Rita Dove has published ten volumes of poetry, most recently Collected Poems 1974-2004 (W.W. Norton Co., 2016), a book of short stories, Fifth Sunday (Callaloo Fiction Series, 1985), and a collection of essays, The Poet's World (Library of Congress, 1995). She received the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and is a former US Poet Laureate. In 2011, President Barack Obama presented her the National Medal of Arts, making her the only poet to date to have won that award as well as the National Humanities Award. Currently Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Dove has received numerous honors, including 25 honorary doctorates.
Alan Lightman is a writer, physicist, and a social entrepreneur. In this video, he reads from his book-length narrative poem, A Song of Two Worlds (A K Peters/CRC Press, 2010).
Jill Bialosky is the author of four poetry collections, most recently The Players (A. A. Knopf, 2015) and Intruder (A. A. Knopf, 2009) and the memoir History of a Suicide: My Sister's Unfinished Life (Atria Books, 2011).