Poet Laureate to Visit
The eighteenth United States Poet Laureate (2011-12), Philip Levine, will be visiting campus on September 28.
Born in 1928 in Detroit, Levine has received two National Book Awards, the National Book Critics Award, and the Ruth Lily Prize. He has 20 collections of poetry, the most recent News of the World. The Simple Truth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995.
Levine is known as the poet of the working class, dedicated to writing poetry "for people for whom there is no poetry."
The event is sponsored by New Issues Poetry & Prose and The University Center for the Humanities.
New Issues Poetry & Prose was established more than 15 years ago and publishes 8-12 new titles each year with a focus on contemporary poetry and literary fiction. Part of the College of Arts & Sciences, New Issues awards the AWP Award Series for the Novel, and two poetry prizes: The New Issues Poetry Prize and The Green Rose Prize.
The small press was voted #1 by readers of the Huffington Post in 2010. They receive support from WMU, private donors, and grants from various funds and organizations. To learn more, visit the links below:
WEBSITE — NEW ISSUES POETRY & PROSE