Philip Levine

1928–2015
Philip Levine

Philip Levine was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Russian Jewish immigrants. Working in factories while earning his degrees, Levine had a close connection with the working class, which was a major influence on his poetry. Levine received the Pulitzer Prize for his 1994 collection The Simple Truth and in 2011 was appointed poet laureate of the United States.

What People are Saying

"While the competition and chance to recite is wonderful in itself, there is a very strong camaraderie among the competitors like nothing I've experienced before. It's the kind of environment that has inspired me and allowed me to grow not only as a reciter but also as a poet, performer, and person."
Savina Magdalena Barini
2014 ID POL Champion