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My Singing Valentines


By Carol Muske-Dukes

I remember standing up by my desk and laughing. It was Valentine's Day and someone had sent me a singing message, which I would return, again and again and again.

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Proof of the Poet as Activist: Two Carol Muske-Dukes Projects

By Women's Voices For Change
In accepting the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Adrienne Rich delivered an address entitled “Poetry and Commitment.” Well, in living her life as a woman, poet, teacher, citizen, Carol Muske-Dukes daily enacts the kind of commitment that turns intention into action—action that is poetic for its unguarded intentions. This coming Sunday evening, October 4, at…
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My Singing Valentines

By Carol Muske-Dukes
By Carol Muske-Dukes

I remember standing up by my desk and laughing. It was Valentine's Day and someone had sent me a singing message, which I would return, again and again and again.

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“The Nine” Results

By Carol Muske-Dukes
We had many worthy nominations, from Barbara Boxer to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Poet Carol Muske-Dukes now presents a truly diverse and capable team. (Now how to give them the authority they deserve?)
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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: “The capitol city had been dark for 14 years”

By Moore Jina
One of the nominees most frequently mentioned for Carol Muske-Dukes’ Nine Women to Run the World, featured here last week, was Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the 71-year-old president of Liberia. WVFC was thrilled when Christian Science Monitor correspondent Jina Moore, who had talked to Sirleaf last fall from West Africa in a reporting trip funded by Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting,…
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Books · Poetry

Poetry Friday: A Christmas List

By Women's Voices For Change
Inspired partly by Jan Simpson’s cool Christmas-for-Theatregoers list and by new Christmas poetry lists from The Independent UK and the Daily Mail, the latter a listing of new love poetry, we at WVFC feel obligated to offer our First Annual Poetry Friday Christmas shopping list. Below, your quick-links to the most recent work by poets who’ve adorned our Poetry Fridays…
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Poetry Friday: Lisa Russ Spaar

By Women's Voices For Change
Sometimes it feels as if all the buzz in literature, especially poetry, is about youth. Who won the Yale Younger Poets Award? The XYZ Fellowship for Writers Under Thirty? That’s only one of the reasons we’re thrilled for Lisa Russ Spaar, who nearly a decade after being nationally recognized as an “emerging writer” by the Rona Jaffe Foundation, has not…
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Poetry Friday: A reflection and a celebration.

By Women's Voices For Change
When “Twin Cities” by our own Carol Muske-Dukes appeared in the July 6 issue of The New Yorker, no one was surprised.  Carol’s stature as a poet has long been established and her appointment last December as poet laureate of California only served to make concrete what she has always demonstrated:  her leadership, her activism as a poet-citizen (at the…
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