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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…

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…

"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…

Nicky Sa-Eun Schildkraut, a Ph.D. student in literature and creative writing in USC Dornsife, reads from her   first book, Magnetic Refrain, during the Kaya Press launch party. The poetry collection will be published in September 2012 by the leading independent press of Asian American literature in the United States, Kaya Press, which is housed in USC Dornsife’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE). Photo by Ambrosia Brody.

Kaya Press Moves from New York to USC Dornsife

February 21, 2012

In her first book, Magnetic Refrain, Nicky Sa-Eun Schildkraut, a Ph.D. student in literature and creative writing in USC Dornsife, frames her poetry collection around themes of loss and waves of diasporic flight as a result of…

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…

An article written by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang titled “Musings on the Neurobiological and Evolutionary Origins of Creativity” will appear this month in <em>LEARNing Landscapes</em>.

An Inspirational Look at Poetry

December 14, 2011

Like it or not, most people take work home with them. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, a neuroscientist and educational psychologist at USC, takes inspiration from home to work. Dissecting four poems written by her daughter Nora…

California Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes of USC Dornsife is among five state poet laureates nationwide who will read from their recent works at the 11th annual National Book Festival to be held in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23 to 25. Photo by Carlos Puma.

California Poet Laureate Muske-Dukes at the National Mall

September 15, 2011

USC Dornsife’s Carol Muske-Dukes, California’s poet laureate, will read from her two most recent books during the 11th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, to be held…

USC Dornsife alumna Rosaleen O’Sullivan reads an original piece to the audience at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore on the final evening in the month-long Maymester course, “The Poet in Paris.” Photo by Adrian Leeds.

The Magic of Paris

July 22, 2011

With the Eiffel Tower as her backdrop, USC Dornsife alumna Corey Arterian felt at one with those writers who came before her, penning poem after poem about the City of Light. Paris, she came to understand, incites emotions…

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…

Marjorie Becker, associate professor of history in USC College, creates the stories of individuals often overlooked by the general population in her new book, <em>Piano Glass/Glass Piano</em>. Portrait photo credit Jie Gu.

Speaking for the Unrepresented

February 17, 2011

Writing for Marjorie Becker is not such an arduous task. Rising at 6 a.m. each morning, she grabs a pen and welcomes the emotions and thoughts that flood her mind to flow onto the paper. Although she has honored her…