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Carol Muske-Dukes is poet laureate of California and a 1998 winner of the Witter Bynner award from the Library of Congress. She is the author of many books of poetry, including "Sparrow,"which was a National Book Award finalist. Her newest works are "Twin Cities" (Penguin) and "Crossing State Lines" (co-edited with Bob Holman) (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Her work appears widely as a critic for The New York Times Book Review and in The New Yorker and Los Angeles Magazine. Muske-Dukes is a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellow and has been published in Best American Poems.