Readings in Contemporary Poetry

Saturday, November 17, 2001
548 West 22nd Street, NYC, 4:00pm

Carol Muske-Dukes


Carol Muske-Dukes is the author of six books of poems (most recently An Octave Above Thunder from Penguin) and three novels (her third novel, Life After Death, will be published by Random House, 2001) and two books of essays, Women and Poetry and A Poet in Hollywood (Random House 2002). Her collections of poems and novels have been selected regularly as New York Times Most Notable Books. Her books have been finalists for the LA Times Book Prize, she has received Pushcart and Pen Awards and she has received fellowships from the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is anthologized widely, featured in Best American Poetry and 100 Great Poems by Women. She is Director of the Ph.D. Program in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California, where she is Professor of English and Creative Writing. She is also a regular reviewer for the New York Times Book Review and for the LA Times Book Review. She holds degrees from Creighton University and San Francisco State University. Her daughter, Annie, is a senior at Marlborough School, and her stepson, Shawn, lives in San Francisco. Her husband, actor David Dukes, recently passed away.

Marilyn Nelson

Poem: CLAY

Marilyn Nelson's collections include Carver: A Life in Poems (2001), Magnificat (1994), Partial Truth (1992), Mama's Promises (1985), and For the Body (1978). Her collection The Homeplace (1990), won the 1992 Annisfield-Wolf Award and was a finalist for the 1991 National Book Award. Her Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems won the 1998 Poets' Prize and was a finalist for the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the 1997 National Book Award, and the PEN/Winship Award. Her honors include two Pushcart Prizes, two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award. She has also published two books for children, and her rendition of Euripides' play, Hecuba, appears in Euripides I, the first volume of the Penn Greek Drama Series.She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and holds postgraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (M.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.). She is a Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.