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The scholarship, established in memory of the late actor David Coleman Dukes, is awarded annually to a third-year Theater Arts student working toward a career in stage acting. A bronze plaque commemorating the scholarship benefit held in David Coleman Dukes' name can be seen in the lobby of the Bing Theater, off Queen's Court on the USC campus.
— Madeline Puzo, Dean, USC School of Theatre
• Carol Muske-Dukes appointed California poet laureate (LA Times Blog: Jacket Copy)
November 14, 2008
by Carolyn Kellogg, Jacket Copy (Book News and Information)
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Carol Muske-Dukes as California's new Poet Laureate.
Muske-Dukes, who has reviewed for the Los Angeles Times, has written seven books of poetry; her most recent, "Sparrow," was nominated for a National Book Award. She has also written two collections of essays and four novels, including 2007's "Channeling Mark Twain," which was an L.A. Times bestseller (coincidentally, one of its characters is a stuffy former poet laureate).
Muske-Dukes is a professor at USC, where she began teaching more than 20 years ago. She is a founder of USC's PhD program in creative writing, known as one of the country's best.
When I was a literature student at USC, I knew Muske-Dukes through my friends who studied poetry. She had a reputation as a good teacher and a kind and engaged professor. Her generosity will serve her well as poet laureate; while the position used to be titular, it now carries the responsibility of working "in conjunction with the California Arts Council to bring the poetic arts to Californians and to California students who might otherwise have little opportunity to be exposed to poetry." For her efforts, she'll get $10,000 over two years, after confirmation by the California State Senate.