Saturday, November 15, 2008

Califorina's New Poet Laureate

On November 14, 2008 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California Arts Council appointed USC professor, novelist, poet, and essayist Carole Muske-Dukes as the new California Poet Laureate. During the next two years Muske-Dukes will promote poetry in the state. (Photo from USC Faculty webpages.)

She is the founder of the university's graduate program in literature and creative writing, and has reviewed books for both the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, as well as many articles. Among her novels is Channeling Mark Twain, and her book of poems entitled Sparrow was nominated for a National Book Award. Her book of essays called Married to the Ice Pick Killer: a poet in Hollywood was a bestseller and refers to her marriage to the deceased actor David Dukes. She has won many other awards and replaces poet Al Young as California Poet Laureate.

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