Laureate! Laureate! Laureate! On tonight's show, Katherine Hastings features three poets laureate: Gwynn O'Gara, the new poet laureate for Sonoma County; Albert Flynn DeSilver, Marin County's poet laureate, and Carol Muske Dukes, poet laureate for the State of California.
California State Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Sparrow, a National Book Award finalist published by Random House. She is also the author of four novels including Channeling Mark Twain (Random House). Her work is anthologized widely, including in Best American Poems, 100 Great Poems by Women and many others. She is professor of English and Creative Writing and founding Director of the new PhD Program in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. Muske-Dukes has received many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, an Ingram-Merrill, the Witter Bynner award from the Library of Congress, the Castagnola award from the Poetry Society of America and several Pushcart Prizes.
Albert Flynn DeSilver is Marin County's first poet laureate. His poet laureate project includes the creation of, along with artist Todd Pickering, "The Poetry Chair," an armchair made out of poetry books that he takes around the county hosting readings and writing workshops. DeSilver's poetry collections include Letters to Early Street (La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press); and Walking Tooth & Cloud (French Connection Press).
Gwynn O'Gara is Sonoma County's sixth poet laureate. O'Gara, a teacher with California Poets in the Schools, is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, Winter at Green Haven (Small Change Series, WordTemple Press); Fixer Upper (dPress); and Snake Woman Poems (Beatitude Press). On tonight's program she will read some of her work and talk about the project she is taking on as poet laureate.
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