Friday, January 8, 2010

Atlanta's A-List: 'Author Appearance: Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove on January 15'

[Rita Dove; George Bridgetower (Copyright: The British Museum)]

Atlanta's A-List
Jan 7th, 2010
“Rita Dove is the former Poet Laureate of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ms. Dove is the author of numerous collections of poetry, her most recent of which is Sonata Mulattica. Among her many awards and honors are a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, a Fulbright scholarship, the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award, and a National Humanities Medal.” “She will be appearing as part of the Georgia Perimeter College's 14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at 6pm on Friday, January 15. The event will take place at the Beulah Baptist Church at 2340 Clifton Springs Rd. Decatur.”

Dominique-René de Lerma, Professor of Music at Lawrence University Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin has documented the life and music of George Bridgetower in painstaking detail, and has made his work available to Felicia R. Lee of The New York Times published an article, “Poet's Muse: A Footnopte to Beethoven”, in which she reviewed Rita Dove's book of poems on Bridgetower, “Sonata Mullatica,” on April 2, 2009. Ms. Lee cited Prof. DeLerma's biography of George Bridgetower at

“While Bridgetower failed to find a prominent place in the musical canon, his story is nevertheless recorded in the major musical histories, like The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, as well as on Internet sites like and its companion,, which document black contributions to classical music.”

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