USC Poetry Reading + The Broad: Tour of the Imagination

Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 8:30 p.m.


The Broad
221 S. Grand Ave
Los Angeles 90012

Organized by award-winning poet and University of Southern California Professor of English, Carol Muske-Dukes, this special one-night public reading is The Broad's contribution to National Poetry Month. As part of a USC graduate course entitled A Tour of the Imagination, each of Muske-Dukes' current PhD students will read a poem before the art work which served as inspiration. The reading will be fulfillment of an ongoing collaborative process between image and word: these poets have earlier chosen an individual work of art from the Broad collection, then spent hours "in conversation" with their selection, composing the poem.

Students + Works:

Mary Daniel: African't, Kara Walker

Sara Fetherolf: Yellow Bird, Mark Bradford

Grant Klarich Johnson: Invisible Sun (algorithm 8, fable form), Julie Mehretu

Liz Johnson: Big Orange, Sam Francis

Elise Suklje Martin: Under the Table, Robert Therrien

Kate Partridge: Rouen Cathedral, Set 3, Roy Lichtenstein

Safiya Sinclair: Double America 2, Glenn Ligon

Callie Siskel: The Rose (V), Cy Twombly

The evening's final reading will be an ensemble effort in the form of a "crown of sonnets" in response to Takashi Murakami's massive eighty-two-foot long painting, In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow (2014)

Please note the audience will be standing throughout the evening and walking short distances. Wheelchair accessible. No seating available in the museum galleries.

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Carol Muske-Dukes is professor of English at the University of Southern California and a former Poet Laureate of California. The most recent of her eight books of poems is Twin Cities (Penguin). Earlier books of poems include Sparrow (Random House), a National Book Award finalist, and others. She has published four novels and two collections of essays. She co-edited the poetry anthology Crossing State Lines: an American Renga (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux) and two children's poetry "handbooks" - The Magical Poetry Blimp Pilot's Guide, parts 1 and 2. Muske-Dukes has been the recipient of awards and honors including a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Library of Congress award, a Castagnola Award, and an Ingram/Merrill award. A Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, she is anthologized widely and her poems and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, SLATE, the Atlantic, APR, and more. Carol Muske-Dukes has been a visiting professor at Columbia's MFA Program, the Iowa Writers Workshop, the University of Virginia graduate MFA Program, and UC Irvine's MFA Program, and has been a Visiting Rea Writer at University of Virginia.