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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 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 http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/.
Poetry reading with Carol Muske-Dukes. For more information, please go here.
Magic Poetry Blimp Flyer
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 magicalpoetryblimp.org!) 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!