Philip Levine was born in Detroit, Mich., in 1928. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently “News of the World” (2009). Other collections include “Breath” (2004); “The Simple Truth” (1994), which won the Pulitzer Prize; and “What Work Is” (1991), which won the National Book Award.
For two years he served as chair of the Literature Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts, and he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2000.
He lives in New York City and Fresno, Calif. He is the Distinguished Poet in Residence for the Creative Writing Program at New York University.
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