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Professors Percival Everett (left) and David St. John have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, bringing the number of USC Dornsife’s academy fellows to 23.

USC Dornsife’s Everett and St. John elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 20, 2016

David St. John, University Professor of English and Comparative Literature and chair of English, and Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English, have been named fellows of the 236-year-old American Academy of Arts…

Safiya Sinclair grew up in a small fishing village in Jamaica, a seaside setting that figures prominently in her poetry. Photo by Diani Sinclair.

Poetry graduate student wins major award for emerging writers

April 5, 2016

Her mother would tell you that Safiya Sinclair always knew she would be a writer. When she was 16 years old, Sinclair had her first poem published in the national newspaper of Jamaica, where she grew up. Shortly thereafter…

Director Edoardo Ponti ’94 premiered his cinematic adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s play <em>Human Voice</em> at the 2014 Tribeca and Cannes film festivals. The short film stars his mother Sophia Loren and was shot on location in Rome and Naples, Italy. Photo by Jon Fauer ©Film and Digital Times.

‘Subsidize the Truth about You’

February 8, 2016

“Every time I write a poem, I read it hearing your voice in my mind,” confesses Edoardo Ponti to David St. John. “And if it sounds like you could read it — that the words fit your vocal pattern —…

Legendary rock star David Bowie was a restless innovator and creative genius whose inspired songwriting and mesmerizing performances changed popular music forever. Here he is shown performing on NBC’s <em>Today</em> show at Rockefeller Plaza on Sept. 18, 2003, in New York City. Photo by J. Stone.

David Bowie: Life and Death of an Icon

January 13, 2016

David Bowie, rock’s greatest chameleon, passed away on Jan. 10 from liver cancer. His death, like the many transformations in persona he so skillfully executed during his lifetime, came without warning, shocking fans and…

National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis is a doctoral student at USC Dornsife. Photo by Amanda Schwengel, courtesy of Hampshire College.

USC Dornsife doctoral student wins the National Book Award

November 24, 2015

USC Dornsife doctoral candidate Robin Coste Lewis has won the National Book Award for Poetry, one of the nation’s most prestigious literary prizes. Lewis received the award for her debut book, Voyage of the Sable Venus…

Poet Claudia Rankine is known for her commitment to social justice. Photo by John Lucas.

Claudia Rankine Joins English Department

July 6, 2015

USC Dornsife has recruited renowned American poet Claudia Rankine as Aerol Arnold Chair of English. She will teach a wide variety of literature and creative writing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level starting…

T.C. Boyle Jukebox

T.C. Boyle Jukebox

March 11, 2015

To celebrate the release of USC Dornsife Writer in Residence and Distinguished Professor of English T. C. Boyle’s new novel, The Harder They Come (HarperCollins), the best-selling author paired readings from…

Writer and Composer

Celebrating Collaboration

July 10, 2014

“Writer and Composer” is a unique interdisciplinary collaboration that draws students from three graduate-level classes offered through USC Dornsife and USC Thornton School of Music. Student writers, vocalists and…

From left: Frank Ticheli of USC Thornton School of Music, David St. John of USC Dornsife and John Alexander, artistic director of the 140-voice chorale and the Pacific Symphony, link hands and take a bow. They received an outpouring of emotion from the audience with three curtain calls at their premiere of <em>The Shore</em> at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Photo by Andy Templeton.

Shifting Sands

June 10, 2013

The poem begins playfully with a boy at the ocean’s shore.First the tide surprisesAs it slowly risesThen the watersOf a boy’s fearsDisappear What is left seemsPearled & litThe gleaming stones& the boy…

David St. John is the author of 10 collections of poetry, the newest is <em>The Auroras</em> (HarperCollins, 2012). Here, St. John of USC Dornsife stands in front of his home in Venice, Calif. Photo by Roger Snider.

The Goddess of the Dawn

July 3, 2012

In the poem, “The Aurora of the New Mind,” the narrator fluffs up the pillows then won’t let the reader get comfortable. There had been rain throughout the province Cypress & umbrella pines in a palsy of…