CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host several events celebrating the work of Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Rita Dove in advance of, and during her visit to Oregon in April.
Dove, who served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, is the 2016 recipient of OSU’s Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. The biennial Stone Award recognizes a major American author who has created a body of critically-acclaimed work and has mentored young writers.
The Stone Award was established in 2011 by Patrick and Vicki Stone to spotlight OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. The honorarium for the award is $20,000, making it one of the most substantial awards for lifetime literary achievement offered by any university in the country.
The upcoming events coincide with National Poetry Month, which is celebrated each year in April. All of the events, programs and workshops are free and open to the public, but some require registration.
College of Liberal Arts Dean Larry Rodgers, a professor of English who specializes in African-American literature, will present “How to Read and Understand Pulitzer-Prize Winning Poet Rita Dove,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.
He will give a second lecture, “Reading Rita Dove,” on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Journey Room, Room 104, in the Memorial Union on the OSU campus.
Faculty and students in OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing will lead two poetry writing workshops, both at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. A workshop for adults will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, and a workshop for teens will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Space is limited. To register in advance, call 541-766-6793 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, April 14, a reading and question-and-answer session with Dove will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th Ave., Corvallis. A book signing will follow.
On Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. OSU will host a reading and conversation with Dove at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Ave., Portland. A reception will follow.