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CAROL MUSKE DUKES is a poet and fiction writer who was born in
St Paul and received her
early training and experience in creative writing at Creighton University
in Omaha (BA, 1967). She holds the MA in creative writing
from San Francisco State (1970).
She is the author of five books of poetry and two novels.
Her work has appeared in Ms, The New Yorker, The
American Poetry Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice,
and many other places. Her newest novel is Life After Death (Random House, 2001).
She has taught at the New School for Social Research, New York University,
the University of Virginia, and the University of Iowa. The widow of the
late actor David Dukes,
she lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Annie. She teaches creative writing
at the University of Southern California,
where she is the founder and
director of the graduate program in literature and creative
Life After Death was published by Random House in 2001.
Other books include Married to the Icepick Killer: A Poet in Hollywood
(Random House, 2002) and her most recent book, a collection of poetry,
Sparrow (Random House, 2003).
She has been described in the Los Angeles Times Book Review as
"that wonderful, rare thing: a poet who has the ability to deepen the secrets of
experience even while revealing them."