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

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Rita Dove. Photograph by Fred Viebahn

Anya Creightney of the Library of Congress contributed this post.

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 an 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.

Comments (7)

  1. I am interested in learning all related to Teaching Poetry: A Conversation with Rita Dove on Feb. 24, 4-5 ET. Thanks.

  2. Great opportunity!

  3. Dear organizer,
    This is well noted. It sounds quite exciting. I wish to attend and expand my understanding and knowledge as a contemporary budding Poet and musician. Thank you for your courtesy to invite us for the webinar, sharing and in organizing the virtual event!
    Blessings !
    Jairo Ouma Jura

  4. February 18, 2021

    Dear Ms. Dove:

    Thank you so very much for your enduring contributions to literature. I have had numerous opportunities to teach the content of your poem “Grape Sherbet”, with its sensory details and recounting of memories, to my high students over the years. I love your poetry. Please keep up the good work! Thank you once again. All the best.


    Dr. Warren


  5. Is there a recording of this in case we could not make it?

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