Two poets read from recent work as part of a series in conjunction with The Poetry Society of America.
Carol Muske-Dukes is a professor at the University of Southern California and a former Poet Laureate of California. She is an author of 8 books of poems, including Twin Cities from Penguin. Earlier books of poems include Sparrow, a National Book Award finalist. She has also published four novels, including Channeling Mark Twain. She is also an essayist and anthology editor. Her two collections of essays include Married to the Icepick Killer: a Poet in Hollywood. She is co-editor, with Bob Holman, of an anthology of poems, Crossing State Lines: an American Renga and author of two children's poetry "handbooks," The Magical Poetry Blimp Pilot's Guide, 1 & 2. Many of her books have been NY Times Most Notable Books. She is professor of English/Creative Writing at the University of So. Calif. where she founded the PhD Program in CW/Lit. She recently completed her term as Poet Laureate of the state of California.
Jane Mead is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently World of Made and Unmade which was nominated for a National Book Award. Her poems appear regularly in journals and anthologies, and she’s the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and a Lannan Foundation Completion Grant. For many years Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University, she manages her family’s ranch in northern California. She has taught as a visiting writer at Washington University, Colby College and most recently, The University of Iowa.