Poetry: From Pulitzer to Performance, April 19, 7 p.m.

Philip Levine Student Discussion
Parrington Hall Forum, room 309

Small Group Discussion with Philip Levine

Students: This Q & A is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet with Philip Levine--one of America's premier poets--in a small group setting. Levine's work has been honored with the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award as well as other awards. Come prepared to meet one of the poets who has shaped contemporary poetry.

Celebrate imagination, voice, and persistence this April.
Celebrate National Poetry Month.


April 19, 2011 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Parrington Hall Forum, room 309 | Map to Parrington Hall

Space is limited; registration required.

> Also: Sign up for Poetry: From Pulitzer to Performance with Philip Levine and Ken Arkind and a small group discussion and mini-workshop with Ken Arkind. 

Philip Levine "is a large, ironic Whitman of the industrial heartland" who, according to Edward Hirsch in the New York Times Book Review, should be considered "one of [America's] . . . quintessentially urban poets."

Philip LevineHe was born in 1928 to Russian-Jewish immigrants in Detroit, a city that inspired much of his writing. Author of 20 collections of poetry, his most recent is News Of The World (Knopf, 2009). The Simple Truth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995. What Work Is won the National Book Award in 1991. David Baker writes, “What Work Is may be one of the most important books of poetry of our time. Poem after poem confronts the terribly damaged conditions of American labor, whose circumstance has perhaps never been more wrecked." Levine is known as the poet of the working class, and he remains dedicated to writing poetry "for people for whom there is no poetry.”

As well as having received the Pulitzer Prize and two National Book Awards, Levine is also the recipient of the National Book Critics Award and the Ruth Lily prize. He divides his time between Brooklyn, NY, and Fresno, CA.

Levine’s poem, “What Work Is,” is featured in the 2010 UW Common Book.


"Levine’s use of simple prose-like language and incredible depth of insight into the romance of work and struggle seemed like the perfect choice. He is a poet who could knock students used to reading Shakespeare and Milton into the poetry of today and tell them a thing or two about life along the way."
--Sam Kolodezh, student ambassador for the UW Common Book, on the inclusion of "What Work Is" in the Common Book.

“I saw that the people that I was working with…were voiceless in a way. In terms of the literature of the United States they weren’t being heard. Nobody was speaking for them. And as young people will, you know, I took this foolish vow that I would speak for them and that’s what my life would be. And sure enough I’ve gone and done it. Or I’ve tried anyway…”
--Philip Levine


This event is sponsored by Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office of the Dean and First Year Programs.

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Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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