Rita Dove

The Works of Rita Dove

  • Ten Poems (chapbook), Penumbra Press, 1977.
  • The Only Dark Spot in the Sky (poetry chapbook), Porch Publications, 1980.
  • The Yellow House on the Corner (poems), Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1980.
  • Mandolin (poetry chapbook), Ohio Review, 1982.
  • Museum (poems), Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1983.
  • Fifth Sunday (short stories), University of Kentucky Press, 1985; 2nd edition, University Press of Virginia, 1990.
  • Thomas and Beulah (poems), Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1986.
  • The Other Side of the House (poems), photographs by Tamarra Kaida, Pyracantha Press, 1988.
  • Grace Notes (poems), Norton, 1989.
  • Through the Ivory Gate (novel), Pantheon, 1992.
  • Selected Poems (contains The Yellow House on the Corner, Museum, and Thomas and Beulah), Pantheon, 1993.
  • Lady Freedom among Us, Janus Press, 1993.
  • The Darker Face of the Earth: A Play (first produced at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 1996; produced at Kennedy Center, 1997; produced in London, England, 1999), Story Line Press, 1994, 3rd revised edition, 2000.
  • Mother Love: Poems, Norton, 1995.
  • (Author of foreword) Multicultural Voices: Literature from the United States, Scott Foresman, 1995.
  • The Poet’s World, Library of Congress, 1995.
  • Evening Primrose (poetry chapbook), Tunheim-Santrizos, 1998.
  • On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems, Norton, 1999.
  • (Editor) The Best American Poetry 2000, Scribner, 2000.
  • (Selector and author of introduction) Natasha Trethewey, Domestic Work: Poems, Graywolf Press, 2000.
  • Conversations with Rita Dove, edited by Earl G. Ingersoll, University Press of Mississippi, 2003.
  • American Smooth (poems), Norton, 2004.

Work represented in anthologies.

Author of weekly column “Poet’s Choice,” in Washington Post Book World, 2000-02.

Contributor of poems, stories, and essays to magazines, including Agni Review, Antaeus, Georgia Review, Nation, New Yorker, and Poetry.

Member of editorial board, National Forum, 1984-89, Isis, and Ploughshares; associate editor, Callaloo, 1986-98; advisory editor, Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Callaloo, Georgia Review, Bellingham Review, International Quarterly, and Mid-American Review.


  • The House Slave, music by Alvin Singleton, first presented at Spelman College, 1990.
  • (With Linda Pastan) Under the Resurrection Palm, music by David Liptak, first presented by Eastman American Music series, 1993.
  • Umoja: Each One of Us Counts, music by Alvin Singleton, first presented in Atlanta, GA, 1996.
  • Singin’ Sepia, music by Tania Leon (first presented in New York, NY), Continuum International Publishing, 1996.
  • Grace Notes, music by Bruce Adolphe, first presented in New York, NY, 1997.
  • The Pleasure’s in Walking Through, music by Walter Ross, first presented in Charlottesville, VA, 1998.
  • Seven for Luck, music by John Williams, first presented in Tanglewood, MA, 1998.
  • Song for the Twentieth Century, music by John Williams, first presented in Washington, DC, as part of Stephen Spielberg’s film The Unfinished Journey, 1999.
  • Thomas and Beulah, music by Amnon Wolman, first presented in Chicago, IL, 2001.


  • Rita Dove and Edward Hirsch Reading Their Poems, Library of Congress, 1986.
  • Poets in Person: Rita Dove with Helen Vendler, Modern Poetry Association, 1991.
  • Grace Cavalieri Interviews United States Poet Laureate Rita Dove, Library of Congress, 1993.
  • Rita Dove Reading from Her Poetry, Library of Congress, 1993.
  • A Handful of Inwardness: The World in the Poet, Library of Congress, 1994.
  • Stepping Out: The Poet in the World, Library of Congress, 1994.
  • Rita Dove Reading Her Poems in the Montpelier Room, May 4, 1995, Library of Congress, 1995.
  • Oil on the Waters: The Black Diaspora: Panel Discussions and Readings Exploring the African Diaspora through the Eyes of Its Artists, Library of Congress, 1995.
  • Former Poet Laureate Rita Dove Discusses the Thomas Jefferson Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence, Library of Congress, 1997.
  • (With others) Sharing the Gifts: Readings by 1997-2000 Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Robert Pinsky, 1999-2000 Special Poetry Consultants Rita Dove, Louise Glück, W. S. Merwin, 1999 Witter Bynner fellows David Gewanter, Campbell McGrath, Heather McHugh, Library of Congress, 1999.
  • The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress–Favorite Poets, Library of Congress, 1999.
  • (With others) Poetry and the American People, Library of Congress, 2000.

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