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Dove will give a poetry reading and Q&A on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell. The event is free and open to the public.
Dove brings a personal perspective to historical and political events. She writes about other art forms, including ballroom dancing and music.
"For Dove, dance is an implicit parallel to poetry," said Emily Nussbaum in The New York Times review of her 2004 collection American Smooth. "Each is an expression of grace performed within limits; each an art weighted by history but malleable enough to form something utterly new."
Her poetry collections include The Yellow House on the Corner, Museum, Thomas and Beulah, Grace Notes, Selected Poems, Mother Love,On the Bus with Rosa Parks and Sonata Mulattica. Dove has also published a book of short stories, a novel, essays and a play. In 2011 she published The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry.
Dove is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia and was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2006 to 2012.
Weis Award Established in 2002, the Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters is awarded biennially to honor and recognize individuals who represent the highest level of achievement in the craft of writing within the realms of fiction, non-fiction or biography. Previous recipients have been Robert A. Caro, Edward Albee, John Edgar Wideman, David McCullough, Derek Walcott, Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Wolfe, Salman Rushdie, John Updike and Toni Morrison.
The Weis Fellowship was established through a grant from the Degenstein Foundation in honor of Janet Weis, an author, civic leader and philanthropist as well as trustee emerita of the University. Her husband, Sigfried Weis, was chair of the Bucknell Board of Trustees from 1982-88.
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