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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

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My nephew Chris marries his Maggie - in a pastoral setting in Wisconsin, October 20, 2012

2012 Fall Conference of SCTE - Taking a Bite Out of the Common Core

The Radisson Hotel, 7320 Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier, California

Saturday, October 20, 12:30-2:00pm Lunch Session, with Carol Muske-Dukes

For more information and to register online, visit

10/13/12: 6th Annual Festival of California Poets

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

The PEN Center USA & Poetry Society of America will present The 6th Annual Festival of California Poets on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 7:30 PM. The Festival of California Poets is an event celebrating the poetic tradition of the Golden State. Carol Muske-Dukes, Dana Goodyear, and Joy Manesiotis will present/read.

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Get Lit Featured on PBS

Hi everyone -

Please check out PBS (at local times and listings across the country) for two broadcast "events" that deserve notice. First, the "lighting it up" of the great GET LIT/Words Ignite literacy project, my own "partner" in poetry projects in L.A. and beyond — this amazing program deserves our ongoing support and acclaim.

And, if you did not catch the first night of "HALF OF THE SKY" on PBS ("Independent Lens - on PBS stations) tune in this evening, wherever you are! This is a documentary that is crucial — acknowledging the publication of the book, HALF THE SKY: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women (NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn) but to alert us all to the painful realities of gender-based violence across the world - sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, abuse and forced prostitution, etc. and the brave women, the freedom fighters, who are turning this oppression around. An inspirational force is Rebecca Lolosoli, who runs an all-women's village where the inhabitants make their own livings - as well as Amie Kandeh, who is director of the Rainbo Center - a refuge for women who have been abused, raped, threatened with death.

HALF THE SKY "features" George Clooney and famous faces like Meg Ryan and Diane Lane, who traveled to Sierra Leone and Somaliland and Cambodia with the film crew — but, as Clooney says bluntly in his introduction to the documentary, "The celebrity involvement is there to amplify the story. That's all."

Please watch — and please encourage others to do so. Mention the documentary (I know it will be re-aired!) ds on your blogs and websites and in WRITING in general. As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says, "The role and rights of women - their freedom and equality and dignity - is the unfinished business of the 21st century."

For our mothers, sisters, daughters, our friends across the world and ourselves — please bear witness to this amazing effort to combat the war on women — and please pass it on.

Thanks and cheers,

October 2, 2012

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9/20/12: The Best American Poetry Reading - 7 PM

David Lehman, series editor of The Best American Poetry and poetry coordinator of the New School's MFA Writing Program, joins Mark Doty, the guest editor of the 2012 volume, to present poets and poems from the 25th edition of this acclaimed anthology.

Contributors scheduled to read include Elaine Equi, Amy Glynn Greacen, Marie Howe, Lawrence Joseph, Noelle Kocot, Joy Katz, Honor Moore, Michael Morse, Carol Muske-Dukes, Angelo Nickolopolous, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Brenda Shaughnessy, Tracy K. Smith, Mark Strand, Susan Wheeler, and David Yezz.

Location: Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

Admission: Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

For more information, visit

9/14/12: ALOUD Lecture Series - Robert Hass in Conversation with Carol Muske-Dukes

Friday, September 14, 2012 7:15 PM
Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

What Light Can Do: Writing as Attention

Hass, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate, is also a luminous essayist. In this talk and discussion with poet Carol Muske-Dukes, he considers the claims on a poet's attention as he explores art, imagination, and the natural world. ALOUD is one of the many free programs the Library Foundation makes possible at the Los Angeles Public Library.

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Nora Ephron (May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012)

NORA EPHRON was a friend of mine. As anyone who has seen her films or read her books knows, she was funny and briliant and irreverent. In private life, she was kind and generous, yet still tart-tongued. She was loving, but always let you know what she thought and why she loved what she loved. I admired her forthrightness and her tough confidence. And I loved that she could recite poems by heart! She loved poetry so much. She once learned a funny poem of mine ("the Parrot") and recited it to her husband, Nick. She showed me how to write a screenplay and she recommended the best doctors in L.A. for me and my daughter - she never stopped giving to her friends. I'm still trying to get my mind around her absence: Nora, I cannot take in that you are gone. Nora, stay. Till the candle burns down, till the moon comes up. Stay Nora, in the last email you sent to me - in late May - looking forward to summer, looking forward to a few more minutes, a few more breaths, the candle burning.

