On May 19, 1993, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Rita Dove as the 7th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. On making the appointment, Billington said:
I take much pleasure in announcing the selection of a younger poet of distinction and versatility. Having had a number of Poet Laureates who have accumulated multiple distinctions from lengthy and distinguished careers, we will be pleased to have an outstanding representative of a new and richly variegated generation of American poets. Rita Dove is an accomplished and already widely recognized poet in mid-career whose work gives special promise to explore and enrich contemporary American poetry.
Dove served two terms as poet laureate from 1993-1995, and was appointed as a Special Bicentennial Consultant in 1999.
This guide provides an overview of print and online resources related to Dove's life and work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Library's poetry and literature reference librarians.