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Rita Dove Residency, March 20-22

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Rita Dove is the Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1987 and was Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 through 1995. A canonical figure in American and African American literature, Professor Dove is known for her interdisciplinarity and her collaborative ventures with composers, musicians, and other artists. All three events take place on Emory’s main campus. Photo of Rita Dove by Fred Viebahn

Sunday, March 20

Sonata Mulattica: Reading by Rita Dove and Performance by William Fitzpatrick (violin) and William Ransom (piano)
Dove reads from her latest book of poetry, Sonata Mulattica, which tells the story of a nineteenth-century black violin virtuoso, Bridgetower, who inspired Beethoven but died in obscurity. The reading is followed by a performance of Beethoven’s “Sonata Mulattica,” better known as the “Kreutzer Sonata.”
Location: Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
Time: 7-8:45 p.m., book-signing to follow performance

Monday, March 21

Georgie Porgie, or A Moor in Vienna: A Staged Reading of Rita Dove’s Short Play For the Common Man
Please join Atlanta professional actors and Emory students and faculty perform a short reading of “Georgie Porgie,” a comic playlet that is at the center of Dove’s Sonata Mulattica, followed by a conversation between Rita Dove and Emory students.
Location: Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Theater Lab Room 203
Time: Noon

“This Is a Story About Music”: A Creativity Conversation with Rita Dove, Alvin Singleton, and Robert Spano
Rita Dove talks with Alvin Singleton, the prize-winning composer who has adapted Dove’s work to music, and Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and an Emory University Distinguished Artist in Residence. Moderated by Lois Reitzes, host of Second Cup Concert on WABE 90.1.
Location: Presentation Room, Oxford Road Building
Time: 6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22

Report from Part Three: A Creativity Conversation with Rita Dove and Natasha Trethewey
Rita Dove and fellow Pulitzer Prizewinning poet Natasha Tretheway, the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory, will discuss writing, mentorship, and literary ancestries. Moderated by Rudolph Byrd, Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute. Presented in honor of Jessica Glasser and Ali P. Crown.
Location: Governor’s Hall, Miller-Ward Alumni House
Time: 6 p.m.

For more information about Rita Dove, visit her webpage.


The Rita Dove Residency is sponsored by the Center for Women’s Crown Endowment; Department of Women’s Studies Jessica Glasser Memorial Lecture; James Weldon Johnson Institute; Creativity: Art and Innovation; Departments of English, Music, African American Studies, and German Studies; Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts; Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta; President’s Commission on the Status of Women; Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library; Office of the Provost, Luminaries Series; Hightower Fund; and Office of Community and Diversity; Employee Council; Office of Multicultural Programs; Halle Institute for Global Learning; Race and Difference Initiative; and President’s Commissions on Race and Ethnicity, Sexuality, Gender Diversity, and Queer Equality, and the Status of Women.