Inprint | Rita Dove

Monday, August 30, 2021 - 7:00pm

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RITA DOVE, the Los Angeles Times writes, “Few contemporary poets are this capacious, this capable, this serious, and this pleasurable to read.” In 1993, Dove was the first African American to be named U.S. Poet Laureate and has spent a lifetime generating popular interest in the literary arts. Her 10 earlier poetry collections include Thomas and Beulah, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, On the Bus with Rosa Parks, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Sonata Mulattica, winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, and Collected Poems 1974-2004, a finalist for the National Book Award. Dove has also published the short story collection Fifth Sunday, the novel Through the Ivory Gate, and the play The Darker Face of the Earth, which was produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Royal National Theatre in London. She is the recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the National Medal of the Arts, the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, and an NAACP Image Award for “works that are equal parts beauty, lyricism, critique, and politics” (NAACP Image Award Winner Citation). Dove joins us to read from and talk about her first poetry collection in 12 years, Playlist for the Apocalypse, which offers poignant meditations on mortality and injustice throughout human history. The Boston Globe calls it “a piercing, unflinching new volume that offers necessary music for our tumultuous present, from perhaps the best public poet we have.” Dove is a trained ballroom dancer, composer, cellist, and gambist and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

JERICHO BROWN a former Houstonian, will be in conversation with Rita Dove. He earned his PhD from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program and was the recipient of an Inprint Prize and an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship. His latest poetry collection The Tradition was winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award. His other work includes The New Testament, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and Please, winner of the American Book Award. He serves as the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.

EVENT DETAILS: This is a livestream reading and will be accessible from the Inprint website. Details on how to access the reading will be provided to season subscribers and to those who purchase general admission tickets in their Eventbrite email receipts. Rita Dove will give a brief reading from her new poetry collection Playlist for the Apocalypse, followed by a conversation with Jericho Brown, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of The Tradition, and Inprint prize and fellowship recipient.


Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393867770
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 2021