Cocktails: 6 p.m.
Presentation & Dinner: 7 pm.
65 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604
U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, a Fulbright scholar, has won many prizes for her elegant, inquisitive, historically and culturally rich, and always innovative poetry. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet who has been awarded the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities and a National Humanities Medal as well as numerous honorary degrees. Dove is also a great advocate for poetry and for literature, traveling and speaking across the country. A professor at the University of Virginia, she has 16 poetry collections to her credit, including Collected Poems
, 1974-2004, which was a finalist for this year's National Book Award. Dove has also written plays and fiction. She is a renowned literary figure and her work, which often illuminates the African American experience, as well as drawing on dance and music, is very much in keeping with the spirit of the Harold Washignton Literary Award.
This literary gala is the major annual fundraising event of the Near South Planning Board (NSPB). The event funds NSPB's Authors in the Schools program, an exciting and innovative literacy program developed to enrich the curriculum and encourage reading and creative writing in Chicago's elementary inner-city schools.
Recipients of this prestigious award are selected by a cross-cultural committee of representatives from Chicago's literary community.
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