Pultizer Prize Winner and U.S. Poet Laureate, Philip Levine

March 12, 2012

Poet_Phillip_LevineCurrent U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine will make his only April (National Poetry Month) Florida appearance at University Campus, 7 p.m., Monday, April 9. The reading and book signing is free open to the public.

This marks the first appearance by a current U.S. Poet Laureate at the university. The nation’s poet laureate is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress, with consultation from previous laureates and distinguished literary critics. The laureate is expected to nurture, in his or her own way, a continued appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.

Levine, now age 84, grew up in industrial Detroit and began working in an auto plant at age 14. He is known for bringing the experience of the American working class into modern American poetry, as well as for reflecting the experiences of Jewish immigrant families in America. His writing career spans 60 years. He is a Pulitzer Prize winner and professor emeritus at California State University in Fresno.

This event is sponsored by the Department of English, Fine Arts, and Humanities, by Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library, and by Student Services.

For directions and parking information, as well as for group seating requests of 10 or more, please call Tammy Hunt (352) 588-8294, or e-mail tamra.hunt@saintleo.edu.