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 David Dukes Memorial Scholarship

Donate online today at the USC Online Giving Site Please go the website to make a secure credit card donation. Your donation is tax deductible and a USC gift receipt will be sent to you via US mail.

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


November 2009 Readings

Thursday, November 12
7:30 p.m.
Books Inc.
2251 Chestnut Street
San Francisco

Friday, November 13
7:00 p.m.
The WordTemple Poetry Series
Sonoma County Museum
425 - 7th Street
Santa Rosa

Both events will be introduced by Katherine Hastings, host of WordTemple on Santa Rosa's NPR affiliate, KRCB 91.1 FM, and curator of the WordTemple Poetry Series at the Sonoma County Museum.

Katherine Hastings, Cecilia Woloch, Carol Muske-Duke, Nancy Norton - November 13, 2009 WordTemple Poetry Series at the Sonoma County Museum
Katherine Hastings, Cecilia Woloch, Carol Muske-Dukes, Nancy Norton - WordTemple Poetry Series at the Sonoma County Museum on November 13, 2009

10/4/09: The Get Lit Players at Bowery Poetry Club


Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 8 PM
Sponsored by Carol Muske-Dukes, Poet Laureate of California & The Magic Poetry Bus with Diane Luby Lane, Exec. Director of GET LIT: Words Ignite and Azure Antoinette, Artistic Director of GET LIT

THE GET LIT PLAYERS are a teen poet & literacy group who will be performing their own Spoken Word poems in POETRY CONVERSATION with lines from some of our greatest contemporary poets -- including poems by Robert Pinsky, Joy Harjo, Bob Holman, Jorie Graham and C. Muske-Dukes. It's Pro-Active Poetry -- a way to engage poems on the page in dazzling "dialogue".

The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (Between Houston and Bleecker)
F train to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleecker
New York, NY 10012

9/9/09: Poetry Reading

On September 9th, Carol Muske-Dukes will be giving a poetry reading as part of the Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series. It will take place at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting at 7PM. The location address is 31 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Please call 212-689-0087.

America: Now + Here

Carol Muske-Dukes is part of the curatorial team of America: Now + Here and will be directing the poetry aspect along with Bob Holman.

She will be overseeing Crossing State Lines: An American Renga. A renga is an epic conversational poem and more than 40 American poets are participating. You may view this list of poets here here.

Carol Muske-Dukes as California's Poet Laureate

You may go here to read the official press release of Governor Schwarzenegger appointing Carol Muske-Dukes as California's Poet Laureate.

Also, go here to read Carol's Los Angeles Times article on her appointment.

Podcast of Carol's 2007 interview on NPR's Fresh Air with Terri Gross

Go here to listen to the podcast of the July 2007 interview with Carol Muske-Dukes.

Carol's New Poem "Boy" in The Atlantic

Go here to read Carol Muske Dukes' new poem, Boy. You can also listen to the podcast of Carol reading this poem out loud here.

Addicts: Poem on

Read Carol's latest poem, "Addicts," at:

You can download the audio of Carol Muske-Dukes reading this poem by clicking here.

7/2/09: Book Soup - Get Lit Fundraiser

This event is a fundraiser for the Get Lit Players. There will be a live Get Lit Player show as well as t-shirts and signed copies of the Get Lit anthology, Well Said.

Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

Book Soup (Parking in the back)
8818 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069-2125
(310) 659-3110

RSVP to: Octavia Robinson at 909 509 0683

Click here to view the event flyer for more information.

Twin Cities: Poem in The New Yorker

Carol's new poem Twin Cities can be found on The New Yorker's site here.

6/3/09: Private Reception Honoring Carol Muske-Dukes & Barbara George

The California Arts Council and Michael Govan (CEO & Wallis Annenberg Director of LACMA) will be hosting this private reception at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, on June 3rd from 4 to 6 PM. Carol Muske-Dukes will be honored for her contributions as California's Poet Laureate and Barbara George will be recognized for being the Recipient of the 2009 Arts Council Director's Award.

Take a Ride on the Magic Poetry Bus

Click here to view an interview that KCET's SoCal story editor Saul Gonzalez recently conducted with Carol Muske-Dukes on her Magic Poetry Bus Project.

The Creative Community

Go to the Video Section to view an episode of The Creative Community that features Carol. This program airs on The Santa Barbara Channels.

Not resting on her laurels, poet has plans to popularize form

Go here to read a Ventura County Star article on Carol.

Poems: Green River Cemetery & The Grief Game

Carol's poems Green River Cemetery and The Grief Game were recently published in the Winter 2009 edition of The Kenyon Review.

Click on the link below to read both poems.


With Love to My Mom on National Poetry Month

A Lost Eloquence
The New York Times Opinion
Published: Sunday, December 29, 2002

The poem in my head goes something like this: Sunset and evening star/And one clear call for me! /O Captain my Captain!/Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers/I'm nobody! Who are you?


4/23/09: Carol joins Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in final concert of Westside Connections series

Recognized as LA Weekly's "Pick of the Week" event, current California poet laureate Carol Muske-Dukes brings her creativity and expertise to the closing event of Westside Connections’ inaugural season.

Sanford Sylvan (baritone), Margaret Batjer (violin), Tereza Stanislav (violin), Searmi Park (violin), Roland Kato (viola), Victoria Miskolczy (viola), Andrew Shulman (cello), Armen Ksajikian (cello), Allan Vogel (oboe)

7 pm
The Broad Stage
Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
1310 11th St.
Santa Monica, CA
(213) 622-7001 x 215

Go here for more info and to buy tickets.

Also, Carol recently talked with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen about poetry’s musical origins and which types of poems she has selected to read at this event. Go here to listen to the podcast.

4/25/09: Reading & Panel at LA Times Festival of Books

Saturday, April 25, 2009 @ 11:30 AM
Carol will be doing a reading on the Poetry Stage

Saturday, April 25, 2009 @ 1:30 PM
PANEL 1033: Making Words Matter
Carol Muske-Dukes will be moderating a panel that will include Joel Arquillos, Diane Luby Lane, and Keren Taylor.

405 Hilguard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Click here for more info and learn how to obtain free tickets (which are only needed for the indoor panel and speaker sessions).

3/30/09: Carol introducing Robert Hass (USC)

23rd Annual Magill Poetry Series
Honoring the work of Robert Hass

Monday, March 30, 2009 : 5:00pm to 6:30pm
USC University Park Campus
Doheny Memorial Library - DML 240

Go here for more information about the event.

2009 Poetry Out Loud Winners

Spencer Klavan, winner of the California Poetry Out Loud state finals, greets Kylie Tressa Gael Batlin, runner-up, in the State Senate Chamber on March 23 while Dwight Sanders (right) of Sacramento County looks on. Photo by Steven Hellon, State of California

Go here to read more about the event, where an unprecedented "fourth round" had to take place since Klavan and Batlin tied for first after 3 rounds. Carol Muske-Dukes was part of the panel of judges.

The entire event will be re-broadcast on the Cal Channel on Thursday, March 26, 2009, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Go to the channel's website for more information, and the webcast of the event should become available online soon.

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