Diverse Crowd Gathers at Saint Leo to Hear the Feisty, Witty Poetry of Philip Levine

April 10, 2012


Philip Levine

Philip Levine made his only April (National Poetry Month) Florida appearance at Saint Leo University Campus Monday evening,April 9, 2012. His visit marks the first appearance by a current U.S. Poet Laureate at the university.

More than 300 seats in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms were quickly filled with a diverse crowd of students, faculty, and friends from the Saint Leo, Dade City, and Tampa area as Levine prepared to speak at 7 p.m.

The audience was quickly engaged with the poet’s dry humor and down-to-earth presence, joining the Saint Leo family for an evening to celebrate the arts and his works. He shared some of his poetry and his experiences not only as a child growing up in industrial Detroit, but also stories of Jewish immigrant families, his experience in Brooklyn, and his journey as a poet and writer.

Shortly after, he kindly shared during a brief question-and-answer session, followed by a book signing and reception in the new campus facility housing the Donald R. Tapia School of Business.

The poet laureate’s appearance was sponsored by the Department of English, Fine Arts, and Humanities, the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library, and Student Services.

In another University Campus event occurring during National Poetry Month, the writers and artists behind Sandhill Review, an annual literary publication showcasing artwork, photography, poetry, and prose from Saint Leo students, faculty, and staff, will gather at a launch party at 630 p.m.,Monday, April 16, in the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library. The public is invited to attend, hear some short readings of poetry and prose, and obtain a copy of the latest issue. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free.

Contact Carol Moon at (352) 588-8261 or carol.moon@saintleo.edu for more information.