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David Treuer, professor of English in the Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature program, joined the faculty in Fall 2011. A Pushcart Prize winner, he has written five books of fiction and nonfiction. He’s interested in Native American literature, the 20th-century novel, modernism and creative writing. Illustration by Bill Sanderson.

Hire Purpose: David Treuer

May 7, 2013

Born to an Austrian Jewish father and American Indian mother, David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. His siblings range from a brother who has straight, jet black hair and dark…

USC Dornsife lecturer and poet Dana Gioia advises students, "Don’t limit yourself to thinking the only thing a poet can do is teach poetry.” Photo courtesy of Aspen Institute.

The Gioia of Poetry

February 19, 2013

“La Vie Bohème” may be romantic, but even poets need to eat. Solving that dilemma is something many artists don’t give ample consideration to early in their lives, said Dana Gioia, Judge Widney…

<em>Elsewhere, California</em>, a debut novel written by USC Dornsife’s Dana Johnson, examines assimilation, class and the complications of African American identity. Dana Johnson photo by Ben Pack.

Finding One’s Self in L.A.

July 19, 2012

As USC Dornsife’s Dana Johnson strolled through Echo Park, taking in the downtown Los Angeles skyline and Palm tree-lined lake, the characters, setting and plot of her first novel took shape. Johnson often hiked several…

Lee Crystal (MLS '12) shakes hands with Jim Kincaid (right), Aerol Arnold Chair in English and Professor of English, and chair of the MLS Faculty Board in USC Dornsife, after Crystal presented his research at the international symposium. Nita Kincaid looks on. Photo by Emily Loynachan.

USC Dornsife’s Master of Liberal Studies Program Hosts International Symposium

July 16, 2012

Under an umbrella in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center courtyard, students from USC Dornsife’s Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program traded spirited ideas about Friedrich Nietzsche’s “God is Dead”…

David St. John is the author of 10 collections of poetry, the newest is <em>The Auroras</em> (HarperCollins, 2012). Here, St. John of USC Dornsife stands in front of his home in Venice, Calif. Photo by Roger Snider.

The Goddess of the Dawn

July 3, 2012

In the poem, “The Aurora of the New Mind,” the narrator fluffs up the pillows then won’t let the reader get comfortable. There had been rain throughout the province Cypress & umbrella pines in a palsy of…

The Jimmy Award, named in honor of alumnus Jimmy Gauntt, recognizes outstanding seniors in the English department who have demonstrated a commitment to the arts. The 2012 recipients pose with Gauntt's parents and professor David Román, who created the award. Clockwise from top left: Andrew Ramirez, Casey Gauntt, Hilary Gauntt, Diana Vaden, David Román, Aishlin Cortell, Sydni Chiles, Julia Cooperman and Billy Youngblood. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

'We See Jimmy in Each of You'

May 9, 2012

In a heartfelt celebration of writers and their mentors, six undergraduates in the USC Dornsife Department of English were lauded this May for their accomplishments and love of the arts at the third annual Jimmy Gauntt…

USC Dornsife alumna Bonnie Nadzam has been awarded The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for her debut book, <em>Lamb</em>. At left, Nadzam, who graduated with a Ph.D. in creative writing from USC Dornsife in 2011, stands with The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Award. Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

USC Dornsife Alumna Wins Prize for Debut Novel

April 10, 2012

When Bonnie Nadzam began to develop characters for her dissertation in USC Dornsife’s Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing program, she could not have predicted the shape they would eventually take. It wasn’t…

USC Dornsife's 2011–12 Streisand Professor Lecture Series, “Where Is The Love?” concludes April 9 with sociologist Paula England, among the most influential gender scholars of our time, discussing America’s changing family patterns, sexual behavior and labor markets.

People Who Need People

April 5, 2012

In the old days, we poured our hearts out in “Dear John” letters. Now, breaking up is easy. Just send a text: “Dear Baby, Welcome to Dumpsville. Population: You.” Instant messaging, texting, Facebook…

"Sleep Log," written by Alain Borer and translated into English by Mark Irwin, tells the story of a sick and delirious traveler sailing from France to Tahiti. The text, which combines historical narrative, travelogue and poetry, is based on a voyage made by Borer. Irwin and Borer are both professors in USC Dornsife.

Vast Waters of the South Pacific

February 29, 2012

The ocean never finishes in the wake of boats. An unceasing torment infinitely prolonged that I would not wish on my worst enemy. Especially since my worst enemy is myself. Amid a vast ocean, in the belly of a ship, a…

Yale composer Reena Esmail (left) was so moved by Carol Muske-Dukes' (right) poem, "White Key," she set it to music, which will be performed by Volti in San Francisco early March. Esmail photo by David Fung. Muske-Dukes photo by Carlos Puma.

White Key to Have West Coast Premiere

February 21, 2012

“White Key,” a poem by California Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes of USC Dornsife, has been set to music by Yale composer Reena Esmail and will be performed by the famous Volti voice ensemble of 20 professional…