philip levine

Philip Levine, 1928-2015

by Phillip Witteveen February 20, 2015

Philip Levine passed away over the weekend, on Saturday the 14th. His poetry was recognized with two National Book Awards, a Pulitzer, and with an appointment as a U.S. poet laureate. Levine was one of the first (and most prominent) poets to really put his hometown, Detroit, into verse. He found a plainspoken language to mourn with, to give pause, to join rafters in his native mise en scène—a language to tell stories of people just getting off the graveyard shift. He started writing poetry when he was only thirteen. In Levine’s work, there was always a way of recognizing aspects of the everyday as poetry; in […]

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Look for the Press at the State of the Book book fair October 6 (tomorrow)!

by Brianne Johnson October 5, 2012

This Saturday, the University of Michigan Press will be selling books at The State of the Book, a day-long literary symposium celebrating Michigan’s great writers and the state’s enduring literary traditions. The event will consist of performances, panels, and an on-stage keynote conversation with author Charles Baxter and former Poet Laureate of the United States Philip Levine. The book fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium, and the Press will be selling recent releases as well as favorite titles written and edited by State of the Book presenters Baxter, Levine, Jerry Dennis, and Keith Taylor, including: […]

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Michigan poet and UM Press author Philip Levine named U.S. poet laureate

by University of Michigan Press August 10, 2011

Philip Levine, a native Michigander, Detroit poet and author of several University of Michigan Press books, has been named poet laureate of the United States. “How can I put it? It’s like winning the Pulitzer,” he told The New York Times. “If you take it too seriously, you’re an idiot. But if you look at the names of the other poets who have won it, most of them are damn good.” Levine is the author of several collections of essays on poetry for the UM Press as part of its celebrated Poets on Poetry series, including Don’t Ask, So Ask, […]

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