Carol Muske-Dukes, who was recently appointed Poet Laureate of the state of California by Governor Schwarzenegger, is a professor of English and Creative Writing and founding director of the PhD Program in Creative Writing/Literature at the University of Southern California. She is the author of seven books of poems, four novels and two collections of essays, including Married to the Icepick Killer: a Poet in Hollywood. Her most recent book of poems, Sparrow, from Random House (2003) was a National Book Award finalist. Her Los Angeles Times best seller Channeling Mark Twain was released in paperback in 2008.
Muske-Dukes is a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review, has written for the Op Ed and Lives (New York Times Magazine) sections and also was a poetry columnist at the LA Times Book Review for several years. She has been awarded Guggenheim Foundation and NEA fellowships, an Ingram-Merrill award, a Witter-Bynner award and the Castagnola Prize from the Poetry Society of America, as well as the Dylan Thomas prize and several Pushcart Prizes. Her poems have appeared everywhere from SLATE on-line to The New Yorker to The Atlantic and she is anthologized widely. Muske-Dukes blogs for the Huffington Post. Her statewide project as California Poet Laureate will be called The Magic Schoolbus.http://www.carolmuskedukes.com/