- Carol Muske-Dukes, East Hampton, NY
June 27, 2012

Huffington Post Blog: Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien! - Nora

Passwords: Carol Muske-Dukes on the Beats

Friday, June 8, 7:00pm
Passwords: Carol Muske-Dukes on the Beats
Poet and novelist Carol Muske-Dukes offers insights on the Beat poets, with a discussion of the work of Diane di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members

Poets House - Kray Hall
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282

For more information, visit

Master Class with Carol Muske-Dukes

Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, 12:00-4:00pm
Carol Muske-Dukes is the former Poet Laureate of California and a professor at the University of Southern California. Her most recent books of poetry are Twin Cities and Sparrow, a National Book Award finalist.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 25

Master Classes offer advanced writers of poetry an opportunity to work intensively with some of the most respected poets of our time. Applications are required; space is limited. $390 each

Application Guidelines: Send three poems accompanied by a cover sheet with your name, address, email address and phone number to
Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
Attn: Classes

or by email to Poems must arrive by the designated deadline. No names or addresses should appear on the poems themselves. >>

About the Shooting in Colorado

We have two Presidential candidates, neither of whom has the courage or integrity to SPEAK OUT against gun violence and to stand up for GUN CONTROL! Neither one of them has the leadership ability to face down the powerful gun lobby and the NRA! And all the news media does is focus on the gruesome details - or interview "therapists" who instruct parents to reassure their children that this kind of violence is "rare". No it is NOT rare, not in this country! And children should be scared, very scared, because unlike other civilized countries, all of us are HOSTAGES to any individual who can buy handguns, assault weapons, etc. - LEGALLY. Our "leaders" have sanctioned this violence, by not stopping it AT ITS SOURCE. How many more massacres to come?

California Poet Laureate

Carol Muske-Dukes, as now-former California Poet Laureate, salutes Juan Felipe Herrera, California's new Poet Laureate!

17th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Panel: California Literature: The Big Picture
Participants: Ralph Lewin, Tom Lutz, Carol Muske-Dukes, moderator Oscar Villalon
When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21
Where: Seeley G. Mudd building on the USC campus


Twentieth-Century Poet Commemorative Stamp First Day of Issue Ceremony
Participants: Dana Gioia, David St. John, Carol Muske-Dukes
When: 12:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21
Where: Poetry stage on the USC campus


Carol Muske-Dukes reads from "Twin Cities"
When: 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 22
Where: Poetry stage on the USC campus


Poetic Performances by the Get Lit Players Teen Poetry Troupe
When: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22
Where: Poetry stage on the USC campus

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LA Times - An Appreciation: Adrienne Rich

The poet ('A Change of World,' 'Diving Into the Wreck') and feminist ('Of Woman Born') was a standard-bearer, Carol Muske-Dukes writes.


We mourn the death of Adrienne Rich - she was a longtime friend and great mentor. R.I.P.

• Lingua Materna: The Speech of Female History >>

Note from Carol Muske-Dukes (4/9/12)

Though I've stepped down as California Poet Laureate - I am still committed to The Magical Poetry Blimp (and GET LIT/Words Ignite)! Please help The Blimp fly high with our continuing projects -- provide a tax-deductible donation:

Click on in order to donate to the Blimp (Magical Poetry Blimp is found under the "Organization" drop-down menu) --

Thanks - and we'll keep you posted (re: our upcoming projects)!

- Carol Muske-Dukes, Former CA. Poet Laureate

3/28/12: Poetry Reading at the University of Minnesota

Carol Muske-Dukes will give a reading on March 28, 2012 at 4:00pm in Lind Hall, Room 207, UMN Campus.

3/29/12: Poets & Writers Gala for 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award

Carol Muske-Dukes has been chosen as one of the honorees for the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. This award is given to writers who have volunteered time or donated money to writers' causes, who have advocated on behalf of other writers, or who have made an exceptional contribution affecting the lives of writers.

This award, given through Poets & Writers, will be presented at the Poets & Writers gala on March 29, 2012 at Capitale in New York City. The annual benefit dinner is expected to generate over $350,000, with proceeds to support Poets & Writers' extensive programs for creative writers. For more information, visit

White Key to Have West Coast Premiere at VOLTI in San Francisco

The poem by USC Dornsife's Carol Muske-Dukes about "leaning up into love" will be performed in a musical composition by Reena Esmail.


12/8/11: Interview on KPCC with Patt Morrison

Carol Muske-Dukes discussed the value of memorizing poetry on Southern California Public Radio. To listen to this interview, go here.

The Wall Street Journal - Word Craft

How Memorization Makes Words Live


Zуcalo Public Square - The Voyage Home

Cold and Divided: How Did the Minnesota of My Parents Become Like the America of Today?


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