita Dove's Mother Love." Callaloo, vol. 19, no. 1, 1996

Vendler, Helen. "Rita Dove: Identity Markers." Callaloo, vol. 17, no. 2, 1994

Jones, Kirkland. "The European Sojourns of Rita Dove: The Influence on Her Stateside Works." MAWA Review, vol. 7, no. 1, 1992




Through the Ivory Gate (1992)


Short Story Collections

Fifth Sunday (1985)



The Darker Face of the Earth (1994)


Poetry Collections

Collected Poems: 1974-2004 (2016)

Sonata Mulattica (2009)

American Smooth (2004)

On the Bus with Rosa Parks (1999)

Mother Love (1995)

Selected Poems (1993)

Grace Notes (1989)

Thomas and Beulah (1986)

Museum (1983)

The Yellow House on the Corner (1980)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

The Poet's World (1995)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Rita Dove On Her Creative Process. YouTube, 23 Apr. 2012

Rita Dove Talks about Selected Poems and Her Novel Through the Ivory GateYouTube, 30 May 2016