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Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English and creative writing in USC Dornsife and California’s poet laureate, will read from <em>Twin Cities</em>, her eighth book of poetry, and other work during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday, April 30. Muske-Dukes photo by Carlos Puma.

A Soul Divided

April 25, 2011

In an excerpt from her poem “Twin Cities II,” Carol Muske-Dukes writes: A single Mind, forever unable to refuse its overstatement: bloodOn snow, the gnawed bars of the trap, crack after crack In the courthouse…

Joe Cerrell (B.A., English, '01) is director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Europe Office in London, England. Photo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Global Alliances

April 24, 2011

In corporate boardrooms and presidential state rooms lined with flags, Joe Cerrell confers with the world’s most powerful leaders. As director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s new Europe office,…

Margaret Rosenthal, professor of Italian, comparative literature and English in USC College, is the author of the 1992 book Honest Courtesan, which opens as a musical called Dangerous Beauty on Feb. 13 at the Pasadena Playhouse. Photo credit Jie Gu.

From Page to Mainstage

February 11, 2011

Veronica Franco, history’s most complex and colorful courtesan, appears in many forms in the office of Margaret Rosenthal, professor of Italian, comparative literature and English in USC College. A Madame Alexander doll,…

W. Ross Winterowd, the Bruce R. McElderry Professor Emeritus of English, joined USC College’s Department of English in 1966 and founded the USC College doctoral program in rhetoric, linguistics and literature. Photo courtesy Geoffrey R. Winterowd.

In Memoriam, W. Ross Winterowd, 80

February 7, 2011

USC College’s W. Ross Winterowd, renowned teacher and author in the field of rhetoric, died after complications with pneumonia on Jan. 21 in Huntington Beach, Calif. He was 80. Winterowd, the Bruce R. McElderry…

On Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will read from his work at the Bovard Auditorium. Photo credit Steven Kovich.

There Will be Poetry

January 21, 2011

Even Carl Sandburg admitted, “I’ve written some poetry I don't understand myself.” This winter, members of the USC community may gather more insight into poetry by attending four free events hosted by USC…

Brighde Mullins, program director of USC College’s Master of Professional Writing Program, was awarded a 2010 USA Fellowship for literature. Photo credit Cam Sanders.

Honoring the Artist

January 4, 2011

For playwright and poet Brighde Mullins, it’s usually a powerful image that incites narrative. Recently, it was the captivating description of a young Phillis Wheatley — a slave who became the first…

Self-publishing <em>Cliff Falls</em>, USC College alumnus Cliff Shiepe arranged everything including his book cover, a montage of photographs taken in Woodside, Calif., which represents the mystical town of Cliff Falls in his novel.

Cliff Falls, Then Picks Himself Up

December 23, 2010

Sit down for a few hours with writer Cliff "C.B." Shiepe and you get little bits of wisdom. “Before you hear your true name, you’ll wander,” Shiepe says keeping steady eye contact. “Perhaps we all…

Allison Doyle (middle) shares a laugh with Saxon Burns, also a student in USC College's Master of Professional Writing program, and Kate McCarthy, whom she's been friends with since their undergraduate days as English majors in the College. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

A World of Difference

December 10, 2010

Growing up in Omaha, Neb., as an "insider-outsider," a Korean adoptee raised in an otherwise genetically-connected family of five, I discovered that writing was a way to organize the thoughts and ideas whirling around in my…

Aimee Bender, USC College's professor of English, has written a new novel,<em> The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake</em>. The protagonist Rose Edelstein has a magical gift, which also becomes a curse. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Feelings, Oh, Oh, Oh!

September 8, 2010

Even a cognoscente of the written word like Aimee Bender admits the difficulty in communicating feelings. In her new novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Random House), the professor of English in USC College…

Master of Liberal Studies students Jeri Schuessler-Loynachan (left) and Deetra Roulhac traveled to Reed College as recipients of this year’s program awards to attend the Fourth Annual Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium. Photo credit Susan Kamei.

Master of Liberal Studies Students Present at Annual Symposium

June 28, 2010

During her undergraduate years, Deetra Roulhac immersed herself in the vibrant spoken-word poetry scene in Berkeley bars and cafes, actively participating in this performance art. She reluctantly left her passion for poetry…