Two Poets Share the 2010 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

By The Editors on 11.17.10

Last night in Washington, D. C. Rita Dove was awarded the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, which honors authors of African descent in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and, of course poetry. Dove received the honor for her collection Sonata Mulattica, called a “masterful collection” by the Los Angeles Times, the book details the volatile relationship between the black violinist George Bridgetower and Beethoven in Dove’s characteristically elegant verse. She was in great company because for the first time in its history, two writers shared the poetry award. Along with Dove, Haki Madhubuti was honored for his book Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems 1966—2009 (Third World Press).

On the prose end, Robin D.G. Kelley won the award in nonfiction for Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press) and Percival Everett won in fiction for his novel I am Not Sidney Poitier (Graywolf Press).

Here is a video of Rita Dove reading from Sonata Mulattica at the 2009 Virginia Festival of the Book:

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