Philip Levine was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1928, and served as the 18th United States Poet Laureate from 2011-2012. He is the author of more than 20 volumes of poetry, including What Work Is (1991), which won the National Book Award, and The Simple Truth (1994), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other awards and honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Levine died in 2015 in Fresno, California.
Audio Recordings with Philip Levine
- Mark Turpin and Philip Levine reading their poems in the Mumford Room, Library of Congress, Nov. 20, 1997