Carol Muske-Dukes, USC Dornsife professor of English and Creative Writing and California Poet Laureate, will discuss the meaning of her current interest in Scientific Narrative. Professor Muske-Dukes locates literary intersections in science/medical narrative and creativity. She sees, for instance, the heart as symbol, (a la Valentine's Day), and as "stress" and emotion. Students will join Professor Muske-Dukes in conversation to explore other possible intersections between the realm of science and the realm of words.
Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English and creative writing, is an award-winning author of 8 books of poems, 4 novels, 2 collections of essays, and an editor of 2 anthologies. Professor Muske-Dukes founded USC’s Ph.D. program in creative writing and literature. She is a poet, novelist, and critic. Muske-Dukes’ most recently published books are a book of poems, Twin Cities; a novel,Channeling Mark Twain; and a collection of essays titled, Married to the Icepick Killer: a Poet in Hollywood. She was a finalist for the National Book Award and twice a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. Her statewide project was The Magic Poetry Blimp Pilot’s Guide, an interactive online and print handbook to teaching and learning poetry, which will be distributed free to California’s public school system, in association with the non-profit literary org, Get Lit/Words Ignite! Muske-Dukes was the Poet Laureate of the State of California from 2008-2011.