By: Dan Heuchert | University Communications
Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia and the first African-American woman to serve as U.S. poet laureate, is featured in TIME magazine’s “FIRSTS series,” which highlights 46 women who broke barriers across their fields.
Dove served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995. Among her 10 books of poetry and other publications, she won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for “Thomas and Beulah.”
TIME Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs writes, “We wondered if there is some common motive or muscle shared by women who are pioneers. They have been on journeys to places they could only imagine and frequently encountered people who said they would never get there. … Our goal with this extraordinary project … is for every woman and girl to find someone who moves them, to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to them that it is safe to climb, come on up, the view is spectacular.”
The FIRSTS project, including interviews, videos, portraits and a book coming next month, was featured in the Sept. 18 issue.