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“Soon, my achievements will show who Adrian Toledo really is,” wrote Adrian Toledo, a senior at Manual Arts High School, in the essay portion of his USC application. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Tears of Joy

December 23, 2011

For these high school students, the tiny mortarboard pins represented months of hard work and stick-to-itiveness. As their USC Dornsife mentors fastened onto their shirts and jackets the universal symbol for education, some…

From English Degree to Grammy Award

Music Man

December 16, 2011

In 1993, in a small, dingy apartment in Berkeley, Calif., Warner Bros. Records producer Rob Cavallo sat on an overturned bucket. He listened, rapt, while a punk band of three scruffy 20-somethings belted out their latest…

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…

Téa Obreht, who graduated from USC Dornsife in 2006 with degrees in creative writing and art history, is the youngest winner of the Orange Prize for fiction for her first novel <em>The Tiger's Wife</em>. Portrait photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

An Unforgettable Year

September 14, 2011

The past year has been a whirlwind for Téa Obreht. The USC Dornsife alumna was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” and selected as one of the “5 Under 35” by the National Book…

Shelley Berman, lecturer emeritus in USC Dornisife's Master of Professional Writing program, performs his one-act monologue "Father and Son" during the "Funny But True" event. Photos by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Tough Crowd

August 12, 2011

Everyone has them. Those moments of complete humiliation when blood rushes to your cheeks and you quickly look around hoping no one noticed. Who would want to relive those moments, much less share them with strangers?…

Three USC Dornsife Professors Named Finalists for 2011 SCIBA Book Awards

Three USC Dornsife Professors Named Finalists for 2011 SCIBA Book Awards

August 5, 2011

Three professors from USC Dornsife have been named finalists for the 2011 Book Awards presented by the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA). Securing two out of four finalist slots in the fiction…

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…

Mark Richard, a lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing program, has won a 2012 Pushcart Prize for his memoir and first book of nonfiction <em>House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home</em>. Born a “special child” with deformed hips in rural Virginia, Richard chronicles his struggle with faith and the life that made him a writer. Photo by Jeff Vespa.

On Writing and Redemption

July 7, 2011

Mark Richard didn’t intend to write his latest book. He had originally set out to explore the death of Nat Turner, an early 19th-century slave insurrectionist in Southampton County, Va., where Richard lived as a boy.…

The Road Much Traveled

The Road Much Traveled

April 24, 2011

When I graduated from USC in May 2001, my professors wished me luck as I embarked on a career with The Associated Press. They had prepared me for the crush of deadlines and the art of interacting with my editors. They had…