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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

• 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

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