American poet who received the Pulitzer Prize for Past due Wife, a 2005 assortment of poems. Her various other poetry collections consist of Pinion, An Elegy; Body Studies; and Protected the Darkness. She received an undergraduate level in English in the School of Virginia and an MFA in innovative writing in the University of NEW YORK, Greensboro. She was the Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2008-2010. She was raised in Chatham, Virginia. She wedded musician Kent Ippolito in 2000. She and Nikki Giovanni can both end up being classified as past due twentieth hundred years/early twenty-first hundred years Virginian poets.