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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

 © Carol Muske Dukes


11/20/11: Get Lit Benefit at the Actors' Gang Theater

Pictured: Jimmy Santiago Baca, Carol Muske-Dukes, Diane Luby Lane, Tim Robbins, and Helen Mirren.

Jimmy Santiago Baca and Carol Muske-Dukes received awards at this event.

10/22/11: American Poet Launch Party

American Poet Launch Party
Saturday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
New York University
58 West 10th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

Reading and reception for the new fall issue of American Poet, the journal of the Academy of American Poets. Carol Muske-Dukes, Matthew Rohrer, and Tracy K. Smith will read from their work. Event co-sponsored by the New York University Creative Writing Program.

A launch reading for the fall issue of American Poet taking place during the Poets Forum, NY.

10/20/11: Poetry Reading

Thursday, October 20

Hunter College
695 Park Ave
New York, NY 10065

Poetry reading with Carol Muske-Dukes.

10/11/11 The Poetry Foundation Event

Carol Muske-Dukes will be reading and speaking at an evening hosted by The Poetry Foundation in Chicago - discussing the book Crossing State Lines: an American Renga for the Foundation and Chicago poets - with her co-editor, poet Bob Holman.

9/25/11: National Book Festival

National Book Festival
Sunday, September 25, 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.

National Mall
Washington, D.C.

Poetry reading with Carol Muske-Dukes, Stanley Plumly (Poet Laureate of Maryland), Delores Kendrick (Poet Laureate of Washington, DC), Kelly Cherry (Poet Laureate of Virginia), and Wesley McNair (Poet Laureate of Maine). The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit

(USC Dornsife Article)

9/7/11: Poetry Reading

Wednesday, September 7, 7:30 p.m.

Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Poetry reading with Carol Muske-Dukes. For more information, please visit

8/2/11: Summer and the City

Summer and the City: A Poetry Reading
Tuesday, August 2, 6:00 p.m.

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street in New York's Greenwich Village

David Baker, Carol Muske-Dukes, Kathleen Ossip

7/30/11: Poetry Reading

Saturday, July 30, 6:00 p.m.

Amagansett Free Library
Community Room

215 Main Street
Amagansett, NY 11930

Poetry reading with Carol Muske-Dukes. For more information, please go here.

Magic Poetry Blimp Flyer

July 2011

To All Kids, Teachers and Friends -

Greetings from The Magical Poetry Blimp! The Blimp is a fantasy vehicle – and we hope that you will hop aboard and zip along with us, as you turn the pages (virtually or physically) of The Magical Poetry Blimp Pilot's Guide.

In my last months as Poet Laureate of California, I am seeking to fulfill my charge from the governor's office – to create a state-wide poetry project capable of reaching communities where poetry might not be readily available. Many schools have little curriculum time allocated for the arts in this time of economic crisis – and less time for the crucial art of Poetry. Poetry (+ reading and writing and absorbing poems) helps kids learn to think and remember and appreciate the beauty and power of words.

The Magical Poetry Blimp Pilot's Guide (downloadable for free at!) is a way to make poetry – its rhyme and forms and always-remembered lines – readily available to all who want to encounter poetry, to read and write and learn it by heart – plus take off on the Blimp (the Imagination) and have a wonderful time! We hope the guide will be useful to students from ages 7-12 or so (depending on their reading level).

This entertaining, educational, interactive Guide is all yours – thanks to all of the writers who contributed chapters – and to the amazing designer/contributor Diana Arterian, the illustrious illustrator Rick Cortez and web-wizard Dave Howard – and so many others, who've fueled the Blimp and piloted it to the skies!

Please spread the word about the Blimp, so more students can learn, write and share sonnets, haikus, and ballads in the near future! We hope that you will hop aboard and zip along with us, as you turn the pages (virtually or physically) of The Magical Poetry Blimp Pilot's Guide.

Enjoy - and please send us feedback about the Guide on our website - we'd love to hear from you!

- Carol Muske-Dukes, California Poet Laureate

6/8/11 Summer in East Hampton - dogwalks on beach with Mark Doty

The Pink Tuxedos

Poets Rita Dove, Carol Muske-Dukes, Marilyn Nelson and Lisa Russ Spaar perform as "The Pink Tuxedos" at the 2001 conference of the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) in Palm Springs, CA.

7/16/11: Poetry Reading

Saturday, July 16, 6:00 p.m.

Canio's Books
290 Main Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

Carol Muske-Dukes reads from new poems collected in Twin Cities. For more information, please visit

7/14/11: 2011 Poets House Showcase Reading Series

2011 Poets House Showcase Reading Series
Thursday, July 14, 7:00 p.m.

Poets House
10 River Terrace at Murray Street
New York City

Patricia Spears Jones, Paul Legault, Carol Muske-Dukes & Thomas Sleigh will read poems. For more information, please visit

Women's Voices For Change: 'Twin Cities' Re-visited

Poetry Friday: 'Twin Cities' Re-visited – More From Carol Muske-Dukes' New Collection.


2011 Scarriet 2nd Annual March Madness Tournament

Carol's poem "A Former Love, a Lover of Form" advanced to the Elite Eight in this March Madness tournament.


Poetry Foundation Interview

Carol Muske-Dukes & Bob Holman Start a Neo-Con Convo on Poetry and Empire with American Renga


6/12/11: Poetry Pairs

Poetry Pairs: Carol Muske-Dukes and Tom Healy
Sunday, June 12, 3:00 p.m.

Guild Hall
158 Main St.
East Hampton, NY 11937

"Poetry Pairs features a nationally-acclaimed poet paired with a local poet of distinction, celebrating their latest books. Meet the authors, have your books signed, and enjoy refreshments in the Boots Lamb Education Center or garden!

Fran Castan, producer of Poetry Pairs, will introduce the poets.

$5 / $3 Members of Guild Hall Tickets online at or at Box Office starting May 18;; or 1.866.811.4111

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from New York State Council on The Arts, a state agency and by Daniel and Joanna S. Rose."

For more information, please visit

June Midwest Connections Pick: Twin Cities

The Midwest Booksellers Association has selected Twin Cities as one of their June Midwest Connections picks.


5/12/11: NYU Poetry Reading

Jorie Graham and Carol Muske-Dukes
Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

"Sea Change" (Ecco, 2008) is Pulitzer Prize winner Jorie Graham's most recent book of poems. Carol Muske-Dukes (pictured) will publish a new collection of poems, "Twin Cities" (Penguin), in June 2011. For more information, please click here.

5/3/11: Poets of the American West

Carol Davis, Carol Muske-Dukes, & David St. John: Poets of the American West
Tuesday, May 3, 11:15 a.m.

Santa Monica College Main Campus
HSS Room 165

"Three distinguished, award-winning California poets- who have been anthologized in New Poets of the American West- will read from and discuss their works. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and the SMC English Department. Free. For more information, visit or call (310) 434- 4303."

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