April 15, 2012 |
It was a freezing night in March 1978 - and the small, determined woman climbing next to me up the icy incline to the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for women leaned on a cane. I wanted to take her arm, but because she was famously fiercely independent, I hesitated. Later, I thought that I was right to hold back: Adrienne Rich was that kind of standard-bearer, accustomed to her own "climb," accustomed to a righteous loneliness in her ascent. In 1978, Adrienne Rich was not an old woman, but the degenerative arthritis that eventually crippled her had already begun to compromise her free movement - hence the cane.
April 6, 2010
MOVIES Open Projector Night The Sklar Brothers host an evening of short films (less than 10 minutes each) by novice auteurs in a wide range of genres and formats. Per the museum, filmmakers should think "showdown" rather than "showcase." Submissions accepted at 7 p.m.; screenings at 7:30 p.m. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Free. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu. JAZZ Terence Blanchard The jazz composer scored many of Spike Lee's best films, but the hard bop artist first cut his teeth as a player with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
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November 14, 2008 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday appointed a USC English professor and author as California's next poet laureate. Carol Muske-Dukes founded the school's graduate program in literature and creative writing. She has written seven books of poetry, four novels and two essay collections. Her most recent work, "Sparrow," was a National Book Award finalist. She also founded and taught in a creative-writing program at a women's prison on Rikers Island in New York.
October 7, 2007 |
One often hears writers complain about book tours. Traveling constantly, facing small crowds, having the dream of the next book interrupted by the need to promote this one -- it's all too much. I'd expected to find Carol Muske-Dukes, back in L.A. last week to promote her novel "Channeling Mark Twain," just as weary about book touring as everyone else. Instead, she felt energized by the opportunity to discuss with live audiences a book that has eluded her for 20 years.
July 1, 2007 |
WHAT good is art? Does it make any real difference in people's lives? For the conflicted heroine of Carol Muske-Dukes' rueful yet affirmative new novel, these questions come attached to uncomfortable specifics. Holly Mattox teaches a poetry workshop at the Women's House of Detention on Rikers Island. What use is this rarefied art to prostitutes, drug addicts and murderers? How can poetry possibly matter in the face of their suffering and their crimes?
October 16, 2003 |
Three Los Angeles writers, two of whom teach at USC, are among the 20 finalists for the National Book Awards. The finalists were named Wednesday in New York by the National Book Foundation, which recognizes the best literary and nonfiction work by Americans each year. Nominees include T.C. Boyle, for his novel "Drop City" (Viking/Penguin Group), and Carol Muske-Dukes, for her book of poems "Sparrow" (Random House), both of whom are creative writing professors at USC.