The Lessons

Thomas Reiter’s most recent book of poems, Catchment, was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2009. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, Sewanee Review, Hudson Review, New England Review, and Gettysburg Review. He has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the NEA, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Reiter is Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Monmouth University, where he held the Wayne D. McMurray Endowed Chair in the Humanities.

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“The Catcher in the Rye” and All: Is the Age of Formative Books Over?

Messiaen

Bruce Bond is the author of fifteen books including For the Lost Cathedral (LSU Press, 2015) and The Other Sky (Etruscan Press, 2015). Four new books are forthcoming: Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (University of Michigan Press); Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, University of Tampa Press); Gold Bee, winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition Award (Southern Illinois University Press); and Sacrum (Four Way Books). He holds a Regents Professorship at the University of North Texas.

Coming Home from the Post Office

Edward and Jill

You Get So

Lucille, Post-Operative Years

Rita Dove, born in 1952 in Akron, Ohio, earned degrees from Miami University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her record of achievement is unprecedented. When in February 2011 she received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama, she became the first person to have received all three of the country’s highest arts distinctions—the others being the Humanities Medal and a term of service as Poet Laureate (2003–5). She has been a frequent guest of Bill Moyers’ PBS series. In 1987, she received the Pulitzer Prize for her third collection of poems, Thomas and Beulah, which is loosely based on her maternal grandparents’ lives. She also has nine other volumes of poetry: Collected Poems 1974–2004 (2016), Sonata Mulattica (2009), American Smooth (2004), On the Bus with Rosa Parks (1999), Mother Love (1995), Selected Poems (1993), Grace Notes (1989), Museum (1983), and The Yellow House on the Corner (1980). She has published a collection of essays, The Poet’s World (1995); a drama, The Darker Face of the Earth: A Verse Play in Fourteen Scenes (1994); a novel, Through the Ivory Gate (1992); and a collection of short stories, Fifth Sunday (1985). She has edited two volumes, The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2011) and The Best American Poetry 2000 (2000). From 2004 to 2006, Dove served as the Poet Laureate of Virginia. She holds twenty-five honorary doctorates, is a classically trained musician (viola de gamba), and has done numerous musical collaborations, including Seven for Luck, seven poems by Rita Dove with music by John Williams, and Umoja: Each One of Us Counts, music by Alvin Singleton, commissioned by the Atlanta Olympic Summer Games. Since 1989, she has taught at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she holds the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English.

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