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From Barbies to Rockets

From Barbies to Rockets

January 27, 2010

No longer do we live in a world divided into two cultures. The literary artist, like the scientist, must embrace science and technology. Telling science stories is an excellent way to do this, though many writers balk at 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…

Devon O’Brien is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program.

An I of My Own

January 27, 2010

“What was it like for you…?” This is a question my editor at the Los Angeles Times never asked me back in 1989, after my luncheon interview with a young and unknown Australian movie actress. So, I will tell…

A scene from <em>Aislin Shardushan</em>, a comic book by Christina Yen and Drew Moxon.

ZAP! POW! KABLAM!

November 24, 2009

Comic books are not solely about superheroes anymore. Nor are they reserved for children. Rather, they have become a younger generation's vehicle for expressing social consciousness. A course offered by the Freshman Seminar…

Mystery Loves Company: A Discussion with the Kellermans

It’s a Family Affair

August 26, 2009

Suspense novelist Jonathan Kellerman ’74 and his wife, novelist Faye Kellerman joined their son, novelist and playwright Jesse Kellerman and their daughter, budding novelist Aliza Kellerman in a fascinating conversation…

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…

Brighde Mullins to Lead MPW Program

Brighde Mullins to Lead MPW Program

April 1, 2008

Playwright and poet Brighde Mullins has been named director of USC College’s Master of Professional Writing (MPW) Program. Mullins’ appointment, which begins July 1, concludes a yearlong national search. The…

Putting Technology in its Place — in the Classroom

Putting Technology in its Place — in the Classroom

November 1, 2006

An hour into a lecture on notions of the origin of species, historian Philippa Levine instructs her students to take out their clickers. As students retrieve from their bags small, remote control-like devices, the following…

Out of the White, Into the Black

Out of the White, Into the Black

September 1, 2006

Janet Fitch weaves metaphor into her storytelling like Vincent van Gogh fuses bold, swirling brushstrokes into his oil painting. “Metaphorical writing, to me, tells you more about both the phenomenon you are observing…