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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

 © 2012 Carol Muske Dukes

• 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.

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