Poet Laureate

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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‘Poetry’s Afterlife’ wins acclaim, award

by Bridget June 9, 2011

The University of Michigan Press is pleased to announce UM Press author and Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein has been chosen as nonfiction runner-up in the Society of Midland Authors Award for books published in 2010. Stein was recognized for his work, Poetry’s Afterlife: Verse in the Digital Age , released by the University of Michigan Press. At a time when most commentators fixate on American poetry’s supposed “death,” Stein instead proposes the vitality of its aesthetic hereafter. Poetry’s spirited afterlife has come despite, or perhaps because of, two decades of commentary diagnosing American poetry as moribund if not already […]

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