Thursday, March 5, 2015

AuThursday: Carol Muske-Dukes

Carol Muske-Dukes: Author with North Dakota Ties

Carol Muske-Dukes is the author of 8 books of poems - the most recent of which is Twin Cities from Penguin. Earlier books of poems include Sparrow, from Random House, a National Book Award finalist, and others. She has also published four novels, including Channeling Mark Twain from Random House in 2003.  She is also an essayist and anthology editor. Her collections include Married to the Icepick Killer: a Poet in Hollywood (San Francisco Chronicle Best Book) -- and an anthology of poems, co-edited with Bob Holman - Crossing State Lines: an American Renga (from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux) plus two children's poetry "handbooks" - The Magical Poetry Blimp Pilot's Guide, 1 & 2. Many of her books have been New York Times Most Notable Books.

Although Carol is currently bi-coastal - New York & L.A. - she has strong ties to Minnesota and North Dakota.  Beyond Twin Cities, she has a collection of poems entitled Wyndmere (1985), in honor of Wyndmere, North Dakota, a place where extended family called home.  She also edited Wyndmere Wind-Rows:  Memories of Growing Up on the Dakota Plains (2013) by her mother, Elsie Kunchera Muske.

Carol Muske-Dukes will be appearing March 26-27, 2015, at the University of North Dakota Writers Conference. For more information about her and/or The UND Writers Conference, click on the preceding hyperlinked texts.

-From The UND Writers Conference