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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

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Deliberation on a Criminal Poet

Diana Arterian, the Assistant Director of the Magic Poetry Bus state project, has recently designed and produced a chapbook entitled "Deliberation on a Criminal Poet," which chronicles the steps governmental powers took in order to silence poets' voices through imprisonment, torture and/or extermination.

The chapbook is a dos-а-dos piece; the front portion includes brief biographies on the poets (written by Ms. Arterian), as well as a poem of each writer. The back section contains a small group of poems written in response by Ms. Arterian, each of which involves a character in the poet's life "deliberating" on their welfare. The poets discussed are Nвzim Hikmet (of Turkey), Federico Garcнa Lorca (of Spain), Alicia Partnoy (of Argentina), Osip Mandel'stam and Irina Ratushinskaya (both of Russia).

Diana Arterian is currently earning her MFA in poetry writing at the California Institute of the Arts, where she is an honored recipient of the Beutner Family Award.


Read "Suttee" at You can also listen to a podcast of Carol reading this poem.

"Twin Tree"

Carol Muske-Dukes is Poetry Daily's Featured Poet for Monday, June 14, 2010. "Twin Tree" is the poem of the day.

BOMB Magazine

Carol interviews poet Tom Healy (link)

Q&A with Carol Muske-Dukes at Smartish Pace

Carol answered questions at

USC Dornsife: Life and Work

English professor and poet laureate for the state of California, Carol Muske-Dukes talks about how poetry is part of her life -- and her work.

(watch video clip)

Voice of America - US National Poetry Month Encourages Reading, Writing Verse

May 04, 2010

(read article)

"San Clemente"

Carol Muske-Dukes' "San Clemente" is a 2010 Favorite of VerseDaily. It was the featured poem for May 3, 2010.

4/24/10: LA Times Festival of Books

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Poetry: Writers Without Borders
Franz 1178 - 10:30 AM - PANEL CODE: 1031 Moderator: Ms. Carol Muske-Dukes
Ms. Cristina Garcia
Mr. Tom Healy
Ms. Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Poetry Stage
12:30 PM
Carol Muske-Dukes reads from Sparrow: Poems

Click here for more info and tickets.

Maria Shriver's Poetry Month Blog

April is National Poetry Month. The Women's Conference and California's First Lady Maria Shriver want to honor the importance of art, creativity and poetry in our lives. During April, they'll be sharing some of their favorite poems. They have chosen to feature two of Carol Muske-Dukes' poems (Twin Cities and Boy) here.

4/20/10 The Poetry of California/The Beauty of the World

The Poetry of California/The Beauty of the World
The College Commons Signature Event

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 : 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC College holds a tribute to its own Carol Muske-Dukes, poet laureate of California.

Poet Robert Pinsky joins the USC College’s Carol Muske-Dukes (English) in a reading and celebration of the vast diversity of California in language, images and objects, as The College Commons concludes its year of “mapping the world.”

We return to the Natural History Museum to add the rich language of poetry to its other dazzling riches, as these brilliant writers open up the world of the West, from migration to the millennium and beyond — the fantasy of Hollywood, the lure of the endless horizon, and the promise of (literary) transformation.

For more information, visit

2010 AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair

2010 Annual Conference & Bookfair
April 7-10, 2010
Denver, Colorado

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Friday, April 9, 2010
at 9PM
MIDNIGHT WILLA (Women in Letters and Literary Arts) Goes Live: A Benefit Evening of Burlesque, Literature and Roller Derby
The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place

Cost: $10

Saturday, April 10, 2010
at 10:30AM-11:45AM
Black Holes No More: The Importance of Science Storytelling Across All Genres
Colorado Convention Center, Room 207, Street Level

4/1/10: 4th Annual Bold Ink Awards

4/6/10: at Central Library

Ralph Angel, Carol Muske-Dukes & Cecilia Woloch
Poetry Reading

Imagination. Luminosity. Mystery and grief. Ghost landscapes. Joy and celebration. Join us for a reading by three award-winning California poets.

For more information, visit

Annie Muske-Dukes Weds Johnny Driggs - March 13, 2010 - San Diego

USC Dornsife: All Were Aboard on the Magic Poetry Bus

March 4, 2010

The ride was intensely personal, deeply hilarious and wildly inspiring.

(read article and watch video clip)

3/1/10: Hop On The Magic Poetry Bus!

(An Evening with the California Poet Laureate & Friends)

March 1, 2010 ~ 5 P.M.

USC Davidson Conference Center

Welcome by Howard Gillman, Dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences,
Prof. Meg Russett, Chair, Dept. of English
& Prof. Carol Muske-Dukes, California Poet Laureate

Readings and performances by:

THE GET LIT PLAYERS (teen "proactive" poets of LA!)

Dana Goodyear
Tom Healy
Cecilia Woloch
Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Carol Muske-Dukes

Guest reading by Stacy Keach
Guest reading by George Wendt

Cocktail reception & book-signing following program

~ Admission Free ~

Enter through Gate 4 at Jefferson Blvd. and Royal St.
Parking Structure D Fee - $8.00

Please direct all questions concerning the event
to Diana Arterian:

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Dept. of English
with support provided by the Office of the Provost

Santa Monica Mirror - Samohi Poetry Slam

February 10, 2010

Teenagers may squirm when learning about poetry in a classroom but when poetry lives, breathes, and dances, they get with it. Certainly that was the case at Santa Monica High School’s first annual Poetry Slam event on February 10. (continue to read article)

(alternate link)

2/10/10: Poetry Slam

USC Dornsife: Elegant Elocution

August 10, 2009

Inspired by her mother’s recitation of poetry since she was a young child, Carol Muske-Dukes, California’s Poet Laureate, knows that words can change a life.

(Read Article)

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