by Rita Dove
This University of Virginia has great basic biographical information on Dove and tons of outside multimedia links.
The Poetry Foundation gives a comprehensive list of all of Dove's written works, in all genres, over the years, and the list is looong. It also includes some further reading suggestions for any would-be Rita Dove scholars out there. Dig in.
Here's a '90s vid of an interview with Rita Dove talking about her most recent book (at the time), On the Bus with Rosa Parks.
Dove pays a house call to Obama as a part of a reading to celebrate poetry.
Listen to Rita Dove read "Rosa"—perfectly (if we may say so).
Here's a podcast of the Leonard Lopate show. They discuss Rita Dove's anthology of what she considers the best 20th century American poetry. And if anyone would know what's good, it's this former Poet Laureate.
No, we're not kidding and we don't know why.
Here's a snap from Dove in the '90s. The internet never lets us forget.
Here's Dove looking normal and professional—no jokes this time. (And we only kid because we love.)
Articles and Interviews
Helen Vendler (one of contemporary poetry's most famous critics) wrote a scathing review of Dove's The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry and this is Dove's response.
Rita Dove writes a letter to the editors of Poetry magazine, criticizing their review of Garrison Keillor's Good Poems. (This one's a little less scathing.)
Here's Dove in an interview with M. Wynn Thomas on her term as Poet Laureate of the U.S.
Read On the Bus with Rosa Parks, the 1999 collection where "Rosa" first appeared.
If you're looking for a broader range of Dove's work, check out Selected Poems, but be aware that this only covers up to 1993.
Rita Dove edited The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry and it got a lot of attention (good and bad). Take a look for yourself and see whose corner you'd like to stand in.
Movies & TV
Bill Moyers interviews Dove to talk about a whole slew of things—history, language, responsibility, and more—shortly after she received the National Medal of Arts.
PBS gives a few video excerpts from interviews with Rita Dove. They touch on everything from poetry to ballroom dancing.