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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…

Thai American writers Pimone Triplett (left), Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, Prince Gomolvilas and Ira Sukrungruang share their life experiences at an event hosted by USC College's Master of Professional Writing (MPW) and PEN USA. Photo credit Megan Christopher.

One Night in Bangkok

July 9, 2010

Quoting from his memoir, Talk Thai: The Adventures of a Buddhist Boy, Ira Sukrungruang summed up the theme of the evening, his tongue firmly in cheek. "I am Thai. Thais are superior to any other race," the University of South…

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…

David St. John, poet and professor of English in USC College. Photo credit Roger Snider.

Versed in Matters of the Heart

March 9, 2010

David St. John exudes the grace and aplomb of a holy man, perhaps a monk or sage. He actually does resemble a bit of bespectacled, bearded spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle — especially in his quiet gaze and half…

All Were Aboard on the Magic Poetry Bus

All Were Aboard on the Magic Poetry Bus

March 4, 2010

The stars all aligned for the Magic Poetry Bus on the evening of March 1 to the delight of an appreciative audience in the Davidson Center. The Get Lit troupe, poets, professors and celebrities altogether reveled in the…

Illustration by Rick Cortes.

The Magic Poetry Bus

January 27, 2010

I grew up within poetry — the sound of my mother’s voice reciting Great Poems. The poetry she recited was canonical: Shakespeare, Milton, Tennyson, Dickinson, Longfellow — but the way she told these poems…

From left, Becca Klaver, (B.A., creative writing, '03); Paul Legault, (B.A., screenwriting, '07); and Juliana Wang, (B.A., creative writing, '07).

Taking a Poetic Path

November 17, 2009

The question is often asked, What does one do with a bachelor's degree in creative writing? In USC College, the answer is plenty. Many go on to publish books of poetry or fiction. Some go on to teach writing, become editors or…

Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English in USC College, was appointed California Poet Laureate by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

Elegant Elocution

August 10, 2009

"I write poetry because I have no choice. I've always been haunted by words, by the music of words," said Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English and California Poet Laureate. A prominent and influential contemporary poet,…

The Writer in the Community

Author, Author!

July 23, 2009

Fourth grader Alex Flores clamps down hard on his pencil to finish his story that begins, "One day I came to school and no one was there." In his tale, Alex turns invisible and hears Mario singing the SpongeBob SquarePants…