California Poet Laureate, Carol Muske-Dukes, is one of 20 current and former state poets laureate to endorse the initiation of Dead Poets Remembrance Day, a new national literary holiday that will take place on or near October 7th each year.
Carol was one of the 1st state laureates to encourage Dead Poets Society of America founder, Walter Skold, in his travels to the graves of poets.
The initial report of the historic Dead Poets Grand Tour 2010 is now online.
It chronicles all the places visited and the names of the poets read. From the Report:
started on Shakespeare’s birthday, in Portland, Maine, the 23rd
April, and we ended with a bang 6,500 miles later at the first Boston
Marathon, May 25th. During those 34 days, and with the cooperation of 13
current and former State Poets Laureate, we held a Dead Poets Bash in 19
different States and visited 43 cemeteries!
other readings and interviews we held at poets’ graves and houses were
great as well, including the Lorine Niedecker home, the Carl Sandburg
E.L. Masters home, the Sidney Lanier house, The Virginia Military
The Poe Museum, the Longfellow House and the Woodberry Poetry Room, at
totaled we visited the graves of 75 American poets, and heard the
of over 100 American poets read. Dedgar and the crew kept up a pace of just over 191.18
per day and 2 poets’ graves per day!
We are putting California's Dead Poets Back on the Map
are looking for volunteer gravediggers to research the graves of more
poets related to California. When you find information about them,
and/or take a picture of the grave, please submit that to so we can add it
to the national database.