Muske-Dukes is a professor at the University of Southern California and a former Poet Laureate of California. She is also a co-editor of two anthologies and an author of eight books of poetry, four novels, and two essay collections.
Her latest book of poetry is Twin Cities (Penguin Poets Series, June 2011). Her other recently released books are two anthologies: Crossing State Lines: An American Renga (co-edited with Bob Holman, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, May 2011) and The Magical Poetry Blimp Pilot's Guide (co-edited with Diana Arterian, Figueroa Press, June 2011).
Carol's other books of poetry include An Octave Above
Thunder, New & Selected Poems (Penguin, 1997) and Sparrow,
a National Book Award finalist published by Random House, 2003. Her
four novels are Channeling Mark Twain (Random House, 2008), Life After Death (Random House, 2001), Saving St. Germ (Penguin, 1993) and Dear Digby (Viking, 1989). Dear
Digby has been re-issued by Figueroa Press in 2003.
Carol's collection of essays entitled Married to the Icepick Killer, A Poet
in Hollywood was published in August of 2002. Her collection of reviews and critical essays, Women and Poetry: Truth, Autobiography
and the Shape of the Self was published in the "Poets
on Poetry" series of the University of Michigan Press,
Many of her collections have been "New York Times Most Notable Books" or listed in the current year's "Best Books".
is a regular critic for the New York
Times Book Review and the LA Times
Book Review. Her work appears everywhere from the New Yorker to L.A.
Magazine and she is anthologized widely, including in Best American
Poems, 100 Great Poems by Women and many others.
She is professor
of English and Creative Writing and founding Director of the new PhD
Program in Literature and Creative Writing at the University
of Southern California.
She has received many awards and honors,
including a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for
the Arts fellowship, an Ingram-Merrill, the Witter Bynner award
from the Library of Congress, the Castagnola award from the
Poetry Society of America and several Pushcart Prizes.
On November 13, 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Carol as California's Poet Laureate.
Muske-Dukes, after graduating from USC in May of 2005, will
re-locate to Boulder, Colorado, where she will be pursuing a
PhD in molecular biology at the Institute for Cellular, Developmental,
Molecular Biology at the Univ. of Colorado.