Free Webinar—Teaching Poetry: A Conversation with Rita Dove on Feb. 24, 4-5 ET

The following post was written by Anya Creightney, program specialist in Literary Initiatives.

Rita Dove

Rita Dove. Photograph by Fred Viebahn

Register now for this webinar!

Join us for a stimulating conversation with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove and educator Melissa Alter Smith. Dove will discuss her own approach to writing, share and discuss specific poems, and allow ample time for Q&A.

Rita Dove won the Pulitzer Prize for her third book of poetry, Thomas and Beulah, and was U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993–95. She received the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton and the National Medal of Arts from President Obama—the only poet ever to receive both. She is the Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. Her eleventh collection of poetry, Playlist for the Apocalypse, is forthcoming from W. W. Norton in the summer of 2021.

Facilitator Melissa Alter Smith is the creator of #TeachLivingPoets. She is also a North Carolina English Teachers Association Executive Board member and a high school English teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina.

This session is co-hosted by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

You can register here.

UPDATE: You can now view the recording of this webinar on the Library’s Webinars and Workshops site for teachers (search under Past Webinars).


  1. Andrea Kaufman,MD
    February 17, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you

  2. Curtis Way
    February 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Has this Webinar been posted/archived yet? It was a fabulous Webinar which I want to share with some colleagues.

  3. Curtis Way
    February 26, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Has the Rita Dove Webinar from 2-24-2021 been archived yet. I want to share this with some of my colleagues. Thanks so much!

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