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Carol Muske-Dukes

Professor of English

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2824
Office: THH 409



M.A. English, California State University, San Francisco, 1/1970
B.A. English, Creighton University, 1/1967

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Carol Muske-Dukes is an award-winning author of 8 books of poems, 4 novels, 2 collections of essays, editor of 2 anthologies, and professor of English/ Creative Writing. She also founded USC’s PhD program in Creative Writing/ Literature. She is a poet, novelist, and critic, published in the New York Times Book Review, the LA Times Book Review (where she was poetry columnist, "Poets' Corner", from 2001-2006), New York Times Magazine, Op Ed, Arts & Leisure, SLATE on-line, Washington Post, Wall St. Journal, the Paris Review, Tin House, the Yale Review, the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Poets & Writers Magazine (cover); she is also a regular contributor for the Huffington Post. Her most recently published books are a book of poems (Twin Cities), a novel (Channeling Mark Twain), and a collection of essays (Married to the Icepick Killer: a Poet in Hollywood). She also recently collaborated with Bob Holman on editing Crossing State Lines: An American Renga, which is a poem-conversation among 54 poets from across the country. She was a finalist for the National Book Award and twice a finalist for the LATimes Book Prize. Her pieces have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, New York Times, The Nation, The Yale Review, The American Poetry Review (cover), The Kenyon Review, etc. She has been a guest on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Michael Silverblatt's Bookworm, Morning Edition with Renee Montagne, On Point, etc. Her awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Dylan Thomas Poetry Award, the Library of Congress Award, etc. Carol was the Poet Laureate of the State of California from 2008-2011. Her statewide project was The Magic Poetry Blimp Pilot’s Guide, an interactive online and print handbook to teaching and learning poetry, which will be distributed free to California’s public school system, in association with Get Lit/Words Ignite!. Pertinent links:!/carolmuskedukes

Honors and Awards

2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, 1/2012-  
Co-Curator - Poetry Program called AMERICA: Now and Here. A national project – with lead curator, Eric Fischl – A "moving museum" of contemporary art works (since 9/11) by major artists (Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, etc.) with National Board (Mary Boone, Steve Martin, Bob Kerrey) -- along with poetry readings, a "national renga", poetry troubadours, etc. -- traveling to over 40 cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles , 11/2008-  
USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, 2011-2012   
California Poet Laureate Citation, State Senate, Sacramento, 2009 Governor’s statement, 2009-2011  
Get Lit Appreciation Award, 11/2011  
Appointed Poet Laureate, State of California, by order of the Governor’s Office, Fall 2008   
Presentation of Carol Muske-Dukes as Poet Laureate by USC President Steven Sample at USC v. Notre Dame football game, Fall 2008   
Judge, 2008 L.A. Times Book Prize, 2007-2008   
WriteGirl Bold Ink Award (other honorees -- Diablo Cody, Callie Khouri, Mona Simpson, etc.) at Grammy Center, Spring 2007   
The Sidney Harmon Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College, NYC, Spring 2006   
Chapin Award, from Columbia University, Graduate Writing Program, for body of work, 2004-2005   
WRITERS AT WORK Award, Poem chosen for postcard reproduction, 2004-2005   
Seattle Arts & Lectures Award, Spring 2004   
'Sparrow' listed as Notable Book by the New Yorker, 2003  
Chapin Award for Poetry from Columbia University School of the Arts for Sparrow, 2003  
National Book Award Nomination for Sparrow, 2003  
Yale Review's Best Poems of the Year Award for Sparrow, 2003  
Witter-Bynner Fellowship awarded by the Library of Congress, 1997-1998  
LA Times Book Prize Finalist, 1997  
USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, 1993  
USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, 1991  
Fellow (or Equivalent) of National Society in Discipline, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1984  
Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, 1981  
Castagola Award (Poetry Society of America), 1979  

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Assistant Editor, Antaeus, 1975-1981  
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