The Academy of Achievement
has a four-part, online interview with Rita Dove that provides insight into her life and her work.
Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 120: American Poets Since World War II, Third Series. A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book. Edited by R. S. Gwynn, Lamar University. The Gale Group, 1992.
Dove's web site is a treasure trove of information about the poet, along with an extensive biography, interviews, and a photo album of her life.
"Rita Dove." Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 46. Gale Group, 2002. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, MI.: The Gale Group, 2003. Document Number: K1603000920.
Rita Dove: Chorus of Voices is part of an interview Steven Ratiner conducted with Rita Dove. The complete interview is in Giving Their Word--Conversations with Contemporary Poets, University of Massachusetts Press, 2002.
Robert McDowell, "The Assembling Vision of Rita Dove," Callaloo, 25 (Winter 1985): 61-70.
Modern American Poetry features other interviews, her thoughts on reading her poem "Parsley" at the White House, and the message the poem conveys.
Modern American Poetry links to Dove's online poems, including "My Mother Enters the Workforce," "Wiring Home," and "Golden Oldie," among others.
Steffen, Therese, Crossing Color: Transcultural Space and Place in Rita Dove's Poetry, Fiction, and Drama. Oxford University Press, 2001.
University of Virginia, where Dove is on the faculty in the English department, provides a wonderful list of her books, plays, musical collaborations, and honors. Dove is currently on leave.