Carol Muske-Dukes will be among those receiving Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards from the Poets & Writers organization at a benefit dinner on March 29 in Manhattan. The award recognizes “authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community,” it says on Poets & Writers’ Web site.
The site emphasizes that Ms. Muske-Dukes started a long-running writing program for inmates in New York State prisons in the 1970s. Also a novelist and essayist, Ms. Muske-Dukes is the current poet laureate of California. Her latest collection of poems is “Twin Cities,” from last year, and she recently co-edited “Crossing State Lines: An American Renga.”
The other recipients are the novelist David Baldacci, Kwame Dawes, a poet born in Ghana, and Kathryn Court, the president and publisher of Penguin Books.
The dinner will take place at Capitale at 130 the Bowery. Tickets start at $500, and at each table with the silverware and sauvignon blanc will be author-hosts, including two from the South Fork, Jay McInerney and Robert Caro.