About this Event
Celebrating 50 years of Agnes Scott College Writers' Festival with keynote guest writer, Rita Dove. American poet and essayist Rita Dove served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995. She is the first African American to have been appointed since the position was created by an act of Congress in 1986 from the previous "consultant in poetry" position (1937–86). Dove also received an appointment as "special consultant in poetry" for the Library of Congress's bicentennial year from 1999 to 2000. Dove is the second African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, in 1987, and she served as the Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2004 to 2006.