Carol Muske-Dukes

Los Angeles, CA 90004

Author's Bio

Carol Muske-Dukes’ books include eight volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is TWIN CITIES (published in 2011 in the Penguin Poets Series, Viking/Penguin), four novels including Channeling Mark Twain and two collections of essays including Women in Poetry. Seven of her books have recently been re-published and released by Open Road Integrated Media as ebooks: Applause, Camouflage, Dear Digby, Married to the Icepick Killer, Saving St. Germ, Skylight, and Wyndmere. Her books have been nominated for the LA Times Book Prize, and have been New York Times Most Notable Books, and have won many awards including several Pushcart Prizes. Muske-Dukes completed her term as Poet Laureate of California at the end of 2011 but continues to work with her Magic Poetry Blimp Pilot's Guide project, with a new 2nd edition for 2013 (a children's poetry handbook, both available on Amazon + downloadable FREE at and with the GET LIT teen literacy project. She co-edited Crossing State Lines: An American Renga (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) published in 2011, a collaborative poem about America by fifty-four of our best poets. She was recently awarded the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers award (presented at the Poets & Writers gala in New York City) and new poems appear in this year's BEST AMERICAN POETRY (ed. by Mark Doty) and in the BEST AMERICAN POETRY Anniversary volume (ed. by Robert Pinsky). Muske-Dukes' awards include Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA, Dylan Thomas Poetry Award, Library of Congress Award, etc. Currently, a professor of English/Creative Writing at USC, Muske-Dukes founded the PhD program in Creative Writing/Literature. She has made appearances on NPR, including Terri Gross' "Fresh Air," "Morning Edition," "Bookworm," and "On Point." She writes for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times and blogs for the Huffington Post.

Publications and Prizes

An Octave Above Thunder: New & Selected
(Penguin, 1997)
, Applause
(University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989)
, Camouflage
(University of Pittsburgh Press, 1975)
, Channeling Mark Twain
(Random House, 2007)
, Crossing State Lines: An American Renga
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011)
, Dear Digby
(Washington Square Press, 1991)
, Married to the Icepick Killer
(Random House, 2002)
, Red Trousseau
(Viking, 1993)
, Saving St. Germ
(Viking, 1993)
, Skylight
(Doubleday, 1981)
, Sparrow
(Random House, 2002)
, Twin Cities
(Penguin Poets, 2011)
, Women & Poetry
(University of Michigan Press, 1997)
, Wyndmere
(University of Pittsburgh Press, 1985)
American Poetry Review, Field, Paris Review, The New Yorker

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Last updated: Jul 23, 2014