UVA Arts, University of Virginia

Vol 04 Spring 16 Library
Fred Viebahn

Rita Dove Becomes First American to Receive Prestigious Chinese Poetry Award

On September 26, 2015, internationally renowned poet Rita Dove was presented one of China’s most prestigious poetry awards, adding yet another groundbreaking accolade to her remarkable career. The Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S Poet Laureate and Commonwealth Professor of English was awarded China’s 10th Poetry & People International Prize, becoming the first American and first English-speaking poet ever to receive the honor.   Hosted in Guangdong Province, the ceremony was presented by the leading poetry magazine, Poetry & People, which was founded by noted Chinese poet Huang Lihai.

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